Elizabeth Rowley

Elizabeth Rowley for Toronto Danforth

Liz Rowley is well-known across Canada for her many years of activity in the Communist Party and in a wide range of people’s movements. Born in British Columbia in 1949, she joined the CPC in 1967. As a student at the University of Alberta, she was the Party’s youngest candidate in the 1972 federal election, speaking out strongly for women’s reproductive rights and an end to the Vietnam War while running in the riding of Edmonton Strathcona.

She has been a Party organizer in Ontario since 1973, apprenticing as a typesetter in Windsor before becoming Provincial Organizer in 1975, International Women’s Year. She has been a member of the Central Executive Committee since 1978. Living in Hamilton during the 1980s, she was deeply involved in many labour struggles to defend jobs, living standards, labour rights, women’s equality, social programs and Canadian sovereignty. While campaigning to ban the Ku Klux Klan, Rowley’s apartment was destroyed by arson. During the 125 day long Stelco strike in 1981 she married a steelworker. She is now the proud mother of two adult children.

Moving to Toronto after being elected as Ontario leader of the Party in 1988, Rowley became a powerful grassroots spokesperson in the “Days of Action” fightback against brutal cutbacks imposed by the Mike Harris Tories, and was elected a Public School Trustee in East York. She has been an outspoken participant in many battles for the rights and interests of working people in Ontario, around such issues as defence of public education, for public auto insurance, the fight against plant closures, for peace and anti-racism, proportional representation, and much more. Along with Miguel Figueroa, she was instrumental in the membership struggle to block attempts to dissolve the CPC during the early 1990s.

Elizabeth Rowley Leader's Tour

More dates & locations to be announced

monday, august 30

Victoria, BC
Fundraising dinner with Elizabeth Rowley and candidates Tyson Riel Strandlund (Esquimalt Saanich Sooke), Janis Zroback (Victoria), Dock Currie (Saanich Gulf Islands)

Seating is limited, so contact us quickly to reserve your place! Tickets are $50 per person, for which you will receive a delicious Chinese dinner with Liz and the candidates at Don Mee Seafood Restaurant, located at 538 Fisgard St. Please call 250-883-7321 to purchase your tickets, or email cpc.vicbc@gmail.comFACEBOOK EVENT HERE

6:30PM at Don Mee Seafood Restaurant [538 Fisgard St]

wednesday, september 1

Edmonton, AB
Public meeting with Elizabeth Rowley and candidates Naomi Rankin (Edmonton Mill Woods) and Alex Boykowich (Edmonton Griesbach)
7pm @ Ukrainian Centre [11018 97 Street]

friday, september 3

Calgary, AB
Queer Liberation not Rainbow Capitalism w/ Elizabeth Rowley
7PM @ Sunalta Community Hall [1627 10 Ave SW]