The impact of growing professional life on the Conservative Party



The pro-life movement has gained unprecedented influence within the Conservative Party of Canada and is seeking more.

Ten alliance groups have purchased Conservative membership and have gathered supporters to represent the party’s recent online policy conference. As a result, more than 100 professional life representatives were born, five times as many as the 2018 tournament.

The impact was great. Of the 35 amendments to the party constitution, the position recommended by Right Now, one of the pro-life groups, won 29 times.

As RightNow wanted, the delegation favored national recruitment strategies and tax credits, freedom of speech on campus, income tax credits for families, increased philanthropic tax credits, and continued opposition to suicide support. I cast a vote.

The main purpose of changing the party’s policy on abortion went nowhere. Prior to the convention, the constituency association (EDA) board voted for their favorite of 196 policy proposals. The resolution banning late-stage and sex-selective abortion was not included in the top 34 companies discussed.

RightNow co-founder Scott Hayward said his position in professional life is underestimated in EDA.

“There are examples of various EDAs that have voted for the extreme abortion policy proposed by one of GTA’s EDAs. Nevertheless, even if some of these EDA boards vote for that policy, they will represent the tournament. A person’s slate is 100% professional life, so there is a clear break, “he said.

Hayward wants to mobilize his professional life to take a conservative EDA position before the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Annual Meetings. He said presence would have a far greater impact than policy.

“We also hear the voice of prolife on the board when decisions are made by local party authorities about nominees and candidates for leadership races, or how EDA invests their money. I’m sure I’m at the meeting. “

One of the key questions is whether a resolution on pro-life policy will result in the passage of an abortion law by a conservative government.

“It’s harmless,” Hayward said, adding that he also wants more professional life staff in parliamentary offices and elsewhere. “We have confirmed that our people and our voices are properly expressed at all levels within the party, as well as within other political parties.”

Tom Flanagan, a former Chief of Staff of Stephen Harper and an emeritus professor at the University of Calgary, said the election platform was formed by leaders, not parties.

“The leader has full control over it. He appoints people to write it and, through his assistant, manages the entire process of consultation, drafting, editing, and publishing. Platforms are usually policy books. Consistent with, but often ignores many aspects of the policy book. “

In the 2019 federal elections, the party did not announce the platform until the day after the final election debate. Flanagan explains why.

“Opposition researchers read it carefully and pull out items to embarrass leaders, saying that the party really means. Therefore, leadership concerns about policy manuals are primarily defensive. I have a good personality. “

The tournament representatives elected eight of the ten pro-life candidates in the ten seats of the National Assembly, where federal decisions are made for the party, and two more pro-life candidates were praised. .. The result was the first in party history to hold 10 of the 18 council seats.

Resident of Sarnia, Ontario, Peter Asen was one of the pro-life elected to the National Assembly. His involvement began with the Federal Progressive Conservative Party before the 1988 elections. He then hosted Stockwell Day, the leader of the Canadian Alliance at the time, for a campaign event at home.

“The important traditional values ​​I have learned alive for me are a great compass for Canada, and I think the Conservatives are the best party to represent them. [although] It’s not perfect, “Asen said in an interview.

EDA president Asen, who ran for conservative candidates on two horseback riding, said the initial talks with the National Assembly were heartfelt.

“It’s the only place we can talk to and I can tell you that I’m socially conservative. I’m not hiding that fact. I have equal contributors in the council. I felt and heard. “

Asen said he didn’t feel alienated from party leader Erin O’Toole trying to build a party-supported “big tent.”

“He may mention more about social conservatives, but he’s not going to ignore them. He throws the social conservatives under the bus to provide a formidable alternative to the Liberal Party. , I’m trying to say that we need to embrace the regional and ideological breadth and depth of Canadians. “

A February 2020 Dart & Maru / Blue poll found that 70% of Canadians wanted a law against abortion and 84% opposed sex-selective abortion. Only 18% believe that life begins with birth.

Of the current 120 Conservatives, the Canadian Abortion Union has determined 81 as “anti-choice”, 7 as “agree” and 32 as “unknown or uncertain”.

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