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CBC Radio's The House: Conservatives plan their path forward

On this week’s show — a look at the Conservatives’ first-ever virtual policy convention as CBC’s Hannah Thibedeau checks in with delegates across the country. Three Conservative strategists examine Erin O’Toole’s highly anticipated speech and caucus-party liaison MP Tim Uppal discusses the party’s policy direction. Plus — a reflection on addressing gender-based violence in Canada and a report on the effort to recognize Emancipation Day.

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Conservative leader Erin O'Toole rallied Conservatives at the party's 2021 convention Friday, saying that the party needs to appeal to a broad range of Canadians to defeat Justin Trudeau's Liberals. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)
On this week’s show — a look at the Conservatives’ first-ever virtual policy convention as CBC’s Hannah Thibedeau checks in with delegates across the country. Three Conservative strategists examine Erin O’Toole’s highly anticipated speech and caucus-party liaison MP Tim Uppal discusses the party’s policy direction. Plus — a reflection on addressing gender-based violence in Canada and a report on the effort to recognize Emancipation Day. 49:17

Conservatives chart a course for the next election

This week, members of the Conservative Party of Canada met virtually for the first time since Erin O'Toole became leader — and after weeks of reports of flat poll numbers and low morale in caucus.

CBC national reporter Hannah Thibedeau caught up with delegates participating remotely to hear about their top policy priorities. Meanwhile, Conservative strategists Jenni Byrne, Erika Barootes and Chad Rogers analyze O'Toole's highly anticipated keynote speech, Jack Fonseca — director of political operations at Campaign Life Coalition — describes how some social conservatives party members are feeling these days. And Alberta MP Tim Uppal, the caucus-party liaison, talks about whether the convention has succeeded in defining a Conservative Party with clear policy priorities and a united membership.

The Conservative policy convention this week marked a chance for the Conservatives to unite their party and define themselves ahead of a potential election this year. The House hears from strategists, activists and others on how it all played out. 32:45

Tackling gender-based violence in Canada

Headlines in recent days have been stark: 17-year-old Jennifer Winkler was stabbed to death at her Alberta high school by a teenage boy, a police officer has been charged in the death of 33-year-old Sarah Everard in the U.K. and a gunman shot and killed eight people, most of them women of Asian descent, in Atlanta, Georgia.

As statistics show a rise in violence against women and girls in Canada, Chris Hall speaks to a member of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality's advisory council, Lana Wells, about what's being done to address gender-based violence.

Prof. Lana Wells of the University of Calgary, who is also a member of an advisory council to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality, speaks to Chris Hall about what can be done to address gender-based violence in Canada. 8:34

Will Canada officially celebrate Emancipation Day?

For decades, campaigners have lobbied the federal government to recognize Emancipation Day on August 1 — the day when, in 1834, slavery was abolished in the British Empire.

A motion in the House of Commons could soon call on the government to mark the day and recognize Canada's history of slavery. The House speaks to campaigners and looks back on how some communities — including Windsor, Ont. — have celebrated Emancipation Day in the past.

A motion in the House of Commons could soon succeed in calling on the government to mark Emancipation Day and recognize Canada's history of slavery. The House speaks to campaigners and looks back on how some communities have celebrated the day in the past. 5:28

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