While 450 members of the Alberta Conservative Party gathered at an Edmonton hotel on Saturday, hundreds rallied outside to voice their own grievances with Alison Redford’s Progressive Conservative party.
Delegates from constituencies across the province met behind closed doors, debating topics such as provincial health care, post-secondary education and sales tax.
The outcome of these conversations won’t change party policy, but may help define the agenda for the PC’s annual general meeting, which will take place in November.
Outside, it was a different story as nearly 500 protesters braved the weather to protest recent budget cuts.
"People came from all across the province — and they were loud and clear," said Bill Moore-Kilgannon, the executive director of Public Interest Alberta.
"They think this government's on the wrong path, and they've got some serious issues with the policy direction the PC party's going."
Redford will face a mandatory leadership review and vote at the general meeting in November.