Foes of Tories getting together near Conservative policy convention next month

OTTAWA – Imagine if the people who rankle you the most decided to hold a party on the same day as yours, and just down the street.

That will be the case for the Conservatives next month as some of Canada’s best known left-leaning activists organize a conference a kilometre away from the big Tory policy convention in Calgary.

Environmentalist David Suzuki, Council of Canadians chairwoman Maude Barlow, Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence and union leader Paul Moist are among those scheduled to attend the so-called “Pros and Cons” conference.

Even activist Brigette DePape — the former Senate page who held up a “Stop Harper” sign during the last throne speech — will be on hand for the Nov. 1 event.

The organizers say the conference is designed to inform people about the impacts of Conservative policies, and discuss possible alternatives.

Suzuki in particular has been the subject of much derision inside the Conservative movement, criticized for his vigorous opposition to oil pipeline development.

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