CPAC

1987 Reform Convention

November 1, 1987

Winnipeg Convention Centre

Reform Party of Canada►Nearly 300 members of the Reform Association of Canada met in Manitoba’s capital to create the Reform Party of Canada.

 

 

With an unofficial motto of “The West Wants In,” the vast majority of delegates were from Alberta and British Columbia.

Western anger with Brian Mulroney’s policies helped foster the association’s first meetings in Vancouver five months earlier.

►On Nov. 1, Preston Manning was unanimously selected as the first Reform leader after opponent Stan Roberts, a former Manitoba Liberal MLA, walked out of the convention with several delegates. Roberts had disputed the new party’s finances and claimed many of his supporters were prevented from registering.

►The party decided to focus first on electing MPs in the western provinces and the territories. They also had to decide on a name amongst several options, and whether to include the word “Western.”

Delegates adopted a 20-point statement of principles that informed the 1988 election platform.

Read the Reform constitution

Highlights

hilite_conservative

Thursday: Today in Politics

The Conservatives have an opposition day in the House of Commons.

Parliament Hill Fire - 1916

The Fire of 1916

Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary of the fire that gutted the Centre Block on Parliament Hill.

House of Commons / la Chambre des communes

Wednesday: Liberals seek to repeal union bills

The parties also hold their weekly caucus meetings.

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Tuesday: pay equity motion from NDP

The NDP’s first opposition day is focused on pay equity for women.

House of Commons / la Chambre des communes

Monday: Today in Politics

MPs vote on last week’s Conservative motion in support of the Energy East pipeline.

Budget

Friday: MPs consider tax bill

Debate begins on the plan to reduce middle-class income tax.

energy / l'énergie

Thursday: Conservative opposition day

MPs will debate a Conservative motion on pipelines and the energy sector.

House of Commons / la Chambre des communes

Wednesday: Today in Politics

Following question period, MPs finish debate on the Speech from the Throne.