As I am sure many of our members know, the Nov 3, 2020 election is a very consequential electoral event. It is vital that all of our members register in their home state, request a ballot, and send it in. Each state has different registration requirements and deadlines so please, visit and get this information for your state.

I want our members to know that DA Canada is working tirelessly to help chapters develop new methods of outreach to our members locally. I have attended and will attend many web-based sessions on social media, print media, and a whole assortment of ideas on how to do outreach “not in person”.

Please do contact us and tell us how you are doing. Talk with us about any ideas you might have about ways to contact members at this unusual time. I will be sending emails with information on how we are doing outreach. I hope that many of our members join in on these efforts.

One constant in this outreach is PHONE BANKING. DA has always done this and now this method of outreach has new meaning. This isn’t the kind of calling you might be thinking – it’s not a cold call asking for money. No, this is DA members calling other DA members reminding them to register, request and send in their absentee ballot. There is info on the web page: Take a look, sign up and get ready for the next calling campaign.

Please stay safe and even as you socially distance, don’t forget to ask those you know if THEY are a US citizen (hey, you never know). And if you find one, tell them to go straight to and request their absentee ballot and check for their state’s requirements.


Randi Weitzner

Chair, Democrats Abroad Montreal


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Randi Weitzner
| Chapter Chair, Montreal
Gib Primeau
| Chapter Vice Chair, Montreal
Debra Lazar
| Secretary, Montreal Chapter
Brent Jamsa
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    I am including the text of a recent email to members below in an effort to drum up enthusiasm among "the troops" to get more involved and more active in DA Montreal's efforts to get out the vote in 2020.  We have slowly been building interest in our efforts over the last few months, but look for that to ramp up in 2020.  We have the DA Presidential Global Primary in March, a DA event in Toronto in May, and of course the actual election in November.

    In order for our chapter to be successful (and that means Democratic wins in 2020) there is no doubt in my mind that  I need more of you, ALL of you, to help me.  Help in any way you can - volunteer your professional talents - graphics, marketing, entertainment, etc.  Volunteer your time at DA events (this is important for our Global Primary event).  Come to our events and talk with us about our plans for the future of our chapter.  

                                                         DA MONTREAL WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF OUR MEMBERS PARTICIPATE!

    Thank you in advance,

    Randi Weitzner


    I really want to meet more of you and get our chapter moving in the right direction. It’s all about building relationships and building momentum as we head into 2020. I know it’s cold and getting downtown can be a pain, but I have been learning that face to face contact with members is a very important way to motivate members. So, please come and join us on Wednesday.

    I can imagine most of you have been watching the impeachment hearings either in full or in bits and pieces. And yet, when I talk to people who might have a more “studied” view of these proceedings (an MSNBC contributor and a professor of political science) I hear them say things like “don’t be surprised if Trump is able to get re-elected in 2020”. Really?? Personally, I am shocked to hear this, but it also hardens my resolve to make sure we reach out to each and every American Democrat living in Montreal and ensure that they vote from abroad. That may be all we can do to effect a change and so as DA members we all have to work together to make sure we do the most effective outreach we can.

    All that said, please come to Hurley’s on Wednesday. We are having some “US Thanksgiving” treats. If you have any Thanksgiving decorations, bring them along. I so enjoy talking to members and have gotten some great ideas and help from so many of you after to talking with you at past events.

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