A sea of red is making its way into Winnipeg as the Liberal Party biennial policy convention gets underway Thursday and runs until Saturday.
With over 2,000 members in town, it is expected to be a mostly celebratory few days as this is first gathering of the party faithful since capturing a majority government in October 2015.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address the crowd in a keynote speech Saturday afternoon at the Convention Centre. Trudeau will be making his way from G7 meetings in Japan.
Besides celebrating their massive victory, Trudeau is putting forward a sweeping proposal to overhaul the party’s constitution. One of the changes would see the elimination of the $10 fee to become a member of the Liberal Party.
Thursday and Friday are mostly meant for policy workshops and strategy sessions.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will also make a speech, as will three Atlantic Canada Liberal premiers.
This is the first Liberal Party convention in Winnipeg since 1980, after the party and then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau picked up a majority government over Joe Clark’s Progressive Conservatives.