We had a full house for our nomination meeting Wednesday evening, when members of the Ottawa West-Nepean Federal NDP acclaimed Angella MacEwen as our candidate in the upcoming Federal election this fall.
Two former candidates were on hand to nominate Angella. Chandra Pasma, our provincial candidate in 2018, and Marlene Rivier, our candidate in the 2015 Federal Election, shared the task extolling the many reasons why Angella would make a great candidate in OWN for 2019.
Angella MacEwen accepted the nomination, talking about how she learned to work hard while in the Canadian Naval Reserve, and what she has been involved in more recently as the senior economist with the Canadian Union of Public Employees. She followed up with her vision for how she and Canada's NDP could improve life for Canadians no matter what their station. See her full acceptance speech below.
Riding Association President Alex Cullen made the candidacy official by conducting the vote among the members in attendance. It was unanimous.
Next up was Larry Rousseau, Executive Vice-President for the Canadian Labour Congress. Larry reminded us of the importance of the Winnipeg General Strike (which happened 100 years ago this year) in raising the discourse on labour issues in Canada.
We were also introduced to some of the key members of Angella's campaign team, which she is already assembling. The evening wrapped up with some socializing over coffee and biscuits, and discussions about how to help make Angella's campaign an historic one. Expect to hear lots more from Angella and her team between now and the October election.