A faithful correspondent sends the following from the field.
They have a gender-neutral washroom for those that don’t feel comfortable
using a gender-specific one. This was announced by their anti-harassment
They fought for half an hour about amending the convention schedule to
allow more time for policy discussion. They already have 7 hours. They
were going to bump one of the Obama speakers to a time when that person
wasn’t physically in Halifax. This motion failed. New Democrats clearly
go to convention to discuss policy.
Quebec caucus meets [today]. Probably the first time Mulcair does not do
so alone given the large presence of union activists with French signage.
The announced attendance is 1,244 participants. That breaks down into 32
media, 168 guests/staff/observers, 862 delegates from riding associations,
128 affiliate delegates and 82 MPs/former leaders/national
councillors/youth. I believe the correct attendance would make 1,272 not
1,244 but additionally that would suggest 200 out of 1,272 are not in
voting on things in anyway. That’s almost one in six people.
Dana Larsen has been protesting outside off and on throughout the day and
has some video up online.