One example of a Blue Tory administration in Canada was the "Common Sense Revolution" provincial conservative government of Ontario Premier Mike Harris. The Harris Tories were widely viewed as extremely right-wing by Canadian standards in their economic policies and style of governance. Harris' government embarked on a number of conservative-theory-based initiatives, including cuts to education, welfare, and Medicare, privatization of government services and health care, the sale of provincial highways, and the forced amalgamation of municipalities. Provincial income taxes were also cut by 30% and corporate tax rates were nearly cut in half during the Harris mandate.
Most Blue Tories are at least somewhat ideologically aligned close to the economic neo-liberal positions of the former Canadian Alliance, and as such supported the merger between the PCs and the Alliance to form the new Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). Some notable Blue Tories include many prominent federal and provincial Progressive Conservatives such as former PC Party Leader and current National Defence minister Peter MacKay, Conservative Party leadership contender and current Health minister Tony Clement, and former Premier of Ontario Mike Harris. Based on his statements and actions made in the last election, some political commentators have suggested that the current Conservative Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has also shifted his ideology closer to the Blue Tory mould as opposed to the social conservatism that was usually identified with the leadership of the Canadian Alliance and Reform Parties.
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