Delegates get down to serious party business today, with a full slate of in camera policy and constitution workshops taking place on the forbidden-to-the-media second floor; they'll also have the opportunity to meet with various National Council candidates and learn all about C-Vote, which, according to the programme, will be "replacing" CIMS. There's also an off-site VIP reception for the Leaders' Circle at the Chateau Laurier, hosted by Senators Irv Gerstein and Nicole Eaton.
This afternoon, various unnamed ministers will hold "information sessions" to discuss their respective portfolios "in a Q&A fashion." Conservative MPs will also be on hand to present the "significant projects of interest" on which they've been hard at work in their ridings and on the Hill, and the same roving band of National Council candidates will present their respective platforms to voting delegates.
Finally, tonight's keynote speaker is, of course, Stephen Harper, who will take the stage before what will undoubtedly be a standing-room only crowd at some point after 6:30, but before 9pm, when the hospitality suites -- including the much-anticipated Fabulous Blue Tent -- will open.
On today's Power & Politics: The War Room podcast:
Fresh off their majority win, the Conservative national party convention is underway. But delegates have to deal with the sticky issue of one member, one vote. It could have a significant impact on future leadership races for the party.
Scott Reid of Feschuk.Reid, former NDP Campaign Director Brian Topp and -- straight from the Tory convention -- former Conservative Cabinet Minister Stockwell Day are in The War Room.
Full audio after the jump...
UPDATED with video of her question, and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's, um, impish response... after the jump.
My colleague Chris Rands, who's on the Hill at the moment, tells us:
Elizabeth May turns 57 today, and her House of Commons seat neighbours, the four Bloc Québécois MPs, have given her a birthday present of sorts by sharing a slot for today's Question Period.
How will she use it? I guess we'll see at around three o'clock today.