Conservative convention to provide early signs of post-Harper policy shifts
Starting this morning, delegates to the Tory policy convention in Vancouver are debating proposals sparked by the party's membership across the country on everything from taxation to same-sex marriage to the amount of power the party's leader should have. Motions on gun ownership and marijuana are up for debate, too.
This week's sessions will point to where the party wants to go next, with the election of its next leader still a full year away, on May 27, 2017.
Meanwhile, a group of prominent Conservatives, including former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day and Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown, are set to discuss developing new policy positions to mitigate climate change.
'The train has left the station'
"A lot of times we see these as wedge issues," Ontario MP and social development critic Karen Vecchio told CBC News ahead of the convention. But in the case of gay and lesbian equality rights, it's the law of the land now, she said.
"It is 2016. I don't want to be using Trudeau's words, but … we have evolved," she said. "It doesn't mean that we're morally ungrounded. But it's that we're accepting of people and their choices."
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