What is the CMA?
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is a national, voluntary association of over 85,000 physicians and physician trainees that advocates on behalf of its members and the public for access to high-quality healthcare and other matters of national health and medicine. It is the national organization representing physicians in Canada, and also provides leadership and guidance to physicians. The CMA was formed in 1867, and its rich history of advocacy has led to some of Canada’s most important health policy changes at the federal level.
What is the purpose of this CMA election?
Presidency for the CMA rotates around the country in four zones: Quebec, Ontario, East, and West. This term, the president-elect is being nominated from Ontario via a local election (meaning only Ontario physicians and physician trainees may vote), but the province’s selection must then be ratified at the larger CMA General Council in August. The Council represents the entire country.
How does the elections process work?
Members will vote for president-elect nominee via a preferential ranked choice ballot through a secure website, which means that each voter is asked to rank the candidates in order of preference, instead of just voting for one candidate (however, voters are not required to rank all candidates). On Election Day, electronic votes are tallied via a third-party expert, Everyone Counts Canada, to ensure standard levels of accuracy and compliance via with generally accepted electoral processes.
When is the election?
Voting will occur electronically over three weeks from February 15 – March 7, 2018. All CMA members will electronically be sent voting packages for participation. The president elect-nominee will be announced on March 8, 2018.
Who can vote in this election?
Any Ontario physician or physician trainee who is a member of the Canadian Medical Association is eligible to vote. If you are not yet a member of the CMA but wish to become one in order to vote in this election, please complete this process at https://www.cma.ca/En/Pages/join-the-cma.aspx.
Who else is running in this election?
Dr. Darren Larsen from Toronto, Dr. Mamta Gautam from Ottawa, and Dr. Atul Kapur from Ottawa.