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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Jan24-26 NDP leadership convention in Toronto
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NDP's National Convention - Introduction and Information - Toronto - January 24-26, 2003
From the desk of Chris Watson, Federal Secretary
Canada’s New Democratic Party will hold our Convention in Hall B at the
National Trade Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Boulevard in
Toronto from January 24 ¯ 26, 2003. Call to order is 9:00am sharp on
Convention will be broadcast live on the Canadian Political Affairs
Channel (CPAC), gavel to gavel (9:00am EST Friday, January 24 to 1:00pm
EST Sunday, January 26).
Be sure to check out the timelines at a glance enclosed for important
All this information will also be posted on our web site www.ndp.ca. If
you have any questions don’t hesitate to call Leslie Kerr at 613-236-
3613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN 2003 We’re in the midst of a dynamic leadership
campaign ¯ with six candidates traveling the country seeking the
support of our members. And for the first time ever ¯ all NDP members
will get to vote to choose our next Leader. Remember, in order to be
eligible to vote for Leader, members must be in good standing as of
December 10, 2002.
Enclosed is information on the voting options available. Share this
with your membership!
You’ll also find the schedule for Candidates’ Debates sponsored by the
Federal Party. The first few will likely have taken place prior to this
package arriving. But plan to have your members attend the one nearest
you! The Candidates’ Forum at Convention will be held Friday evening at
7:30pm EST and will be televised on your local CPAC station.
RESOLUTIONS With a combined Leadership/Policy Convention there is far
less time to debate resolutions. To maximize time for discussion on a
series of comprehensive issues, composite resolutions will be prepared,
where appropriate, from resolutions submitted. Please review the
enclosed procedure before submitting your organization’s resolutions
and use the form provided for each resolution.
Resolutions must be received at Federal Office no later than November
REMINDER - RESOLUTIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED BY:
a) a federal constituency association or affiliated group or
contributory organization entitled to representation; b) a central
organization entitled to representation but itself not eligible for
affiliation (contributory organizations); c) provincial and territorial
parties; d) the New Democratic Youth of Canada, and provincial and
territorial sections of the NDYC, or federally chartered youth
chapters; e) the Council of the Federal Party; f) Councils of Federal
Ridings (where qualified); g) the Participation of Women Committee; h)
the Aboriginal Committee; i) the Participation of Visible Minorities
Committee; j) the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Committee; k) other
standing committees, as established by the Federal Council.
CONVENTION FEES The fees for this Convention have been approved by the
Federal Executive and are included in this package. Payment should
accompany the credential forms when they are mailed. VISA and
MasterCard are accepted.
Delegates $400 Alternates 150
Unwaged 115 (if before November 26) 125 (if after November 26)
Youth/student 80 (if before November 26) 90 (if after November 26)
Early bird fees apply only to youth/student or unwaged delegates. These
delegates must register with payment no later than November 26, 2002 to
Observers who are NDP members may vote for Leader at Convention. The
fee is $100 for the weekend. Observers are not permitted on the floor
of convention, nor do they have speaking or voting rights.
ACCOMMODATION A list of hotels and rates is attached. You must book
before January 3, 2003 to be eligible for the convention rate. All room
blocks will be released to the general public after this date.
SHUTTLE SERVICE An NDP shuttle service will carry delegates at peak
hours from the National Trade Centre to the Delta Chelsea, Strathcona,
Marriott Courtyard and international hostel. The schedule will be
posted at these locations.
PARKING Parking is available at the National Trade Centre at Exhibition
Place for $9 (above-ground) or $11 (underground) daily.
SPECIAL NEEDS The National Trade Centre has been designed and
constructed with accessible facilities. Delegates with special needs
are asked to contact Federal Office so that appropriate arrangements
can be made.
CHILDCARE Childcare service will be provided free of charge to
delegates. A form is enclosed for those delegates requiring childcare.
The operating times are noted on the form. Please review and fill out
carefully, particularly with respect to food allergies or special
needs. Outings for older children may be arranged. Further information
on this and other aspects of childcare will be provided to those
delegates who have registered. Space cannot be guaranteed if the
enclosed Childcare Form is not returned to Federal Office by November
DISPLAY SPACE Display space is available for ridings and organizations
at Convention. We invite you to display your product or information.
Space will be granted on a first-come first-served basis. If your
riding association or organization wishes to book space, please do so
right away. The deadline for booking is November 26, 2002. A booking
form is included in this package.
EXPENSE CLAIMS Delegates can file for the Convention Expense Claim
(with a donation for tax credit). At Convention, simply calculate
travel, accommodation costs and daily expenses (with receipts), then
write a cheque for that amount to the Party. Get a cheque right back
from the Party for the same amount and a tax receipt at the end of the
year. Those delegates claiming the unwaged (non-taxable income)
delegate fee will not be eligible for the Convention Expense Claim. The
form will be available at Convention.
An Affirmative Action Travel Pool (direct partial reimbursement) is
available for affirmative action delegates. This form will also be
available at Convention.
Delegates may apply for either the Convention Expense Claim or the
Travel pool but not both.
QUESTIONS? Give us a call. We are looking forward to an exciting and
energetic convention and we want you to be a part of it. Please don’t
hesitate to call Leslie Kerr at 613-236-3613 with any questions or send
her an email at email@example.com.
Check out our website at www.ndp.ca for direct links to the Leadership
Candidates’ websites and more information on the leadership race and
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