At their online nomination meeting, New Democrats in Ottawa West-Nepean selected Chandra Pasma as their NDP candidate for the 2022 provincial election. Chandra is an anti-poverty activist and Canadian Union of Public Employees policy researcher.
In 2018, Chandra came within 175 votes of winning Ottawa West-Nepean. Unfortunately, the riding has not been well served by the Ford government and residents are eager for change.
Special guest and Leader of the Ontario NDP, Andrea Horwath, praised Chandra Pasma for her energy, her innovative ideas and commitment to the community. “She's an amazing candidate. And with your help, she’s going to be the next MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean. “
In nominating Chandra, Theresa Kavanagh, who is the Ottawa City Councillor for Bay Ward, remarked “There’s so many good reasons to have Chandra in office. She knows her issues and can take on anything. I’m thrilled that she’s agreed to be the candidate again.”
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Susan Gardner, President of the Ottawa Carleton Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, said “Chandra is active in our community and she takes action in our community. She has walked with our education workers on the picket lines. She is both brilliant and accessible. She has the qualities of a successful leader. She is reasonable, calm and thoughtful.“
In her remarks, Chandra thanked the many members who showed up virtually, saying “Ottawa West—Nepean families need hope after an incredibly difficult year. I’m running with Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats again because I want to be part of the NDP government that fixes long-term care, reduces class sizes, and puts a stop to hallway medicine — especially at our overstretched Queensway-Carleton Hospital.”
On February 24 at 7 pm, we hosted a town hall on housing, with special guests Suze Morrison (MPP for Toronto Centre), Catherine McKenney (Ottawa city councillor), and Alison Trowbridge (founding member of ACORN Manor Village Tenant Union).
The town hall is over now, but you can view a recording of it on our Facebook page.
The Ottawa West-Nepean NDP held our first ever virtual AGM on Wednesday, November 25. Many members from the riding as well as several guests were in (virtual) attendance.
Guests were greeted by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who provided a video update on the work the Official Opposition are doing in the Legislature. Party President Mary Rita Holland was our special guest. She shared the work that the party is doing to build towards the 2022 elections.
OWN President Chandra Pasma provided a report on a successful year, despite the challenges of the pandemic. Provincial CFO (Jim Patterson) and Federal CFO (Dan O'Hagan) updated members on the finances of the riding association. While elections are not scheduled until 2022 (Provincial) and 2023 (Federal), the reality is an election could be called at any time. The Federal government is in a minority position, and the Provincial party in power has been dropping hints for some time that they might want to extend their mandate through a snap election. The riding association is working hard to build up our financial position so as to run strong campaigns whenever the elections take place.
The final order of official business was to elect an executive for the upcoming year. Provincial Treasurer Oliver Kent served as balloting chair. Chandra Pasma is to continue on as president, with Christina Doyle as Vice President. The Provincial and Federal CFO roles also continue as before. Debra Mair will be continuing on as Secretary. We want to welcome our new Membership Organizer, Tarnjit Kaur Johal, along with our new disability rep and LGBTQ rep. A number of new members-at-large were also elected.