Life after Harper: Reimagining the Conservatives - 2016-04-28
The Civitas Society will meet this weekend at the Delta Ottawa City Centre to mark the 20th anniversary of its founding. I have friends who will attend, but because I am not reliably conservative I'm not invited and my friends are keeping mum about what they'll discuss. Civitas's website bills the group as "a non-partisan 'society where ideas meet' " and specifies that the ideas in question are "conservative, classical liberal and libertarian."
Beyond that one is left to guess: without a log-in and password, you can't get any more information from the website. I'm told Barbara Kay, the National Post columnist, will be there, and that Conrad Black generally attends. Its founding directors included Ted Byfield, Michael Coren and Ezra Levant, and the genesis of the group is generally attributed to author William Gairdner, who has been urging me politely to tell you about his new book, The Great Divide: Why Liberals and Conservatives Will Never, Ever Agree. Consider it done, Bill. On the Civitas website you can spot photos of Andrew Coyne, who used to work here, and Brian Lee Crowley, who runs an Ottawa think tank.
Also Stephen Harper.