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Harper to address Tory faithful at national convention

Over three thousand delegates will gather in Calgary for conservative convention .
Over three thousand delegates will gather in Calgary for conservative convention . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Conservative party members arrived in Calgary for day one of a three day national convention Thursday.

Although it’s not on the agenda, the recent senate scandal was top of minds for some delegates.

“Unfortunately we’ve got some dirty laundry, “ Zweitse De Witt says . “It’s hanging out there….we tried our best to you know deal with it.”

Meanwhile at the BMO Centre the Manning Foundation held a full-day symposium to discuss senate reform.

Preston Manning didn’t hold back when asked his thoughts on the senate scandal.

“It’s an embarrassment to the senate, it’s an embarrassment to the party, it’s an embarrassment to the parliament. “

Democratic Reform Minister, Pierre Poilievre, told the symposium that abolishing the senate is a real possibility.

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“Seven provinces- representing fifty percent of the population have the power to pursue abolition and we would not stand in their way “

Three thousand delegates will get down to business Friday with a series of policy workshops and ministerial information sessions.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to address the crowd in one of the most anticipated speeches in years Friday night.

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