A center-right party in Canada that holds the most seats in a minority Parliament. The Conservative Party resulted from a merger between the Progressive Conservative Party and the Reform Party. Since coming to power in 2006, it has been evident that the Conservative Party has largely adopted the worst policies of its two predecessors and discarded the best aspects. This party is full of ideologues who are far more interested in obfuscating the facts, as seen in their scrapping of the long-form census, and imposing their extremist agenda on Canadians than they are in what's in Canada's best interests.
The party is led by the thoroughly unadmirable Stephen Harper. He holds an iron grip over his caucus, with Conservative MPs rarely voting against the party line. This may, alternatively, be due to the almost total lack of talent in the Conservative caucus.
The party's base consists of a motley crew of Christian and other religious fundamentalists, beneficiaries of the oil and gas industry, all of the Province of Alberta (probably because there is currently no viable alternative right of center), law and order whackos who believe crime is getting worse despite the statistics showing the opposite, and most of rural Canada.
Thankfully, the Conservative Party of Canada does not look likely to achieve majority status, so will not be able to ram its extremist policies down Canadians throats.
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