The 2019 CPC Convention in Halifax has come and gone. So has Maxime Bernier regarding the Party. Inevitable? Yes, likely, but the other inevitabilities are not remotely new in any way shape or form from the Party of Harper that insists Harper is history. But then, maybe Emperor is in the rear-view mirror considering the passed resolutions to re-open the legality of abortion and remove birth-right citizenship, issues kept closed by Harper for a decade.
Make no mistake, this is not a united party with a clear path forward. Before the gavel could open the festivities in Halifax, Maxime Bernier announced he was leaving the Party effective immediately, stating the CPC had become just another bought-off gang of tools. It did garner big coverage, but with Supply Management being somewhat prevented from hitting the Plenary floor, the intent from the Party to eliminate All Things Max seems clear. An emerging issue in one riding in the entire country is now deemed part of policy based on nationalism it seems. Birth-right citizenship, something dating back to the Roman Empire in practice, is now not acceptable to the delegates. Courtesy of two well-organized Anti-abortion groups, Canadian Life Coalition and Right Now, the legality of abortion is back as a problem for the delegates. 27 of 30 changes were passed in Plenary, most of which do not look forward but back to Conservative Unicorn Land, be that the 2000's or the 1860's.
Speeches to the delegates extolled the virtuous Conservative world, according to Raitt, Ford, MacKay, Kenney, Gerstein, Marshall and Scheer. Meetings were held on information collection and usage relating to CIMS, C2W click to website and C2G CIMS to go. All powerful tools (weapons?) in modern campaigning. Electoral Districts were told 50% of rebates would be clawed back to CPC HQ. Sounds democratic eh?
The View Up Here looks at why the answers from Halifax create so many new questions.