As 2023 draws to a close, we reflect on a year filled with several significant victories for our movement – Jagmeet Singh and our caucus in Ottawa have been hard at work this year fighting for everyday people, while we continue to build strength locally here in Toronto Centre.
Make a year-end donation today!
We need your help before the end of the year to support our local work in Toronto Centre. Every dollar raised goes towards our local organizing and electing an NDP MP in our community, and with the declining public opinion of the Liberal government, we have a huge opportunity in the next election to make a breakthrough. Donations made on or before December 31st are eligible for a tax credit of up to 75% when you file your taxes in the new year.
Federal Nomination Meeting in the New Year
As you’re aware, we currently have a minority parliament in Ottawa, and need to be ready for an election at any point. Our riding association has been hard at work preparing to nominate a candidate for the next election, and we’re hoping to hold a nomination meeting in the new year.
Make sure to renew your membership or join the party today so that you’re able to participate in the nomination process. If you renew today, your membership will be in good standing through the end of 2024.
We'll have more to share on this in the new year.
NDP delivers Canadian Dental Care Plan
Thanks to the work of Jagmeet Singh, health critic Don Davies, and the rest of our team in Ottawa, we’ve achieved the biggest expansion of our public healthcare system in a generation with the Canadian Dental Care Plan. Starting in the new year seniors, youth, and disabled people who don’t currently have coverage will be able to receive an extensive list of treatments covered by this new federal plan.
Dental care is healthcare, and we’re going to keep advocating to ensure everyone can access the care they need.
Federal Convention in Hamilton
In October, New Democrats from across the country gathered for the first in-person convention since 2018 in Hamilton. Our riding association sent a full slate of delegates, and many other Toronto Centre NDP members joined by way of their union.
Delegates passed a variety of policy resolutions that will build towards our next election platform and strengthen existing commitments, as well as re-affirming Jagmeet’s leadership of the party.
Some of outcomes include policy resolutions on:
- Building 3.5 million affordable homes
- Creating a public telecom crown corporation
- Implementing a wealth tax
- Creating a crown pharmaceutical corporation
- An emergency resolution reaffirming the party's condemnation of Hamas' attacks on Israel, demanding the release of all hostages, and calling for an immediate ceasefire
Jagmeet Singh and the NDP support the 2SLGBTQI+ community
During Trans Awareness Week, Jagmeet Singh joined Kristyn Wong-Tam and community members at the 519 to discuss issues facing the community. NDP 2SLGBTQI+ critic Randall Garrison also tabled a report including 29 comprehensive recommendations to move trans rights forward, improve gender-affirming care and improve public safety.
Pierre Poilievre and his Conservative Party seek to roll back hard-fought gains for 2SLGBTQI+, and particularly trans rights – but Jagmeet Singh and our party are united in standing up for the 2SLGBTQI+ community.
NDP brings forward a plan for Electoral Reform
When Justin Trudeau's government was elected in 2015, it was in part on a commitment to electoral reform – which he promptly abandoned as soon as it was convenient. Earlier this year, Nanaimo–Ladysmith MP Lisa Marie Barron tabled a motion to create a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform, so we can finally move forward on electoral reform. This motion has since been seconded by Liberal, Conservative and Green MPs as well as many other NDP MPs.
In spite of the years of broken promises from the Liberals, we remain committed to ending our antiquated first-past-the-post system and implementing a proportional voting system in which every vote counts.
NDP secures Anti-Scab Legislation
Another major policy win for our federal caucus this year was anti-scab legislation – something we, along with the labour movement, have called for for decades. Federally-regulated workplaces will no longer be able to bring in replacement workers in the event of a lockout or a strike, forcing employers to bargain in good faith with their workers and ensuring workers get a good deal.
Olivia Chow's Mayoral Win
In June’s historical mayoral by-election, we were thrilled to support Olivia Chow’s mayoral campaign. Several members of our riding association were members of the campaign team, and many more of our members and volunteers helped with the local organizing in Toronto Centre. Not only did Olivia win across the city, but Toronto Centre was the riding with her widest margin of victory as well.
Updated riding boundaries
Every 10 years, federal electoral districts are reviewed and updated to account for changes in population. That process concluded earlier this year, and the new boundaries are now finalized, and will come into effect for any election that is called on or after April 23, 2024.
The new boundaries for Toronto Centre are Bloor St E to the north; the Gardiner Expressway to the south; the Don Valley to the east; and Yonge St to the west.
Annual Holiday Party
Thank you to everyone who joined our annual holiday party earlier this month! It was great to see so many friends and neighbours.
Thank you for your ongoing support! Don't forget that any donation you make today to our riding association is eligible for a tax credit of up to 75% – so please make a year-end donation today if you're able so we can keep building locally.
I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some time with your friends and family this holiday season.
President, Toronto Centre Federal NDP
We're excited to be joined by Ontario NDP Leader Marit Stiles at our upcoming Annual General Meeting.
Join us on Sunday March 26th at the 519 Community Centre (519 Church St) to hear from Marit & Kristyn on the work our Ontario NDP team is doing to hold Doug Ford's government accountable, and build towards the next election in 2026.
Meeting registration will open at 12:00pm, and the meeting will be called to order promptly at 12:30pm.
Following the meeting, we'll be hosting a social at the 519; food will also be provided.
- Call to order
- Approval of Agenda
- Land Acknowledgement
- Anti-Harassment Policy
- Speakers: MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam & Ontario NDP Leader Marit Stiles
- Q&A with Marit Stiles
- Executive reports
- Financial report
- Executive elections
- Provincial Council delegate elections
If you are unable to attend the meeting, but you would like to run for either an Executive or Delegate position, please forward your nomination in advance of the meeting to us at [email protected].
Party memberships and renewals are available online in advance of the meeting (renewing now will extend your membership until the end of 2023!). Renewals can be done easily online. You may be asked to show proof of membership to participate in the meeting.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
Please bring a mask as we ask that all attendees wear one at all times. Masks will be provided if you don't have one.
Thank you and looking forward to seeing you on March 26th.
Join us on April 23 as we nominate Kristyn Wong-Tam to be our next Ontario NDP candidate for Toronto Centre!
As I’m sure you’ve heard, our beloved MPP Suze Morrison recently announced she'd made the difficult decision not to run for re-election in the upcoming provincial election – in 2019, she was diagnosed with endometriosis, and needs to take a step back for her health.
Since learning of Suze’s decision, our executive and election planning committee have been hard at work seeking out a new candidate for the 2022 election and preparing for this moment to ensure we keep Toronto Centre orange.
We have scheduled a virtual nomination meeting to select our new candidate on April 23, 2022. Please RSVP to receive the link.
Approved nomination candidate: Kristyn Wong-Tam
Join fellow New Democrats from Toronto Centre and across the city, alongside guest speakers, including Andrea Horwath and Suze Morrison, as we nominate our next Ontario NDP candidate and MPP for Toronto Centre.
We look forward to seeing you on April 23rd, and on the campaign trail to ensure we keep Toronto Centre orange!
Don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions or have any accessibility requirements.
— Your Toronto Centre NDP Executive