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Alissa Golob: Canada's so-cons are so not gone

Canadians wanting change in abortion better start showing up as convention delegates

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This past weekend I attended the biennial Conservative convention, and boy, was it ever raucous. From Harper’s last stand, to Michelle Rempel’s tear ducts to a lot of screaming and yelling over gay marriage, it made it hard for me to focus on all of Rona’s outfits (especially her shoes), which was basically all I was there for….

For those of you who have never attended a convention or don’t understand what happens at these events, here’s a quick summary:

In order to go to any political convention, you must be a card-carrying member of a party. It sounds important, but really all this means is you skip buying pizza that week and go online and sign-up for $15 or $25 (depending on what party you want to belong to). It takes five minutes and you’re instantly a member. It only lasts a year, so if you’re prone to Coren-like conversions, don’t worry. The card expires in a year. You’ll then get an e-mail from the party letting you know when the DSM (delegate selection meeting) is. You go to the meeting, put your name forward to be a delegate, and the party members from that riding who are at the meeting vote. Each riding selects 10 adult delegates with one youth delegate under the age of 25. Once you’ve been selected, you pay the convention fees (which many ridings help you with) and you’re off to the races.

So what happens at a policy convention? Two things: 1- you vote on amendments and changes to the party’s constitution and policy statements and 2- you vote for National Council. National Council oversees the operation of the party (like a Board of Directors).

Blah, blah, blah, why is any of this important to pro-lifers and social conservatives?

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