If you're interested in helping shape the policies, priorities, and future leadership of the federal NDP, do not miss the Ottawa West-Nepean (OWN) riding association meeting at 7 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Ukrainian Hall, 1000 Byron Ave.
During the meeting, you'll have two chances to have a real say in the future direction of the federal party:
- You can become a delegate to the federal party's policy convention from April 8-10 in Edmonton.
- You can submit a resolution that will be debated and voted upon during the policy convention.
Becoming a delegate
The OWN riding association is entitled to send five voting delegates and five alternates to the convention. At least one of the voting delegates and one of the alternates must be 25 or younger.
Voting delegates will be able to vote on any resolutions tabled and debated during the convention. Voting delegates will also be able to cast a ballot on the constitutionally required question of: "Should a leadership election be called?"
Delegate fees range from $99 to $400 (click here for a full fees list), and delegates must pay their own fees as well as their own travel and accommodation expenses. However, there is financial help for those who need it. The riding association will reimburse up to $500 in documented expenses for each of up to two delegates who need financial assistance (at the discretion of the federal riding association's president, vice-president, and treasurer). There is also financial assistance available from the federal party itself (for more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you're interested in being a delegate, you must be a member in good standing of the federal OWN NDP riding association, and you must be elected or acclaimed during the meeting on Feb. 2.
Submitting a resolution
The OWN riding association is entitled to submit resolutions for debate and decision during the policy convention.
If you'd like to propose a resolution for the riding association to submit, please bring it in writing to the meeting on Feb. 2. Your resolution must then be moved, seconded, and passed by members in good standing of the riding association.
Questions or concerns
The OWN riding association's Feb. 2 meeting is important to the future of the federal NDP. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask by emailing them to email@example.com
For more information about the national policy convention, please click here.
Paperless** Delegate: $299 (early bird, before Feb. 8), or $349
Paperless** Youth: $99
Paperless** Unwaged: $99
Standard Delegate: $349 (early bird, before Feb. 8) or $399
Unwaged Delegate: $99 (early bird, before Feb. 8) or $149
Youth Delegate: $99 (early bird, before Feb. 8) or $149
* All registration fees must be paid using a personal account/credit card and not a corporate account/credit card. It is not possible to pay by cheque upon arrival at Convention. Please note that in accordance with the Canada Elections Act, the party cannot accept cash amounts over $20.
** "Paperless" delegates get $50 off their registration. They’ll have access to the full delegate kit and all policy documents through the new NDP convention app for iPhone, Blackberry, android devices, tablets, and laptops. Offered for the first time ever, this green option not only saves you money, but reduces waste and impact on the environment — and you’ll still get everything you need with the NDP convention app. Please take advantage of this great new option and register as a paperless delegate.