Conservative members have voted in favour of a number of policies at their biennial policy convention in Calgary this weekend. Those politics touched on abortion, euthanasia and labour rights as well as some internal party rules.
They passed a resolution for more transparency in their books Saturday – just days after Senator Mike Duffy revealed the party had paid a $13,000 legal bill while his expenses were being scrutinized.
Delegates approved a motion that would make it mandatory for a financial report to be delivered at each gathering.
Trenton Poy, the B.C. delegate who presented the resolution, said he wasn't motivated by the recent developments, but feels strongly about transparency. “I just know being involved with this party and the provincial party it's always good that there's those checks and balances, and in politics you can never have too many checks and balances,'' said Poy.
A motion condemning sex-selective abortion passed with overwhelming support among delegates. Earlier this year, a group of Conservative MPs kept a similar controversial motion from reaching the House of Commons.
The party is dealing with a number of policy proposals that touch on labour issues - also a favourite issue among the Tory caucus.
One resolution requires federally regulated unions to report on their political and media donations, and on their activist campaigns, while allowing union members to withhold dues devoted to those activities. The resolution passed easily.