Simon Blackburn, The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, Entry: Fascism, p. 136
The Oracle of Ottawa often hears the Tory Bund, or, better known as the Conservative Party of Canada, commonly referred to as fascist. But what is fascism? In accordance with the present and ever ongoing "Thinking About Thinking" project, the Oracle of Ottawa decided to some research and think on this on his own. Consulting many reference works that are permanently on hand in the secure bunker, the Oracle of Ottawa has discovered the best definition of fascism in Simon Blackburn's self compiled Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy. I have included it as the entry quote to this pensive missive. Let us compare this definition piece by piece and see if there is any observational truth to this malicious rumor that the 'Harper Government' is in reality fascist.
Elements include nationalism; I don't know about you dear reader, but every time "Steve" stands up in public and calls Canada a "superpower" I just cringe! And there always seems to be mixed in a sort of a manifest destiny thing. I quite expect to hear that Canada needs breathing room in the next sentence, but that I suspect is being kept for later...
hostility to ideals of equality; The 'Harper Government' is all for equality as long as it is not supported in any way with any form of tax revenue. Ideals of any kind are only successful if they pass the test of the crucible of the "free market".
hatred of minorities, degenerates, and deviants; This includes any one who is NOT a card carrying conservative, and is / or a subject or ward under the Canadian Indian Act.
elitism; this includes all institutions and pursuits that are posher than anything that could be created by the minions of the Sun News TV media outlet. Canada is indeed a very elitist based country! Who knew?
hostility towards the ideals of liberalism, (see hatred of minorities...)
the cult of the charismatic leader or Ubermensch; The Government of Canada is now referred to as the 'Harper Government', 'nuff said?
a love of political symbolism such as uniforms and other emblems of militarism. You have no doubt noted the intense pre-occupation with all things concerned with "power projection" and the shift of the Canadian image to the American imperialist image...Also includes the endless rehashing of past glories especially those of such that will not even be possible to duplicate under the present 'Harper Government'.
The whole cocktail is animated by a belief in regeneration through energy and struggle. See any of the footage posted on You-Tube of any 'Harper Government' cabinet minister... Well ok, the ones that are allowed to talk...
I will now leave you, dear reader, to ponder your own conclusions....