The last few months have been busy and eventful. The Parry Sound-Muskoka NDP Executive meet this past Sunday, November 4. There was much to discuss and you can expect to hear from us in the coming days and weeks. We are dealing with a candidate selection process for the next provincial election. We can declare our local candidate as early as January 1, 2013. The Executive is working to do just that, very exciting. We are asking for your support as volunteers for the many project that will need to be dealt with. So please think about volunteering now and during the next provincial election. We have a great opportunity to turn this riding Orange, we can do it!!!
The Provincial Kitchener -Waterloo by-election was won by Catherine Fife. This is a significant win for may reasons, the one I am most interested in is the fact that a 20 year PC held riding has become an NDP riding. “No riding is safe for the PCs” is the reality in Ontario. This comment was repeated at both Northern Council and the Ontario Provincial Council I attended in the past few weeks. All eyes are on the Durham federal by-election. I predict we will win there as well! The Orange Crush is alive and well!
I attended Northern Council in Timmins October 19 to 21 with Harvey Houle, Terry and Marilyn Chute. Terry and Marilyn were kind enough to to give Harvey and myself a ride to Timmins. What was it, 7-8 hour drive? The drive went very well and it was great to spend some time with riding members. Lots of political talk and great stories filled our time on the ride up. Thanks Terry and Marilyn, it was fun.
I can’t say enough about how great Northern Council was. I would love to see a larger contingent from Parry Sound-Muskoka attend next year. Parry Sound-Muskoka is in the north, attending Northern Council really made that clear. Listening to the speakers drove the point home regarding Parry Sound-Muskoka being in the north. Many of the issue discussed are the very same issues we face here. We are a northern riding, a northern district in Ontario and it needs to recognized as such.
The last day of Northern Council was particularly exciting to have as our final speaker MP David Christopherson, Deputy Leader, Canada’s Official Opposition. He is an eloquent and skilled public speaker. I took away from David Christopherson speech the following. Historically the NDP is in a unique place and time like never before. The support for the NDP across Canada has never been higher. It is a solid support and growing. From Newfoundland to British Columbia the NDP is leading. This fact is further emphasized by the attacks the Harper government is directing towards the NDP. Harper in effect has written off the Liberals as a threat and is directing his attacks squarely at the NDP. The coming Ontario Provincial election some time early next year is seen as crucial for CPC if they wants to win the 2015 Federal election. An orange Ontario has them scared. Look forward to lots of attention from both the Federal NDP and CPC come the next Ontario Provincial election.
Parry Sound-Muskoka NDP Riding Association
Remember sharing is good.
Members of the Parry Sound-Muskoka NDP Riding Association will be meeting at the following location to honor Jack Layton. All are welcome. Please bring some treats and drinks to share.
August 22, 2012
Bent River Ontario
Bent River Historical Hall
1120 Rosseau Lake Road 1
Between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM
2012 02 14 – Press Releases
Three MPs will travel across country to reach out to Canadian Seniors
OTTAWA –Today New Democrat MPs announced that they will be fanning out across the country to consult Canadians about changes to the Old Age Security (OAS) program planned by the Conservatives. The MPs will promote practical options the NDP has to address the changes that are happening as our population ages, while still ensuring retirement security for all Canadians.
Tell the government to stop its proposed changes to OAS – sign and circulate the petition below to stand up for retirement security!
Irene Mathyssen, Critic for Seniors, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, Deputy Critic for Seniors, and Wayne Marston, Pension Critic, want to hear what Canadians, young and old, think of the government’s intention to back down on support to our poorest citizens.
“Changes to the OAS will have the biggest impact on the poor and in particular older women. It is those with the least who are expected to take the brunt of any cuts,” said Mathyssen. “This government should be ashamed to ask the poorest seniors to take on these cuts. We should be taking practical, affordable measures to lift every senior out of poverty, not make it worse by slashing Old Age Security.”
Blanchette-Lamothe pointed out that the Conservatives’ suggested changes to the OAS are burdening future generations, making them bear the weight of their fight against the deficit. “What will young workers have to look forward to when they retire? Pitting seniors against future seniors is unfair and unjust,” she said.
Marston argued that “Canadians need to know that the OAS system is easily sustainable and, in the long run, is actually projected to decrease in cost relative to the size of the economy. The Parliamentary Budget office supports this claim. In fact, the only crisis here is the one manufactured by this government—it’s claiming that OAS isn’t sustainable so that it can gut a program it doesn’t like.”
This consultation will provide the New Democratic Party with arguments gathered at the source in order to oppose any misguided reform to pensions.
Stand up for retirement security for all Canadians!
Sign and circulate the petition below.
Peggy Nash – Power and Politics
QUEEN’S PARK – NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh and MPP France Gélinas both agree that after 66 witnesses and 15 days of committee hearings into the Ornge scandal, a clear picture has emerged that the McGuinty Liberals had numerous warning signs about the troubled air ambulance service and chose to do nothing.
“In the past couple of days we’ve heard testimony detailing nepotism, illegal lobbying, and million-dollar kickbacks,” Singh said. “These are words we associate with organized crime, not our healthcare system,” said Singh.
Singh said testimony revealed the McGuinty Liberals ignored warning signs at Ornge for years until it hit the media.
“Since 2009, whistleblowers raised red flags with the Health Ministry about Ornge, an audit commissioned by the Health Ministry flagged an opaque corporate structure, and Freedom-of-information requests and legislative questions were ignored. To make matters worse, the Health Minister Deb Matthews denied any wrong-doing, and has been trying to pin the blame on everyone else but herself and her Ministry,” said Gélinas.
“Minister Matthews is responsible for failing to take any action on Ornge when well-connected insiders spent millions of healthcare dollar on themselves. The government never expressed any reservations about Ornge, never took any action to correct the problems, and never had any proper oversight over the organization. This is absolutely scandalous,” said Singh.
Tom Mulcair was elected leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of Canada’s New Democrats on March 24th, 2012 at our Federal NDP convention. Thousands of New Democrats from across the country, including Clyde Mobbley, president of the Parry Sound – Muskoka Riding Association, made the trip to Toronto to be a part of the convention and support our new leader.
Find out more about Tom, and the Federal NDP, here.
On March 24th New Democrats across the country will have a very important decision to make. Members will be voting for the next leader of the federal NDP. This person will be the leader of the Official Opposition, taking on Harper and his crew in Ottawa. They will be the voice and face of our party, building on the work of Jack Layton and moving the NDP, and Canada, forward.
It’s important that members in the Parry Sound-Muskoka area have the opportunity to get to know the leadership candidates. We have volunteers working hard to organize visits from as many of the 9 candidates as possible. Your first chance to meet one of the candidates comes on Nov. 27th when Martin Singh visits the area. We have also been in contact with the other campaign camps, and will keep you posted as more visits are organized. Keep an eye on our ‘Events Page’ for details.
The Globe and Mail put together a good piece introducing the leadership candidates; Nicki Ashton, Robert Chisholm, Nathan Cullen, Paul Dewar, Thomas Mulcair, Peggy Nash, Brian Topp, Martin Singh and Romeo Saganash . You might want to take a look at it. A ‘who’s who’ in the leadership race.
If you have been a supporter of the NDP at the ballot box but have never taken out a membership, now is the time to join. If you’ve been a member in the past but have let your membership lapse, now is the time to renew. Every member of the New Democratic Party has an equal voice in this leadership race.
One member – one vote.
Membership costs $25 for the year. If you are unemployed the fee is only $5. Many people do not know that you do not have to be a Canadian citizen to join the NDP, only a permanent resident. Youth ages 13 and up are welcome to become members as well.
Join online at http://www.ndp.ca/leadership-2012 or contact our membership secretary, Marie Rempel at 705-646-1844.
If you have any questions, or ideas you’d like to share, please contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you on the 27th!
Parry Sound-Muskoka NDP Riding Association
I want to thank you for your support during our provincial election campaign. Running as Parry Sound-Muskoka’s Provincial NDP candidate was an incredibly rewarding and humbling experience. Crossing our vast riding many times, I had the opportunity to meet many of you where you work and where you live. Your enthusiastic support was energizing! I am honoured that so many of you cast your ballot for the NDP and for me.
This election proved many things. Support for the NDP is on the rise in Parry Sound-Muskoka. That’s not surprising. Our plans to bring more jobs to the North, provide better access to health care, increase affordable housing and establish efficient, sustainable energy systems put people first. The election also proved that team work gets results. Thanks to all the volunteers who came together to put up lawn signs, canvass neighbourhoods, and get out the vote on my behalf. Our message couldn’t have been heard without you.
Although I won’t be representing you at Queen’s Park, I will be making my presence known in Parry Sound-Muskoka. We share the same concerns and the same dreams for a better future. Our homeland is a beautiful, bountiful place. We can make it better. Together.
The nomination meeting to select our Provincial Candidate was a resounding success. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our nominees. And a big thank you to everyone who volunteered to make our event such a memorable one.
Clyde Mobbley was also an incredible candidate who brought passion and integrity to his campaign. Thank you so much for all your hard work!
We will be looking for volunteers to bring Alex’s message of Change that Puts People First to every corner of this riding. Please contact Alex at www.alexzyganiuk.ca to get involved.
Our hearts go out to Jack’s family right now. They are in our thoughts and our prayers.
Jack’s message of hope and optimism was a breath of fresh air in today’s climate of cynical politics. He worked tirelessly on behalf of all Canadians, steadfast in his belief that there is a better way to do politics, and that all Canadians deserve more from politicians and from government. This is a legacy that we will humbly aspire to honour.
Jack Layton was an inspiration, and his life is embodied by this quote from NDP icon Tommy Douglas; “Courage my friends, ‘tis not too late to build a better world.”
The Executive of the Parry Sound-Muskoka NDP Riding Association
There will be a Book of Condolences available for people to sign at our Nomination Meeting on August 25th, 6pm at the Utterson Community Hall. All are welcome. Please see our events page for more details.
On August 25th members of the Ontario NDP living in Parry Sound-Muskoka will be choosing between two excellent candidates to run for their party in the upcoming Provincial election.
There has been great interest in the NDP candidacy for the fall election, coming on the tails of a strong second place finish federally in the riding. The choice for members has come down to two exceptional candidates.
Clyde Mobbley of Bent River, and Alex Zyganiuk of the Wasauksing First Nation have both thrown their hats in the ring to represent their party.
Mobbley, an Information Technology Manager at Muskoka Family Youth and Child Services, currently sits on the executive of the local Riding Association. He is a former small business owner who has been active in his local community since moving to Muskoka. “It’s crucial that we engage the youth of our community, and learn new ways to reach out to them, to engage them in the political process.” says Mobbley, who is passionate that decision making should be an inclusive process.
Zyganiuk, a former Officer with the First Nations/OPP Policing Program and the current Community Consultation Co-ordinator for Wasauksing, is no novice when it comes to serving his community. Zyganiuk is a former band councilor, and is a former director and Aboriginal Representative on the board of the Parry Sound Children’s Aid Society, and the West Parry Sound Museum. “It’s important to me that a First Nation perspective be a part of the discussion at Queen’s Park. Equally important is the need for representation in Toronto that listens to the greater community, and works collectively to improve the lives of the people living here year round in Parry Sound-Muskoka.” says Zyganiuk.
The nomination meeting and fundraising dinner will take place at the Stephenson Township Hall in Utterson and is open to the public. Registration for voting members begins at 6pm; the formal meeting begins at 7pm. Admission is by donation.
For more information please contact Wendy Wilson at 705-774-1594.
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The Annual General Meeting of the Parry Sound Muskoka Provincial and Federal Riding Associations will be held at 1pm on Sunday, July 10th at the Novar Community Hall.
A Fundraising Lunch for the upcoming Provincial Election will be served at 1pm; suggested donation of $15 for those with income.
Nominations and election of the Executive Committee and Officers of the Riding Associations will be held around 2pm.
Only members in good standing 30 days before the AGM can vote. However, members from last year can renew at the meeting (cheques only) and vote.
To get to Novar, take Hwy 11 to the Novar exit north of Huntsville. Novar is on the West side of Hwy 11. From the South exit follow Novar road, which turns into Main St. From the North Exit turn right onto Boundary Rd. and then right onto Main St. Follow Main St. to George St. and turn right onto George St. You will see the community centre. Even if you get lost, Novar is only six square blocks, and we will put up some NDP signs to light the way.
Parry Sound Muskoka NDP Riding Association
Bracebridge ON P1L 1V5
The Parry Sound-Muskoka NDP Riding Association will hold a Nomination meeting on January 16, 2011 to select its candidate for the next federal election.
Wendy Wilson, a Parry Sound physician and assistant professor, has received party approval to seek the nomination.
Dr. Wilson has had a longstanding association with the Muskoka Parry Sound area since 1995 when she first came to West Parry Sound Health Centre. She has lived and practised medicine all over Canada, including Inuvik, Iqualuit, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island. Dr Wilson has also been a faculty member with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine since its inception in 2005.
Prior to her clinical medical career she was a research scientist in Canada and Washington DC. She was appointed to the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technology in 1992 as a contract researcher as well as Course Director in Women and Health, University of Toronto.
The Nomination Meeting is open to the public; however, only members of the NDP in good standing and resident in the riding may vote. There will be photo and interview opportunities before and during the event. Doors open at 11:00 am for registration and brunch.
Saturday, January 16, 2011
Nomination Meeting for Federal Candidate
1185 Doe Lake Road,
After eight months on the picket line, Vale INCO workers are still battling one of the most profitable corporations in the world. Fighting for their pensions and seniority rights, over 3500 employees are on strike.
Join the “Bridging the Gap” Solidarity Rally in Sudbury, March 22, 2010 at 4 p.m. The Steelworkers, OFL and CLC are organizing buses from across the province. For information on buses contact Laurie Hardwick at the OFL at 416 443-7657.
The Make Poverty History people have joined the call to rescind the Kairo cuts: Make Poverty History
This is a very active group campaigning to eliminate poverty worldwide; well worth our attention.
Dennis Gruending suggests that the CIDA cuts to KAIROS’s third-world projects are related to KAIROS’s criticism of the tar sands development. He also gives more background on KAIROS. All in all, he writes an excellent blog: Gruending’s Blog