The Cato Institute is very much a right wing Conservative think tank. Here we have some references in their support of Stephen Harper.
The Cato Institute, a libertarian Washington, D.C., research group, has described Harper as "pro-Iraqi war, anti-Kyoto, socially conservative ... [President] Bush's new best friend." - Seattle Times, January 21, 2006
"A Harper victory may prove to be the exception to the international rule -- a rare foreign event that manages to put a smile on President George W. Bush's face." - December 7, 2005 Patrick Basham, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
What Americans read in The Washinton Post about Harpers's common ground with George Bush ...
On social issues, however, "there is much more common ground" between Harper and Bush than between the U.S. president and Martin, Welch (David Welch, an expert on U.S.-Canadian relations) said, citing their shared opposition to same-sex marriage. Washington Post, January 21, 2006
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