A gathering of a thousand people representing all the various components of the conservative movement in Canada – thinkers, activists, elected officials, interest groups, critics, inquirers, and students – to get to know each other better and to exchange ideas and best practices.
The overriding theme for 2015 is “Moving Forward Together,” with heavy emphasis on Moving the Economy Forward, Moving Forward on Security at Home and Abroad, Moving Forward with Political Organization Technology, to mention only a few.
Moving Forward on the Economy
With respect to the economy, we have key spokespersons from the investor, taxpayer, business, and labour-market communities speaking on what policies they consider necessary to strengthen confidence in Canada’s economy going forward. We then have various cabinet ministers addressing the same subject.
In total, seven federal cabinet ministers are confirmed as speakers – Joe Oliver, Jason Kenney, Maxime Bernier, Tony Clement, James Moore, Kellie Leitch, and Denis Lebel.
Moving Forward Provincially
We also have a major session featuring three provincial premiers discussing energy, the environment, and the economy. These are Premier Christy Clark of British Columbia, Premier Darrell Paslosky of the Yukon, and Premier Jim Prentice of Alberta.
Moving Forward Politically
We have various sessions discussing the role of technology in modern politics, crisis management in an age of social media, “Glamour in Politics,” and the results of a specialized public-opinion survey providing a female perspective on those aspects of the political process which women find either attractive or unattractive. All of this is highly relevant with 2015 being a federal election year.
In addition, there will be sessions on the application of conservative principles to municipal politics; a report on the state of conservatism in the United Kingdom featuring British cabinet minister Ian Duncan-Smith; a session on threats to democracy internationally featuring Mr. Martin lee, father of the Democratic Party in Hong Kong; and a keynote address by Rex Murphy.