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Manning Manifests: What to expect from Day Two

Kady O’Malley previews the official programme for the second — and final — day of the Manning Conference.


 

manning-conf-day-two-hedSo, I will (as always) be honest: Like, I suspect, a fair number of conference-goers, with the leadership debate now behind us, the programme for second – and final – day seems a wee bit anticlimactic.

Not only is there no fourteen-way face-off to eagerly anticipate, but the candidates and their campaign teams  are likely heading – or have already headed – back out onto the hustings, which will almost certainly reduce the size and volume of the crowd.

Still, according to the Day Two schedule, there are still some fairly crucial items of business on the C/conservative agenda, including:

  • A discussion on the “future of Alberta conservatism” with Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt and Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful Jason Kenney
  • Advice on “dealing with deficits” from former Finance Minister Joe Oliver
  • A rundown of the “digital winners and losers” from the US presidential election by Republican strategist Vincent Harris, who will also sit on an afternoon session on “taking the digital lead,” which will also feature commentary from Twitter Canada head of news Jennifer Hollett and NationBuilder senior community strategist Sorcha Rochfort
  • A Q&A on “political communications in the age of social media” with journalists Vassy Kapelos (Global News) and Elamin Abdelmahmoud (Buzzfeed Canada) and former Global correspondent turned government relations advisor Tom Clark
  • A live taping of the Mark Steyn Show, which will, according to the notice, include “a monologue by Mark, a one-on-one interview, and live musical entertainment,” courtesy of Tal Bachman.
  • Breakout sessions on religious freedom (featuring former Religious Freedom Ambassador Andrew Bennett), censorship on campus, the “carbon pricing debate” and a roundtable chat on whether it’s “time to pull the plug” on Canada’s public broadcaster

I will, once again, be filing regular(ish) reports from the floor, so stay tuned.


 
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Manning Manifests: What to expect from Day Two

  1. Their is an old saying when your in business, and that is, you should never rely on your clientele(the base) to get you through, you need to always find other ways to attract new customers and new business if you want to grow, and that goes the same for politics. If you want to grow, you need to find new ways to attract new voters to help you grow, if not, your just another flash in the pan.

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