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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!


November 23 – Kellie Leitch visits University-Rosedale

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.


Dr. Leitch spoke strongly for Canadian values.
We had a long Q&A session with Kellie Leitch.


Our gracious host, Ghina, with two admirers.

Michael Chong visits University-Rosedale

Tonight the University-Rosedale EDA had the pleasure of hosting Michael Chong, MP for Wellington – Halton Hills, and candidate for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, at the home of Board member Doc von Lichtenberg and his partner Keith.  We also had the pleasure of meeting Michael’s wife, Carrie Davidson, at tonight’s event. Our thanks to Doc and Keith for opening their home for this event, and for the effort that they put into making the evening a success, both as a fundraiser for the University-Rosedale EDA, and as an opportunity for conservatives to get together, exchange ideas, and listen to a knowledgeable visitor from Ottawa.

MP and former Cabinet Minister Michael Chong, now running for the CPC leadership, advocated enthusiastically for  a conservative vision that focused on strategies for economic stability and future success in a changing and challenging world, and a fiscally rational strategy for environmental management. He has been, and from his words tonight, clearly will continue to be, a champion for democratic reform which will put more power in the hands of elected House of Commons members and reducing the power of the Prime Minister’s Office. A practical plan for Senate reform was mentioned, and his inside knowledge of how Ottawa works makes his words worth taking seriously.  Mr. Chong ably and directly answered a number of questions from those in attendance, and there was a great back-and-forth.



We had about 40 guests, and as usual, young conservatives were well represented (we don’t think they just came for the free food).


Before and after the speeches, including an introduction from our Board president Keith Tuomi, and a lesson in history and political philosophy from the legendary Karim Jivraj, we all had a chance for some face time with Mr. Chong, to get an idea about where he stands on the issues that concern us most.   This is one of the best reasons to come to these events.  This man may one day be Prime Minister of Canada.

Stay tuned for future events with the CPC leadership candidates.    Kellie Leitch will be here on November 23, and we had Maxime Bernier visit in May.  Remember, these events are fundraisers for the EDA, not for the individual candidate, so you can support your local conservatives while at the same time gathering the information you need to help make your important decision in May of next year.  It’s surely better to make that decision based on meeting these individuals in person than based on the distorted information you get from our media.  See you at the next local event, and make sure you are a CPC party member in the next year so you can vote for our next leader!



Michael Chong, MP and CPC leadership candidate, is coming to University-Rosedale


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To learn more about Michael Chong, see here

The University-Rosedale Conservative EDA will receive all proceeds from this event.

The Hon. Maxime Bernier MP at University-Rosedale

The Hon. Maxime Bernier is the current MP for Beauce, Quebec, and has held various cabinet positions including Minister of Industry,  Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister State for Small Business and Tourism. He is now the CPC opposition critic for Innovation, Science, and Economic Development.

Mr.  Bernier is now  a declared candidate for leadership of the CPC, and  was at the home of our riding association president, Keith Tuomi,  to support the University-Rosedale  EDA at its spring fundraiser.   Our  thanks to Keith, and his wife Jane for offering their home for this event.

Thanks also to all the local conservatives who turned out for this fun gathering.  After excellent introductions by Keith Tuomi and then Karim Jivraj, our Candidate of Record, Mr. Bernier spoke passionately about being faithful to our conservative principles, and his vision of the direction the CPC should take in the post-Stephen Harper era.   He emphasized a small non-interfering government that puts people in control of their income and encourages entrepreneurial activity and productivity in the private sector; respect for all of our citizens in this nation of immigrants; and not burdening our children and grandchildren with spending that produces no long term benefits, and is just a cynical vote-buying ploy by the Liberals.

Bob Dechert, former MP for Mississauga-Erindale, and a tremendously respected and admired member of the Harper government was also in attendance.

After the speeches we all got a chance to speak with Mr.  Bernier, Mr. Dechert and others in the room about the various issues that are important to us.  It was really a tremendous opportunity to be part of the CPC’s rebuilding after the last election and the change of leadership that follows.


The Hon. Maxime Bernier, MP, with former MP Bob Dechert, and EDA president Keith Tuomi
The Hon. Maxime Bernier, MP, speaking to the group
Keith Tuomi (seen here  introducing the Hon. Maxime Bernier) and his wife Jane graciously offered their home for putting on this event.
Karim JIvraj, our Candidate of Record gave a barnburner speech, part of it in flawless French, and introduced Mr. Bernier


Some of our enthusiastic attendees (promise made, promise kept!)