General Meeting for Canada's NDP Convention 2023

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Canada's NDP Convention 2023 will take place at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton, ON from October 13–15, 2023.

To discuss and vote on policy resolutions and select our Delegates, the Parkdale—High Park NDP is holding a general meeting of its members on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 from 7 pm–9 pm.

This meeting will take place online, and the link will be sent to those who have RSVPed and their membership confirmed.

Parkdale—High Park has a long tradition of sending a large and diverse group of Delegates to Convention to debate new ideas and policy, hear from inspiring guest speakers, and take part in exciting training sessions.

We especially encourage those who have never attended Convention before to join us!

What happens at Convention?

Canada's NDP will release a full, detailed agenda closer to Convention, but it will include:

  • discussion and adoption of policy resolutions;
  • training sessions to improve our skills as activists ahead of the election;
  • election of Canada's NDP Table Officers and Federal Executive;
  • reports from various Executives, committees, and bodies; and
  • vote on whether or not to conduct a leadership review.

What accessibility measures will be at Convention?

Some accessibility initiatives you can expect at Convention are larger aisles in the plenary room, availability of ushers to provide assistance, reserved seating, mobile microphones, access to a quiet room, digital documents or print/alternative format documents by request, English and French interpretation, closed captioning services in all sessions and additional accommodations are available upon request.

If you are a delegate and have a specific accessibility request or want more details on services offered, please don’t hesitate to make a request. Please submit requests to Canada's NDP by September 13th to ensure availability of services.

NDP members in Parkdale—High Park will elect Delegates to represent us at Convention at our virtual general membership meeting on Wednesday, August 9 at 7 pm.

BIPOC, persons living with disabilities, youth, Franco-Ontarians, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ communities are highly encouraged to attend as Delegates, and the Parkdale—High Park is committed to ensuring our delegation reflects the diversity of our riding and to ensure a variety of voices are representing us. At least 50% of our Delegates must be women, trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse individuals.

If you are interested in attending Convention, please nominate yourself using this form.

Delegate nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the general membership meeting.

If you would like to attend Convention, but cannot attend the local meeting on August 9, please indicate your interest using this form and someone will nominate you.

To be eligible to stand for election as a Delegate, you must be an NDP member in good standing. If you have questions about your membership status, please email [email protected].

What are the Convention fees?

  • Early Bird Delegate (until August 11): $349
  • Unwaged Delegate: $149
  • Youth Delegate (26 or under): $99
  • Observers: $1700

Parkdale—High Park NDP believes that cost should not be a barrier to attending Convention, and offers financial assistance to elected Convention Delegates who would not otherwise be able to attend. For questions or requests, please contact [email protected]

If I’m an elected Delegate, how will I register?

All Delegates elected on August will later receive an EasyCode by email that will allow you to register for the Convention.

What is a resolution?

Resolutions can:

  • Amend or delete existing policy from the policy book
  • Add new policy from the policy book
  • Amend the Party Constitution
  • Direct the Party to take a specific action (e.g. run a campaign, research an issue, develop a policy)
  • Have the Party make a statement on an on-going event or issue

You may wish to consult with the current federal policy book before drafting resolutions.

What is the format of a resolution?

  • Keep the “Whereas Clause” to no more than 50 words. “Whereas Clauses” simply set up a rationale for adopting a particular policy/amendment/direction; they do not constitute the policy/amendment/direction itself
  • The “Be it Resolved” section must be short and concise and under 100 words — this is the section which constitutes the policy/amendment/direction

How can I submit a resolution for consideration?

Before resolutions can be submitted to Convention, they must be passed at a General Meeting of our local electoral district association.

If you wish to submit a resolution for consideration, complete this form by August 3, 2023 at 11:59pm. 

What resolutions will be discussed at our local meeting on August 9?

We will compile resolutions and circulate them ahead of our meeting on August 9. The Chair of the meeting may combine similar motions, rule duplicative motions out of order, and will create an agenda that outlines the order in which motions will be considered for the meeting on August 9.

If you have any other questions, please email [email protected].

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