Many thanks to the members who attended our AGM this year. It was a fun evening meeting at the Miles Nadal JCC, and our thanks to the many EDA Board members who helped organize the event.
We’ve got a new Board of Directors, and Keith Tuomi will continue to lead the Board as President.
With so many new CPC members in the riding after the leadership selection process – we have over 1300 members now, the most in this riding’s history – we look forward to an active year promoting the cause of conservatism in the heart of Toronto, in Canada’s most exciting and diverse riding, University-Rosedale.
After a hard fought year long leadership campaign, Saskatchewan’s Andrew Scheer has edged out Quebec’s Maxime Bernier and over a dozen other competitors to become the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
It was an exciting day and hopefully these photos from members of the University-Rosedale EDA who attended will give you a flavour of the event. Stay tuned to our upcoming newsletter for more.
CPC University-Rosedale EDA Board Members Isaiah von Lichtenberg (“Doc”), Todd Langis and Keith Tuomi attended a rally held Sunday, May 7, 2017 in front of Old City Hall. The purpose of the rally was to protest against the persecution of the LGBT community in Chechnya (Russia) and Iran. We had superb speeches from Doc, CPC leadership contender Chris Alexander, CPC MP Michelle Rempel, and others.
Miles Nadal JCC, Large Conference Room (Rm 318)
750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2J2
We invite all current Conservative Party of Canada members in the University-Rosedale riding to join us for our Annual General Meeting. Get an update on the riding association, learn what’s going on in the riding, maybe join the Board, and vote for a new Board of Directors for the EDA.
To vote at the AGM, you must be a current member 21 days before June 5th, 2017 – i.e. you must be a member as of May 15th
Please note that we cannot renew your membership at this meeting. You can renew your membership on-line at www.conservative.ca.
Tonight Erin O’Toole, MP for Durham, and candidate for leadership of the CPC visited University-Rosedale. Hosted by Nancy and John McFadyen, it was a wonderful evening that allowed a large crowd to get to know Mr. O’Toole better, and help decide how to vote in the coming leadership selection.
Everyone had had a chance to talk to a man who might be Prime Minister one day, one-on-one, which is the reason we at the University-Rosedale EDA go to the effort of organizing these events. We were also honoured by the presence of former cabinet minister and long-serving Conservative MP Barbara McDougall.
Mr. O’Toole spoke optimism inherent in the Conservative message, and how we need to be better at conveying this to Canadians. He explained how his years in Ottawa have taught him that communication and messaging are the key to success both in Parliament and in the arena of public opinion. Mr. O’Toole has suggested a number of initiatives to re-engage millennials in the Conservative approach, and pointed out the danger of the CPC being a rural-based party with weak support in the growing urban regions of Canada.
This will likely be the last leadership event held by the EDA. We would like to thank all those who have attended the various events we’ve organized, starting with Maxime Bernier in May last year, followed by Michael Chong and Kellie Leitch in the fall, Chris Alexander in January, and this month Andrew Scheer and today Mr. O’Toole. Make sure that you are an eligible voter. On April 28th the final list of eligible candidates will be released, and ballots will be mailed to CPC members. On May 27th, we will find out who our new leader is. Although advance voting can be done by mail-in ballot, you can also attend the Leadership Event at the Toronto Congress Centre, May 26-27, vote on the 27th, and stick around to see who the winner is. More information can be found here.
As the CPC leadership race heads towards an exciting conclusion in May, we had the pleasure of hosting Andrew Scheer MP (Regina — Qu’Appelle) at an EDA Fundraiser at O’Grady’s on College St. for a meet-and-greet.
Despite his youth, Mr. Scheer is a 5 times elected MP, served as Speaker of the House for the Harper majority years, and has more endorsements from sitting CPC MPs than any other candidate. His central themes were keeping the party unified, and sending out a positive message telling how conservative policies empower people to improve their lives. As usual we had the speaker take questions from the audience, some of them tough and controversial, and he responded in a straightforward manner.
We thank Mr. Scheer for taking the time and effort to come with with the locals at University-Rosedale.
Another weekday evening in University-Rosedale, another fantastic gathering where local CPC members can meet a contender for the party leadership, listen to their message, talk to them one-on-one and ask tough questions.
Tonight, at the home of Board member Becky Jones, we had the pleasure of Chris Alexander’s company. Perhaps the only leadership candidate who has met and dealt with Vladimir Putin on several occasions during his many years in the foreign service and as a cabinet Minister in the Harper government, Mr. Alexander had a number of entertaining and enlightening anecdotes to share with the audience. His previous foreign affairs experience showed as Mr. Alexander spoke of his plans to deal with the global challenges faced by Canada and the Western world, including the need to engage with China and Russia, but doing so firmly and without being blind to the many flaws in these nations. He felt that the Harper government dealt in a balanced manner with the immigration file, improving many aspects of the immigration process, taking in more immigrants to Canada than ever before, while at the same time ensuring that they would contribute and make Canada a better place. This was a policy he wishes to continue and build upon, focusing on his primary goal, which is job growth and economic growth into the future.
Mr. Alexander pointed out that Canada has the world’s most educated population, and we are well placed to cope with, and take advantage of, the inevitable changes in jobs and the economy that are coming are way at an every increasing pace. Expanding our export market beyond its overwhelming dependence on the US was a priority.
These were but a few of the topics that Mr. Alexander touched on during an hour long (!) session where he took many questions from the audience, on topics ranging from urban transportation in Toronto to arctic sovereignty and dealing with ISIS.
Those who attended tonight got a real treat. Mr. Alexander has really been around, and we all got to enjoy hearing his ideas and his experiences.
The leadership vote is coming in just 4 months. Make sure your membership is active, and keep up with what the candidates are saying and going. Once of these individuals could be Canada’s next Prime Minister!
Tonight we had the pleasure of meeting and listening to CPC leadership candidate Kellie Leitch at the home of our past EDA president Ghina Al Sewaidi. It was a chance for our membership to listen to Dr. Leitch expand on her vision for leading Canada, and for taking on the Liberals in 2019. Dr. Leitch emphasized the importance of listening to the opinions of the membership, and indeed all Canadians, rather than forcing policy from the top down. She focused on the shallow policy decisions being made by the current government, from the recent ridiculous decision to buy a small number of Super Hornet jet fighters and punt the real decision past the next election, to the open fountain of debt -fueled spending that has been unleashed, to the naive manner in which Prime Minister Trudeau has been dealing with President-Elect Trump. Her Canadian Values message was reiterated and defended, and the hypocrisy the media in their approach to this issue was seen .
The audience got to ask lots of questions, and she answered them forthrightly. It was a very worthwhile evening. Thank you Dr. Leitch for taking the time to come here, and good luck with the leadership campaign. Stay tuned and find out which CPC leadership candidate will visit University-Rosedale next.
University Rosedale Conservative Riding Association