Inside Politics

Heads up, Calgary: #CPC13 is about to get underway!

With the much-anticipated Conservative convention about to get underway, the House has switched to Friday hours in order to allow MPs to make the trek to Calgary --on their own dime, for those who were wondering -- in time for the kick-off of the three-day confab.

That means Question Period will take place at 11:15 ET, and the Commons will shut down for the weekend by 2pm or so at the latest.

Meanwhile, according to the convention agenda, the only official events on the schedule today are the opening ceremonies -- which, somewhat disappointingly, are not open to media, which I seem to recall was not the case when the party faithful together in Ottawa in 2011 -- and the "Best of the Wild West Rodeo and Grub," a similarly closed-door affair hosted by the provincial riding associations.

In advance of Friday's (also, alas, in camera) breakout sessions, I've put together a rundown of some of the more interesting -- and potentially controversial -- policy and party political proposals currently slated to come up for debate:

Policy resolutions to watch: Gender selection, guns, union finances

Party resolutions to watch: Leadership races, transparency and ethics

Later this morning, we'll hold a special #CPC13 live chat -- and, of course, we'll have full coverage of all the action -- on and off the official programme -- throughout the weekend, so stay tuned! 

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