Well they have lots of time to work on it, should make for some interesting backroom conversations. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/05/26/tories-convention-ha...Tories To Settle Old Scores As They Prepare For Future Without Harper Posted: 05/26/2016 10:39 am EDT TORONTO — The Conservatives' first convention without Stephen Harper as leader is gearing up to be a settling of old scores and rancorous disputes over same-sex marriage and abortion.A proposal to scrap the party's belief in marriage as the union of one man and one woman may lead to contentious debate on the convention floor in Vancouver this week.Those in favour believe the party needs to get on side with the majority of public opinion, and respect court rulings and a law passed in Parliament more than a decade ago. "A lot of people have realized that we need this to be electable going forward," said 24-year-old Natalie Pon, one of the backers of the resolution."We recognize that if the Conservatives form government in 2019, this isn't something that is going to be repealed. We are going to have same-sex marriage going forward."Pon stressed that she and the resolution's backers, including the group LGBTory, are not proposing a new definition of marriage but only deleting its "limiting definition." They want to be inclusive of all views, she added, by also upholding the rights of religious organizations not to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.Social conservatives want to be heard...So far, only MPs Michael Chong, Kellie Leitch and Maxime Bernier have officially declared their candidacy. Bigger names such as businessman and television personality Kevin O'Leary, MPs Jason Kenney, Lisa Raitt, Tony Clement, and former speaker Andrew Scheer, as well as former MP Peter MacKay are staying on the sidelines for now though a few will have speaking roles at the convention.Oh and Kevin O'Leary, Trump North, that should be fun. Tim
They progressive wing really struggles badly to keep the party oriented to fiscal conservatism rather than the social conservative agenda that is pushed by the religious right. The religious right, on the other hand, has gotten smart and tried to expand their tent to include immigrants who also often hold socially conservative views. I can't see the progressive wing meaningfully reasserting their influence any time soon. Too bad.
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