On a perfect September 14th Thursday afternoon, in the backyard of EDA Vice- President and former President Ghina al-Sewaidi, with organizational help from Rebecca Jones, University-Rosedale conservatives were honoured to have Maxime Bernier, CPC MP for Beauce and opposition critic for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, for a barbeque and EDA fundraising event. Mr. Bernier is well known to our group, having visited here last year in the course of his oh-so-close-to-winning leadership race.
After a brief introduction by EDA President Keith Tuomi, Mr. Bernier engaged the crowd on a variety of topics including the draconian and destructive tax measures the Trudeau government is planning to impose on small businesses, lost opportunities in resource and pipeline sector due to Liberal lack of support for those activities, and the Khadr fiasco. The importance not only criticizing, but coming up with innovative and constructive suggestions for future policies going into the 2019 election came up time and again, not only from Mr. Bernier, but from the engaged crowd. With the election of Mr. Scheer as our new leader, things are now getting organized so that the CPC can mount an effective opposition, showing Canadians the errors of the Liberals’ way, and providing a confidence-inspiring alternative for 2019.
After more than 30 minutes of talking with the attendees, Mr. Bernier and all headed for a delicious BBQ and more chatting and planning and exchanging of ideas.
If you weren’t there you missed a great evening, so plan to attend next time. Thanks again to Becky and Ghina for organizing this. And if you are a University-Rosedale conservative and think that the Liberals are doing lasting harm to Canada with their taxation and economic policies, you should know that the best way to fight back is to join us on the Board of Directors and participate in our activities to get the message out and convince Canadians here and beyond about what needs to happen in 2019. Oh… we’ll take a donation too 🙂
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.
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.