Consider the resolutions passed: as recorded by Dr. Dawg:
P-202. Support for Charter including notwithstanding clause (wink, wink). Passed.
P-203. Essentially get rid of Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Unsurprisingly, passed overwhelmingly.
P-204. Transparency and accountability. Defeated.
P-207. The disguised fetal rights resolution. Passed.
P-208. Cutting back on student loans, but letting kids with rich parents have access to what remains. Passed.
P-210. SSM issue. Defeated on a close vote--because delegates are still hoping that Parliament will define marriage as between and man and a woman.
P-211. SSM again. Defeated, for the same reason.
P-213. Abolish notion of equal pay for work of equal value. Passed.
P-214. Homelessness. Defeated.
P-215. Urban issues. Defeated.
P-216. Mass-marketing fraud. Defeated.
P-217. Wireless telephone industry. Defeated.
P-218. Finger-wagging on "Canadian values." Passed.
(Dr. Dawg has a link to the document with the raw resolutions included, for those sufficiently interested)
The upshot of all of this is that the HarperCon$ are still fundamentally the the worst of what passes for conservatism these days. Not only is it 'everybody for themselves' (so much for any concept of a just society), where they can't get what they want by dismantling government, they'd love to legislate their morality.
They aren't about conserving anything, in fact they are about dismantling things.
The only bright spot (?) is that the current economic maelstrom will no doubt keep the government well occupied with little time to enact some of the nastier bits of their policy platform. (As an aside, is anyone else a little perturbed at the fact that the HarperCon$ are having their policy convention just after an election, instead of before it? (especially when Harper himself triggered the election???)