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

House of Commons / la Chambre des communes

Monday: Today in Politics

Debate is expected to continue on the assisted-dying bill (C-14).

House of Commons / la Chambre des communes

Friday: MPs consider assisted-dying bill

Debate begins on Bill C-14.

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READ: Duffy trial judgment

An Ontario judge cleared Senator Mike Duffy of all 31 criminal charges.

House of Commons / la Chambre des communes

Thursday: Today in Politics

MPs debate an opposition day motion on milk imports and supply management.

Senate of Canada / La Sénat du Canada

Senate rules for criminal charges

The official Rules of the Senate outline the process for a senator facing criminal charges

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READ: Closing arguments at the Duffy trial

Submissions from both Crown and defence at the close of Senator Mike Duffy’s trial.

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Wednesday: Today in Politics

The government has given notice of time allocation for the Air Canada bill (C-10).

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Tuesday: sports betting bill returns to Commons

Bill C-221, to be debated Tuesday, would allow regulated betting at gaming facilities.