From October 31 to November 2, the Conservative Party of Canada will descend on Calgary for the party’s first national policy convention since 2011. In the wake of the court decision that found widespread voter suppression during the 2011 federal election, the deepening Senate scandal, the widespread impacts of the omnibus budget bills, along with ongoing environmental devastation from policies based on extraction and export, this convention will set the Conservative agenda heading into the next election.
At the convention, Conservatives will debate policy resolutions that would:
"move to a less progressive tax system"
"support the sale of public assets"
restructure the CBC with the aim of the "elimination of all public funding of the corporation"
"integrate our foreign policy with policies on trade and national defense"
support "right to work legislation" while severely limiting how unions can spend members' dues
gut public sector benefits and pension plans
unilaterally change how land on First Nations' reserves is governed
push for even more public-private "partnerships"
Join us for a teach-in to learn about the potential impacts of these policies and hear from a range of provincial and national speakers about a different vision, one that focuses on progressive policies for people and the planet.
David Suzuki (Scientist and environmentalist)
Maude Barlow (National Chairperson, the Council of Canadians)
Chief Theresa Spence (Attawapiskat First Nation)
Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation)
Jean Lortie (Secretary-general, Confédération des syndicats nationaux)
Andrew Nikiforuk (Author and journalist)
Jim Stanford (Economist, UNIFOR)
Brigette DePape ("Rogue Page", writer and activist)
Paul Moist (National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees)
Michael Harris (writer, journalist, and documentary filmmaker)
Moderated by Bill Phipps (Author and social and environmental activist)
This event is brought to you by Common Causes, an assembly of social movements dedicated to defending democracy, the environment, and human rights.
To purchase tickets, visit http://commoncauses.zoobis.com (A limited number of complimentary tickets have been set aside for those who cannot afford the ticket price. Please email Julie to reserve your complimentary ticket.)
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