Open letter to women across Canada

Dear Sisters:

We are excited that Peggy Nash is running for leader of the New Democratic Party and to be the next Prime Minister of Canada.

Peggy has been a grassroots activist in the fight for women’s equality for many years. She is experienced in politics and smart about the economy. She knows we need to link sustainable economics with gender and social equality. Peggy is the right person to bring people together to build a more equitable country.

We are writing to invite you to become part of a grassroots women’s initiative in support of Peggy’s leadership campaign.

Here are four easy ways you can support Peggy:

1. Potlucks for Peggy: In a tried and true tradition of the Canadian women’s movement, women across Canada are organizing Potlucks for Peggy on January 8, 2012. This exchange with Peggy Nash is an exciting opportunity for more women from coast-to-coast-to-coast to discuss issues that matter most to grassroots women and the potential of electoral politics to address them.

We will be connecting local events with each other and with Peggy digitally – stay tuned for all the details.

Can you organize a potluck in your community? Let us know by emailing [email protected].

Want to attend a potluck in your area? Check out for an evolving list of events.

2. Take out an NDP membership: You have to be a member to vote for Peggy. If you are not already a member you can sign up today. Just go to the membership page on the NDP website, fill in the information and pay the membership fee. It is one member, one vote and so the more women (and men who love women) who sign up to support Peggy the better.

3. Get updates on Peggy’s campaign by filling in the form at We also hope you will follow Peggy on Facebook and Twitter.

4. Vote for Peggy on March 24: You can do this from your computer or by mail. Information on how to vote will be posted on

Please join us and many other women across Canada to bring together the voices of women for Peggy from coast-to-coast-to-coast on January 8th and March 24th.

Yours in solidarity,

Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Vancouver, British Columbia
Margot Young, Vancouver British Columbia
Jen McGinn, Vancouver, British Columbia
Carolyn Rice, Vancouver, British Columbia
Cheryl Stadnichuk, Regina, Saskatchewan
Carolyn Greve, Regina, Saskatchewan
Carol Couchie, The Pas, Manitoba
Winnie Ng, Toronto, Ontario
Vicki Van Wagner, Toronto, Ontario
Barbara Cameron, Toronto, Ontario
Martha Friendly, Toronto, Ontario
Fay Faraday, Toronto, Ontario
Laurell Ritchie, Toronto, Ontario
Jan Borowy, Toronto, Ontario
Shelly Gordon, Toronto, Ontario
Sandra Whitworth, Finch, Ontario
Leanne MacMillian, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Tammy Findlay, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Alexa McDonough, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Pat Kipping, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Toni Laidlaw, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lana Payne, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador
Lorraine Michael, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador
Pam Kapoor, Gatineau, Québec
Tanya Fredette, Québec, Québec
Catheryn Roy-Goyette, Montréal, Québec
Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, Montréal, Québec
Jessica Lee Mitchell, Montréal, Québec
Laura Benhaim, Montréal, Québec
Anne Minh Thu Quach, Valleyfield, Québec

“Jack Layton’s passion for social justice is what brought me to the NDP. I believe that you possess this passion, and you show it more than any of the other current or potential candidates. I believe that you can persuade people, who have never voted NDP before, to vote NDP. I believe that you will be Canada’s next Prime Minister.”

Connect with Peggy


Jan 30: Pub Night with Peggy Nash (Thunder Bay, ON)

Jan 29: Debate After Party with Peggy Nash (Halifax, NS)

Jan 29: NDP Leadership Debate

Jan 28: Meet and Greet with the Candidates at Chester-St Margaret’s AGM

Jan 28: Meet and Greet with the Candidates at the Halifax West AGM

Jan 27: A Kitchen Party with Peggy Nash (St. John’s, NL)

Jan 24: Pub Night with Peggy Nash at Carleton University (Ottawa)

Jan 21: London Day of Action and Meet & Greet with Peggy Nash

View More Events With MPs Anne Quach and Tyrone Benskin. Pleased to join Aboriginal youth in front of Parliament. Follow @PeggyNashNDP


View more photos of Peggy