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Liberals’ policy convention a ‘litmus test’ of Grit membership, a time for leadership to listen, say Libs

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The Liberal convention in Halifax April 19 to 21 is the last chance for party members to talk policy ahead of the 2019 election.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will head to the Liberal Party's biennial convention in Halifax this week at the end of an international trip to Peru, London, and Paris with a quick mid-way stop back in Canada Sunday to navigate Kinder Morgan pipeline problems with B.C. and Alberta. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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When more than 2,500 Liberals sweep into Halifax for their last national policy convention before the 2019 election, Grits say the party's senior leadership should look to the gathering to gauge, engage, and mobilize the base for the next general campaign. They also say the party's top brass has to listen. While not likely to prompt surprise additions to the platform, national policy conventions are a place where “you really can push the agenda,” said longtime former Liberal Hill

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