Sunday, February 19, 2023

Building support for my campaign

I've just begun my outreach as I seek the role of VP Communications at the Ontario Liberal Party's upcoming annual general meeting in Hamilton, and I'm gratified by all those who have pledged their support so far and have endorsed my candidacy. I truly appreciate their confidence and trust. If you would like to add your name, just let me know!

Michael Coteau
MP (and former MPP) for Don Valley East 

"Jeff is a passionate and dedicated Liberal. I have seen firsthand his ability to craft winning messaging that resonates with voters. His talent and commitment are exactly what our rebuilding party needs, and I urge everyone to support him for VP Communications."

Marie-France Lalonde
députée (et ancienne députée provinciale) d'Orléans -- MP (and former MPP) for Orléans

« J'ai travaillé en étroite collaboration avec Jeff et je sais qu'il travaille fort et est organisé. Il s'est engagé à aider nos associations à développer leur boîte à outils de communication et à veiller à ce que les membres sachent ce qui se passe. Je suis très heureuse qu'il se soit porté candidat au poste de vice-président des communications et il a toute ma confiance et mon soutien.» 

"I've worked closely with Jeff and I know him to be hard-working and organized. He's committed to helping our PLAs to develop their communications toolbox and ensuring members know what's going on. I'm so glad he has stepped forward for VP Communications and he has my full confidence and support." 

Salma Zahid
MP for Scarborough Centre

“I’ve relied on Jeff’s strategic advice and counsel for nearly a decade. He works hard and knows how to craft a message and communicate across platforms and channels. He is deeply committed to growing the Liberal movement and getting more Liberals elected. His plan to empower members to deliver the message is exactly what the OLP needs and I’m so glad he has stepped forward for VP communications.” 

Sumira Malik
2022 OLP Candidate for Mississauga Centre

“Not every community is the same; our communications cannot all be the same either. To win, we need to take the provincial messages, choose what makes sense for our community, and communicate it in a way that is relevant for them. Jeff understands that a one-sized fits-all approach won’t work. His plan to build our local communications capacity and support locally relevant messaging is how we win more ridings in 2026, and that’s why he has my support.”

Mazhar Shafiq
2022 OLP Candidate for Scarborough Centre

"Thanks to Jeff's hard work, my campaign had a range of locally-developed communications products that spoke directly to what matters to our community, regularly updated based on what we heard at the doors. He is a talented and quick writer, and knows how to craft a narrative. He knows we can't always rely on central support; we need to develop our local expertise and Jeff has the plan to build the capacity of our PLAs and local teams. So happy to support him for this role."

Jonathan Tsao
2022 OLP Candidate for Don Valley North

"Jeff's platform for OLP VP Communications is informed by his experience managing campaigns. He knows we need to constantly improve our communications and build our capacity to bring our message to voters in their community. Communications is an important part of our rebuild, and I'm supporting Jeff as the right person to take the lead."

Jim Calder
PLA President, Ajax

"I am so excited to hear that Jeff is running for VP Communications, Ontario Liberal Party. He’ll be an amazing member of the Executive Council and he has my full endorsement. "

Malika Gous
TDSB Trustee Ward 18 (Scarborough Southwest)

“I’ve worked alongside Jeff on several campaigns. He knows how to craft a narrative, and how to deliver the right message to the right people. His talent for communications, his appetite for hard work, and his commitment to Liberal values make him the best choice for OLP VP Communications.”

Umaid Zahid
OYL Executive Vice-President

“I’ve worked closely with Jeff for almost a decade. I’ve seen how he runs a campaign, how he makes people feel welcome and heard, and how he crafts a communication plan and narrative that fits local issues and concerns. He’s always the first person in the campaign office, and he keeps working until the job is done. We need his communications expertise on the team, and his plan to deliver training and tools to empower local campaigns is a vital part of rebuilding the OLP. Happy to support him.”

Tom Allison
Immediate past treasurer, Etobicoke-Lakeshore PLA

"I have known Jeff for many years and I know he cares deeply about the future of our party. He's also a terrific organizer who knows how to manage winning campaigns. He understands the OLP has to improve how we communicate, both with each other and with Ontarians, and he has a clear plan to develop our communications capacity. He's the best choice to take on the role of VP Communications and has my full support."

Dan Arnold
Former Director of Research and Advertising, PMO

"Jeff is one of the hardest working Liberals I know - no matter how daunting a campaign looks, he'll give it his all. He recognizes the road back for the OLP requires hard work, and will give it his all. That mindset and drive is needed for all board positions, but what makes Jeff especially suited for the role of VP Comms is that he understands how to connect with supporters and voters of all ages and backgrounds. He'd be a great asset to the party in this role."

Ashwani Bhardwaj
EDA Chair, Scarborough Centre

"I've been a part of many campaigns with Jeff. He leads by example, and ensures everyone feels like a part of the team. He puts in the hours until the job is done right, and has a keen understanding of how to deliver the message in a way that resonates with each community. Communicating better is going to be a big part of the OLP's rebuild, and Jeff is the best choice for the job."

Kevin Bosch
Managing Partner, Sandstone Group and longtime Liberal staffer

“I knew Jeff’s communications skills even before I met him, as I admired his long and indefatigable efforts to promote Liberalism through social media. Having had the privilege to work with Jeff for many years, I now know that along with those vast skills at crafting compelling messaging and inspiring narratives, comes an incredible work ethic and drive to build teams to achieve great things. As VP Communications for the OLP, Jeff will bring the energy, know-how and collaborative spirit that this critical role demands.”

Léo Bourdon
OLP Activist

"Je connais Jeff depuis des décennies et je trouve que c'est un excellent communicateur et un travailleur acharné. Il est exactement ce dont le parti a besoin pour se reconstruire correctement. En prime, Jeff soutient le système pondéré 'un membre, un vote' pour choisir notre chef, ce qui, selon moi, propulsera le parti dans l'ère moderne. Jeff fera un excellent VP comms, et je le soutiens de tout cœur."

"I have known Jeff for decades and find him a great communicator and a hard worker. He’s exactly what the party needs to rebuild properly. As an added bonus, Jeff supports the weighted one member one vote system to select our leader, which I believe will propel the party in the modern era. Jeff will make an excellent VP comms, and I endorse him wholeheartedly."

Sheila Gervais
Former VP Communications, OLP

"Jeff's experience as both a journalist and a political organizer informs his ability to craft the right message and know how best to communicate it. I've been part of campaigns Jeff has led, and have always been impressed at how he is able to take the campaign issues and make them relevant to the local community. I know he has the skills to help our PLAs up their outreach. And his long experience as a dedicated, died-in-the-wool Liberal will bring valuable perspective to the OLP's rebuild. So glad he has stepped forward for this role"

Haseeb Hassan
Former chair, Young Liberals of Canada

“People like to joke Liberals are all communications experts. But at some point, we got pretty bad at it. We forgot how to communicate with each other, and how to communicate with Ontarians about their lives and our vision for the future. Jeff has the practical platform we need to get back to doing the basics right.”

Momina Malik
President, University of Toronto (Scarborough) Young Liberals

I’m supporting Jeff because he has the right understanding of what the VP Communications needs to do – help us all communicate better. In the last election we had a hard time getting our message out and couldn’t rely on a central campaign to do the heavy lifting. His plan for more tools and training along with messaging support will help develop the capacity we need to communicate and win.

Peter Maloney
Director, Kitchener South - Hespeler PLA

"Jeff Jedras is a skilled political communicator - the result of a journalist becoming an experienced political organizer and campaigner. What you get with Jeff is an outstanding air warrior who's got great ground game. If anyone can get OLP and PLAs trained up to communicate effectively with all of Ontario's many and diverse communities, it's Jeff Jedras."

Cam Miranda-Radbord
President, University of Toronto Provincial Young Liberals

"Jeff's many years of dedication to the Liberal cause, as well as his practical and focused plan to rebuild our communications capacity and skills, make him the right person for VP Communications and to join the executive council at this critical time of rebuilding. He has my vote."

Joseph Uranowski
OLP Activist

"Jeff is a lifelong Liberal, and his communication skills are unmatched. In addition to his plan to invigorate our communications support, tools and training, he will be a strong voice for grassroots volunteers on the executive council. He has my support!"

Ryan Ward
Past President - Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte PLA

"I've known Jeff Jedras since we attended Carleton University and both worked at The Charlatan newspaper together. Jeff works tirelessly for the Liberal Party and has always shown incredible dedication to making the party better. I wholeheartedly feel Jeff would make an amazing Vice President Communication for the Ontario Liberal Party and hope you are willing to support him as well. You couldn't find a better person for the position."

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