LGBTory at the Ontario PC Convention
LGBTory executive members Eric Lorenzen and Todd Langis attended the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party's convention in Ottawa March 4-6 to network and lobby for support for some of our ongoing initiatives. On Friday night we hosted a well-attended pub night at the Three Brewers Pub on Sparks Street, where we were pleased to have PC Leader Patrick Brown drop in for a visit. He met with our members and supporters who were attending the convention and expressed support for our initiative to change the Conservative Party of Canada's policy on same-sex marriage. Late in the evening we had a surprise visit from Conservative MP Maxime Bernier, former federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Small Business, Tourism and Agriculture, who also gave his support for our SSM plans. During the convention we met with several federal MPs who support our SSM initiative, including Tony Clement, Michael Chong and Kellie Leitch.
On the last day of the convention we asked Patrick Brown at the Leader's Q&A session to comment on his 2005-2006 opposition to same-sex marriage during his tenure as a federal Conservative MP. You can view his response in the video below:
Rona Ambrose supports marriage equality
Early this month we received a letter of support from CPC Interim Leader Rona Ambrose, to whom we had written asking for her support for our SSM policy initiative. The full text of her letter is here.
"I have been unequivocal that the Conservative Party welcomes all conservatives regardless of sexual orientation. If you believe in small government, lower taxes, balanced budgets and individual freedom, there is a home for you in the party … If the resolution makes it to our National Policy Convention floor this May, I will be happy to support it."
Thanks, Rona, for your support.
LGBTory at the CPC National Convention
We are sending a delegation to the Conservative Party of Canada's National Convention in Vancouver May 26-28. This will be the culmination of our efforts to change the CPC's Policy Declaration, which currently states “[the CPC] supports legislation defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman”. We have been working hard over the past six months to lobby for support for removing this language from the party's official policy, and our members and supporters have been successful in having motions to that effect passed at regional policy meetings in Alberta, Quebec and Toronto. We are confident that our initiative will make it to the floor of the convention.
We are currently lining up support from EDAs, MPs and convention delegates. We will need lots of help for the final push; if you are going to be a delegate to the Vancouver convention or are a director of your local EDA, please contact us. If you live in the Vancouver area and would like to volunteer, please let us know. Contact Eric Lorenzen at eric@LGBTory.ca.
It is important that we get our message out to delegates at the convention. Promotional materials, banners, brochures, etc will run up considerable costs. We hope you can help with these expenses – please consider donating. We will be holding a social get-together in Vancouver for LGBTory Canada members and supporters to meet during the convention; stay tuned for details.
Pub Night | Wednesday | April 20
We are pleased to announce an exciting new program for our members and supporters. We are glad to host Michelle Rempel, Conservative MP for Calgary Nose Hill, as the first in our new series of guest speakers. Michelle was the Minister of State for Western Development and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment in Stephen Harper's cabinet, and is a potential candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Michelle will be joining us at the 521 Café and Bar at 521 Danforth Avenue in Toronto on April 20. Please plan to join us - we'll have more details in a later email and on our Twitter/Facebook pages.
Toronto Pride 2016
We'll be putting in an appearance at Toronto Pride again this summer, repeating our successful 2015 debut. Like we did last year, we'll be staffing a booth during the festival on Pride Weekend July 2-4. We need lots of volunteers to work at our booth – if you can help, contact LGBToryCanada@gmail.com who's coordinating volunteers for Pride. We'll be marching in the parade on Sunday July 3 – we want an even bigger crowd than last year. Join us and show that being a conservative and a member of the LGBT community is not a contradiction!
If you are planning an appearance in a Pride Festival in your own city and would like to borrow our banners and promotional materials, contact Benjamin Dichter at ben@LGBTory.ca
Are You A Writer/Blogger?
We have a blog on our website (lgbtory.ca) called The Symposium. If you write about things of concern to the LGBT conservative community, consider contributing to it. Contact our Director of Communications, Eric Lorenzen, at eric@LGBTory.ca for information.