Harperism is the political perspective that lies behind the fundamental changes in Canada wrought by Stephen Harper's government. Stephen Harper has had the support of a network of think tanks like the Fraser Institute, working over the long haul to challenge and replace prevailing ideas about the roles of government and the market in people's lives. Many of these ideas stand in stark contrast to the views of most Canadians.

Among the key tenets of Harperism:

• A weakened labour movement—and preferably the disappearance of unions—will contribute to Canada's economic prosperity

• Cutting back government scientific research and data collection will improve public policy-making

• Eliminating First Nations reserves by converting them to private property will improve conditions of life for aboriginal peoples

• Inequality of incomes and wealth is a good thing—and Canada needs more of it