May 2, 2016

GRASSROOTS PROPOSAL TO REMOVE CONSERVATIVE PARTY OPPOSITION TO SAME SEX MARRIAGE UP FOR DEBATE AT MAY CONVENTION

Earlier this year two riding associations brought forward proposals to Alberta’s regional policy meeting to remove the traditional definition of marriage from our party’s policy declaration. Spearheaded and co-sponsored by Joseph Heap (President, Fort McMurray-Cold Lake Conservative Association) and Natalie Pon (Policy Chair, Edmonton West Conservative Association), this grassroots movement from the conservative heartland of Alberta seeks to make the CPC a more inclusive environment for all Canadians.

We brought forward these proposals out of a shared belief in the conservative principles of personal freedom and small government, as well as a belief that our party should be inclusive of all Canadians and reflect the current laws of Canada.

This policy was widely supported by party members at Alberta’s regional policy meeting in February with 88% of party delegates voting in favour and no speakers opposed to the proposal. In addition, Alberta Conservative riding associations showed their overwhelming support for same-sex marriage with 27 of the 31 (87%) riding associations voting in favour of the proposal.

Since then, a diverse movement of Conservative party members from coast to coast to coast have been working together to ensure that this motion is passed in Vancouver. We’re proud to work together with grassroots conservatives, LGBTory, and their supporters on this important goal.

We hope that all party delegates who value personal freedom and small government will support this grassroots proposal at Convention in Vancouver from May 26-28 to eliminate the traditional definition of marriage from our party’s policy declaration.

Inquiries can be directed to:

Natalie Pon - natalienpon@gmail.com
Joseph Heap - joseph.t.heap@gmail.com