The difference between the conservative party and the NDP and Liberals is that the conservative party believes in allowing individual member speak their minds.
They decide their policies before they run, Tibear. That way people know what they are voting for. That is the way the party system works.
Compare that to the Conservatives...no policy, actually discussing officially not having a policy on social issues (since that clashes with the majority opinion in Canada), a leader who shows up to campaign in Saskatoon and refuses to discuss agriculture, refusing to force beef processing companiesto open their books, banning a member who ran for the leadership...I can actually type on this all day.
"That's why it's so disgusting that the Conservatives booted David Orchard out of their party."
I'm going to have to look into this further.
I'll let you know what I find, If your interested.