Due to uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions and public health guidelines in the coming months, the Conservative Party’s National Council voted to hold the previously scheduled in-person convention as a virtual convention.
“With the decision to move the convention to a virtual one, the Party will now host the convention earlier than the re-scheduled date of August 2021. The Conservative Party National Policy Convention will now take place on March 18 to 20, 2021 exclusively online.
“Holding the convention earlier allows for the Party to gather member’s feedback and build that into a platform for the next election. In a minority Parliament, the next election could come at any time, and holding the convention later risks having an election before we can gather views from our membership.
“National Council sent a survey in the summer asking for feedback around potential convention options depending on the circumstances around public health restrictions, and there was strong member support for a virtual convention if a large gathering like our traditional conventions would not be possible under those restrictions.
“This upcoming virtual convention in March will feature all the same highlights from conventions of past including constitutional and policy voting, National Council elections, training sessions, guest speakers, and much more.
“We’re looking forward to having an in-person convention again in the future, and National Council decided the next convention in 2023 will take place in Quebec City.
“Until then, we’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the virtual convention, and ensuring our leader, Erin O’Toole, is armed with all the feedback from members he needs to build a platform that shows Canadians we’re a clear alternative to these Trudeau Liberals, and we will bring back the ethical, compassionate, and intelligent government Canada deserves.”
In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow.
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Conservative House of Commons Leadership Team:
- Deputy Leader: Hon. Candice Bergen (Portage – Lisgar, Manitoba)
- Quebec Political Lieutenant: Richard Martel (Chicoutimi – Le Fjord, Quebec)
- House Leader of the Official Opposition: Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, Quebec)
- Chief Opposition Whip: Blake Richards (Banff – Airdrie, Alberta)
- Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition: Karen Vecchio (Elgin – Middlesex – London, Ontario)
- Deputy Opposition Whip: Alex Ruff (Bruce – Grey – Owen Sound, Ontario)
- Caucus-Party Liaison: Hon. Tim Uppal (Edmonton Mill Woods, Alberta)
- Question Period Coordinator: Eric Duncan (Stormont – Dundas – South Glengarry, Ontario)
- National Caucus Chair: Tom Kmiec (Calgary Shepard, Alberta)
Conservative Shadow Cabinet:
- Leona Alleslev (Aurora – Oak Ridges – Richmond Hill, Ontario) – National Security Committee
- Rob Morrison (Kootenay – Columbia, British Columbia) – National Security Committee
- Lianne Rood (Lambton – Kent – Middlesex, Ontario) – Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food
- Alain Rayes (Richmond – Arthabaska, Quebec) – Shadow Minister for Canadian Heritage, Official Languages & Quebec Economic Development
- Cathy McLeod (Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo, British Columbia) – Shadow Minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations
- Dane Lloyd (Sturgeon River-Parkland, Alberta) – Shadow Minister for Digital Government
- Kenny Chiu (Steveston – Richmond East, British Columbia) – Shadow Minister for Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
- Warren Steinley (Regina – Lewvan, Saskatchewan) – Shadow Minister for Economic Development & Internal Trade
- Hon. Peter Kent (Thornhill, Ontario) – Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
- Dan Albas (Central Okanagan – Similkameen – Nicola, British Columbia) – Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change
- Michael Barrett (Leeds – Grenville – Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, Ontario) – Shadow Minister for Ethics
- Tracy Gray (Kelowna – Lake Country, British Columbia) – Shadow Minister for Export Promotion and International Trade
- Jamie Schmale (Haliburton – Kawartha Lakes – Brock, Ontario) – Shadow Minister for Families, Children and Social Development
- Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, Ontario) – Shadow Minister for Finance
- Richard Bragdon (Tobique – Mactaquac, New Brunswick) – Shadow Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
- Hon. Michael Chong (Wellington – Halton Hills, Ontario) – Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Hon. Michelle Rempel Garner (Calgary Nose Hill, Alberta) – Shadow Minister for Health
- Brad Vis (Mission – Matsqui – Fraser Canyon, British Columbia) – Shadow Minister for Housing
- Raquel Dancho (Kildonan – St. Paul, Manitoba) – Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
- Gary Vidal (Desnethé – Missinippi – Churchill River, Saskatchewan) – Shadow Minister for Indigenous Services
- Hon. Andrew Scheer (Regina – Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan) – Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Communities
- James Cumming (Edmonton Centre, Alberta) – Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry
- Chris d’Entremont (West Nova, Nova Scotia) – Shadow Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs & Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
- Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park – Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta) – Shadow Minister for International Development & Human Rights
- Hon. Rob Moore (Fundy Royal, New Brunswick) – Shadow Minister for Justice and the Attorney General of Canada
- Mark Strahl (Chilliwack – Hope, British Columbia) – Shadow Minister for Labour
- Hon. Erin O’Toole (Durham, Ontario) – Shadow Minister for Middle Class Prosperity
- James Bezan (Selkirk – Interlake – Eastman, Manitoba) – Shadow Minister for National Defence
- Greg McLean (Calgary Centre, Alberta) – Shadow Minister for Natural Resources & Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
- Philip Lawrence (Northumberland – Peterborough South, Ontario) – Shadow Minister for National Revenue
- Eric Melillo (Kenora, Ontario) – Shadow Minister for Northern Affairs & Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor)
- Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia – Lambton, Ontario) – President of the Queen’s Privy Council & Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
- Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland, Alberta) – Shadow Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
- Pierre Paul-Hus (Charlesbourg – Haute-Saint-Charles, Quebec) – Shadow Minister for Public Services and Procurement
- John Nater (Perth – Wellington, Ontario) – Shadow Minister for Rural Economic Development
- Rosemarie Falk (Battlefords – Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) – Shadow Minister for Seniors
- Pat Kelly (Calgary Rocky Ridge, Alberta) – Shadow Minister for Small Business & Western Economic Development
- Stephanie Kusie (Calgary Midnapore, Alberta) – Shadow Minister for Transport
- Luc Berthold (Mégantic – L’Érable, Quebec) – Shadow Minister for Treasury Board
- John Brassard (Barrie – Innisfil, Ontario) – Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs
- Jag Sahota (Calgary Skyview, Alberta) – Shadow Minister for Women and Gender Equality
- Todd Doherty (Cariboo – Prince George, British Columbia) – Special Advisor to the Leader on Mental Health and Wellness
- Tony Baldinelli (Niagara Falls, Ontario) – Special Advisor to the Leader on Tourism Recovery