I love CPAC like other people love the Weather Channel. To me, the discussions that happen behind the scenes – at the committee level and at other venues – is where opinions are formed and policy is generated.
Here are a couple of my recent CPAC “moments”.
The first is a media scrum at the Supreme Court – scroll ahead to 12:55. This was a piece on the landmark challenge to the law banning physician-assisted suicide.
The second is my appearance at the pre-budget consultations by the Parliamentary Committee on Finance (scroll ahead to 99:55 to hear my presentation and then you can see me field questions afterwards).
Do we actually influence policy makers? I like to hope so. Even if it is subtle. One must believe that they listen when we speak honestly and with authenticity on things that matter to Canadians.