Why do I have to join the NDP to support Ravi?
A lot of Canadians only really participate in politics during an election campaign, when they are handed a ballot and asked to put an “X” next to the name of the person they want to have represent them.
But a lot of things happen before we get to that point.
In many ridings, there is more than one person who hopes to be the candidate for a particular political party. However, each Riding Association can only put forward one person to run in the federal election. That's why Riding Associations hold Nomination Meetings, a sort of pre-election election has to happen, to decide whose name is going to be on the ballot. Because it’s a decision about who will be the NDP candidate, only NDP members are allowed to vote.
During this selection period, there can be any number of people who are all candidates to be The Candidate. During this time, those folks work to connect with party members to explain why they think they are the best choice to represent the party in the next election. They also work to connect with people who aren’t yet party members, but share common values and encourage them to join and participate in this important process.
That is where you come in. You don’t have to look at your ballot and wish there were different names on that list. You can help determine who the progressive candidate is.