Canada


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Welcome to the official page for Democrats living in Canada!

Volunteer: We need chapter leaders and local committees! Our chapters in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Niagara Region, London, Hamilton, Toronto, National Capital Region (Ottawa/Gatineau), Montreal and Atlantic Region are waiting for YOU! Volunteers are planning fun and informative events where they live. They are helping voters to register, phoning voters, and helping bring together some of the one million Americans in Canada!
For more information, contact chair@democratsabroad.ca or call toll-free at 1-877-336-2008. In Toronto/GTA, call 416-916-2022

DA Canada Leadership:

Steve Nardi
| Canada Country Chair / DPCA Voting Rep / Canada LGBT Caucus Lead
Julia Buchanan
| Canada Executive Vice Chair / DPCA Voting Rep
Randi Weitzner
| Chapter Chair, Montreal
Marnelle Dragila
| Canada Vice Chair / DPCA Voting Rep
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  • News

    Webinar: Operating a Canadian business as a US citizen Sunday April 28, 2019

    Democrats Abroad Canada is pleased to bring back our U.S. Tax Webinars for members. These webinars fill up quickly, so please register to attend today!

    Operating a Canadian business as a US citizen

    The Trump tax reforms made entirely changed the tax reforms around operating a business as a US taxpayer resident in Canada. This webinar will provide an overview of those changes and examine strategies for dealing with the complexity as a Canadian resident US citizen who wants to incorporate. Incorporation can still provide significant tax benefits — even for those with double tax exposure. Specifically, the webinar will cover at a high level:

    • Tax benefits of incorporation
    • The US repatriation tax and strategies for offsetting it;
    • The US GILTI rules and strategies to mitigate them;
    • Other tax planning ideas for incorporated business owners.

    Sunday, April 28, 2019
    3:00 P.M. Eastern / 12:00 P.M. Pacific
    Duration: 90 minutes

    This is an online webinar session and advance registration is required. Register by clicking here and we will follow up with WebEx installation/user/meeting information. Hope to "see" you there!

    About the presenter

    Max Reed is a cross-border tax lawyer at SKL tax in Vancouver where he focuses on tax strategies for those with tax issues that span the Canada-US border. Specifically, he has written a number of articles addressing the taxation of US citizen business owners who reside in Canada. SKL Tax has been helping people with double tax exposure for over 40 years.


    Watch for our email invitation to attend US Personal Tax Webinar on May 26th.

    Questions? email exec-vice-chair@democratsabroad.ca

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    DemsAbroad Canada 2019 Election Results

    The DA Canada Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to provide the results of the 2019 Annual General Meeting & Election.

    Chair: Steve Nardi

    Executive Vice-Chair: Julie Buchanan

    Vice-Chairs (2): Marnelle Dragila & Ed Ungar

    Secretary: Sue Alksnis

    Treasurer: Lissette Wright

    Membership Secretary: Susan Brennan

    IT Manager: Tim Smith

    Counsel: Danielle Stampley

    Members-at-Large (3): Sofia Misenheimer, Darius Pruss, and Chris Shaw

    DPCA Voting Representatives DemsAbroad Canada is allocated and expected to elect 24 Voting Representatives. In accordance with Article 15 of DA Canada Bylaws we achieved sex parity by electing 12 female and 12 male Voting Representatives.

    Steve Nardi

    Julie Buchanan

    Ed Ungar

    Marnelle Dragila

    Tim Smith

    Sue Alksnis

    Darius Pruss

    Lissette Wright

    Chris Shaw

    Susan Brennan

    Louis DeLamarter

    Danielle Stampley

    David Hoyt

    Sofia Misenheimer

    J David Markham

    Gena Brumitt

    David Mivasair

    Heidi Burch

    Robert J Petrusa

    Rachel Eugster

    Engin Polar

    Tracy Hudson

    Kenneth Sherman

    Denise Roig

    In addition, the Proposed Bylaw Amendments were approved by the required two-thirds (2/3) majority.

    Here are the complete vote results:

    * = ACCLAIMED

    Office + DPCA Voting Representative

    Name

    Country Chair

    Steve Nardi*

    Executive Vice Chair

    Julie Buchanan*

    Vice Chair

    Marnelle Dragila*

    Vice Chair

    Ed Ungar*

    Secretary

    Sue Alksnis*

    Treasurer

    Lissette Wright*

    Membership Secretary

    Susan Brennan*

    Counsel

    Danielle Stampley*

    IT Manager

    Tim Smith*

    Member-at-Large

    # of votes

    DeLamarter, Louis [M]

    25

    Misenheimer, Sofia [F]

    101

    Mivasair, David [M]

    57

    Pruss, Darius [M]

    64

    Shaw, Chris [M]

    59

    DPCA Voting Reps [Female]

    # of votes

    Brumitt, Gena

    69

    Burch, Heidi

    72

    Busch, Earlene

    45

    Castillo, Ivelisse

    44

    Eugster, Rachel

    75

    Hudson, Tracy

    78

    Roig, Denise

    54

    Schneiderman, Heidi

    Withdrawn

    Scott, Brook

    53

    DPCA Voting Reps [Male]

    # of votes

    DeLamarter, Louis

    Acclaimed

    Markham, J David

    Acclaimed

    Mivasair, David

    Acclaimed

    Petrusa, Robert J

    Acclaimed

    Polar, Engin

    Acclaimed

    Sherman, Kenneth

    Acclaimed

    DPCA Voting Reps [Male]

    # of votes

    Hoyt, David

    13

    Schellenberg, David

    7

    Proposed Bylaw Amendments

    Yays

    Nays

    Should proposed amendment 4.1 be adopted?

    109

    7

    Should proposed amendment 6.2 be adopted?

    103

    13

    Should proposed amendment 6.4 be adopted?

    111

    8

    Should Article 12 be renamed Article 11

    118

    2

    Should Article 11 be renamed Article 12?

    117

    3

    Should proposed amendment 18.3 be adopted?

    111

    5

    Should proposed amendment 19.6 be adopted?

    114

    4

    Should proposed amendment 20.1 be adopted?

    117

    2

    A copy of the most recently approved DA Canada Bylaws can be downloaded by clicking here.

    The membership is informed that any member of DA Canada who wishes to challenge any election result may do so by submitting an email to Bodil Geyer, Chair of the NEC, at: bodil.geyer@swimrecruiting.com. All challenges must be submitted by April 30, 2019.

    The Teller of Elections tabulated the results of the 127 electronic valid ballots cast. (Out of the 134 ballots submitted, 7 were spoiled and not included in the results). 20 in-person valid ballots were cast for nominations from the floor where needed. Any questions about vote tallies may be directed to the Teller of Elections at: nominations@democratsabroad.ca

    With highest regards,

    DA Canada Nominations and Election Committee

    Bodil Geyer, NEC Chair [Vancouver, BC]
    Starla Goggins [Toronto, ON]
    Randi Weitzner, NEC Teller of Elections [Montreal, QC]

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 06:30 PM · 2 rsvps
    JOE KOOL'S in London, ON, Canada

    DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATE WATCH EVENT - JUNE 26

    OUR FIRST 2019 DEMOCRATS ABROAD CANADA, LONDON & AREA CHAPTER DEBATE WATCH (2 days)!

    JOE KOOL'S RESTAURANT

    6:30-11:00 PM (DEBATE STARTS AT 9:00 PM ON MSNBC)

    IT’S TIME!
    Two nights, four hours, and an unprecedented number of 20 candidates (4 did not meet the criteria)!!!

    Join us June 26 and June 27 for two evenings of socializing, political discussion and debate watching!!! Gather with fellow Democrats from across SW Ontario, London & Area, as we finally get to hear from ALL of the candidates onstage for the first time in this election cycle.

    WHERE? WHEN?
    Joe Kool's - “debate watch central” since 2007!
    595 Richmond Street, London, ON
    Party Room - lower level
    Doors open at 6:30 PM / 9:00 PM debates begin - until 11:00 PM

    From 6:30-9, order up some delicious grub, hoist your favorite libation, and join in lively discussion on topics of political interest. A perfect warm-up for the main event. In case you haven’t been watching the news, here’s what these first debates will look like…

    The first group - for Wednesday, June 26:
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
    Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
    Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas
    Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
    Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
    Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

    The second group - for Thursday, June 27:
    Former Vice President Joe Biden
    Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
    Sen. Kamala Harris of California
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
    Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
    Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
    Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado
    Rep. Eric Swalwell of California
    Author Marianne Williamson
    Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

    The lineups were randomly decided in a process engineered by the Democratic National Committee, to avoid clustering the top-tier candidates in a single night.

    MODERATORS:
    NBC News' Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Telemundo's José Diaz-Balart will moderate the debate.

    DETAILS, DETAILS…
    To assist us with space planning, we would appreciate you taking a moment to indicate your plans to attend. Please RSVP by replying to this email with a simple “YES! I’ll be there on [insert date]. You can put it right in the Subject line, or in the first line of your email. Either is fine!

    DRESS CODE:
    Nah, there is no dress code - JUST KIDDING! But… do you already have a favorite Democratic Primary candidate? Do you have a t-shirt or hat that illustrates the issues that are near and dear to your heart? Do you have 2016 campaign togs? NOW is the time to WEAR YOUR CAMPAIGN FLAIR!

    AND… 
    Feel free to bring along a guest - we also know plenty of locals who are politically-curious and very concerned about how events in the US are affecting Canadians and shaping politics here.

    This event is run by volunteers. If you are financially able, we would greatly appreciate a donation to Democrats Abroad at the event - a minimum $5 donation would be wonderful!

    DAC MEMBERS:
    Don’t forget… you will have to REGISTER IN JANUARY to get your ballot in 2020! See www.votefromabroad.org! You MUST send in the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request my ballot every calendar year. Under Federal law – even if you’re already registered to vote – states are only required to send your ballots if you have submitted an FPCA during that calendar year. Some states send ballots without an annual FPCA, but others are very strict, and conditions can change unexpectedly. You don’t want to find out too late that you’ve missed your chance to vote!

    Please bring your IDEAS, and we will be delighted to add them to our list! And if YOU are interested in serving on our first official Board of Directors, we are still looking for volunteers!

    We look forward to seeing you this week!  


    Sincerely,
    Gena Brumitt, Chair
    Democrats Abroad Canada, London & Area chapter
    DPCA Voting Representative

    Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 07:30 PM · 9 rsvps
    The Heart & Crown - Byward in Ottawa, ON, Canada

    National Capital Region Chapter - Annual General Meeting-In Person Event

    Please join us for the Chapter AGM and Elections of Democrats Abroad in the National Capital Region [Ottawa/Gatineau]. We need YOU to consider becoming part of our Chapter Executive Committee to WIN in 2020. Join us to elect new Chapter leadership to guide us to a Democratic Presidential election victory!

    RSVP below for the Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Canada - National Capital Region Chapter to be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 7:30PM EST. Following the AGM, all those present are welcome to join us to watch NIGHT ONE of the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential election.

    To run or nominate a fellow Democrats of the National Capital Region [Ottawa/Gatineau] click here to complete the form for nominations. If you want to see change, now is the time to act. We need your support and involvement! You can help by getting involved with the Board, working from home by encouraging people to vote or at events such as our primary debates viewings.

    The deadline for submitting a nomination online is 11:59PM EST June 19, 2019. Nominations from the floor will be accepted for candidates to stand for election in-person at our Chapter AGM and Elections.

    Voting will take place in person at the AGM, or via online ballot, which will be sent in a general mailing to all DA Canada - NCR Chapter Members who have an email address on file. Click here to read about job descriptions for Chapter Board Officers.

    Democratically Yours,
    Lissette Wright, NEC Chair
    Larry Rousseau, NEC Teller of Elections
    National Capital Region Chapter of Democrats Abroad Canada
    Nominations & Elections Committee