A BCer in Toronto: Cons keep leadership system Finley says wide-open to abuse

In an convention that was seriously lacking in news (which is the way the Conservatives wanted it, incidentally) the one bit of drama was the battle (which seems to happen at each of their conventions) to re-write the rules for selecting Stephen Harper’s successor. When the Alliance and PCs merged, PC leader Peter MacKay insisted ...

A BCer in Toronto: Barely news today, forgotten tomorrow: live-blogging the policy plenary

1:30 PM: And we’re back, or we will be in 5 minutes, the voice from on high just informed the hall. It’s time for the policy plenary, and apparently we have 30 or so to deal with in one-and-a-half hours. We’ll see how that goes. Policy plenaries are a funny thing. Well-meaning people spend months ...

A BCer in Toronto: Let’s get ready to roberts rules rumble…liveblogging the constitutional plenary

(refresh for updates) 10:14 AM: After sleeping in a little and grabbing a muffin and a diet pepsi (breakfast of champions) I’m settled in on press row again for more Conservative mainhall drama. Actually, we may have a modicum of drama today because the constitutional and policy plenaries are the main orders of business. The ...

A BCer in Toronto: My day two video blog from Conservative Convention 2011

Back again with my day two video blog of Friday’s fun and games at the Conservative convention in Ottawa. We got shut out of the good stuff, such as the constitutional and policy workshops where, once again, the creation of a youth wing was soundly rejected, perhaps on orders and pressure from the party brass. ...

A BCer in Toronto: Navigating the anti-Harper protest line (video)

After venturing off campus Friday afternoon to have a drink with an old Carleton friend, I returned to the conference centre to find the road out front closed and filled with about 200 protesters there to greet Stephen Harper who was due to speak to delegates that evening. I proceeded to work my way through ...

A BCer in Toronto: Liveblogging Harperpalooza gloat-a-thon 2011

7:01 PM: I’ve settled in on press row for the evening keynote by Stephen Harper. I’m a little late but, thankfully and true to form, Harper is even later and the event shows no sign of starting, so it’s all good. Was off campus meeting a friend from my Carleton days for a drink, and ...

A BCer in Toronto: Dean Del Mastro’s lie-based campaign techniques

At a punditry panel this morning at the Conservative Convention in Ottawa, Conservative MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dean Del Mastro, took to the microphone to share some of his campaign techniques. Apparently his primary technique is deliberately misleading his constituents. In this video, he talks about how he told voters that ...

A BCer in Toronto: Gettin’ our conservative on: live blogging Preston Manning at #cpc11

10:30 AM: Had to run over to the Rideau Centre for a cold beverage because none seem to be available in the conference centre, but I’m back in the same hall. It’s now packed; with the delegates having sent a message to Canada’s youth by massively rejecting the creation of a youth wing, they’re now ...

A BCer in Toronto: Video: Don Plett rips into Peter MacKay on one member, one vote

As promised, here’s some video of a speech Conservative Senator and former party president Don Plett gave at a hospitality suite Thursday night sponsored by MP Scott Reid, who is leading the movement to do reform the system of riding weighting for leadership voting that the party adopted when it was formed through the merer ...

A BCer in Toronto: Liveblog: Panel of Conservative pundits

(refresh for updates) 9:05 AM: Whole delegates are off doing fun constitutional things blogger/media types like me are banned from, I’m with a small group in a large room for a panel of pundits hosted by Monte Solberg. Other pundits on the panel of men in suits include twitterer Mike Storeshaw, recently former PMO staffer ...

A BCer in Toronto: Video: James Moore and Mark Strahl on one member, one vote

As I mentioned earlier, an attempt led by MP Scott Reid to change the equal ridings one member, one vote method of leadership selection is generating buzz at the Conservative convention. I’ll have a fiery speech on the topic shortly, but here are BC MP Mark Strahl (son of Chuck) and BC Minister James Moore ...

A BCer in Toronto: Touring Conservative hospitality suites

At least until the day when policy developed at conventions has any impact even remotely on campaign platforms, for many the most important part of most political convention is the hospitality suites,which seek to woo delegates with free booze and snacks. Here’s a look at a few of the suites from the first night of ...

A BCer in Toronto: My day one video blog from Conservative Convention 2011

Here’s my video blog from the first day on the 2011 Conservative convention, which I’m attending as a blogger. It includes cameos by Tony Clement and Jacques Demers, close-up shots of cheese, and failing to negotiate a bargain on a Stephane Dion t-shirt. For more of my thoughts on the first say, see my live ...

A BCer in Toronto: Night One: #cpc11 live blog

6:30 pm: I have my blogger/media pass, I’ve navigated my way through the brand new Ottawa convention centre, I’ve paid $33.90 for WiFi (you’re welcome, dear readers) and I’m settled into the front row of the media section (at the waaaay back of the convention hall) for night one of Conservative Majoritypalooza 2011. I’ll be ...

A BCer in Toronto: I’ll be blogging from the Conservative convention in Ottawa

After starting the week in Las Vegas, during which time my Canucks forgot how to play hockey, I’m onboard a Via train at the moment on my way to Ottawa, where I’ll be through Sunday evening covering the Conservative convention and patronizing some of the capital’s finer public houses. I’ve been accredited to the convention ...