August 23, 2017 – Policy and Constitution Meeting

When and Where?

Wednesday August 23, 6:30 to 8 PM
Miles Nadal JCC, Large Conference Room (Rm 318)
750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2J2


On August 23 -25 , 2018 the Conservative Party of Canada will be holding a National Policy Convention in  Halifax, Nova Scotia.  At this meeting, delegates will be amending the CPC Constitution and adopting and amending our Policy Declaration.  This is how the party changes and improves with time.  This is how the party creates its platform for the next election, and  plan of action once we are in power.

The process starts locally.  Unlike the Liberals, the CPC is truly a grassroots party, and  this is your opportunity to participate.   You can propose policy and constitution changes that may end up changing our governing documents.  Policies proposed here in the University-Rosedale EDA have be debated and voted upon in previous conventions,  and became part of the current CPC Policy document.


You must be a CPC member.  Read our Constitution and Policy Declaration. You can create an entirely NEW policy, DELETE a policy, or AMEND a policy.Come to the August 23 meeting armed with thoughtful ideas and an open mind, meet other conservatives in the riding,  propose your ideas in writing,  argue for them, and see if the group votes to pass them on to the next level of policy and constitutional work at the regional level.

This form was used for policy submission in the past.  It will help you understand how to make suggestions.

Light refreshments will be served.   Please RSVP if possible.  To RSVP, or with any questions, e-mail us at




Our 2017 Annual General Meeting

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.


EDA President Keith Tuomi welcomes members to the AGM


This was a great opportunity for socializing with fellow conservatives
Thanks to the many Board members who attended and helped, everthing went smoothly.  Thanks Doc and Philip!
Doc Von Lichtenberg organized a great buffet for the meeting

It’s Andrew Scheer!

Saturday May 27, 2017.         What a day!

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.




Rally to protest LGBT persecution in Chechnya

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.

Leadership candidate Chris Alexander spoke to the crowd
University-Rosedale Board member and LGBTory President Doc von Lichtenberg spoke to the crowd

Annual General Meeting – June 5, 2017 6:30 PM

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Monday, June 5th, 2017, 6:30 pm

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

Please RSVP at


6:30 p.m. Registration opens
7:00 p.m. Registration closes
7:00 p.m. Call to Order
Minutes of 2016 Annual General Meeting
Reports: Financial Report – Philip Dyke
President’s Report – Keith Tuomi
Membership Report – Gyl Midroni
Review of the past 2017 Leadership Campaign
 7:20 p.m. Election of Directors
 7:45 p.m. Adjournment
                                                        Refreshments will be served


An evening with Erin O’Toole

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.

We were honoured by the presence of Barbara McDougall at today’s event, seen here flanked by Erin O’Toole and Karim Jivraj.


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.


Mr. O’Toole spoke to the crowd and took many questions from those in attendance.


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.

Andrew Scheer, CPC leadership contender, visits University-Rosedale

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.


Mr. Scheer, with Keith Tuomi, University-Rosedale EDA president

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Friday, March 10,  5 – 7 PM




An evening with Chris Alexander

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.

Our kind hostess Becky Jones, with former Minister, the Honourable Christopher Alexander.

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.

Mr. Alexander spent over an hour speaking to his policies and answering a wide variety of questions from the audience.



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.

Throughout the event, everyone in the large group that attended tonight had a chance to ask questions.

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!