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A list of what policies Conservatives are considering at convention

Delegates hold up vote cards as they vote to change the current wording of the party's same-sex marriage policy at Conservative Party of Canada convention in Vancouver, Friday, May 27, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
May 28, 2016 - 5:58 PM

VANCOUVER - Conservatives voted Saturday today on changes to their policy handbook and their constitution. Here's a look at some of the measures they decided upon.


— that a national referendum must be held prior to implementing any future electoral reform proposal. - PASSED

— adding a policy saying "the government should support and encourage the private development of the Energy East pipeline." - PASSED.

— modifying existing policy on aboriginal affairs to say the party supports "the abolition of the Indian Act and proposes a new legislation which recognizes the fiduciary obligation of the Federal Crown while proposing a new deal with First Nations based on autonomy, taxation capacity, transparency, accountability and property rights." - PASSED

— adding to existing section on firearms to say a Conservative government "recognizes that civilian firearms ownership is a Canadian heritage," and that a Conservative government would order a review of firearms related laws to identify parts that have no public safety value. - PASSED

— adding a policy supporting maternal and newborn child health initiatives. - PASSED

— adding that the party supports "conscience rights for doctors, nurses, and others to refuse to participate in or refer their patients for abortion, assisted suicide, or euthanasia." - PASSED

— deleting existing section that says: "We believe that Parliament, through a free vote, and not the courts should determine the definition of marriage. We support legislation defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman." - PASSED

— adding a policy that the party will not endorse religious or cultural courts. - PASSED


— to add "a belief in the value and dignity of all human life" as one of the party's principles. - PASSED

— to refresh the policy handbook after every fourth convention to take out all redundant and spent items - PASSED

— to extend free admission to convention to people who donate the maximum either nationally or locally, instead of just nationally. - FAILED.

— formalize that senators are allowed a vote in the process of selecting an interim leader. - PASSED.

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