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Religion and Canadian Party Politics (Reprint) (Paperback) (David Rayside & Jerald Sabin & Paul E. J.
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Religion is usually thought inconsequential to contemporary Canadian politics. This book takes a hard look at just how much influence faith continues to have in federal, provincial, and territorial arenas. Drawing on case studies from across the country, it explores three important axes of religiously based contention – Protestant vs. Catholic, conservative vs. reformer, and, more recently, minority religious practices. Although the extent of partisan engagement with each of these sources of conflict has varied across time and region, the authors show that religion still matters in shaping political oppositions. They also compare the role of faith in Canada to that in other western industrialized societies.