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Party conventions, venue for preaching to ‘the converted,’ could be in for revamp as parties plan for coronavirus contingencies

By Beatrice Paez      

Even as party brass plan for different scenarios, some say that a virtual convention can’t compensate for the hobnobbing, spontaneous dialogues, and networking that typically happen at national conventions.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured with wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, and his youngest child, Hadrien, at the Liberal Party's national convention in Halifax in 2018. The Liberals are still on track to hold their convention in Ottawa in November, but are bracing for the possibility of holding a virtual gathering. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster

The barnstorming of far-flung ridings, posing for grip-and-grin photo-ops, and holding glitzy fundraisers have all been abandoned in the face of the coronavirus. Large-scale party conventions could be next, as some parties are either working to prepare for scaled-back, virtual events, or choosing to delay their initial plans. 

Beatrice Paez

Beatrice Paez is the digital editor at The Hill Times.
- bpaez@hilltimes.com


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