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



Voting Reform: P.E.I. again considers change

While federal politicians consider voting reform, Prince Edward Island will hold a second vote on the subject this fall.

Academic witnesses to appear at electoral reform committee

Political scientists from across Canada will offer their thoughts on the politics and process of voting.

Mayrand speaks on referendum cost, logistics

Elections Canada needs guidance any new voting system by next spring to ensure the next election runs smoothly, and a referendum could cost $300 million.

Wednesday: MPs to question Monsef on voting reform

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef is the first public witness at the Special Committee on Electoral Reform.

Electoral Reform committee prepares to hear witnesses — and audience

Audience members will likely have a chance to speak at meetings in Ottawa and across Canada.

Electoral reform committee to elect chair

The committee has five Liberals, three Conservatives, two New Democrats, one Green, and one Bloc member.

Friday: Today in Politics

The House of Commons returns to Bill C-2.

Thursday: Today in Politics

MPs have started debate on the Senate amendments to Bill C-14.