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Canada's Young New Democrats (French: Jeunes néo-démocrates du Canada) is the youth wing of the New Democratic Party of Canada.[3] Any party member, aged 25 or under is automatically a member of the CYND and is eligible to attend and vote in the youth wing's convention.[1]

Canada's Young New Democrats
AbbreviationCYND
PurposeAdvocating for youth in the New Democratic Party
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario
Region served
Canada
Official language
English and French[1]
Co-Chairs
Ali Chatur
Kiana Saint-Macary
Parent organization
New Democratic Party
AffiliationsProgressive Alliance[2]

Unlike the youth wings of some other political parties, the CYND is autonomous of the main party.[1][3] It sends its own delegates to the federal convention and council.[4]

Traditionally, members of the CYND have tended to be more ideologically driven than the rest of the party. Since Jack Layton took over the helm of the party in 2003, the youth base has grown and now incorporates a wider base of progressive youth.

It typically elects its executives for two year terms at its own convention, usually held the day before the NDP holds its conventions.

2018 ExecutiveEdit

The 2018 Executive was elected at the 2018 Federal NDP Convention in Ottawa.

  • Co-Chair: Ali Chatur (ON)
  • Co-Chair: Kiana Saint-Macary (QC)
  • Secretary: Georgia Becker (AB)
  • Treasurer: Romeo Tello (BC)
  • Director of Communications: Brittney Senger (SK)
  • Director of Policy: Nate Wallace (NB)
  • Outreach Director: Kirsten Samson (SK)
  • Women's Director: Vino Wijeyasuriyar (QC)
  • LGBTQ Director: Amy Joanne-Ryder (BC)
  • Aboriginal Director: Vacant
  • Persons of Visible Minorities Director: Amin Ali (ON)
  • Persons With Disabilities Director: Lia Storey-Gamble (SK)
  • Labour Relations Director: Amrit Samra (BC)
  • Francophone Director: Iseult L'Heureux-Hubert (QC)
  • Francophone Communications Director: Francesco MacAllister-Caruso (ON) - Interim

2016 ExecutiveEdit

The 2016 Executive was elected at the 2016 Federal NDP Convention in Edmonton.

  • Co-Chair: Ali Chatur (ON)
  • Co-Chair: Lia Storey-Gamble (SK)
  • Secretary: Georgia Becker (AB)
  • Treasurer: Gwendolyn Moncrieff-Gould (NS)
  • Director of Communications: Alex Gold-Apel (QC)
  • Director of Policy: Nikki Koutsochilis (BC)
  • Outreach Director: Tony Bui (ON)
  • Women's Director: Bethany Drader (AB)
  • LGBTQ Director: Dylan Sloan (AB)
  • Aboriginal Director: Chelsea Edwards (NB)
  • Persons of Visible Minorities Director: Amin Ali (ON)
  • Persons With Disabilities Director: Paige Kezima (SK)
  • Labour Relations Director: Romeo Tello (BC)
  • Francophone Director: Alice Gaudreau (QC)
  • Francophone Outreach Director: Malcolm Lewis-Richmond (QC)

2013–2016 ExecutiveEdit

The 2013–2016 Executive was elected at the Montréal convention in 2013. Their term was longer than the typical two years as a result of the 2015 Canadian Federal Election. Due to the CYND rules governing country-wide representation, no more than three directors from one constituent province may be elected at any given time. The provinces that each executive represented are noted in brackets.

  • Co-Chair: Jonathan Allard (QC)
  • Co-Chair: Paula Krasiun-Winsel (SK)
  • Secretary: Stefan Avlijas (BC)
  • Treasurer: Carolyn Greve (ON)
  • Director of Communications: Natalie Petra (ON)
  • Director of Policy: Kevin Wright (AB)
  • Outreach Director: Diego Cardona (BC)
  • Women's Director: Bethany Drader (AB)
  • LGBTQ Director: Stephen Soltys (BC)
  • Aboriginal Director: Amy Jackson (MB)
  • Persons of Visible Minorities Director: Tony Bui (ON)
  • Persons With Disabilities Director: Paige Kezima (SK)
  • Labour Relations Director: Matthew Lensen (SK)
  • Francophone Director: Simon Jolicoeur (QC)
  • Francophone Outreach Director: Julia Maksymetz (QC)

Co-chairsEdit

  • 2018–2020: Ali Chatur, Kiana Saint-Macary
  • 2016–2018: Ali Chatur, Lia Storey-Gamble
  • 2013–2016: Jonathan Allard, Paula Krasiun-Winsel
  • 2011–2013: Meera Chander, Robin Steudel
  • 2009–2011: Natalie Bocking, Reem Zaia

Reaction to 2015 election loss and push for party renewalEdit

In the lead up to the 2015 election, the CYND had been openly critical of leader Thomas Mulcair when he broke with long standing NDP principles, in particular on matters of foreign policy.[5] After the stunning 2015 election that saw Thomas Mulcair lose official opposition status, the party was heading into a leadership review at 2016 convention in Edmonton.

One month before the leadership review CYND members from two Montreal Universities published an open letter in Le Devoir calling on Thomas Mulcair to resign.[6][7]

Pressure continued to mount on Mulcair when it was reported that NDP McGill had submitted a resolution to CYND convention that would urge all CYND member delegates to vote for a leadership race.[8]

On the eve of the Edmonton convention, the CYND published an open letter urging members to vote for party renewal, becoming the first official section of the NDP to call for members to "support a new direction, and a new style of leadership."[9][10] Many members of the CYND spoke out about the need for party renewal throughout convention, organizing votes to trigger a leadership election.[11]

A few days later, the membership of the NDP followed the lead of the CYND with a majority of the delegates to the Edmonton Convention voting for a new leadership race. This was the first time in Canadian history that a leader of a political party had lost a leadership review.[12]

The process started at the 2016 Edmonton Convention culminated for a new leadership in the election of Ontario NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh on October 1, 2017, after he won on first ballot with 53.8 per cent of the vote.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Constitution of the New Democratic Youth of Canada". New Democratic Youth of Canada. 2006. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved May 24, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Parties & Organisations of the Progressive Alliance". progressive-alliance.info. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b Constitution of the New Democratic Party of Canada. New Democratic Party. 2009. p. 11.
  4. ^ Constitution of the New Democratic Party of Canada. New Democratic Party. 2009. pp. 5, 9.
  5. ^ "NDP's Youth Wing Chides Mulcair For Not Condemning Israeli Attacks In Gaza". HuffPost Canada. 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  6. ^ "Quebec NDPers call for renewal ahead of Edmonton convention | The Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  7. ^ Mar 15, CBC News · Posted:; March 15, 2016 6:06 PM ET | Last Updated:; 2016. "'Anger and despair': NDP McGill, Concordia call for Thomas Mulcair to quit | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-08.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. ^ Mar 18, rew Mitrovica Published on; 2016 6:40pm (2016-03-18). "For Mulcair, the knives are already out". iPolitics. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  9. ^ Apr 6, The New Democratic Youth of Canada Published on; 2016 8:57pm (2016-04-07). "We're young New Democrats — and we want our party back". iPolitics. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  10. ^ "NDP youth wing expected to seek new leadership". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  11. ^ Power, Samantha (2016-04-10). "New Democrats Say Goodbye to Mulcair, Vote for Leadership Change". The Tyee. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  12. ^ Apr 10, Aaron Wherry · CBC News · Posted:; April 11, 2016 9:08 AM ET | Last Updated:; 2016. "Rejecting Mulcair, NDP delegates vote in favour of new leadership race | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-08.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  13. ^ "Jagmeet Singh makes history with NDP leadership victory on first ballot". The Globe and Mail. 2017-10-01. Retrieved 2019-03-08.

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