Our Ottawa West-Nepean NDP riding executive was kept busy Saturday night serving a spaghetti dinner to a packed hall of NDP supporters to raise funds for two by-elections in Ottawa-Vanier and Orléans. Those seats were vacated by their Liberal MPPs since the 2018 provincial election.
Both ONDP candidates, Manon Parrot in Orléans and Myriam Djilane in Ottawa-Vanier, were special guests at the event. We were also privileged to have Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath and Ottawa-Centre MPP Joel Harden on hand to address the many NDP supporters in the room. People came out in the snowy weather not only from across Ottawa but from as far away as Leeds-Grenville and Kingston-and-the-Islands.
Our event is just one of many to ensure that these two candidates will be able to wage a strong campaign in the upcoming by-elections and join the Official Opposition at Queens Park this year.
The Ottawa West-Nepean NDP held its Annual General Meeting Wednesday night at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Gardens. The event was well attended by NDP members from the riding and beyond.
Alex Cullen, our outgoing president, led the proceedings. He reviewed the many things our association has done over the past 15 months since our 2018 AGM, including a number of successful community events, a renewed focus on outreach and fundraising, and the hard work of the federal election campaign.
On Election Day (October 21) our hard work paid off as the NDP increased our vote by 5,000 votes, to reach 19% of votes cast in Ottawa West-Nepean.
Our federal candidate Angella MacEwen and her campaign manager Chandra Pasma were both on hand to talk about this fall's federal campaign and what lessons we learned.
The meeting also heard financial reports from our Federal Financial Agent Dan O'Hagan and Provincial CFO Jim Patterson.
The executive presented thank you gifts to outgoing members Alex Cullen and Laura Lozanski.
The last order of business was to elect a new executive for the upcoming year, giving us a new and reinvigorated executive to help us prepare for a Provincial Election in spring of 2022 and a Federal Election that could happen within a year or two.
The Ontario NDP is having its biannual convention this year in Hamilton from June 14th to 16th. Our riding association got together to choose our delegation on Monday evening at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre.
Our riding association president, Alex Cullen, presided over the meeting, which selected six delegates, one youth delegate and two alternates to attend convention. They will be joined by our three Provincial Council delegates.