AGM and Provincial Convention Delegate Selection Meeting

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Your Toronto Centre NDP is pleased to invite you to an important membership meeting on Saturday, March 4 from 2:30 - 5:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the OPSEU Hall at 31 Wellesley St E. This is an accessible space. Please plan to arrive at 2:30 to confirm your membership and receive your voting cards so we may begin promptly at 3:00 pm. 

This meeting will serve as the Riding Association Annual General Meeting. As the provincial and federal riding borders are now effectively the same, the riding association will revert to its previous model with a single executive organizing at both provincial and federal levels. To check the new boundaries and to see where your home falls, see this map from Elections Ontario. At the AGM, a new executive will be elected. See below for a list of executive positions and information on how to express interest.

This meeting will also include Provincial Convention delegate selection and riding endorsement of resolutions. Provincial Convention will be held in Toronto April 21 - 23, 2017 and is an important event for our membership to influence ONDP policy.

The event can also be found on Facebook.

Membership

To participate in the AGM, to stand as Convention delegate and to bring forward resolutions to the Riding Association General Meeting, you must be a member in good standing of the Toronto Centre NDP. Memberships will be available at the door for new and renewing members and payable by cash, credit card, or cheque. If you have recently moved to Toronto Centre and your membership is with another Riding Association, or if you have recently joined or renewed online, please bring your card or copy of your renewal email. If you live outside the boundaries of Toronto Centre, but would like have your membership moved to Toronto Centre, please bring proof of membership as well. 

Executive Positions

The Riding Association will elect to its joint federal provincial executive the following positions:

President (Federal)
President (Provincial)

Recording Secretary

Chief Financial Officer (Federal)
Chief Financial Officer (Provincial)

Membership Organizer

Youth Officer

Women’s Representative

Disability Rights Committee Representative

Fundraising Director
Aboriginal Liaison
LGBT Liaison
Ethnocultural Liaison
Labour Liaison
Social Convenor
Communications Director
Voter Contact Organizer
Three Provincial Council Delegates (not the same as Convention delegates!)
Two (or more) Members at Large

Any member of the NDP in good standing can stand for election to the Executive. As you can see, the list of positions is quite lengthy and not all are filled every year. Gender parity is an important principle for the Riding Association in choosing an executive, as is attention to representation from the many diverse communities in our Riding. If you would like to express your interest in standing for election prior to the meeting, would like to stand for a position but cannot attend the meeting, or if you have questions about what executive positions involve in terms of time and responsibility, please email to [email protected] . Nominations, including self-nominations, will be taken from the floor at the meeting. For contested positions, each candidate will have two minutes to address the membership prior to the vote.

Provincial Convention Delegation

Toronto Centre has been allocated eleven delegate positions for Provincial Convention in April. Gender parity again applies. For individuals wishing to attend convention, but not selected as delegates from Toronto Centre, the Ontario NDP maintains a waitlist. It is rarely the case that an individual who wishes to attend a Convention is not able to. Should delegate positions be contested, each candidate will be given two minutes to address the membership prior to voting.

Provincial Convention Resolutions

Riding Associations can endorse and submit policy resolutions for consideration of the Convention. These resolutions shape the official policies of the Ontario NDP and are a way for the membership to inform party positions. If you are intending to bring forward a resolution to the Toronto Centre General Meeting, please email it in advance to [email protected].

The rules which govern submission of resolutions to the Convention apply to the General Meeting as well. These are, namely, to include a title to the resolution and to identify a policy grouping for the resolution (Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Arts, Culture and Communications; Education; Economics; Electoral Reform; Environment, Energy and Natural Resources; Health; Housing; Justice, Human Rights, Law Enforcement and Equality; Labour; Aboriginal Rights, Bilingualism and Multiculturalism; Social Policy; Transportation; Urban Affairs; Internal Affairs and Party Constitution). 

Importantly, resolutions should be kept to under 200 words. Please identify on your resolution submission whether your resolution is being submitted to other riding associations. Note that only the operative clauses of the resolutions will be debated at the General Meeting.

Please submit all resolutions to [email protected] by February 25, 2017.

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What an historic night in Toronto Centre!

What an historic night in Toronto Centre!

Earlier this evening, I spoke with David Morris and Meredith Cartwright. I want to thank them both for their commitment to public service and their grace and hard work throughout the campaign. We are fortunate to have such dedicated people among our neighbours in Toronto Centre.

I am ecstatic to tell you that our patience and efforts have been rewarded. I am deeply humbled that our community has placed their trust in me to represent the wonderful and diverse communities of Toronto Centre at Queen’s Park.

As your MPP, I will strive to be open, available, and committed to listening to the voices of all of Toronto Centre’s constituents. I will carry with me the progressive values that brought me this far – values of equity, fairness, inclusion, and justice.

There are more people to thank than I can do justice to right now. I am grateful to Trevor, my family, my whole campaign team, every supporter, and to absolutely every Toronto Centre resident who took the time this election to vote for a better future.

I extend the warmest congratulations to my New Democrat colleagues across Ontario who gave this campaign the full extent of their love and abilities. Though we must continue to wait for the New Democrat government Ontario needs, our organization is stronger than ever and our resolve to continue to work for change for the better has never been more firm.

Thank you for your support and trust.

In solidarity,

-- Suze

Thank you!

Thank you!

It is an enormous honour to be trusted with the provincial NDP nomination in Toronto Centre. To see first hand the commitment, diversity, and resiliency among New Democrats in Toronto Centre has been humbling. I pledge to represent you as best I can.

Over the past weeks and months, I have been inspired by the work and activism of Kevin Beaulieu and Michael Erickson. I look forward to working together for many years to come, and I commend them for their superb campaigns. I must also thank my supporters, volunteers, donors and cheerleaders for carrying me to the finish line. My family, especially my husband Trevor, have stood next to me the whole way and I am forever grateful for their love and support.

I truly believe this year we will send an NDP government to Queen's Park. Careerist Liberals, including our former MPP, have not even had the dignity to complete their mandates. The Conservatives are leaderless and mired in scandal of their own. The NDP has never been better positioned to form government - and with your help, I will be part of it.

To win in Toronto Centre, we need to work together. I will need your advice, your time, certainly your vote and yes, sometimes your money to make it happen. But we cannot wait any longer for Toronto Centre to have effective representation at Queen's Park.

I am starting today. Will you help today too?

Here's what I need to start this campaign on the strongest footing.

  • Spreading the word - Tell your friends, family, and neighbours that I am running to represent you at Queen's Park. Let me know if there's an event or get together I can join to meet more of our community.
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Stay tuned for more updates as this campaign for Queen's Park gets rolling.

See you soon,

-- Suze Morrison
NDP Candidate, Toronto Centre

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