PC convention in Niagara Falls kicks off Friday; labour leaders warn thousands will protest - 2020-02-20
Ontario's Progressive Conservative party is kicking off a two-day policy convention tomorrow, which will largely be shielded from public view as labour leaders warn that "thousands" will be protesting outside.
The Friday and Saturday convention in Niagara Falls, Ont. — which is slated to kick off with a keynote address by Rex Murphy and a reception with provincial ministers — is intended to chart a course for the Ford PCs' heading into the next general election. Just weeks after their convention, the provincial Liberals — who were dealt a battering during the 2018 vote — will hold a party convention of their own in Mississauga to select a new leader to steer the Grits into the 2022 electoral contest.
A speech from Ontario Premier Doug Ford, which is scheduled to take place at the start of a premier's dinner on Saturday night, is the sole formal event the party is planning on opening to reporters, though PC Government House Leader Paul Calandra is also slated to be made available for questions from the press approximately an hour beforehand.