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UPDATED WITH RESULTS: #CPC13 Day 3 - It's plenary time! (Part 2 - Policy resolutions)

Courtesy of the #CPC13 website, here's the priority list of policy amendments that were passed during Friday's workshop sessions, and are now set to be considered on the main convention floor during at this morning's plenary session, which is scheduled to run from 10:30 - 2:30 PM MT. 

Follow the liveblog for realtime results from the floor, or check back later today for an updated list of which ones made it through the floor vote.  

Note: For ease of reading, I've provided a summary instead of the full text of the resolution. To read those resolutions in full, consult the official package.

UPDATE - With the plenary now concluded, it appears just one resolution that made it through Friday's closed-door workshop sessions went down to defeat on the main convention floor -- a proposal submitted by the Ontario riding of Cambridge that would have added the following text to the section on firearms:

The current Firearms Act which makes ownership illegal except under specific conditions of permission shall be rescinded and replaced with an Act that;

Recognizes the right to own firearms unless that right is removed through due process of law on an individual basis, and;

Returns the "prohibited classed firearms" to restricted or non-restricted classes, and;

Recognizes the license and/or certificate of acquisition as the authorization to transport for each class named on it, and ;

That licensing and/or certification shall be valid for lifetime unless removed through due process, and;

A Conservative Government will initiate a review of the various mental health acts and privacy laws and change them to to ensure that applicable health care practitioners are given the means to advise mental health concerns (such as, but not limited to, suicidal or homicidal
behavior or such indicated behavior) to the appropriate Police for use in investigating or reviewing an individual currently holding or wishing to acquire firearms, provided in the event this information is used to deny or revoke an individual, they can appeal any adverse decision to a Court for adjudication.

After a brief but intense round of debate and a card vote that was too close to call, the final tally was 500 to 477 against.  

Resolutions on the following positions and principals, however, garnered the necessary double majority support, and will be incorporated into the next edition of the party's policy declaration:

  • Better recognition of foreign credentials
  • Ensure the "rights of workers" by requiring secret ballots for strike votes, as well as full financial disclosure of all political donations (and 'donations to media organizations) by federal public service unions
  • Strengthen existing language on opposition to "legalizing the purchase of sex," and tying it more directly to human trafficking.
  • Add text messages to existing Criminal Code provisions against harassing telephone calls
  • Enshrine the rights of 'faith-based organizations' to refuse use of facilities to those 'holding views which are contrary to" their belief systems, and add as an exclusion to 'disallowed discrimination'
  • Bring public service pensions in line with what is provided for similar positions in the private sector
  • Support for property rights/women's equity on reserves
  • Statement of opposition to any legislation to legalize Euthanasia/assisted suicide
  • Separate operating budgets for CBC Radio and Television
  • Condemnation of 'gender selection'
  • Support for a 'Canada First' defence strategy
  • Declaration that a Conservative government would "recognizes the legitimacy of private ownership of firearms and will resist any domestic or international pressure to the contrary."
  • Repeal of Freshwater Fish Marketing Act
  • Add new details on party policy on oceans and coastlines
  • Work with federally regulated public and private sector employers to ease deployment issues for military reservists 
  • Impose consecutive, rather than concurrent sentencing for those convicted of 'serious crime'
  • Increase the number of peers on veterans' review and appeal boards
  • Enact a Charter of Victims' Rights
  • Bring in "spending controls" for prisons to increase efficiency and reduce the burden on the taxpayer
  • Make public service pension benefits 'comparable to those available to similar employees in the private sector'
  • Prevent union dues from being 'diverted to fund political causes'
  • Oppose mandatory union membership/contributions
  • Arms' length administration for corporate pension plans
  • Ensure operators, not property owners are the public, are liable for any damages related to pipelines
  • A statement of support for international trade
  • Marine science research
  • 'Strategic investment' in the North/territories
  • Right to work, as well as 'clarity and public transparency' for union financial records
  • Proper docking facilities for all coastal communities "across the far North"
  • Enforcement of dumping/pollution laws against foreign vessels operating in Canadian waters, as well as right to board and inspect on suspicion of piracy/slave trade/unauthorized broadcasting etc.

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