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What are the important dates leading up to the 2013 LPC Leadership?

May 3, 2011: Michael Ignatieff announces his resignation as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC). As outlined in the LPC Constitution, the National Board of Directors must appoint an Interim Leader in consultation with Caucus, and set a date for a Leadership vote to be held within five months (LPC Constitution, Part 4, Chapter 15 (61))

May 25, 2011: Bob Rae is appointed as Interim Leader by the National Board of Directors, in consultation with the LPC Caucus (Statement to Members: New LPC Interim Leader)

June 18, 2011: As proposed by the National Board of Directors and based on membership feedback, the LPC holds an Extraordinary Convention to propose amendments to the Party Constitution to postpone the timeframe of the Leadership vote. Delegates choose to delay the Leadership Vote to a date between March 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013 (Your Decision at the Extraordinary Convention)

January 14, 2012: Delegates at the Ottawa 2012 – Liberal Biennial Convention choose to allow registered LPC supporters to participate in the Leadership Vote (Convention Update: A new way to choose our Leader!)

April 22, 2012: The National Board of Director establishes the Ad Hoc Leadership Vote and Expense Committee (Members’ Update: Your National Board meets)

June 13, 2012: The National Board of Directors narrows down the date of the Leadership Vote to the month of April 2013 (Members’ Update: What we decided tonight)

September 6, 2012: The National Board of Directors announces the entry fee, spending limit, and loan limit for leadership candidates (Members’ Update: We have some important news)

November 14, 2012: The National Board of Directors calls the start of the 2013 LPC Leadership race. The date of the vote is set to April 14 2013, the Leadership Expense Committee and Leadership Vote Committee are appointed, and the dates and locations for all official 2013 LPC Leadership events are released. The LPC is ready to accept nomination papers and the first instalment of the candidates’ entry fee. (2013 LPC: Leadership starts now)

November 15 2012: Justin Trudeau registers as an official candidate

November 19 2012: Deborah Coyne registers as an official candidate

December 3 2012: Marc Garneau, Martha Hall Findlay, and Joyce Murray register as official candidates

December 7 2012: Karen McCrimmon registers as an official candidate

December 15 2012: The second instalment of the entry fee is due for all registered candidates.

December 19 2012: George Takach registers as an official candidate

January 11 2013: David Bertschi registers as an official candidate

January 13 2013: The third instalment of the entry fee is due for all registered candidates.
Last day for candidates to join the race (“at least 90 days before the day of the Leadership Vote, LPC Constitution, Part 4, Chapter 15 (62))
Martin Cauchon registers as an official candidate.

January 16 2013: LPC announces the final list of candidates, and that voting will be conducted online and by phone. Registration opens for members and supporters. (2013 LPC: Meet the candidates)

January 20 2013: 2013 LPC Leadership Debate in Vancouver, BC

February 2 2013: 2013 LPC Leadership Debate in Winnipeg, MB

February 16 2013: 2013 LPC Leadership Debate in the GTA, ON

February 25 2013: George Takach withdraws as a candidate

March 3 2013: 2013 LPC Leadership Debate in Halifax, NS.
Cut-off to sign up as a supporter or be accepted as a member, and be eligible to vote in the 2013 LPC Leadership (“41 days immediately preceding the day of the Leadership Vote”, LPC Constitution, Part 4, Chapter 15 (63))

March 13 2013: Marc Garneau withdraws as a candidate

March 21 2013: Cut-off to register to vote. David Bertschi withdraws as a candidate

March 23 2013: 2013 LPC Leadership Debate in Montreal, QC

April 6 2013: 2013 LPC Leadership National Showcase in Toronto, ON.

April 7 2013: 2013 LPC Leadership voting begins at 00:01 am ET.

April 14 2013: Last day of the vote. Voting ends at 3:00 pm ET.
Results Announcement event in Ottawa, ON.

Supporter and Member Sign Up (Step 1)

Where can I sign up as a Member or Supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada?

To sign up as a Supporter, please visit: http://www.liberal.ca/Supporter/
To sign up as a Member, please visit: https://action.liberal.ca/en/Membership

What are the benefits of signing up as a Member versus a Supporter?

The following are benefits and services which are available to Members of the Liberal Party of Canada but are not extended to Supporters:

  • National Conventions – elect or be elected as a delegate to represent your riding at Convention, where Liberals gather from across Canada to decide on policy resolution and vote on who will lead the Party organization on the National Board of Directors
  • Local Organization – elect or be elected to your riding association executive or your Provincial/Territorial Association executive
  • Local Candidate – vote to elect the candidate who will carry the Liberal banner for your riding
  • Community Forum – share your thoughts and engage other Members on Liberal.ca
  • Members’ Update Emails – receive regular updates with breaking news and an inside look at our progress

For more information regarding Members, please see Chapter 2 of the LPC Constitution.

I don’t have an e-mail address, can I still sign up as a Supporter or a Member?

Yes, you can sign up without an email as a Supporter here, as a Member here, or you can call 1-877-542-4271 (Monday to Friday, 9-5pm ET).

Who is eligible to sign up as a Member of the Liberal Party of Canada?

To be eligible for Membership in the Party, a person must:

(a) be at least 14 years of age;

(b) support the purposes of the Party;

(c) be qualified as an elector who may vote in accordance with part 11 of the Canada Elections Act or ordinarily live in Canada;2

(d) not be a Member of any other federal political party in Canada; and

(e) while a Member of the Party, not have publicly declared an intention to be a candidate for election to the House of Commons other than as a candidate of the Party.

For more information regarding Members, please see Chapter 2 of the LPC Constitution.

Can someone under 18 years of age sign up as a Supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada?

No, you must be at least 18 years of age to sign up as a Supporter of the LPC. However, if the person is at least 14 years of age, he or she may be interested in signing up as a Member to participate in the Leadership vote. Signing up as a Member is free for persons between the ages of 14 and 17.

Click here for more information about signing up as a Member of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Where can I find more information on being a Supporter?

To find out more information on being a Supporter, please see the Supporter FAQs here

Who can vote for the 2013 LPC Leadership?

All Members and Supporters of the LPC are eligible to vote if they have:

(a)    been a Member or Supporter of the Party for the 41 days immediately preceding the day of the Leadership vote (March 3 2013);

(b)   paid the registration fee (if any) for the Leadership Vote established by the National Board of Directors;

(c)    complied with the registration procedures established by the National Board of Directors or by the Leadership Vote Committee.

Reference: LPC Constitution, Part 4, Chapter 15 (63)

 

To sign up as a Member of the LPC, please visit: https://action.liberal.ca/en/Membership

To sign up as a Supporter of the LPC, please visit: http://www.liberal.ca/Supporter/ 

When is the cut-off to sign up as a Member or Supporter and be eligible to vote for the next Leader?

The cut-off date to sign up as a Supporter or Member, and be eligible to vote in the 2013 LPC Leadership is March 3, 2013 (41 days immediately preceding the day of the Leadership vote)

Reference: LPC Constitution, Part 4, Chapter 15 (63)

Memberships expire, will my Supporter status also require renewal?

No. The Supporter status has no expiration date and as such does not require renewal.

Will Members whose membership expired on December 31, 2012 need to renew their membership before the March 3, 2013, cut-off in order to be eligible to vote in the 2013 LPC Leadership?

No. A Member of the Party is deemed to be a Supporter of the Party, pursuant to section 10(3) of the Constitution, further to the adoption of Chapter 3 of the Party's Constitution, in January, 2012. As such, Members on or after the adoption of the Supporter category have not been required to sign-up to be Supporters; these Members are "section 10(3) Supporters", automatically included in the national registry of Supporters, with the same rights as other Supporters.

Reference: Interpretation Bulletin 2-12

Register to Vote (Step 2)

I am already signed up as a Member or Supporter; do I need to do anything else?

Yes.  All Members and Supporters must also register to vote by March 21, 2013.

Members and Supporters will receive an email (or letter if they have not provided LPC with an email address) by Matt Certosimo, the National Membership Secretary, inviting them to register to vote. Every link is personalized to each individual and it is important you fill out the form addressed to you. Continue to check your email for your registration invitation.

Registration confirms:

  • Your wish to participate in the vote for the new Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada;
  • Your proper contact information so we can send you your ballot; and;
  • That you meet the requirements to participate, and that the information you provide is true.

For registration help, please visit http://www.liberal.ca/leadership-2013/registration-help/

How can I register to vote for the 2013 LPC Leadership?

All Members and Supporters will receive an email (or letter if they have not provided LPC with an email address) by Matt Certosimo, the National Membership Secretary, inviting them to register to vote. Every link is personalized to each individual and it is important you fill out the form addressed to you. Continue to check your email for your registration invitation.

All Members and Supporters must register to vote by March 21, 2013.

For registration help, please visit http://www.liberal.ca/leadership-2013/registration-help/

How can I find out if I am already registered to vote for the 2013 LPC Leadership?

All Members and Supporters will receive an email (or letter if they have not provided LPC with an email address) by Matt Certosimo, the National Membership Secretary, inviting them to register to vote. Every link is personalized to each individual and it is important you fill out the form addressed to you. Once you have filled in all fields and submitted the form you should receive two separate confirmations. The first will be a confirmation page online, while the second will arrive as a confirmation email.

 

For registration help, please visit http://www.liberal.ca/leadership-2013/registration-help/

I do not have an email account; can I register any other way?

Yes. If you do not have an email account, your unique registration code will be sent to you by mail. Once received, we encourage you to register online as it is the fastest, most secure way to proceed. Additional information on how to register by fax or mail will be provided in the letter you will receive.

For registration help, please visit http://www.liberal.ca/leadership-2013/registration-help/

When is the last day to register to vote in the 2013 LPC Leadership?

Your registration must be received by the Liberal Party of Canada by March 21, 2013.

For registration help, please visit http://www.liberal.ca/leadership-2013/registration-help/

What do I do if I am having problems with submitting my registration?

For registration help, please visit http://www.liberal.ca/leadership-2013/registration-help/

Vote (Step 3)

When will the vote take place for the 2013 LPC Leadership?

Voting for the 2013 LPC Leadership will begin at 12:01am ET, April 7, 2013 and ends at 3pm ET on April 14, 2013, and will be conducted online or by phone.

How will the voters’ list be verified and authenticated before the day of the vote?

The Leadership Vote Committee and the National Board of Directors have established a series of procedures to verify the identity of all persons on the voters’ list and to ensure they meet the criteria set out in the Constitution and the registration procedures.

How will voting be conducted for the 2013 LPC Leadership?

Voting will be conducted online and by phone, with each registered voter using a unique PIN. If you have already registered to vote in the 2013 LPC Leadership, you will receive your unique PIN via Canada Post, between March 25 and April 5.

How will the results of the 2013 LPC Leadership be calculated?

The vote will be conducted using a preferential ballot system. The results will be weighted equally for each electoral district in Canada, in accordance with the following procedure:

(a)     Each electoral district is allocated 100 points.

(b)      On the first count:

(i)                 for each electoral district, the first preference votes recorded in favour of the leadership contestants on the ballots cast by the supporters of the Party who live in that electoral district are counted and then the 100 point allocated to the electoral district are allocated to each leadership contestant on the basis of the ratio the number of the first preference votes received by that leadership contestants bears to the total number of votes counted;

(ii)               the total number of points allocated to each leadership contestant from all electoral districts in Canada are added to produce a total for the “national count”.

(c)     On the second count, the leadership contestant who received the least points on the first national count is eliminated and that leadership contestant’s first count ballots are distributed in each electoral district among the remaining leadership contestants according to the second preference indicated and counted according to the procedure previously explained as if they were first preference votes.

(d)     On each subsequent count, the leadership contestant who received the least votes in the preceding count is eliminated, and that leadership contestant’s ballots are distributed among the remaining leadership contestants according to the next preferences indicated.

(e)     The first leadership contestant to receive more than 50% of the points allocated on any national count is selected as the Leader.

Reference: LPC Constitution, Part 4, Chapter 15 (63))

For more information, please see: http://www.liberal.ca/newsroom/blog/video-2013-lpc-leadership-vote-works/

Will there be a designated area in my riding where I can cast my vote for the 2013 LPC Leadership?

Registered voters can vote with ease from any computer or phone between 12:01am ET, April 7, 2013 and 3pm ET on April 14, 2013. You must ensure that you have your PIN available at the time you decide to cast your vote, which will be posted by mail between March 25, 2013 and April 5, 2013.

Riding associations, provincial offices, and campaigns are welcome to organize a location where eligible voters may cast their vote by the computer or phone that is provided.

You can find your riding association's contact information here: http://www.liberal.ca/riding/

Candidates

Who are the official candidates for the 2013 LPC Leadership?

Martin Cauchon
Deborah Coyne
Martha Hall Findlay
Karen McCrimmon
Joyce Murray
Justin Trudeau

For more information on the official 2013 LPC Leadership candidates please visit the 2013 LPC Leadership website homepage.

How can I learn more about the LPC 2013 Leadership candidates?

For more information on the official 2013 LPC Leadership candidates please visit the2013 LPC Leadership website homepage. LPC will also be hosting several 2013 LPC Leadership events, including Debates and a National Showcase. These events will provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about the Leadership candidates.

You can purchase tickets to attend the events on our Events Page or tune in live to liberal.ca to watch online.

Who can become a candidate for the 2013 LPC Leadership?

To be eligible as a candidate, a person must:

(a)     be a member of the LPC

(b)     be eligible to be a candidate in an election of a member to serve in the House of Commons under the Canada Elections Act; and

(c)     deliver to the National President of the LPC, at least 90 days before the day of the Leadership Vote, a written nomination (which may be in one or more counterparts) signed by at least 300 members of the LPC including at least 100 members of the LPC from each of three different provinces or territories;

(d)     within the time limits established by the Leadership Vote Committee, comply with the requirements of the National Board of Directors to fully and frankly complete a candidate questionnaire in substantially the same form required of candidates under the rules made by the National Election Readiness Committee under Section 67 of the LPC Constitution for the last general election;

(e)     within the time limits established by the Leadership Vote Committee, provide to the National President or their designate, an undertaking in writing that:

(i)      they agree to be bound by this Constitution, any bylaws made by the National Board of Directors under Section 64 of the LPC Constitution and the Leadership Expense Rules;

(ii)     they will submit all disputes concerning any matter relating to the selection of the Leader and the Leadership Vote and the construction or application of the LPC Constitution, any Constituent Body Constitution, any bylaws made by the National Board of Directors under Section 64 of the LPC Constitution and the Leadership Expense Rules to, and abide by the decision of, the Permanent Appeal Committee and

(f)      have otherwise complied with the bylaws made by the National Board of Directors under Section 64 of the LPC Constitution and the Leadership Expense Rules and with the Canada Elections Act.

Reference: LPC Constitution, Part 4, Chapter 15 (62))

What is the entry fee to become a candidate for the 2013 LPC Leadership?

The entry fee to become a candidate for the 2013 LPC Leadership is $75 000 non-refundable, and payable to the LPC in three installments as follows:

(i)   $25 000 on the date of the leadership contestant’s registration with the Party;

(ii)  $25 000 thirty days after the call of the 2013 LPC Leadership (December 15 2012); and

(iii) $25 000 ninety days before the day of the vote (January 13 2013)

What is the spending limit for candidates for the 2013 LPC Leadership?

The spending limit for candidates for the 2013 LPC Leadership is $950 000, from September 6, 2012, exclusive of the entry fee, transfers made to or withheld by the LPC for the processing of donations or services incurred, and certain policy research expenses, fundraising costs, candidate travel and other expenses as recommended by the Leadership Expenses Committee or the Ad Hoc Leadership Vote and Expenses Committee in the interim.

What is the loan limit for candidates for the 2013 LPC Leadership?

No 2013 LPC Leadership candidate shall exceed or allow his or her leadership campaign to exceed $25 000 in total leadership campaign accrued, unpaid and contingent liabilities, at the time of reporting, nor shall any such candidate or candidate’s campaign exceed a Maximum Total Campaign Debt of $75 000 in the form of loans, held by the candidate and/or third parties, subject to any rules adopted by the Leadership Expenses Committee or the Ad Hoc Leadership Vote and Expenses Committee in the interim, further and subject to any bylaw adopted pursuant to Chapter 15 of the LPC Constitution.

Will there be a levy on donations to 2013 LPC Leadership candidates?

10% of funds donated to 2013 LPC Leadership candidates will be levied by the LPC.

What are the reporting requirements for candidates in the 2013 LPC Leadership?

In addition to the statutory reporting required by Elections Canada, candidates in the 2013 LPC Leadership will be required to produce monthly expenditures reports to the LPC from the outset of the campaign.

Leadership Events and Attendance

When and where will the results of the 2013 LPC Leadership be announced?

The Results Announcement event will be held at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 14 2013.

When and where will debates for the 2013 LPC Leadership take place?

The 2013 LPC Leadership Debates will be held:

(1)   Sunday January 20 2013: Vancouver, British-Columbia (The Westin Bayshore)

(2)   Saturday February 2 2013: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Metropolitan Theatre)

(3)   Saturday February 16 2013: Greater Toronto Area, Ontario (International Centre, Mississauga)

(4)   Sunday March 3 2013: Halifax, Nova Scotia (Pier 21)

(5)   Saturday March 23 2013: Montreal, Quebec (Palais des congrès)

On April 6 2013, the 2013 LPC Leadership National Showcase will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, ON.

On April 14 2013, the 2013 LPC Leadership Results Announcement will be held at the Westin Hotel, in Ottawa, ON.

Are there any special travel and/or accommodation rates for the National Showcase?

Yes. If you wish to join us on Saturday April 6, 2013 in Toronto for the National Showcase, please note we have negotiated rates with the following vendors:

  • Porter Air Lines: Please book online at http://www.flyporter.com or through your travel agent using the promo code LIBTO2
  • Intercontinental Hotel (attached to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre): Please book your reservation online here

 

For further travel information assistance please contact Whitney Coccimiglio, National Events Manager, at: 613-783-8872 or at wcoccimiglio@liberal.ca

Media

How can media register for 2013 LPC Leadership events?

All media are invited to attend 2013 LPC Leadership events, including the 2013 LPC Leadership Debates, National Showcase, and the Results Announcement.

Media Advisories relating to the 2013 LPC Leadership Debates, National Showcase and Results Announcement will be issued in advance of the events.

Media will be invited to register on site for the Debates and pre-register for the National Showcase and Results Announcement.
For all Media Inquiries related to LPC Leadership 2013, please fill out the form at http://www.liberal.ca/leadership-2013/media-inquiries/ or contact Sarah Bain at: 613-783-8403 or sbain@liberal.ca.

Volunteers

How do I sign up to volunteer for the 2013 LPC Leadership events?

If you are interested in volunteering for the :

  • Debates, please contact your PTA.
  • National Showcase and Results Announcement, please fill out the registration form here.
  • To volunteer for a Leadership candidate please contact the campaign here.
  • To get involved with your riding please contact your riding here.

How else can I get involved?

Every day Canadians are joining a bold new LPC by volunteering, donating, becoming a Supporter or Member. For more ways to get involved during our transformation into a more open and modern political movement, please visit: http://www.liberal.ca/get-involved/.

Communication

When I sign up, will my contact information be shared with all candidates?

Please note that you may sign-up to be eligible to participate in the upcoming Leadership Vote via a candidate’s website, in which case you may be limited to campaign information on behalf of that particular candidate, until March 3, 2013. Or, if you want information from all candidates right away, you can sign-up via the Party’s neutral site, here. For more information, click here.

How will my contact information be used?

Contact information will be kept private and not be distributed to any third party organization.

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