1987 Reform Convention

1987 Reform Convention

November 1, 1987 – Winnipeg Convention Centre

 

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.