Online book launch: Women Winning Office by Peggy Nash

2022 15 Jun
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Online book launch: Women Winning Office by Peggy Nash

Join us for the virtual launch of Women Winning Office: An Activists Guide to Getting Elected, by former NDP Member of Parliament Peggy Nash. Featuring Peggy in conversation with MP Leah Gazan and former Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer, with moderator Fatima Sayed.

Wednesday June 15th, 7pm-8pm ET
The event is free, but Zoom space is limited so register today!
Purchase Women Winning Office from Octopus Books.

When Peggy Nash first decided to run for elected office, she had no idea where to start, who to contact, or what the rules were. For those who are underrepresented in political life, politics can seem like a secret society designed to shut them out.

Women Winning Office is a practical handbook for activist women on how to open doors and take their place in the political process. Find out how to build a team, get nominated, inspire volunteers, and canvass voters. Nash draws on her experience in five federal campaigns, as well as the stories of many inspiring Canadian women who have run for office at all levels of government. Some succeeded; some did not. Some faced difficult and painful experiences. Every one of them would do it again.

To make real progressive change, we need to change not only who gets elected in Canada, but how our democracy functions. If you want to find out how to take your desire for a better world into elected office, this book is for you.


Fatima Syed is a Mississauga-based journalist. She works as an Ontario reporter for The Narwhal and is the host of The Backbench podcast. Previously, she worked for The Walrus, the Toronto StarThe Logic and National Observer, where she established the outlet’s Queen’s Park bureau, with an emphasis on coverage of environmental and energy policy. She is a National Magazine Award nominee, a Digital Publishing Award winner, and just won the 2022 World Press Freedom Award. She is also the vice-president of the Canadian Association of Journalists.


Leah Gazan is the Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre. She is currently the NDP Critic for Children, Families, and Social Development, as well as the Critic for Women and Gender Equality. Leah has been a champion in the fight for a permanent guaranteed livable basic income (GLBI) in Canada and earlier this year introduced Bill C-223, the National Framework for a GLBI Act. She was a prominent Winnipeg lead during Idle No More and co-founded the #WeCare campaign aimed at building public will to end violence against Indigenous women and girls. Leah is a member of Wood Mountain Lakota Nation, located in Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 territory.

Andrea Reimer was elected as a Vancouver city councilor in 2008, while co-chairing Gregor Robertson’s successful campaign for Mayor. She served three terms, spearheading efforts to make Vancouver the Greenest City on earth and creating its municipal framework for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Previously, she was elected to the Vancouver School Board, a first for the Green Party in Canada. Andrea is now an Adjunct Professor of Practice at the University of British Columbia’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. In addition to her public roles, Andrea has served on the board of the Canadian Women Voters Congress, ran a small business, worked in service, retail, and manufacturing, and survived as a street-involved youth. She is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award, the World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award, and the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University.

Peggy Nash, author of Women Winning Office, is an advocate for labour rights and social justice in Canadian politics and the labour movement, as a long-time senior negotiator for the CAW (now Unifor). A former president of the federal New Democratic Party, she was a candidate for leader after the untimely death of Jack Layton. A candidate in several federal elections, she served as a Member of Parliament and was named Official Opposition Industry and Finance Critic. Peggy is an educator, a frequent media commentator, a founding member of Equal Voice and a co-founder of Toronto Metropolitan University’s Women in the House program.

Hosted by Between the Lines, and sponsored by the Canadian Labour CongressBroadbent Institute, Octopus Books (116 Third Avenue, Ottawa), Another Story Book Shop (315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto), McNally Robinson Booksellers (4000-1120 Grant Ave, Winnipeg, and 3130 8th St E, Saskatoon), and Spartacus Books (1983 Commercial Drive, Vancouver).