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OTTAWA—Thousands of Liberals from across the country will descend on Halifax this weekend to plan their path to a potential electoral victory. It will be the final national meeting in advance of the next election and, in keeping with conventions of a party in government, will likely be non-controversial and inclusive. Most raucous conventions, where party splits are on display for all to see, occur when a government is defeated and the party becomes the de facto vehicle

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Opinion

Convention designed to rev Grits up for 2019, election win or bust

By Sheila Copps      

Reading post-convention tea leaves will be the job of bureaucrats, lobbyists, opposition parties and policy makers. The aftermath of the weekend will focus on which parts of the policy platform will make the election cut. A national pharmacare plan, supported by the caucus, and the Ontario and British Columbia wings of the party, will likely lead the pack.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured with outgoing Liberal Party president Anna Gainey, left, and president of the Young Liberals Mira Ahmad, right, at the party's Winnipeg convention in May 2016. Photograph courtesy of PMO's Adam Scotti
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