Becoming a delegate to the leadership convention is the best way to help Kate Graham change our party, change politics in Ontario, and make our amazing province even better.
We want you to run as a delegate and join Kate at the convention, and so we've created this page to try to answer your questions about the process.
Please reach out to the team at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
To sign up as a delegate, click here.
1) Becoming a Kate Graham Delegate
How You Can Become a Delegate for Kate
Want to learn more about delegated conventions? Not sure how you can become a delegate for Kate?
Here are two helpful videos that explain the delegate process and how to get started.
Video 1 - How a Delegated Race Works:
Video 2 - How to be a Delegate:
How to Vote in a Delegate Selection Meeting
A Leadership Election Meeting (or LEM) will take place in each of the 124 ridings across Ontario, as well as for each of the 12 women's clubs and 13 student clubs, on either:
► Saturday, February 8, 2020
► Sunday, February 9, 2020
Note that only Ontario Liberal Party members who signed up before the December 2 deadline will be eligible to cast a vote at their local LEM for a leadership candidate as well as delegates to the 2020 Leadership Convention in March.
Ridings in a given region will all cast their votes on the same day. There will be more information available in the coming weeks on LEM dates and times for each riding. So watch this space.
►January 8, 2020: Notice of LEM locations sent out to riding members by this date
► January 17, 2020: Deadline to submit intent to stand forms in order to run to be a delegate at a LEM
► February 8-9, 2020: LEMs held across Ontario
► February 13, 2020: Registration for Leadership Convention opens on ontarioliberal.ca
► February 21, 2020: Deadline for early-bird registration fee for Leadership Convention
► March 6, 2020: Opening of the 2020 Leadership Convention in Mississauga
For successful delegates - the early registration payment must be received at the office of the Ontario Liberal Party on Friday, February 21, 2020 no later than 5:00 p.m. (or 11:59 p.m. online at ontarioliberal.ca). The early registration fee is $499 for regular delegates, alternates, and ex-officios, $249 for seniors, and $249 for youths.
The standard fee for those registering and paying after the early registration cut-off is $599 for Regular Delegates/Alternates, $349 for Seniors, and $349 Youths.
More information on the rules governing membership in the Ontario Liberal Party can be found in the following document - Rules of Procedure for Membership.
2) Stay Connected with the Campaign - Joining and Using Slack
Slack is essentially a chat room for all of Team Kate. Its workspaces allow us to organize our communications by channels for group discussions and allows for private messages to share information, files, and more all in one place. Remember anything in a public channel should be considered public, so keep that in mind when you post and share.
As someone who is running to become a delegate, joining Slack will allow you to stay up-to-date on all campaign activities, connect you with fellow delegate candidates, and give you access to the resources and people that can help you get elected as a delegate at your local LEM.
Getting Started with Slack:
When you join a workspace, Slack will guide you through the process of setting up your account. We’ll ask you to enter your full name, a display name, and a password so you can sign in and out with ease.
Building out your Slack profile with fun facts and a clear profile photo will help other people in your workspace learn more about you.
We encourage you to find and join relevant channels to make sure you’re getting all the info you need. There are regional channels for london-region, toronto-region, hamilton-region etc. and channels for fundraising, messaging... AND delegates - the last one of which we strongly recommend you join.
Also, it is Slack etiquette that sometimes, direct messages are necessary to carry on a conversation outside of a channel with a specific person or groups of people. So we recommend you look into how to access and start direct messages in your workspace.
If it helps, below is a video on how to use Slack:
3) Rules Around Running as a Delegate
As noted above, to run as a delegate, you must be a member of the Ontario Liberal Party before the membership cutoff at 5pm EST on December 2nd.
Official rules for the selection of delegates for the 2020 Leadership Convention in March (along with rules concerning the broader leadership race) can be found here. Although it isn't required, it is recommend that you at least review this document in its entirety.
However, for the purposes of running as a delegate, the essentials you need to know are:
► If you wish to stand for election as a delegate, you must file a notice of Intention to Stand and Declaration of Support with the Chief Returning Officer or their designate no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on the Friday three weeks before the weekend of the LEM. This would be January 17, so we recommend submitting your intent no later than January 15 to be safe.
► You will need to submit a form that will include a statement indicating which Leadership Candidate you wish to support (i.e., Kate, obviously). You will also have the option to indicate if you wish to stand for election as an "independent" delegate - but since we're the Kate Graham campaign, we strongly urge you to run to support Kate! Look for more information in the coming weeks as to where you can access this form.
► As a member of the Ontario Liberal Party, you can only stand for election as a delegate in one riding. If you attempt to sign up for election in more than one riding, you will be disqualified from running in all of the ridings you where you expressed your intent to run.
See section 6.3 (p. 4) in the "Rule of Procedure Governing the Selection of the Leader for the 202 Leadership Convention" document (also linked above) to read the rules in their entirety.