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.