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Profile:Books include Metis Lands in Manitoba (1991); The Collected Writings of Louis Riel (1985); Riel and the Rebellion: 1885 Reconsidered (2nd ed., 2000); Louis “David” Riel:’Prophet of the New World’ (2nd ed., 1996); Waiting for the Wave: The Reform Party and Preston Manning (1995); Game Theory and Canadian Politics (1998); and First Nations? Second Thoughts (2000, second edition 2008); Harper’s Team (2007). Textbook pair Introduction to Government and Politics, with Mark O. Dickerson; and Introductory Readings in Government and Politics, with Mark O. Dickerson and Neil Nevitte, now in seventh edition. Former Director of Research for the Reform Party of Canada 1991-92; Chief of Staff in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, House of Commons, 2002-03; Manager of the National Campaign of the Conservative Party of Canada, 2004. Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Flanagan, Thomas. Harper’s Team: Behind the Scenes in the Conservative Rise to Power
Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press (to appear), Print.
Flanagan, Thomas, Anderson, Terry L. and Benson, Bruce. Self-Determination: The Other Path for Native Americans
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006. 346. Print.
Flanagan, Thomas and Dickerson, Mark. An Introduction to Government and Politics: A Conceptual Approach, 7th edition
Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2005. Print.
Flanagan, Thomas, Alcantara, Christopher, Anderson, Terry L. and Benson, Bruce. “
Customary Land Rights on Canadian Indian Reserves
Self-Determination: the Other Path for Native Americans
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006. 134-158. Print.
Flanagan, Thomas, James, Patrick, Ableson, Donald and Lustig, Michael. “Canada’s Three Constitutions: Protecting, Overturning and Reversing the Status Quo
“ The Myth of the Sacred: The Charter, the Courts, and the Politics of the Constitution in Canada
Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003. 125-146. Print.
Flanagan, Thomas and Lippert, Owen. “The Effect Upon Alberta Land Claims“ Beyond the Nass Valley: National Implications of the Supreme Court’s Delgamuukw Decision Vancouver: Fraser Institute, 2000. 173-182. Print.
Herding Cats: Keeping the Right Together
“. Literary Review of Canada 14. (2006): 3-4. Print.
Flanagan, Thomas. “Ottawa is Worth a Mass: Stephen Harper’s Rise to Power
“. Inroads 19. (2006): 80-83. Print.
“. Fraser Forum, (2006): 16-17, 21. Print.
Flanagan, Thomas and Alcantara, Christopher. “Individual Property Rights on Canadian Indian Reserves: A Review of the Jurisprudence
“. Alberta Law Review 26. (2005): 1019-1046. Print.
Flanagan, Thomas and Alcantara, Christopher. “Individual Property Rights on Canadian Indian Reserves
“. Queen’s Law Journal 29.2 (2004): 489-532. Print.
Flanagan, Thomas. “Database Party: The 2002 Leadership Campaign for the Canadian Alliance
“. Canadian Parliamentary Review 26. (2003): 8-11. Print.
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Dr. Tom Flanagan studied political science at Notre Dame University, the Free University of West Berlin, and Duke University, where he received his Ph.D. He has taught political science at the University of Calgary since 1968.
Although Dr. Flanagan has published in several areas, he is best known as a scholar for his books on Louis Riel, the North-West Rebellion, and aboriginal land claims, and his books on these subjects have won several prizes. Most recently, his book First Nations? Second Thoughts received both the Donner Prize and the Canadian Political Science Association’s Donald Smiley Prize for the best book on Canadian politics published in the year 2000. He has served as a consultant and expert witness for the Crown in aboriginal and treaty-rights cases such as Dumont, Blais, Benoit, and Victor Buffalo.
During 1991-93, Dr. Flanagan was an adviser to Preston Manning and the Reform Party, but he was fired for giving too much advice. His experience working for the party is described in his book Waiting for the Wave: The Reform Party and Preston Manning, published in 1995.
In 2001-02, he worked for Stephen Harper, managing Mr. Harper’s campaigns for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance (2002) and of the Conservative Party of Canada (2004), as well as the Conservative Party’s national election campaign in 2004. During the 2005-06 election, he worked as senior communications adviser for the Conservative Party. He has since returned to teaching at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Flanagan was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1996.
Thomas Eugene “Tom” Flanagan, CM FRSC (March 5, 1944) is an American-born author, conservative political activist, and was a political science professor at the University of Calgary. Flanagan is on “research and scholarship leave” from the University of Calgary since January 2013.
OMalley, Kady (2013 [last update]). UPDATE: Flanagan offers unreserved apology for child porn comments – Inside Politics. cbc.ca. Retrieved February 28, 2013. research and scholarship leave.
 He also served as an advisor to Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper until 2004. Flanagan has focused on challenging Native and Métis rights. In connection with his multi-year research and publications on Louis Riel, Flanagan published a reinterpretation of the North-West Rebellion, defending the federal government’s response to Métis land claims. He began publishing works on Louis Riel, leader of the 1885 North-West Rebellion in the 1970s which evolved into a multi-year Louis Riel Project that he coordinated. During the 2012 provincial elections he served as the campaign manager of the Wildrose Party, an Alberta libertarian/conservative provincial party. As an offshoot of his political activism, Flanagan began to write as a columnist in 1997, publishing in media such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, Calgary Herald, Ottawa Citizen, Maclean’s, and Time. He appeared regularly on Canadian TV and radio as commentator.
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Open letter to University of Calgary President Dr. Elizabeth Cannon regarding Dr. Tom Flanagan’s remarks
If you are a member of the U of C community (or even if you are not) and you share our sentiment, we ask that you send a copy of this letter along with your thoughts to Dr. Cannon at president at ucalgary dot ca. You may also wish to CC the following addresses: chair at ucalgary dot ca, senate at ucalgary dot ca, jim dot dinning at senate dot ucalgary dot ca, alumni at ucalgary dot ca, eosler at ucalgary dot ca.
Update (Dec. 16) After 10 days without a response from the university, I sent a follow-up note to Dr. Cannon today.
Dear Dr. Cannon,
Ten days ago, 60 U of C alumni and 25 others including current U of C students and staff as well as supporters from across Canada and abroad sent an open letter asking the University of Calgary to respond to Dr. Tom Flanagan’s remarks advocating for the murder of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on the November 30 broadcast of the CBC’s Power & Politics with Evan Solomon (the letter and the original e-mail are attached below).
While noting that Dr. Flanagan had apologized, we asked that the University of Calgary distance itself publicly from Dr. Flanagan’s remarks (which it has done, albeit very weakly – http://www.ucalgary.ca/news/utoday/december7-2010), that it condemn Dr. Flanagan in the harshest possible terms (no progress) and that it censure Dr. Flanagan for abusing the good name of the university (no progress).
We find the university’s response to Dr. Flanagan’s remarks deeply inadequate, especially considering international press coverage which has done tremendous damage to the U of C’s reputation. Also, the U of C’s response seems incredibly weak when compared to responses from well-respected public NGOs such as International PEN, from newspaper sources including the Editorial Board of the Guardian, and from the political realm where the communications director for the Canadian Prime Minister Dmitiri Soudas found the time to condemn the remarks.
While we continue to be disappointed with the university’s position, we are deeply insulted by the absence of any response to our letter from President Cannon, her office or any other relevant body at the university. If the university does not think enough of 60-plus of its own alumni to answer a letter, then how can it expect those same alumni to stand up for the U of C within their communities or to contribute their time and resources to university endeavors?
Kris Kotarski (BA ’04, MSS ’09), on behalf of 97 signatories listed at http://censureflanagan.wordpress.com/
Update (Dec. 9) The Canadian Press reports that the Toronto woman who felt threatened after receiving an e-mail from Dr. Flanagan has received an apology. Meanwhile, in the Calgary Herald, University of Calgary Law Professor Peter Bowal writes about the double standard on free speech at the university (where students are punished and sued by the university, while professors are not).
Update (Dec. 8): Complete silence from everyone at the university thus far. Meanwhile, the Globe and Mail reports that Dr. Flanagan has threatened another person. Is threatening two people in one week a fireable offence at the University of Calgary? You may wish to e-mail the accounts below to get an answer.
Update (Dec. 6): Will keep adding signatures to the open letter if you post them or send them to kkotarski at gmail dot com.
Update (Dec. 6): The signed final version of this letter (same as below) was sent to Dr. Cannon on December 6, 2010. A copy was also sent to the University of Calgary Chancellor, the University of Calgary Senate, the University of Calgary General Faculties Council, the University of Calgary Board of Governors, and the University of Calgary Alumni Association. This page will be updated if and when we receive a reply. Please stay tuned, and thank you all again for your signatures and your support.
Update (Dec. 4) The Calgary Herald published our letter on Saturday, December 4. We will send it to Dr. Cannon with all of your signatures on Monday at noon. If you know any fellow alumni who may wish to sign our letter, please pass it along.
Dr. Elizabeth Cannon
Office of the President
Administration Building, Room 100
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4
CC: Chancellor Jim Dinning
University of Calgary Senate
Chair Board of Governors Jack Perraton
University of Calgary General Faculties Council
President U of C Alumni Association Kenneth R. McKinnon
December 2, 2010 (Dated December 6 in the final note to Dr. Cannon)
Dear Dr. Cannon,
On November 30, 2010, University of Calgary Political Science Professor Dr. Tom Flanagan advocated for the political murder of Julian Assange, the founder of the international non-profit media organization Wikileaks.
Speaking on a national CBC broadcast of Power & Politics with Evan Solomon, Dr. Flanagan said: “I think that Assange should be assassinated, actually. I think that Obama should put on a contract and maybe use a drone or something.”
When host Evan Solomon interrupted saying, “Tom, that’s pretty harsh stuff,” Dr. Flanagan replied, “Well, I’m feeling very manly today.”
He ended the segment with, “I wouldn’t feel unhappy if Assange disappeared.”
Dr. Flanagan has since apologized for his comments, telling CBC News: “I regret that I made a glib comment about a serious issue.”
He later added that: “I am glad that everyone is condemning it, and I condemn it also.”
His prompt apology is most certainly welcome, but unfortunately for the U of C’s reputation, the damage has been done. A number of the most prominent English-language news sources in the world including the Telegraph, the Nation, the Jerusalem Post, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Guardian carried Dr. Flanagan’s remarks, along with major Canadian news outlets and countless blogs.
Dr. Flanagan’s initial remarks remain relevant to the U of C community because although debate and even harsh disagreement about the Wikileaks release are not only inevitable but perfectly natural for an open and democratic society like Canada’s, we must draw a line at advocating for political murder, something that Dr. Flanagan failed to do.
Better than most, a professor of political science should understand that academic freedom is not possible without political freedom, and that political freedom cannot survive in a climate where journalists and opponents of a ruling regime hear public intellectuals advocate for their assassination on the nightly news.
If this were a Russian, Chinese or Iranian intellectual calling for the murder of a regime opponent, Canadians would be appalled. Considering Canada’s proud tradition of political freedom, it is all the more offensive to hear an active member of the University of Calgary faculty and the former chief of staff and campaign manager for the sitting Canadian Prime Minister do the same.
The University of Calgary should distance itself publicly from Dr. Flanagan’s initial remarks, condemn Dr. Flanagan in the harshest possible terms, and censure him for abusing the good name of the university and for the damage this has done to the reputation of not only the school, but of the 150,000 alumni and the degrees they hold.
This should be done peacefully. After all, even though thousands of University of Calgary students, staff and faculty have disagreed with Dr. Flanagan’s opinions over the years, no one has publicly called for him to be murdered, even in jest.
BA History & International Relations ’04
MSS Military and Strategic Studies ’09
BComm Finance ’04 (UofC)
MCP City Planning ’10 (MIT)
MSc Transportation ’10 (MIT)
Katy Anderson (student)
BA Political Science ’12
BA Religious Studies & Applied Ethics ’12
Maria Cristina Bacalso
BA Political Science ’06
BA International Relations ’04
Margaret (Van Tighem) Bailey
BA Political Science ’08
BA Economics ’04
BA Political Science ’05
BSc Biology ’05
Dalmazio (Dale) Brisinda
BSc Computer Science, ’94
BSc Pure Mathematics ’98
MSc Computer Science ’98
BA English ’01
Theo de Raadt
BSc Computer Science ’92
BSc Engineering ’86
Kelly Dowdell, MA
BA Latin American Studies ’02
BA International Relations
BA Political Science
Doreen E. Eustace
BA International Relations ’09
Christina Fry (student)
MA Religious Studies ’12
BSc Environmental Science ’01
Aaron Hofman (Student)
BA Philosophy ’11
BA Religious Studies ’09
BA English Literature ’02
Sarah Megan Hope
BA Psychology ’02
BFA Drama ’05
BSc Geography ’06
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MA History ’90
BSc Actuarial Science ’03
MED Environmental Design ’08
Susan Aileen Kent
BA Honours ’67
BSc Computer Science ’10
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BA Communications ’05
BA Religious Studies ’08
BA Economics 07
BA English ’10
BA English ’06
John Leung Chung-Yin
BA Political Science & Historical Studies ’06
Andrea Llewellyn (student)
BA Development Studies ’11
Kat Lord (student)
BA Political Science ’11
BCS Communications Studies ’10
BEd Elementary Education ’12
BA Political Science ’04
Dr. Tom Lynch
Jeannette Mandrusiak (staff member)
University of Calgary
MSc Computer Science ’08
BA Honours Religious Studies ’08
MA Religious Studies ’11
MA French ’92
BA Political Science ’05
Dr. Nadine Moneta
U of C Family Medicine Postgraduate Program ’03
Dan Pagan (student)
BA Greek & Roman Studies ’11
BA Law & Society ’11
Dr. Robert G. Petry
MSc Mathematics ’98
BSc General Math ’08
MA English & Political Science ’04
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MA Interdisciplinary Graduate Program ’11
BA International Indigenous Studies ’07
BA Communications Studies ’10
Andrew D F Ross
BA Philosophy ’04
BSc Pure Mathematics ’07
BED Environmental Design ’03
BA International Relations ’09
BSc Computer Science ’08
BA Communications ’08
BA English ’08
Amitpal Singh (student)
BA Political Science ’12
BA Communications ’05
BA English ’08
Dr. Craig Snyder PhD
BA Political Science ’87
BA Communications ’04
BA Political Science ’07
Tyler Soron (student)
BA Science, Technology & Society ’12
BA Political Science ’03
BA Honours Geography ’04
Others (non U of Calgary) who offered their support:
Dr. Pierre H. Vachon (Ph.D. Cell Biology)
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Sherbrooke
Professor of Sociology
School of English and Theatre Studies
University of Guelph
BComm Finance ’12
University of Alberta
PhD Religious Studies ’95
University of Ottawa
Laurent (Jeff) Dubois
BA Political Science ’76
University of Alberta
Patricia H. Kaye
University of Alberta
J. Lievisse Adriaanse
University of Alberta
HBA York university
BEd Lakehead University
Dr. Robert C Dickson
St. Johns Fl
Plant Science PhD student, McGill University
PhD Candidate, Carleton University
Laurel L. Russwurm
Unsorted and Miscellaneous: Tom Flanagan
- Pages from the Conservative Handbook: A Liberal strategist reveals a Conservative’s secrets.
Growing up in Calgary, and attending the University of Calgary as I did, I can state that Professor Tom Flanagan was regarded on campus as a cool, cerebral teacher of political science, and not one to be trifled with. He was not, for example, the sort of fellow who would tolerate intellectual laziness or too many papers handed in late. Although I did not know it in those days, Flanagan was also a conservative’s Conservative. He was a true believer. As one of the six actual Liberals in Alberta in those days, I regret not enrolling in his class.
In this engrossing 336-page book, the good professor remains a Conservative, to be sure. But he also reveals himself to be considerably less fearsome, and less intimidating, than he did so many years ago. Most notably, Flanagan is refreshingly candid about the mistakes that his team—the team of Conservative leader Stephen Harper—made in its rise to federal power. Harper’s Team: Behind the Scenes in the Conservative Rise to Power provides us with an honest and (to the denizens of political backrooms, at least) exceedingly helpful handbook on how to win elections.
It is more than a captivating book—it is an important work, too. Unlike most political scientists—who have never stuffed an envelope, never knocked on a door in a canvass and never done any of the other grunt work that makes or breaks political campaigns—Flanagan knows whereof he speaks. He, unlike many who breathe the rarefied air of academe, has practised what he preaches. He has fundraised, he has answered phones, he has worked in the grimy political trenches. He’s done it all. As such, his book stands head and shoulders above the books of most of his academic colleagues—the ones who preach but seldom practise, who talk a lot about that which they have never done. This one is the real deal.
Flanagan’s book provides a significant amount of detail about every aspect of running leadership campaigns, and general election campaigns too. From tour to policy to media to fundraising to speechwriting, it is all here, and useful to every politico, irrespective of political affiliation. And, to Flanagan’s credit, he recalls that lessons are to be learned from campaigns that win, as well as the ones that don’t. As such, Flanagan meticulously dissects the Conservatives’ 2004 election loss, analyzing what went wrong and why. From my point of view, he accepts far too much of the blame for that narrow defeat. In so doing, however, he goes up in the estimation of the reader. He certainly did in my eyes.
Now, before you start to wonder overmuch why this exiled federal Liberal is so impressed by Conservative Tom Flanagan and his book about Conservatives, some disclosure is in order. I have not told many people this story until now. During the early days of the Reform Party—a fledgling political party in which Tom Flanagan was intimately involved—there were many problems. Most notoriously, these problems included a plan by white supremacists and neo-Nazis—most of them involved in the Heritage Front, and most of them in the greater Toronto area—to infiltrate and take over Reform Party riding associations. It was the subject of many newspaper reports and even an investigation by Canada’s Security Intelligence Review Committee.
Around that time, I published a book with HarperCollins called Web of Hate: Inside Canada’s Far Right Network. It was the result of a decade-long investigation into Canada’s racist right. And, around that time, I was also special assistant to one Jean Chrétien, leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition. Notwithstanding where I worked—and notwithstanding the fact that we Liberals were much despised by the nascent Reform movement—one day Tom Flanagan and another man contacted me. They wanted to speak to me about a pressing and sensitive matter, the story that the neo-Nazis were seeking to infiltrate and control the Reform Party from within. Flanagan and his friend wanted to know if I would look at the names of new Reform members in the Toronto area and tell them if those people were racists.
“Flanagan and his colleagues were serious about expelling neo-Nazis from the nascent Reform movement. “
It was an astonishing request, given the viciousness of partisan politics and the infrequency of genuine bipartisanship. But the request impressed me a great deal. Flanagan and his colleagues were serious about expelling neo-Nazis—so serious, in fact, that they were willing to contact me, then working in the lair of their sworn political enemy. They were willing to take a political risk to rid themselves of racists.
With Chrétien’s approval, I assisted Flanagan and his friend. And, over the course of a few conversations, I was able to confirm the neo-Nazi or white supremacist involvements of several new Reform members. All were expelled by then-leader Preston Manning.
In the intervening years, I have often wanted to tell that tale. Whenever I encounter a hot-headed young Grit or Tory—the Grit convinced that the Reform Conservatives are a front for extremists; the Tory convinced that Liberals will never hesitate to depict them as bigots to win power—I have wanted to tell that story. Now that Tom Flanagan has written his warts-and-all book—revealing, as it does, my own previously secret unwillingness to participate in a Liberal plot to smear Flanagan and his conservative cohorts—I can tell my own little story about why I think it is unfair to dismiss Flanagan (as some have done) as an anti-aboriginal polemicist. Or someone who is not worth listening to.
Tom Flanagan is worth listening to. Although no longer part of Stephen Harper’s inner circle, the good professor has provided readers with candid and revealing insights into the Conservative rise to power. And, along the way, he has shown himself to be a very fine teacher, indeed.
Harper’s Team is, I think, the best book written to date about the new Conservatives—the ones who wrested power away from the old stalwarts like Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark and the aforementioned Preston Manning, and have in the process crafted a political movement that will be more enduring. If you want to understand the new Conservatives—and if you want an excellent primer on how political campaigns work—this book is invaluable.
It also makes me rue my decision never to join the other students in Tom Flanagan’s class!
– Warren Kinsella, Literary Review of Canada, January / February 2008