A political party promoting free enterprise and private ownership, in particular a major British party that since the Second World War has been in power 1951–64, 1970-4, 1979–97, and since 2010 (2010–15 in coalition with the Liberal Democrats). It emerged from the old Tory Party under Sir Robert Peel in the 1830s and 1840s
A moderately conservative political party, or one advocating both liberal and conservative policies; specifically (in Canada) a coalition party which arose in the mid 19th cent. in support of confederation, later renamed the Conservative Party.
A Canadian political party advocating free trade and holding moderate views on social policies. Founded in the mid 19th century but operating under its present name since 1942, the party was in power 1984–93 under Brian Mulroney