• Conservative Leader Stephen Harper on election night in Calgary, Alberta, on 19, 2015. (AP)Source: AP
One year after losing government, the Conservatives have changed their party policy on same-sex marriage.
By
Drew Sheldrick

30 May 2016 - 9:48 AM  UPDATED 30 May 2016 - 9:48 AM

Canada's Conservative political party has dropped its long-held opposition to same-sex marriage, voting overwhelmingly to change its policy on the issue at a convention in Vancouver on Saturday.

Delegates voted 1,036-462 to no longer consider marriage strictly as a union between one man and one woman in the party's policy platform.

"I think our party got a little more Canadian today," Calgary MP Michelle Rempel told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation after the vote. "It's a milestone and it's not just a milestone for our party, it's a milestone for all Canadians.

"Yes, it took us 10 years to get to this point, but I think this is something that is a beacon for people around the world who are looking at equality rights. Canada is a place where we celebrate equality."

The Conservatives were swept from office last year when the Liberals' Justin Trudeau led his party to victory over former PM Stephen Harper by a wide margin.

in 2005, Canada became just the third country in the world at the time to allow same-sex couples the right to marry. The Civil Marriage Act was implemented by Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal minority government.

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