On May 22 at 7 pm, the Ottawa West-Nepean NDP will name their candidate for the upcoming federal election. The meeting will be held at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave, Ottawa in the Atrium. Members in good standing of the Federal NDP as of April 23 and who live in the riding are eligible to vote at this meeting. All are welcome to attend.
The Ottawa West-Nepean NDP are excited that Angella MacEwen has agreed to stand as their candidate for the upcoming federal election. Angella is the senior economist for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and a policy fellow with the Broadbent Institute. Some may recognize her from occasional appearances on CBC News Network. You can read her full bio here. This will be an uncontested nomination.
As well as hearing from our new candidate, the meeting will also hear from Larry Rousseau, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress.
Larry Rousseau was elected as CLC Executive Vice-President at the CLC’s 28th Constitutional convention in May 2017. Previously he served two terms as the Regional Executive Vice-President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s National Capital Region, and one term as the Regional Vice-President of the PSAC’s Union of National Employees.
The Ottawa West-Nepean Federal NDP had a full house for their Spaghetti Dinner and Women in Politics panel held in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Hall. Supporters from across the riding as well as several area ridings came out to help us get ready for our upcoming Federal Election Campaign.
On hand was Angella MacEwen, who chose our event to announce that she will be seeking the nomination to be our NDP candidate. Expect to hear more about our nomination meeting in the coming weeks.
Patrons enjoyed a satisfying meal of spaghetti with choice of salads, and apple pie à la mode for dessert, while talking politics with new and old friends.
After dinner, previous NDP Federal Candidate Marlene Rivier led a discussion of Women in Politics with our panel, former NDP MPP & Minister Evelyn Gigantes, political commentator Kathleen Monk, and City Councillor Theresa Kavanagh. The panelists talked about their own challenges and triumphs in the political sphere, and offered advice to other women who might be considering entering politics themselves.
The race for MPP here in Ottawa West—Nepean, which wrapped up on election day June 7, was not only our best in recent history, but ended up being one of the closest in the province. Our candidate, Chandra Pasma, was leading for much of the evening ahead of PC candidate Jeremy Roberts, with Liberal incumbent Bob Chiarelli well behind the frontrunners. While it was clear that Chandra won E-Day results, the Roberts campaign edged us on the Advance Poll vote (which were tabulated late in the count). This enabled the PC candidate to leap past us and gain a 175 vote advantage as the last of the poll results came in - a very close margin as over 50,000 people voted in Ottawa West-Nepean, but not close enough for an official recount.