Conservative Party of Canada

Conservatives Double Down On Divisive Policies Canadians Rejected

Michel Picard | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Michel Picard

The wedge politics and fearmongering of the Conservatives in the last election were resoundingly rejected by Canadians. Whether it is Kellie Leitch playing to xenophobia with her values test or Tony Clement gleefully trampling our rights, it seems the Conservative Party still hasn't gotten the memo.

Immigration Values Test Shows Conservatives Still Don't Get It

Arif Virani | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Arif Virani

The recent revelations that Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been consulting conservatives around the country about whether we need to screen newcomers to our country for "anti-Canadian values" prior to permitting them entry is both disappointing and, unfortunately, not surprising.

Ambrose Against Proposal To Screen For 'Anti-Canadian Values'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.04.2016 | Canada Politics

She said Leitch's proposal was "badly worded.''

Canada Can Help Support The Long-Term Success Of Refugees

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Yiu

Canada is a young country and we lack the long history and cultural heritage like European countries. We do not share the American Dream nor America's melting-pot culture. Thus, we provide better ground for multiculturalism to flourish; we let refugees and immigrants from around the world preserve their culture and heritage.

Ranked Ballot Voting System Might Not Give Grits The Edge: Experts

CP | Joan Bryden | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics

Assuming a Liberal advantage is "very much wrong-headed'' and "far too simplistic."

Tory Leadership Candidate Favours Free-Trade Deal With China

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Politics

Maxime Bernier said he believes Canada would emerge a winner in any such agreement and be able to increase its exports by $7.7 billion a year.

Lisa Raitt 'Leaning Positively' Towards Tory Leadership Bid

CBC | CBC News | Posted 07.16.2016 | Canada Politics

"I'm north of 50 per cent (likely to run)."

Tories Considering Leadership Bids Mull It Over At Convention

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2016 | Canada Politics

One of the factors for the party executive is money.

Tories Axe Policy Against Same-Sex Marriage

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2016 | Canada Politics

The Conservative party wiped a policy opposing same sex marriage off its books Saturday.

Gender Equity: We Need A Genuine Shift In The Political Landscape

Reva Seth | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Reva Seth

These next few days are like festival season for political people: in Winnipeg the Liberal Party is gathering for the 2016 Biennial Convention while over in Vancouver, the Conservative Party are also in the midst of their national convention. Gender equity and increasing the number of female candidates will be a hot topic for both. PM Trudeau and his core team have this made this a clear priority for this Liberal Party and for the Conservatives, a more gender inclusive party has to be an essential part of their renewal efforts.

Was Harper Really The Worst Canadian Prime Minister In History?

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

Does the inevitable stagnation that comes with a decade in power automatically cast a departed leader as the worst in history? Many will point at Harper's dictatorial approach to governance, his deficits, his disregard for science or his political gamesmanship as proof that he was. I don't think this type of hyperbole is worthwhile nor productive.

Young Conservatives Want The Party's Attention

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Politics

It's frustrating to many young Conservatives that people think Trudeau first when it comes to appealing to young voters.

Ambrose Has Proven Herself Worthy Of Permanent Tory Leadership

Andrew Perez | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Andrew Perez

If Conservatives are shrewd as they convene in Vancouver this week for their party's convention, they will plead with Ambrose to run for the party's permanent leadership while requesting a not insignificant change to the party's constitution that would allow the party's interim leader to contest the permanent leadership.

Tory Grassroots Want Change, More Power At Upcoming Convention

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.22.2016 | Canada Politics

It's the first time party members will gather since the Conservatives lost power last fall.

Tories To Debate If 'Canadian Heritage' Includes Gun Ownership

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Politics

The party's handbook is due for an update.

A Real Feminist Wouldn't Oppose Gender Equity In Parliament

Kennedy Stewart | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Kennedy Stewart

One-off symbolic gestures such as appointing gender-balanced cabinets are not enough. Like the dozens of other countries ahead of us on the international gender equality league tables have discovered, the only way to move toward gender parity in parliament is to enact laws to prompt parties into action.

Bernier Kicks Off Tory Leadership Campaign

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Politics

Maxime Bernier told a packed stadium Sunday morning he would run a small government if elected.

Conservative Party Lowers Membership Fees After MP Criticism

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.23.2016 | Canada Politics

A one-year membership has dropped to $15 from $25, and a two-year membership is down to $25 from $30.

Can Open Party Membership Unite The Left?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Anyone who signs up with the Liberals (with no membership fee involved) will have the right to take part in policy development, nomination meetings, conventions and future elections of the leader. The Conservatives have gone in the opposite direction to the Liberals with their new $25 membership fee that has to be paid by cheque or credit card. In effect the Conservatives have managed to make themselves more exclusive rather than inclusive. The Liberals have broadened their tent while the Conservatives shrank theirs. Time will tell who made the right move.

Money Didn't Guarantee Votes In The 2015 Election: Analysis

CP | Jordan Press and Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.03.2016 | Canada Politics

But not spending enough to at least stay competitive was an almost certain path to defeat.

Zi-Ann Lum

Tories' Plan To Win In 2019? Pass 'Rich White Guys' Rep To Liberals

HuffingtonPost.com | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Politics

We spent part of our weekend to hang out with 300 conservatives to get a sense of how the party wants 'reconnect' with Canadians.

$5-Million Tory Leadership Spending Cap Raises Eyebrows

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics

"That's a lot of money for individual people to raise."

Rick Mercer: O'Leary's Shameless Trump Act Is 'Embarrassing'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Politics

"He's like a Rod Stewart impersonator. Big crowds in small towns only."

These Federal Tories Are Testing The Waters For Leadership

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.27.2016 | Canada Politics

Five potential hopefuls took the stage.

The Conservatives' Rhetoric On Pipelines Is A Blast From The Past

Greg MacNeil | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Greg MacNeil

Rather than engaging in a robust post-election rebuilding process and seeking to broaden its base, the Conservative party has decided to retreat into their comfort zone of regional grievance politics. Under the leadership of Rona Ambrose, the Conservatives appear to be abandoning any attempt to repair the national coalition that swept them to power in 2006. Indeed, today they look more like the Canadian Alliance of the early 2000s than the governing Conservatives of the last 10 years. The latest and most obvious example of this is the party's recent opposition day motion on the Energy East pipeline.