Fonseca said, so be it."Pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious freedom" proposals, he said, will only help the party grow by reflecting the values and attracting support from new immigrants, who tend to come from more socially conservative areas, such as China, India, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
"I respect their religious beliefs, but there is no place for that on the floor."The theme of this year's convention is "look forward" — but many policy proposals are reflective of past debates, past controversies and few forward-looking resolutions. One calls for a referendum before any changes to the electoral system are made.
Another wants more airline competition and suggests that the federal government allow cabotage — foreign airlines' carrying passengers between domestic airports — on a trial basis. riding associations, to limit the party leader to serving "no more than eight continuous years after being appointed prime minister." Four riding associations are calling for frequent leadership reviews.
Many resolutions, however, are focused on the grassroots' trying to claim more control over the party and fixing problems that emerged during Harper's last term in office. Harper, who served as prime minister for nine years, faced no reviews during his time in office.
We are going to have same-sex marriage going forward."Pon stressed that she and the resolution's backers, including the group LGBTory, are not proposing a new definition of marriage but only deleting its "limiting definition." They want to be inclusive of all views, she added, by also upholding the rights of religious organizations not to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.
Social conservatives want to be heard Social conservatives, however, see this as the latest affront to their values that augurs their diminishing place in the Conservative party. Gutting the party of these core supporters, activists and donors spells only one thing: a permanent Liberal majority for the foreseeable future."Three policy proposals mentioning, or indirectly referring to, abortion may also be debated in Vancouver.
Already silenced from introducing anti-abortion motions in the Commons during the Tories' majority government, Campaign Life Coalition believes the party is further alienating social conservatives, telling them they are unwanted and their views are unwelcome."If you delete the policy on marriage, you'll end up gutting the Conservative Party and driving away its very large social conservative base," Jack Fonseca, Campaign Life Coalition's senior political strategist, told The Huffington Post Canada."They won't see themselves or their values reflected in the party anymore, and their support will end," he added. The riding association of Calgary Nose Hill — popular MP Michelle Rempel's riding — wants to add to the party's constitution "a belief in the value and dignity of all human life." "It is the deepest held belief of our Canadian society that all people, regardless of life situation or age, have intrinsic value and worth and therefore deserve dignity," the riding association writes in explaining their resolution.
"Many will stop voting and just stay home on election day. If the motion ends up reopening the abortion debate.
TORONTO — The Conservatives' first convention without Stephen Harper as leader is gearing up to be a settling of old scores and rancorous disputes over same-sex marriage and abortion.
A proposal to scrap the party's belief in marriage as the union of one man and one woman may lead to contentious debate on the convention floor in Vancouver this week.
Those in favour believe the party needs to get on side with the majority of public opinion, and respect court rulings and a law passed in Parliament more than a decade ago.
"A lot of people have realized that we need this to be electable going forward," said 24-year-old Natalie Pon, one of the backers of the resolution."We recognize that if the Conservatives form government in 2019, this isn't something that is going to be repealed.