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Conservatives pass motions on euthanasia, sex-selective abortion

11/02/2013 02:16 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
Conservative Party members have passed motions at their biannual convention in Calgary, pledging not to support euthanasia or assisted suicide, and to scale back public sector pension plans.

The policies don't necessarily become government policy, but tell the party's leadership, including the prime minister, what direction members would like to see.

The party also adopted policies to:

- pledge not to support any legislation to legalize euthanasia or assisted suicide.

- move public sector pensions to defined contribution plans rather than defined benefits, essentially scaling them back and bringing them into line with private sector pensions.

- reject the concept of legalizing the purchase of sex and develop a plan to target the buyers and third parties who profit off the sex trade.

- let faith-based organizations refuse the use of their facilities to people holding views contrary to their own.

- separate the CBC's TV and radio funding allocations.

They also voted for more transparency for their own books, less than a week after Senator Mike Duffy revealed the Conservative Party paid a $13,000 legal bill.

Delegates at the biennial policy convention approved a motion that would make it mandatory for a financial report to be delivered at each gathering.

The fact the party had paid for some of Duffy's legal bills related to his contested Senate expenses was not known until the embattled Senator delivered a speech in the upper chamber.

RCMP court filings have also alleged that the president of the Conservative Fund of Canada, Sen. Irving Gerstein, was discussing the possibility of paying back up to $30,000 of Duffy's expenses.

In the end, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's then chief of staff Nigel Wright secretly repaid $90,000 of Duffy's claims out of his own pocket.

Follow CBC News' liveblog of the convention here.

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