'Recharging the right': Conservatives headline Manning Centre conference

Conservatives - big C and small c ones - are gathered in Ottawa this weekend for the annual conference of the right-leaning Manning Centre.

Possible leadership contenders Kevin O'Leary and Michael Chong to speak Friday at 2 p.m.

Preston Manning, former leader of the Reform Party, on the future of conservatism in Canada. 9:28

Conservatives — big C and small c ones — are gathered in Ottawa this weekend for the annual conference of the right-leaning Manning Centre.

On Friday's agenda (all times ET):

Conservative MP Michael Chong, left, speaks with Preston Manning during a session entitled "If I run here's how I'd do it" during the Manning Centre Conference in Ottawa on Friday. Other potential Conservative leadership contenders are scheduled to appear at this year's event. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
  • 9 a.m.: Opening keynote speech — 'Recharging the Right' — from the centre's founder, former Reform Party leader Preston Manning.
  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.: Journalist panel: How does the conservative movement recharge? featuring Chantal Hébert, Anthony Furey, Paul Wells, and Mercedes Stephenson
  • ​11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: 'Conservatives on Cannabis' panel discussion: Karen O'Keefe, Dr. Daniel Lindsay, Dr. Dean Vause
  • ​1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: The Importance of Political Training: Morton Blackwell
  • ​​2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: 'If I Run, Here's How I'd Do it' (Part 1): Kevin O'Leary, Michael Chong  
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: 'Conservatives and the Media: Not a love story' panel discussion: Sara MacIntyre, Lydia Miljan, John Ibbitson
  • 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: 'Whither American Conservatives?': Michael Gerson 
Sara MacIntyre tells the Manning Conference how the Harper government ran its media relations strategy. 4:55

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