Conservative convention: Amid cries of scandal in Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper headed to Calgary for a policy convention and to rally his supporters.
Has the Conservative Party lived up to its hopes under his leadership? Can the party win another election?
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The Conservative Party just finished a policy convention in Calgary. It's an important time for any political party ...an opportunity for delegates from various
parts of the country to reconnect ...to trade thoughts and strategies ...and nail down some new policies. It's also a time for the footsoldiers to communicate
with the party stars and leadership.
Earlier in the week, the Prime Minister left Ottawa, still roiling with the Senate scandal, and flew to Calgary to participate ...and to rally his supporters. On
Friday night he spoke to a crowd of about three-thousand. He reviewed his government's successes, outlined some new directions ...and took a swipe at his
critics. Some of those critics say he didn't spend enough time on the Senate scandal. They say Canadians deserve a more complete explanation. While that view was
echoed by a few Conservative delegates, many seemed to approve of the way the Prime Minster is handling the affair and most seemed to support the idea that the
three senators in question should be suspended as soon as possible.
The convention approved several new policy initiatives...including constraints on unions; limits to public sector wages and pensions, and a move to restrict any
loosening of assisted suicide laws or prostitution laws ...to name a few ...all measures they hope will carry them through the next election in 2015.
Now as delegates return to their ridings and the Prime Minister and his colleagues return to Ottawa, one thing is certain ...the temperature of the Senate issue
is not about to be dialed down. Conservatives are still determined to suspend the three senators, Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy, and Pamela Wallin ...and the
opposition is still set on opposing such a move. In the House it's almost as certain Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair will continue his cross-examination of the
Prime Minister in his attempt to tie Stephen Harper to a coverup.
We want to know what you think about all of this?
If you're a Conservative, do you think the party is on the right track? Has it lived up to your hopes under the leadership of Stephen Harper? If you lean
Liberal or NDP what concerns you coming out of this convention ...is it a specific policy or is it the scandal left behind in Ottawa? If you're not affiliated
in any way with any party ...what are you looking for and what do you see that attracts you or maybe puts you off?
Our question today: "Has the Senate scandal damaged Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party?"
I'm Rex Murphy ...on CBC Radio One ...and on Sirius XM, satellite radio channel 169 ...this is Cross Country Checkup.
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