MINUTES

The Ninth General Meeting (National Convention)

of the Canadian Greens / Green Party of Canada

 

Held at the Centre 7400, 7400 Saint-Laurent Boulevard in Montréal, Québec, Thursday, August 15 to Sunday, August 18, 2002. Minutes prepared by Karen Etheridge.

 

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2002

 

1.      Meeting called to order at 10:00 am - Welcome

Motion: to adopt agenda.

Approved unanimously

 

2.      Adoption of minutes of the 2000 convention

Motion: that incoming council will be responsible for minutes. (Doug Woodard, Melanie Ransom).

Vote: Motion failed.

 

Motion: to pay the coordinator to review the tapes and complete a draft of the minutes to the old board within two weeks and then when approved by the old council to be delivered to the new board for distribution and approval by the membership. (Judy-Greenwood Spears)

Vote: 11 in favor, 9 opposed, 9 abstentions. Motion failed

 

Friendly amendment to change two weeks to four weeks. Amendment accepted by mover.

Vote: 3 for, 15 opposed, 4 abstention. Motion failed.

 

Motion: to table the approval of the minutes when a printed copy is available. (George Read)

Friendly amendment: to print 12 copies for review by Saturday, to table motion to approve minutes until Sunday at 10 am. (Ah Mui Cheong) (note: 11 people present at this time were at the convention in 2000).

Vote: 20 for, 2 opposed, no abstentions. Motion Passed with amendment.

 

Motion re-read and clarified.

Added: "and then when approved by the old board, delivered to the new board for distribution and approval by the membership".

 

Motion: Table this item to later in the session when the minutes are available in hardcopy.

General Agreement

 

3.      Distribution of voting cards (for members only)

 

4.      Reports from Outgoing Council and Committee Chairs

 

4a.      Outgoing Council Reports

 

Interim Leader - Christopher Bradshaw

         Deferred

 

Party Chair

         Sara Golling resigned June 10, 2002

         No report

 

Communications Chair

         John Grogan resigned May 27, 2002

         Gretchen Schwartz is interim appointee

         Things went well

         John has sent an English report to the General List Serve. It will be posted on the wall.

         Media told Gretchen that the media needs the Green Party

 

International Chair

         Raphäel Thierrin resigned March 5, 2002

         Raphäel delivered report in writing. It will be posted on the wall

 

Fundraising Chair - Victor Lau

         Lots of work to be done; a lot of money out there that can be raised, without going after corporations and unions.

         Green Party of Ontario is a model; it is professional and attractive

         Visa/Mastercard has been successful; average transaction is $200

 

Organizing Chair - Frank de Jong

         Difficult process over the last two years - too few volunteers trying to do too much.

         Old council missed energy of new people who are willing to put in energy.

         Imperative to get people on the ground, responsible in their ridings.

 

Administration Chair

         Steve Kisby resigned June 12, 2002

         Vacant English secretary and French secretary positions resulted in extra work for the Chair.

         Needed more compassion on the board

 

Membership Chair - Cheryl Veary (absent)

         No report provided

 

4b.      Provincial Reports

 

Québec

         Lynette Tremblay replaced Jean-Claude Balu who left earlier in the year.

         Jean-Claude founded the Parti Vert du Québec

         2001, 26 May inauguration founding convention

         Recognized party in Quebec

         1 to 1.9 % without big preparation in by-elections

 

Terra Nova

         No report provided

 

Ontario

         Judy Greenwood-Spears for Constantine Kritsonis

         Couldn't get membership list, which interfered with the organizing

         The problem was the provincial reps of the GPC were not given access to membership lists

 

Manitoba

         No report provided

 

Saskatchewan

         Victor Lau for David Greenfield

         Growing; ran 16 candidates in last election and complaints that people didn't have a Green option in elections

         Heading towards a full slate of 58 candidates (now have 30)

         Hoping to beat BC

         Financially now above water and can pay operating expenses

         Be very pragmatic in terms of financial issues

 

Alberta

         George Read for Alan McCreary

         Separate provincial executive

         Growth on provincial and federal front

         6 candidates in the provincial election, 9 candidates in Federal election

         3.4 % in last by-election against Steven Harper and others

         Many are already involved in Fair Vote

 

British Columbia

         Julian West for Alan Dolan

         Provincial party has a strong sense of organization; federal party less so.

         Last federal election there was a lot of scrambling (2 elections ago there were only 4 missing from the full slate); last time there were 8 missing, resulting in the same number of votes in the province.

         Hoping that British Columbians will help with the organizing.

         Steve Kisby (unofficial comments regarding activity in BC)

         BC Greens are very active, supporting a private initiative to bring in a Proportional Representation (PR) referendum in BC.

         Huge breakthrough in last provincial election - treated as a real party, included in the televised debate

         Local greens now gearing up for November municipal elections

 

Financial report

         Deferred to when John Anderson arrives

 

4c.      Committee Chair Reports

 

Electoral Reform Committee

         Julian West

         strong bond and rapport on the list-serve.

         Many committee members made it to the convention

         Involved with Elections Canada quarterly briefing sessions so that we have access to their information and to interact so that we can influence their policy and discuss the potential implications of changes on the Party.

 

Policy Development Committee

         Doug Woodard & Gretchen Schwarz for Charles Campbell

         Charles posted resolutions to the website.

         Fastest growing party amongst Canadian Youth

         Cabinet committee model for developing policy

o        Integrated policy development

o        Encourages participation of shadow cabinet members/ team building

o        Compare our policy to existing government

         Our policies should be directly applicable to federal jurisdiction

         Long-term and short-term goals (as British Greens are doing)

         Propose four policy committees

         Document prepared by Charles Campbell was to be made available.

 

Ombuds and Grievance Committee

         Ah Mui Cheong

         Not much to report about the actual cases handled in the last two years; (few problems, but a lot of work still pending regarding what we want the ombuds committee to be and co-ordination with council).

         The committee is still evolving and volunteers are encouraged to come forward

 

International Secretary

         Established international affairs team (list serve participating in discussions now)

         Excellent way to share what is happening with other Green Parties

         Process for selecting 2-3 representatives to be official communicators with list serve and forum meeting space (Meeting in Canberra, Australia).

 

Finance Committee

         John Anderson had not yet arrived

 

Administration Committee Report

         Steve Kisby

         Treasurer, Administration Chair, and Secretaries sit on committee

         One function is to propose budgets to federal council for approval and to carry out on the budget

         Second function is related to tax receipts and must report to Elections Canada stating full disclosure of where fundraising occurs.

         Green Party has officially reported to Elections Canada and Chris Bradshaw reported that everything is in order (and clarified that the information presented to Elections Canada is insufficient for a financial report to the membership).

 

4d.      Other Reports

 

International Commitments from the Green Point of View

         Clyde Sanger is unable to make it to Montreal due to an illness - he has sent his comments.

 

Outgoing interim leader - Chris Bradshaw

         Representation by 6 of our 10 provinces, unfortunately most Maritime Provinces are not represented.

         Ran in a by-election in Newfoundland to build relations

         Council less than full strength, and congratulates all those who have contributed their energy.

         Encourage all participants to increase their commitment and efficiency to the party.

         Canadians are ready for a new party.

         Common wealth is more important than individual wealth, and this is a message to take to Canadians.

         We have done a few media releases following September 11th, and it was important to deliver our message at this point in time.

 

5.      Keynote presentation:

The Water Manifest - Isabelle Dore

 

6.      Workshop:

Internal and External Communications - Raphäel Thierrin and Melanie Ransom

 

7.      Financial Report - John Anderson

 

         Two financial reports attached and distributed

         Revenues have been affected by post-election syndrome and council problems.

         Changes in reporting procedures.

         Every July 1, the Party must report funding received to Elections Canada. In 2000, we failed to meet the reporting deadline. It had to go before a Supreme Court judge, requiring a lawyer in order for the Party to not become de-registered. We applied to the Ontario Supreme Court to have an extension to filing. We had great representation, but the cost was $7000. GPC policy requires all information from the riding associations, of which we have over 30. We did not receive the materials from two of the riding associations by the March 31 deadline. John accepts the responsibility and noted that the Chief Agent and Leader are the only ones responsible in the eyes of Elections Canada.

         Riding associations do not have to report to Elections Canada. Note the current controversy over Paul Martin's 'war chest'. Elections Canada is tightening this policy, so the Green Party is ahead of other parties in this way.

         Our registered agents are acting for the party, but they almost never get their information back to the Chief Agent on time. Most registered agents in the party are conscientious, great accounting and are a treat to work with, but we have to have every one report on time.

         2001 Official audited statement. Many riding associations are turning profits in the full audit (not attached, but available for viewing).

 


7a.      Questions and Answer Period

 

         Q: Professional fees in 2001 were 14K. This was for the lawyers?
A: Lawyer was 7K, the rest is audit fee costs.

         Q: Regarding reconciliation on the unofficial and official versions
A: One assumes riding associations spent everything they earned, which is not actually the case

         Q: Potential of repercussions for riding associations that failed to report on time
A: Will be decided for various regions

         Q: Do we receive money for the Federal Party from the Membership. There is no budget line showing revenues from members.
A: It's rolled into other budget line(s). Any unit can sign up members; they must send a minimum of $5 to GVC hub. Monthly/quarterly forwarding information; the office wasn't following up, resulting in the provincial party getting behind. So far behind they cannot pay.

         Q: Specifics regarding centralization of financial collection.
A: What gets distributed to the hub is only what is received in the head office (in Toronto).

         Q: Candidate for organizing chair proposes a full slate for the next election.
A: With 30 Riding Associations, we have problems. Imagine difficulty when we do run 301 candidates. Organizing Chair and Chief Agent should develop synergies in the communications with the riding associations.

         Q: It is not satisfying that nothing is being done to punish the late reporting riding associations.
A: If we are to punish people, how? We would have difficulty in attracting volunteers if they were to risk their personal finances.

 

Motion: to have the two RA's that caused late reporting in 2000 named. (Dwayne Collard, Gretchen Schwarz)
Friendly amendment change named to "reported to the [this] meeting".

Vote: 16 for, 12 against, 3 abstentions
Motion Defeated

 

Motion: to accept the two financial reports as presented. (Dwayne Collard, Colin Griffiths)
Friendly amendment to add "with comments". (Raphäel Thierrin)
Friendly amendment withdrawn.

Vote: 26 for, 1 opposed, 4 abstentions
Motion Passed

 

Motion: that the various issues noted in the minutes arising from the financial report discussion be considered by the incoming council.

Vote: 20 for, 0 opposed, 4 abstentions
Motion Passed

 

8.      Rules of Procedure


The rules of procedure were read.

 

Motion: To adopt the Ontario Green Party voting procedure for the meeting, which starts with an initial straw vote where unanimous support in favour or opposed decides the motion and if the motion is not decided, it will go to workshop for refinement; once it comes back to the plenary, only red or green will be counted. (Melanie Ransom, Frank de Jong)

 

Friendly amendment: to increase level for passing to greater than 2/3rds. (Richard Guy Briggs)
Accepted

 

Friendly amendment: To replace discussion from 3 speakers to 10 minutes and each speaker limited to one minute comments. (Gretchen Schwarz)
Accepted

 

Vote: 23 for, 2 opposed, no abstention. Motion passed

 


9.      Balloting

 

Motion: That for the accounting of ballots for functionary positions, for any province that has 10 people or more voting, those ballots shall be separated out to be counted separately for this meeting. (Julian West)

Vote: 17 for, 5 opposed, 4 abstained
Motion Passed

 

Motion: that a record of each counted ballot be made that does not include how the person voted;

Vote: 27 for, 0 opposed, no abstention
Motion Passed

[Note: the purpose is to provide certainty to those members who have mailed in their ballots].

 

10.      Friday Session adjourned

 

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2002, 9:00 am

 

11.      WORKSHOPS:

Ombuds, Finances, and Proportional Representation

 

12.      General meeting called to Order 10:30 am

 

Motion: to hold Town Hall before John Anderson left. The Town Hall is to give an opportunity for the membership to question the candidates
Motion withdrawn as John Anderson had already left.

 

Motion: to modify the agenda to administer the Ombuds and Grievance Committee following the Town Hall. (Steve Kisby, Colin Griffiths)

Vote: 30 for, 0 against, 1 abstention. Motion passed

 

13.      Balloting For Council Elections

 

Selection of the elections committee

Chris Bradshaw spoke about the procedure for counting the ballots
Discussion:
Judy Greenwood-Spears: Ballots should be secret, and how people voted should not be disclosed.
Steve Kisby: The system has been tightened and we should be careful not to violate it, since we have had constitutional challenges.
Julian West: Secret vote means people cannot identify themselves on a ballet
Chair: loose ballots will be treated as spoiled ballots. i.e. if a ballot envelope is not sealed it is a spoiled ballot.
General agreement.

 

Motion: to accept the Ballet committee of Chris Bradshaw, Eduardo Lopez de Romaña, Jessica Fracassi. (Bobbi Clark, Dwayne Collard)

Vote: 31 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions
Motion passed

 

Steve Kisby reported on the duties of a scrutineer. Judy Greenwood-Spears, Werner Koepler and Jean-Claude Balu were appointed scrutineers

 

14.      Consideration Of Resolutions

 

Motion: To have Judy Greenwood-Spears facilitate the first motion [due to the use of an Ontario-like system]. (George Read, Ormand Lee)

Motion passed

 

14a.      Constitutional Resolutions

 

Resolution G02-c1 - Clarification of Article 12

Sponsored by: Dwayne Collard
Supported by: Sara Golling, John Grogan, Charles Campbell, Jason Kennedy-Crummey, Paul Connor

WHEREAS the federal council is defined as a unit under Article 7 Section 5 of the Constitution and
WHEREAS Article 12 gives the federal council the ability to exempt units from resolutions of a general meeting
WHEREAS this makes the Federal Council totally unaccountable to the general membership and
WHEREAS this violates Article 3, in that it fails to provide a political structure that embraces, includes and supports Green Values.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the phrase "or federal council" be removed from Article 12.

ARTICLE 12 Implementation of Resolutions
In all matters other than party policy, all resolutions of a general meeting and of federal council are binding on all other units except where a general meeting specifically exempts a unit from a resolution of the general meeting or where federal council specifically exempts a unit from a resolution of federal council."

Straw vote; 23 green, 2 red, 4 yellow.
Friendly amendment regarding the phrase be changed instead of removed. Rejected

Vote: 28 green, 1 red, 1 yellow
Motion passed

 

Resolution G02-c2 - Global Greens

Sponsored by: Dwayne Collard
Supported by: Helen Riley, Ted Alexander, John Grogan, Charles Campbell, Jason Kennedy-Crummey, Paul Connor

WHEREAS ARTICLE 3 of the Canadian Greens Constitution declares the party Basis of Unity as being "To enhance the effectiveness of the Global Green Movement in creating a Green Society by providing an evolving social and political structure that embraces, includes and supports Green Values and offers itself as a voice for the broader Green Movement."

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Canadian Greens Constitution be amended by replacing:
ARTICLE 5 Values
The values upon which the Canadian Greens base themselves are:
1. Non-Violence And Military Disarmament;
2. Ecologically Sustainable Economy;
3. Preservation And Restoration Of Ecosystem Diversity;
4. Eco-Feminism;
5. Cultural And Multi-Racial Diversity;
6. Consensual Decision Making Process;
7. De-Centralized Decision Making;
8. Wholistic Community Through Personal And Global Responsibility.

Activities, policies, and statements made on behalf of the party must be consistent with the values.
See following Appendix A for roots of each value.

WITH the following statement of principles from the Charter of the Global Greens:
ARTICLE 5 - Principles
The policies of the Canadian Greens, in agreement with the Charter of the Global Greens, are founded upon the principles of: Ecological Wisdom; Social Justice; Participatory Democracy; Non-violence; Sustainability; Respect for Diversity.

Activities, policies, and statements made on behalf of the party must be consistent with the values.
See following Appendix A for the Charter of the Global Greens.

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED THAT
the current Appendix A and Appendix B of the Canadian Greens Constitution be replaced with a new Appendix A containing the principles of the Charter of the Global Greens, (Canberra 2001).

Straw vote: 26 green, 0 reds, 6 yellow. Motion passed

Friendly amendment: correction on point 2 change "sustenabilité" to "durabilité" on the French version. (Jean-Claude Balu). Accepted.

Friendly amendment - Steve Kisby
Motion: that Appendix A and Appendix B of the Canadian Greens Constitution be replaced with a new Appendix A containing the principles of the Charter of the Global Greens, (Canberra 2001).

Vote: 27 green, 3 red, 4 yellow
Motion passed

 

Resolution G02-c3 - Provincial/Territorial Representatives

Sponsored by:Charles Campbell
Supported by:Judy Greenwood-Spears, Dan Murray, Dwayne Collard, Jason Kennedy-Crummey, Paul Connor

Straw votes: 5 yellows
Friendly amendment to change "executive" to "federal council" officers. Karen Etheridge. Friendly Amendment accepted by Dwayne Collard and Judy Greenwood-Spears. [article 14]
Friendly amendment - "based on the addresses". Not accepted, due to the intent.

Vote: 14 green, 1 red, 21 yellow
Workshop

 

15.      Adjournment for Lunch, 12pm

 

16.      Presentation on Sustainable Economics

Presentation by Eduardo López de Romaña was postponed until the evening social activities due to the need to continue with meeting items.

 

17.      Federal Council Candidate Speeches

Chair - Dwayne Collard
Party Secretary - Karen Etheridge
Communications Chair - Gretchen Schwarz
Organizing Chair - Julian West
Administration - Melanie Ransom
None of the Above (NOTA) - Judy Greenwood-Spears poke to the membership on the implications and benefits of voting NOTA.
Absent: Chief Agent - John Anderson

 

Questions were brought from the floor, and the candidates responded.

 

Motion: to accept that a second ballot, marked as a second ballot, be considered to be the final ballot (the first ballot will be ignored) for this meeting. (Chris Bradshaw)
Motion withdrawn.

 

18.      Final call for ballots and Voting

 

19.      Resumption with Constitutional Resolutions, 3 pm

 

Resolution G02-c4

To be done later

 

Resolution G02-c5 - Interim Council Appointments

Sponsored by: Charles Campbell, John Grogan
Supported by: Doug Woodard, Dan Murray, Jason Kennedy-Crummey, Paul Connor, Dwayne Collard

WHEREAS Federal Council positions should be accessable to all members of the party in good standing, and
WHEREAS Federal Council vacancies can occur at times when holding an election for replacements is not practical,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT paragraph 3 of Article 14 of the Green Party of Canada Constituition be amended to read:
ARTICLE 14 Selection of Officers
(paragraph 3 replaced with)
Federal council has authority to fill any vacancies by appointment until the next general meeting. All council members should be notified of the vacancy and intention to fill it at least 60 days prior to the appointee being selected, to allow for an open search for candidates. Notice shall also be posted on the official Green Party of Canada website, allowng all members in good standing to offer themselves for consideration.
In the case of the vacancy being that of President or Leader, an interim appointment must me made within 30 days under the Canada Elections Act. Federal Council should make such an appointment from within its members within the 30 day time limit, but the appointment should be for no more than 90 days, while the above process is followed.

 

Straw vote: Yellow cards; motion discussed.
General agreement to change "President" to "Chief Agent" in first paragraph.

Melanie Ransom proposed a friendly resolution to change"60 days" to "30 days".

Vote: 15 green, 1 red, 12 yellow. Workshop

 

20.      Scrutineer Interim Report:

5 envelopes had been opened; Toronto office had opened them to get the cheques for the convention. The scrutineers and ballot team recommended that the ballots be accepted, as office staff indicated that there had not been any tampering of the ballots.

 

Vote: 19 green, 7 red, 2 yellow
Revote, with the candidates asked to abstain from voting

Vote: 16 green, 6 red, 2 yellow
Recount without using yellow cards

Vote: 17 green, 3 red. Motion passed

 

21.      Resumption with Constitutional Resolutions

 

Resolution G02-c4 - Council Member Responsibilities

Sponsored by: Charles Campbell
Supported by: Doug Woodard, John Grogan, Dan Murray, Jason Kennedy-Crummey, Sara Golling

WHEREAS Federal Council positions require members to commit significant time and energy to their duties, and
WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada supports decentralized and broadly based decision making processes, and
WHEREAS Federal Council should be as broadly representative as possible, and
WHEREAS the general members of the Green Party of Canada have the right to expect that Federal Council members are required to carry out their duties and responsibilities in order to hoild their positions,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Green Party of Canada Constitution be amended as follows:
Article 16
(paragraph 1 replaced with)
If any member of Federal Council fails to attend two meetings in a row without cause and without providing a written report in lieu of attendance, they shall be suspended from council until they provide such reports. If a member of Federal Council fails to attend three meetings in a row without cause and without providing a written report in lieu of attendance they will be removed from their position on council and be considered ineligible to run for a Federal Council position in the next election.
Article 17
(final paragraph replaced with)
An individual may not hold more than one Federal Council position concurrently, except as a temporary measure due to a vacancy.

Straw Vote
Friendly amendment to change "temporary" to "temporary (max 30 days)". Amendment accepted by Doug Woodard. Friendly amendment to change to 90 days. Include the next council meeting, except that one council member will retains only a single vote.

Sent to workshop due to overwhelming yellows

 

Resolution G02-c6 - Organizing Chair Position

Sponsored by: Russell McOrmond
Supported by: Victor Lau, John Grogan, Constantine Kritsonis, Jason Kennedy-Crummey, Paul Connor

WHEREAS the position of Organizing Chair requires coordination with many provinces, candidates and electoral districts, and
WHEREAS this coordination must not give, or be seen to give, special treatment to the members of any one province,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the position of Organizing Chair must be filled by a person who can not concurrently hold any official position within any provincial party.

 

Straw vote: discussion warranted
Proposed friendly amendment: "That any GPC council position can not hold any other high level position in a political party" (Frank de Jong)
Second amendment: council "officer" instead of council "position".
Discussion that given no-one who drafted the motion was present, that the meeting could not assume friendly amendments.

Vote: (original motion) 5 green, 20 red, 6 yellow. Motion failed

 

Resolution G02 - c7 - ARTICLE 9 - Calling Meetings

Sponsored by: John Grogan
Supported by: Charles Campbell, Dan Murray, Paul Connor, Sara Golling

WHEREAS there is no provision for the membership to call an extraordinary general meeting; and
WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada holds as a core value "de-centralized decision making"; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED THAT under ARTICLE 9 - Calling Meetings, third paragraph, starting
"A general meeting may be called by ...", the following lines be added:
c) a petition presented to the federal council bearing the signature of ten (10) percent of the members in good standing of the Party, or
d) a resolution of a general meeting of the Party.

Straw Vote: discussion warranted
Correction of translation
Le p...tient comme valeur essentielle la prise de decision decentralizée.
Replace "decide d'une" in the WHEREAS [Noted that it was in the WHEREAS and that we are not voting on this].

 

Vote: 8 green, 3 red, 20 yellow. Workshop

 

Resolution G02-c8

Noted it was a directive and that it will be discussed with the Directives section [Renamed G02-d5].

 

Resolution G02-c9 - Article 10 - Amending formula

Sponsored by: Dwayne Collard
Supported by: Frank deJong, Paul Connor, Charles Campbell, Sara Golling, John Grogan

WHEREAS all members should have a say in how the GPC is ruled,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Article 10 of the Constitution be amended by replacing the third paragraph
"This document may be amended only by members in a duly constituted general meeting."
with
"This document may be amended only by a process in which all members have an opportunity to participate and vote upon the amendment."

 

Straw vote: Yellow votes, therefore discussion of motion
Proposed friendly amendment "That the process may be amended only by a physical general meeting followed by a mail-in vote for ratification".
Friendly amendment declined

Vote: 9 green, 19 red, 4 yellow. Workshop

 

Resolution G02-c10 - ARTICLE 4 - Purpose

Sponsored by: Douglas Woodard
Supported by: Charles Campbell, Paul Connor, Dwayne Collard, Dan Murray, Gretchen Schwarz, Andrew Van Iterson, Judyth Mermelstein, Sara Golling, Jim Fannon

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Section (a) of Article 4 of the constitution of the Green Party of Canada following "It is the purpose of the party",
a. "to field candidates in federal general elections and byelections to advance the party's platform, policy, values and basis of unity"
is hereby deleted and replaced by
a. to advance the party's platform, policy, values and basis of unity, and to contribute to the welfare of Canada and Canadians, by fielding candidates in federal general elections and byelections, by electing Green Party members of the Parliament of Canada, by debate and legislation in Parliament, and by participation in the Government of Canada.

Noted that numerous spelling and grammatical errors in the French.

Amended by sponsor, insert "and of the community of life in Canada" and change "of the parliament of Canada" to "to the parliament of Canada"
(accepted).

 

Vote: 27 green, 2 red, 3 yellow. Motion passed

 

22.      Policy Resolutions

 

Resolution G02-p1 - Autonomy of every Green Party of Canada Official Unit over their Internal Affairs

Sponsored by:Terra Nova Greens
Supported by: Donald MacDonald-Ross, Dan Murray

RECOGNIZING the need to build the Green Party in Newfoundland, Labrador, The Maritimes, Canada and to enhance the effectiveness of the Global Green Movement, GPC NF/LD is resolved to promote a declaration that the Terra Nova Greens and, in fact, every Green Party of Canada Official Unit - whether provincial, regional or bio-regional should have a reasonable degree of autonomy and self control over their "internal affairs", "organization", "nomination procedures" and "policy" for so long as these units conform to a broad interpretation of the Green Party's principles and tenets.

 

Straw vote: discussion
Friendly amendment: Replace "Terra nova greens and ....."
The members within the GPC within a given province or region and strike out provincial, regional or bioregional. Accepted
Friendly amendment: Remove a 'broad interpretation'. Accepted.

6 green, 15 red, 7 yellow. Workshop

 

Resolution G02-p2 - Support of the Inshore Fishery

Sponsored by: Terra Nova Greens
Supported by: Donald MacDonald-Ross, Dan Murray, Jody Morrison

Commercial fishing quotas should be transferred from corporations to individual fisherman or fishing communities. Using small boat technology, more fishers will become active while applying less fishing pressure on commercial species. Reducing the number of draggers scouring the ocean floor will help protect this crucial habitat as well as significantly decreasing the amount of by catch and undersized species caught in commercial fishery. Individuals or communities would receive a set quota per season, per species. These quotas would be transferable such that they may be exchanged for quotas of other species. Fishers then become active in the management of the resource, which gives them more responsibility and liability. Commercial fishing quotas should be transferred from corporations to individual fisherman or fishing communities.
It is the policy of the Terra Nova Greens that individuals or communities would receive a set quota per season, per species. These quotas would be transferable such that they may be exchanged for quotas of other species. Fishermen then become active in the management of the resource, which gives them more responsibility and liability.

 

Fishermen was changed to fishers.
Conditional amendment - to remove the sentence "reduce the number of draggers scouring the floor".

 

Vote: 8 green, 16 red, 5 yellow. Workshop

 

Resolution G02-p3 - To Establish Maritime Habitat Reserves

Sponsored by: Terra Nova Greens
Supported by: Donald MacDonald-Ross, Dan Murray, Jody Morrison

The establishment of marine protected areas in Canada is long overdue. In the coastal environment, they do not limit public access, but implement strict controls over fishing and development in the area. Marine parks and reserves will protect the nursery grounds for many marine fish species, including cod and the barndoor skate. The Grand Banks, The Hamilton Bank and other fishing areas are highly productive areas which play an important role in any marine ecosystem. Establishing several marine protected areas would help maintain biodiversity while guarding important fish habitat.

 

Straw poll - Goes to discussion

Vote: 17 green, 12 red, 2 yellow. Workshop

 

Resolution G02-p4 - Atlantic Seal Harvest

Sponsored by: Terra Nova Greens
Supported by: Donald MacDonald-Ross, Dan Murray, Jody Morrison

The Terra Nova Green Party Association recognizes that in the past certain Canadian groups have relied upon a traditional subsistence seal fishery.
The Terra Nova Greens recognize that this traditional subsistence seal fishery remains ingrained in the culture and heritage of these groups.
The Terra Nova Green Party recognizes that this traditional seal fishery can continue as a moderate commercial seal fishery.
The Terra Nova Greens believe that the development of a multi-species management system that includes moderate Harp and Hood seal fisheries along with a ban on draggers is needed. Such a must control industrial fishing trawlers while promoting sustainability. A seal harvest should only be implemented when markets are available for the whole animal. A seal harvest should not be used in an attempt to enhance fisheries.

 

Straw poll - discussion

Suggestion to refer all Terra Nova Greens to overnight workshop to clean up the language. (Julian West, Colin Griffiths)
Question regarding "chasse" and "pêche" au foques. Not resolved.

 

Motion: that the recording secretary for the meeting communicate with the Terra Nova Greens overnight regarding the language of the Terra Nova resolutions and to presently deal with the one resolution that does not just address solely the Terra Nova Greens. (Judy Greenwood-Spears, Colin Griffiths) Julian West withdrew his suggestion.

Vote: 22 green, 6 red, 1 yellow. Motion passed

 

Resolution G02-p5 - Draggers must be banned

Sponsored by: Terra Nova Greens
Supported by: Donald MacDonald-Ross, Dan Murray, Jody Morrison

Commercial fishing quotas should be drastically cut. Reducing the number of draggers scouring the ocean floor will help protect this crucial habitat as well as significantly decreasing the amount of by catch and undersized species caught in commercial fishery.
The Terra Nova Greens recognizes the unsustainability of industrial draggers which rape the oceans. The Terra Nova Green Party believes that Aquaculture, unlike industrial draggers, if properly monitored and developed may be of long term sustainability. To this end, Newfoundland and Labrador communities and industries must cease the dispersal of waste and raw sewage into the ocean so as to facilitate a healthy environment for future Fishery & Aquaculture development.

 

Postponed per the motion passed to rework G02-p4.

 

Resolution G02-p6 - The Capelin Fishery

 

Sponsored by: Terra Nova Greens
Supported by: Donald MacDonald-Ross, Dan Murray, Jody Morrison

Since Capelin has been over fished, a Capelin moratorium needs to be called for capelin until the numbers rebound.

 

Postponed per the motion passed to rework G02-p4.

 

Resolution G02-p7 - Resolution to Ban Waste Importation

Sponsored by: Terra Nova Greens
Supported by: Donald MacDonald-Ross, Dan Murray, Jody Morrison

Canada should adopt a policy which bans the importation of any waste materials from outside the provinces and Territories of this country.

 

Straw vote - discussion
Proposed friendly amendment: replace "importation of waste" to "Canada should adopt a policy which bans the import or export of hazardous or toxic waste materials".
Amendment "Canada should ban the importation or exportation of waste materials"

Vote: 18 green, 1 red, 9 yellow. Workshop

 

Resolution G02-p8 - Ban Whaling

Sponsored by: Terra Nova Greens
Supported by: Donald MacDonald-Ross, Dan Murray, Jody Morrison

The Terra Nova Greens oppose all whale hunting and whale harvesting. The Terra Nova Green Association believes that certain whale species are on the verge of extinction while the average world whale population is at about 3% of what a healthy world whale population should be.

 

Postponed per the motion passed to rework G02-p4.

 

Resolution G02-p9 - Atlantic Salmon Fishery

Sponsored by: Terra Nova Greens
Supported by: Donald MacDonald-Ross, Dan Murray, Jody Morrison

Since Atlantic Salmon have been over fished, an Atlantic Salmon moratorium needs to be called for Atlantic Salmon until the numbers rebound.

 

Postponed per the motion passed to rework G02-p4.

 

Resolution G02-p10 - Environmental Regulations

Sponsored by: Terra Nova Greens
Supported by: Donald MacDonald-Ross, Dan Murray, Jody Morrison

Under no circumstances should an industry or individual be pardoned of any federal, provincial or municipal regulation or standard concerning environmental law.

Postponed per the motion passed to rework G02-p4.

 

Resolution G02-p11 - Cessation of Polluting the Waters of Canada

Sponsored by: Terra Nova Greens
Supported by: Donald MacDonald-Ross, Dan Murray, Jody Morrison

This Resolution is for the cessation of the dispersal of waste and raw sewage into the ocean so as to facilitate a healthy environment for future Fishery and Aquaculture development.

 

Postponed per the motion passed to rework G02-p4.

 

Resolution G02-p12 - Aquaculture Environmental Benefit & Damage research

Sponsored by: Terra Nova Greens
Supported by: Donald MacDonald-Ross, Dan Murray, Jody Morrison

This is a Resolution that calls for Canada and the United Nations to research the impact of Aquaculture on the marine environment of Atlantic Canada.

 

Postponed per the motion passed to rework G02-p4.

 

Motion: To change the agenda to commence at 8 am.

Vote: Passed

 

23.      Saturday Session Adjourned

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2002

 

24.      Resumption of Session: 8:05 am

 

25.      Workshop: Women in Politics Judy-Greenwood Spears

 

         Federal right to vote 1918

         Provincially Quebec wasn't until 1940

 

26.      Quorum achieved at 8:35 am

 

27.      Convention 2000 Meeting Minutes

 

         Ottawa, Ontario

         Most sections were corrected

         Requested access to a computer to complete the minutes

         There is one session for which there was no audio available or written record. The motion was that the Green Party Members encourage [...]. Judy facilitated and recalls the resolution was passed.

         For the last plenary (2pm) André Clémont may have facilitated. Chris Bradshaw was the minute taker for the last session but could not recall the facilitator.

 

28.      Election 2002 update

202 ballots were received. 136 ballots counted; 5 are not identified on the list due to obtuse writing or because they were not a current member (or potentially they were signed up in provinces and information is not in Federal membership list).

Discrepancy because some people submitted duplicate ballots (only one will be counted), and Ontario people submitted Ontario ballots separately in some cases.

 

29.      Goods for Greens

Lori Kaufman made a brief announcement regarding Goods for Greens.

 

30.      Resumption of Consideration of Policy Resolutions

 

Resolution G02-p12 - Question of Direction Resolution

Sponsored by: Mike Nickerson
Supported by: Sara Golling, André Clermont, André Piver, Britt Roscoe, Bryce Kendrick, Catherine Wills, Chris Milburn, Colin Griffiths, Dan Murray, David Daughton, Derek Rafuse, Donald MacDonald-Ross, Frank de Jong, Gretchen Schwarz, Harvey Scott, Hubert Earl, Ian Whyte, James McRae, John Fisher, John W. Dodson, Lesley Forrester, Lynn Oliphant, Nancy Clarke, Patrick Beaudin, Peter Bevan Baker, Stephen Johns, Stuart Langstaff, Tammy Langstaff, Tom Lawson, Wilgard Schiffers, Charles Campbell, Cathy Vakil

WHEREAS determining society's goals is the purpose of politics, and
WHEREAS perpetual economic expansion is the only model that is offered by the mainstream parties, with their differences only found in how they would divide the gains and losses from this expansion, and
WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada offers a distinct alternative by basing decisions on the long-term well-being of communities and ecosystems.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Green Party of Canada organize a public outreach campaign, through to the next federal election, in order to offer the goal of sustainability as a fundamental choice.

 

Straw vote resulted in discussions
Amendment - that the nature of this outreach campaign be determined by council.

Vote: 21 green, 2 red, 4 yellow. Motion passed.

 

31.      Directives Resolutions

 

Resolution G02-d1 - Study Proportional Representation for Internal Party Use

Sponsored by: Julian West
Supported by:Karen Etheridge, John Grogan, Jason Kennedy-Crummey, Gretchen Schwarz, Raphäel Thierrin, Doug Woodard, Richard Warman

WHEREAS proportional representation is widely recognized to be a more just and inclusive electoral system, and is thus in keeping with Green values; and
WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada, and many other Green Parties in Canada and around the world have demanded the use of proportional representation in national elections; and
WHEREAS the Green Party does not itself use proportional representation in any form, but has an opportunity to lead by example by adopting a proportional system;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT GPC council appoint a committee, or task one of its existing committees, to study the feasibility of introducing proportional representation in its elections for council and for other elected bodies.

 

Noted problems in translation and will be wordsmithed

Vote: 21 green, 1 red, 2 yellow. Motion passed.

 

Resolution G02-d2 - Create Greens for Fair Voting

Sponsored by: Julian West
Supported by:Karen Etheridge, John Grogan, Bill Hulet, Jason Kennedy-Crummey, Gretchen Schwarz, Raphäel Thierrin, Doug Woodard, Richard Warman

WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada supports the introduction of proportional representation in Canadian elections; and
WHEREAS Fair Vote Canada is a leading voice for proportional representation in Canada, and the only such voice to draw its strength from a membership base of ordinary citizens; and
WHEREAS Fair Vote Canada is a non-partisan group hoping to win the support of all political parties for democratic change; and
WHEREAS Fair Vote Canada has asked federal provincial parties to create internal caucuses which would affiliate with Fair Vote Canada;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Green Party of Canada formally endorse the campaign of Fair Vote Canada for a made-in-Canada electoral system featuring proportional representation; and
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Green Party encourage its members to become members of Fair Vote Canada through the creation of a caucus, Greens for Fair Voting; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT council appoint a committee, or task one of its existing committees, to manage the creation of Greens for Fair Voting.

 

Vote: 24 Green (unanimous). Motion Passed.

Noted that this unanimous vote should be part of the media release.

 


Resolution G02-d3 - Growth of Green Party at all Levels

Sponsored by: Raphäel Thierrin
Supported by: Charles Campbell, Karen Etheridge, John Grogan, Jason Kennedy-Crummey, Gretchen Schwarz, Julian West

WHEREAS the Green movement in Canada is strengthening from day to day; and
WHEREAS Green parties exist in Canada at the federal, provincial and municipal levels; and
WHEREAS all these parties are strengthened when their members work together at various levels;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Green Party of Canada encourage its members to take out memberships in their appropriate provincial or territorial Green Party; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the GPC call on leaders of each provincial Green Party actively to encourage their members to take out memberships in the GPC; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the GPC uphold the right of its members to express their Green values by joining Green parties wherever they may live, by requesting a provincial Green Party to provide a written explanation to the GPC if it rejects a membership application from a member in good standing of the GPC.

 

Proposed friendly amendment proposed to remove the third item; Amendment rejected.

Motion: to strike the third section (Jim Harris, Colin Griffiths). Facilitator noted that major reworking means it should be sent to the workshop [Ed note: motion invalid].

Friendly amendment proposed "to remove formally and written". (Colin Griffiths) Accepted by Raphäel Thierrin. Friendly amendment was voted on by the group and was rejected.

Proposed friendly amendment to remove the word "formally".(Sulyn Cedar) Amendment accepted by the group.

Vote: 24 green, no red, 2 yellow. Motion passed.

 

32.      A Quick Stretching Exercise lead by Lynn Danyluk

 

33.      Check for quorum: 20 exactly

 

Resolution G02-d4 - Electoral Reform
[Noted that it is actually a policy resolution]

Sponsored by: Douglas Woodard
Supported by:Paul Connor, Sara Golling, Jim Fannon, Ian Whyte, Julian West, Michael Pilling, Bill Hulet,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Green Party of Canada will work to establish that:

1.       A Royal Commission shall be established to investigate and present to Canadians the major possibilities for electoral reform including on the one hand the selection of MPs from single-member constituencies by a majority rather than a plurality method, and on the other hand systems of proportional representation, and the Royal Commission shall present succinct analyses of the merits and demerits of each choice together with references to more detailed analyses and studies, which shall be made readily available to the voters.

2.       The systems of proportional representation presented shall include those offering voters a choice among candidates of the same party in multi-member constituencies, as well as systems in which the order of election of candidates of the same party is determined by the party alone.

3.       A referendum, preferably at the same time as a general election, shall be held to permit the voters to choose among the systems presented by the Royal Commission.

4.       One Act shall establish the Royal Commission, shall lay down the manner in which its conclusions are to be presented to the voters, and shall set out the way in which the referendum shall function as far as may be done in advance of the Royal Commission.

5.       The voting method used for the referendum shall be one which selects as far as possible a system approved by the majority of Canadian voters, and it shall be one of a decision tree, or the single transferable vote (preferential vote or alternative vote), or the approval vote, or a combination of two or more of these systems.

6.       The Constitution of Canada shall be changed to require that any significant change in the electoral system for elections to the House of Commons, other than a minor change in the number of MPs per multi-member constituency, must be approved by a referendum, and if there are more than two choices offered in the referendum, it must be conducted by a majority method such as preferential voting (the alternative vote).

 

Straw vote - discussion

Vote: 25 Green, 0 red, 1 yellow. Motion passed.

 

Resolution G02-d5 - Redrafting the Constitution (Formerly G02-c8)

Sponsored by: Sara Golling
Supported by:Frank de Jong, John Grogan, Paul Connor, Dwayne Collard

WHEREAS the current Constitution of the Green Party of Canada appears not to serve the party adequately, in that it is not being followed, and
WHEREAS a succession of patchwork amendments to the Constitution are likely to result in an internally inconsistent and increasingly unsatisfactory document, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED THAT a committee be struck to produce a draft replacement Constitution for the Green Party of Canada, for consideration by members at the next General Meeting, after broad and inclusive Canada-wide consultation with interested members who will be invited to participate through notices in the Green Canada Vert newsletter.

 

Straw vote held and required discussion
Proposed friendly amendment - change "to produce a draft replacement Constitution for the Green Party of Canada" with "to identify the most serious defects of the constitution and to propose suitable corrections to those defects". (George Clark)
Accepted by Dwayne Collard.
Noted for the record that there was no willful intent to be in contradiction of the constitution during a previous council.

Vote: 22 green, 3 red, 2 yellow. Motion passed.

 

Motion: to accept those items already work-shopped last night as officially work-shopped. (George Clark)

Vote: 20 Green, no red. Motion Passed.

 

Motion: to vote on the overnight work-shopped items;

Vote: 19 green. Motion passed.

 

34.      Workshopped Resolutions

 

Resolution G02-p7 - Resolution on Waste Importation

Be it resolved that:
Canada should adopt a policy which bans the import and export of waste materials.
Resolved that Canada should ban the import and export of waste materials.

 

Vote: 24 Green, 0 red, 0 yellow. Motion passed.

 

Resolution G02-c3 - Provincial/Territorial Reps

WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada is a Federal Party requiring representation from all provinces and territories of the country, and
WHEREAS federal party and provincial party membership may differ, and
WHEREAS the Federal Council should be representative of all federal Green Party members across the country, and
WHEREAS members should be given time to consider candidates and the election process should allow clear dates for eligibility and ensure enough time for ballots to be mailed and returned prior to election day,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Article 14 and Article 17 of the Green Party of Canada Constitution be amended to read as follows:
ARTICLE 14 Selection of Officers
(replace the first paragraph with)
All members in good standing 45 days prior to election day shall be eligible to vote in the selection of Federal Council officers. All eligible members within a province or territory shall be able to vote for the representative of that province or territory. The assignment of a member to a province or territory shall be based on the mailing address on file 45 days prior to election day. Ballots must be mailed out 30 days prior to election day.
ARTICLE 17 Council Composition
Federal Council shall be composed of:
1.One representative from each province and territory of Canada and one of each of the following officers: ....

 

Vote: 27 green, 0 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.

 

G02-c4 - Council Member Responsibilities (workshopped wording)

 

WHEREAS Federal Council positions require members to commit significant time and energy to their duties, and
WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada supports decentralized and broadly based decision making processes, and
WHEREAS Federal Council should be as broadly representative as possible, and
WHEREAS the general members of the Green Party of Canada have the right to expect that Federal Council members are required to carry out their duties and responsibilities in order to hoild their positions,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Green Party of Canada Constitution be amended as follows:
Article 16
(paragraph 1 replaced with)
If any member of Federal Council fails to attend two meetings in a row without cause and without providing a written report in lieu of attendance, they shall be suspended from council until they provide such reports. If a member of Federal Council fails to attend three meetings in a row without cause and without providing a written report in lieu of attendance they will be removed from their position on council and be considered ineligible to run for a Federal Council position in the next election.
Article 17
(final paragraph replaced with)
An individual may not hold more than one Federal Council position concurrently, unless appointed to fill a vacancy ona temporary basis not to last more than 90 days. A federal council member holding two posts exercises a single vote on council.

 

Vote: 24 green, 1 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.

 

Resolution G02-c5 - Interim Council Appointments

WHEREAS Federal Council positions should be accessible to all members of the party in good standing, and
WHEREAS Federal Council vacancies can occur at times when holding an election for replacements is not practical,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT paragraph 3 of Article 14 of the Green Party of Canada Constitution be amended to read:
ARTICLE 14 Selection of Officers
(paragraph 3 replaced with)
Federal council has authority to fill any vacancies by appointment until the next general meeting. All council members shall be notified of the vacancy within 7 days of any officer learning of the vacancy. Notice shall be posted on the official Green Party of Canada website and on the party's general electronic mailing list within the same 7 day period. Appointments to last more than 90 days cannot be made until 60 days after the notice of vacancy has been dispatched to the latest notified of the entities listed above. Interim appointments made before 60 days from full notice, must expire within 90 days of appointment.

 

Vote: 19 green, 4 red, 0 yellow. Motion passed.

 

Resolution G02-c6 - Organizing Chair Position

WHEREAS the position of Organizing Chair requires coordination with many provinces, candidates and electoral districts, and
WHEREAS this coordination must not give, or be seen to give, special treatment to the members of any one province,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the position of Organizing Chair must be filled by a person who can not concurrently be an officer of a provincial party.

 

Vote: 7 green, 18 red, 0 yellow. Motion Failed.

 

Resolution G02-c7 - ARTICLE 9 - Calling Meetings

WHEREAS there is no provision for the membership to call an extraordinary general meeting; and
WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada holds as a core value "de-centralized decision making"; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED THAT under ARTICLE 9 - Calling Meetings, third paragraph, starting
"A general meeting may be called by...", the following lines be added: c) a petition presented to the federal council bearing the signature of ten (10) percent of the members in good standing of the Party, of which no more than half may reside in a single province or territory, or d) a resolution of a general meeting of the Party.

 

Vote: 25 green, 2 red. Motion Passed.

 

Resolution G02-c9 - Article 10 - Amending Formula

WHEREAS all members should have a say in how the GPC is ruled,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Article 10 of the Constitution be amended by replacing the third paragraph
"This document may be amended only by members in a duly constituted general meeting."
with
"This document may be amended only by a process in which all members have a fair opportunity to participate and vote upon the amendment."

 

Amendment replace "an opportunity" with "a fair" opportunity. Accepted.

Vote: 21 green, 7 red, 0 yellow. Motion passed.

 

35.      Workshops (covering remaining resolutions sent to workshops)

 

36.      Quorum confirmed

 

Motion: to address all motions from the floor before we break for lunch using a vote to pass, fail or send to workshop, with no discussion of the motion allowed at this time.

 

Vote: 14 green, 8 red, 0 yellow. Motion Failed.

 

37.      Workshopped Motions

 

Resolution G02-p4 - Concerning the Atlantic Seal Harvest

WHEREAS in the past certain Canadian groups have relied upon a traditional subsistence seal fishery and
WHEREAS The Terra Nova Greens recognize that this traditional subsistence seal fishery remains ingrained in the culture and heritage of these groups and
WHEREAS the Terra Nova Green Party recognizes that this traditional seal fishery can continue as a moderate commercial seal fishery, BE IT RESOLVED that the development of a multi-species management system include moderate Harp and Hood seal fisheries along with a ban on draggers; that such a harvest control industrial fishing trawlers while promoting sustainability; that a seal harvest should only be implemented when markets are available for the vast majority of the animal; and that a seal harvest should not be used in attempt to enhance fisheries.

 

Vote: 26 green, 0 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.

 

Resolution G02-p1 - Autonomy of every Green Party of Canada Official Unit over their Internal Affairs

WHEREAS the Newfoundland membership has been prohibited from running candidates and
WHEREAS the Newfoundland [Green Party of Canada] was threatened to have its (non-existent) bank account frozen and
WHEREAS number eight of the ten Key Values of Greens worldwide is "Respect for Diversity":
"We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines." - US Implementation "We honour the biological diversity of the Earth and the cultural, sexual and spiritual diversity of the Earth's people." - Ontario Implementation
and WHEREAS number five of the Ten Key Values promotes decentralization "Power and responsibility must be returned to local communities within an overall context of ecologically sound and socially just values and lifestyles." - Ontario Implementation
Be it resolved that every Green Party of Canada Official Unit - whether provincial or regional have a reasonable degree of autonomy and self control over their "internal affairs", "organization", "nomination procedures" and "policy" for so long as these units conform to the Green Party's Principles and tenets.

 

Vote: 24 green 1 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.

 

38.      Lunch Break

 

39.      Elections Committee Final Report - Chris Bradshaw

152 ballots counted
3 ballots had their signature on them and were accepted.

No ballots from: NB, NFLD, NS, YK or NWT

BC 29
AB 8
SK 2
MB 3
ON 93
PQ 15
PEI 1
NVT 1

 

Election results:

 

Chair:
Dwayne Collard: other: 15 QC: 15 BC: 27 ON: 86 Total: 143
NOTA: other: 0 QC: 0 BC: 2 ON: 6 Total: 8

 

Secretary:
Karen Etheridge: other: 15 QC: 15 BC: 26 ON: 88 Total: 144
NOTA: other: 0 QC: 0 BC: 3 ON: 5 Total: 8

 

Agent:
John Anderson: other: 15 QC: 13 BC: 25 ON: 79 Total: 132
NOTA: other: 0 QC: 2 BC: 3 ON: 13 Total: 18

 

Communications Chair:
Gretchen Schwarz: other: 15 QC: 15 BC: 27 ON: 89 Total: 146
NOTA: other: 0 QC: 0 BC: 2 ON: 4 Total: 6

 

Organizing Chair:
Julian West: other: 14 QC: 15 BC: 22 ON: 84 Total: 135
NOTA: other: 1 QC: 0 BC: 6 ON: 9 Total: 16

 

Administration Chair:
Melanie Ransom: other: 15 QC: 15 BC: 26 ON: 92 Total: 148
NOTA: other: 0 QC: 0 BC: 3 ON: 1 Total: 4

 

Ontario Representative:
Charles Campbell: 66
NOTA: 0

 

The elections committee recommends greater diligence in having the information passed from the provinces/territories before future elections.

 

Motion: To accept the report of the Ballot [Ballot] Committee and that the ballots be shredded and recycled. (Colin Griffiths)

 

Vote: 29 Green, 0 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.

 

Motion: to give thanks to Lynette for her work in organizing the conference.

 

Motion accepted with applause.

 

40.      Presentation by Paul Fournier, Eng. "Energy and Ecology"

 

41.      Resolutions Plenary

 

Resolution G02-p10 - Environmental Regulations

 

Be it resolved that no industry or individual can be exempted from any federal, provincial or municipal regulation or standard concerning environmental law.

 

Vote: 18 green, 0 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.
Note: quorum was present, although not all members exercised their right to vote.

 

Resolution G02-p8 - Ban Whaling

WHEREAS certain whale species are on the verge of extinction and the average world whale population is at about 3% of what a health world whale population should be,
Be it resolved that all whale hunting and whale harvesting cease.

 

Vote: 18 green, 3 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.

 

Resolution G02-p9 - The Atlantic Salmon Fishery

WHEREAS the Atlantic Salmon have been over fished,
Be it resolved that a fishing moratorium be called for Atlantic Salmon until their numbers rebound.

 

Vote: 19 green, 1 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.

 

Resolution G02-p11 - Cessation of Polluting the Waters of Canada

WHEREAS clean water is required for Aquaculture Be it resolved that the dispersal of waste and raw sewage into the oceans cease.

 

Vote: 22 green, 0 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.

 

Resolution G02-p12 - Aquaculture Environmental Benefit & Damage Research

Be it resolved that Canada and the United Nations research the impact of Aquaculture on the marine environment of coastal Canada and act upon their findings.

Change "act upon it" to "act upon their findings."

Vote: 22 green, 1 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.

 

Resolutions p2, p3, and p6 were deferred until after the approval/adoption of the minutes from the 2000 GPC National Convention.

 

42.      Obuds Committee

Motion: That council request from the Ombuds and Appeals committee a report on if there are any vacancies that need to be filled;
And that council fill any vacancies in the current ombuds and appeals committee using the procedure that council will be using to fill current vacancies on council;
It is understood that the calling for future Conventions will include a call to fill vacancies, if any, in the Ombuds and Appeals committee because it is a special committee of the membership. (Steve Kisby)

 

No discussion

Vote: 27 Green, 0 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.

 

43.      Adoption of the Minutes of the 2000 GPC National Convention

Motion: To adopt the minutes as circulated Aug. 18, 2002 with correction of spelling of names noted.

 

Vote: 24 Green, 0 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.

 

44.      Fair Vote Canada

Announcement by julian West on behalf of Fair Vote Canada, instructing GPC members on how to become members of FVC.

 

45.      Resolutions G02-p2, G02-p3, G02-p6

Melanie Ransom announced on behalf of the Terra Nova Greens, the withdrawal of resolutions G02-p2, p3, and p6 citing that the passage of the 2000 Convention Minutes makes the policy behind the resolutions valid.

 

46.      Nominations for an Interim Leader

 

Motion: To call for nominations for an Interim Leader who will serve until the conclusion of the election of a Leader.

 

Vote: 24 Green, 1 red, 0 yellow. Motion Passed.

 

Nominations:

Christopher Bradshaw (Accepted)
Richard Briggs (Declined)
Mike Nickerson (Declined)
Steve Kisby (Declined)
Gretchen Schwaz (Declined)

 

Motion: To accept the nomination as Chris Bradshaw for Interim Leader.

 

Vote: 24 Green, 0 red, 0 yellow. Motion passed.

 

47.      Motions From The Floor

 

Resolution G02-p14 - Pharmacare

Sponsored by: Judy Greenwood-Spears

To expand the Canada Health Act by fully funding a Canada Wide PharmaCare Program to meet the needs of its citizens, by entering into agreement with any Province that agrees then to assume full funding of basic dental services for dependent children and adults who are not adequately or currently covered by privcate dental plans, including dentures and orthodontic braces for dependent children.

 

Vote: 19 green, 2 red, 0 yellow. Motion passed.

 

Resolution G02-d6 - Position of Treasurer on Council

Sponsored by: Colin Griffiths

WHEREAS the party has a clear legislated responsibility to report to Elections Canada; and
WHEREAS the party membership has a clear interest in understanding the financial health of the party; and
WHEREAS fiscal responsibility requires clean and auditable procedures, and
WHEREAS there are onerous responsibilities in the role of Chief Agent, and
WHEREAS in the past a Treasurer position has been part of the party organisation, but is not currently an elected position to council,
BE IT RESOLVED that, this convention wishes Council to institute the preparation and publication of monthly and annual detailed financial reports and budgets, and that the annual reports should be available to the general membership and subject to acceptance at membership conventions.

 

Friendly amendment: Change monthly to quarterly (Steve Kisby), accepted.

Vote: 19 green, 1 red. Motion passed.

 

Resolution G02-d7: Fundraising

Sponsored by: Colin Griffiths

WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada has been in existence for some 25 years; and
WHEREAS our stated goals are to influence the political life of Canada through elected members in parliament; and
WHEREAS our ability to achieve this goal is constrained by our current level of funding,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Green Party of Canada retain the services of a professional fundraiser to secure substantial new funding, of at least $500,000/year through special events.
Effective execution of this resolution requires that the National Council advertise for and choose a professional fundraiser, individual or company, with a proven track record of raising funds, consistent with the Party's green principles. Remuneration of the fundraiser should be by commission only, not to exceed 40% of the monies raised.

 

Friendly amendment: "special events" be replaced with "through new funding sources". (Steve Kisby) Accepted
Friendly amendment: add "and is accountable to the council for the fundraising methodology" (Sulyn Cedar) Accepted.

Vote: 16 green, 6 red. Motion passed.

 

Resolution G02-p15: Generic Drug Pricing

Sponsored by: Judy Greenwood-Spears

To repeal Federal Legislation that offers 10 protection from Generic Drug manufacturing on new products and instead return it to 2 year protection.

 

Friendly amendment to insert "year patent" (Roberta Clarke), accepted.

Vote: 4 green, 16 red. Motion failed.

 

Resolution G02-p16: Joining of Ministries

Sponsored by: Judy Greenwood-Spears

To join the Ministry of Health and Welfare to the Ministry of Environment for funding, regulation and monitoring standards and to adopt the Precautionary Principle to set standards and limits on Emissions and and Disposals.

 

Vote: 4 green, 17 red. Motion failed.

 

Resolution G02-p17: New Ministries

Sponsored by: Judy Greenwood-Spears

To formally recognize, authorize and give joint responsibility to the new Ministry of Health, Welfare and Environment to investigate and regulate any substance that may be suspected or expected to have an impact on health of all living species or the environment in general.

 

Vote: 2 green, 19 red. Motion failed.

 

Resolution G02-d08: New Ministries

Sponsored by: Judy Greenwood-Spears

Resolve to delete as no longer required any Subsections such as 1998 A,D,F,G,J,M,R, from the public website, as well as any section that is subsequently identified and agree upon as outdated or redundant.

 

Vote: 0 green, 20 red. Motion failed.

 

Resolution G02-p18: Public Support of Political Parties and Constituency Associations

Sponsored by: Doug Woodard

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Green Party of Canada will work to establish in the law of Canada that:

         Elections Canada shall make annual payments from government funds to registered parties and constituency associations, to a total amount which shall cover the greater part of their total expenses averaged over election and non-election years.

         The amount distributed to each party and constituency association shall be determined by allotting to each person who files an individual income tax return for the preceding calendar year, some such sum as one dollar to be divided among the registered parties as the tax filer sees fit, and an equal sum to be divided in the same proportion among the registered constituency associations of the various parties in the constituency in which the tax filer resides.

         The distribution shall be accomplished by providing to each tax filer along with the income tax return a machine readable form which shall bear the name of each registered party and its contact information, and opposite each party name the form shall bear outlined squares to some such number as ten, each square having some such nominal value as ten cents.

         Each tax filer shall darken a number of squares representing the total amount which he or she has been allotted to divide among the registered parties, and shall return the form to the Canada Revenue with his or her tax return, and Canada Revenue shall enter upon each form the tax filer's postal code in machine readable form so that from the postal code the tax filer's constituency of residence may be determined and so from that point on the necessary calculations up to the issuance of cheques can be completely computerized and can be accomplished economically.

         If the tax filer does not darken the correct number of squares, then the sums allotted to that person shall be distributed in proportion to the number of squares actually darkened.

         If the tax filer does not fill out the form correctly or at all, then the sums allotted to that person shall be distributed according to the average of all those forms which were filled out in a usable manner.

         If a registered party does not have a registered constituency association in any given constituency, then any sum which may have been allotted to that nonexistent constituency association shall be paid to the registered party in a manner which permits the party to identify the constituency in respect of which the money has been paid.

         Elections Canada shall enter into a contract with Canada Revenue under which Canada Revenue shall distribute, collect and process the forms, shall store them until the following general election, shall preserve the confidentiality of the information contained on the forms, shall perform the necessary calculations except those under section (7) above, and shall provide the results of the calculations to Elections Canada.

         Elections Canada shall publish annually a list of the amounts which have been paid to each registered party and constituency association under this resolution.

Friendly amendment: "To be resolved" be replaced with "be slated to the next convention", accepted.

 

Vote: 11 green, 11 red. Motion failed.

 

Resolution G02-p19 - Home Care

Sponsored by: Judy Greenwood-Spears

Resolve to Expand the Canada Health Act to fund directly and establish Canada wide Standards for Home Care with any province that enters into the agreement with the Federal Government, that they will fully fund and eliminate any co-payment except superior room accommodation and amenities ie laundry, phone, TV, etc. for long-term Care and Chronic Care patients.

 

No vote.

 

Motion: To close proceedings and that all resolutions that have not gone to plenary be appended to the minutes, including P26. (Jim Harris) It was noted that the membership expected minutes in a timely fashion.

 

Vote: 21 Green, 1 red. Motion passed.

 

48.      General Meeting Adjourned, 4:10pm

 

49.      Special Thanks

 

The Incoming Council would like to thank the members of the past Council for their hard work and dedication to the Green Party.

 

The Organizing Committee would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the convention a great success. Special thanks goes to:

 

         Lynette Tremblay, logistics and site selection

         Raphäel Thierrin, bilingual facilitator

         Judy Greenwood-Spears, substitute facilitator

         Normand Mousseau, Attac (Guest Speaker)

         Isabelle Doré - Water Manifest (Guest Speaker)

         Clyde Sanger - Economist/Journalist (Guest Speaker)

         Alfredo López de Romaña - Architect/Economist (Guest Speaker)

         Paul Fournier - Electrical engineer (Guest Speaker)

         Gérrard - Donation of a blanket featuring the provinces and territories of Canada, suitable for hanging in the new office.

         Scrutineers

         Staff

 

50.      Unresolved Resolutions

 

The following motions failed to be addressed in the timeline of the convention.

 

Resolution to expand the Canada Health Act

 

Resolve to expand the Canada Health Act to fund directly and establish Canada wide Standards for Home Care with any province that enters into the agreement with the Federal Government, that they will fully fund and eliminate any co-payment except superior room accommodation and amenities i.e. laundry, phone, TV, etc. for long-term Care and Chronic Care patients.

 

Resolution on open-source software

 

Be it resolved that:

1.       In order to improve the reliability, security, economy and general usefulness of information technology in Canada, the Green Party of Canada will encourage and promote the use of open-source software in Canadian business, government, NGOs and for personal use, wherever it may be practicable.

2.       The Green Party of Canada will encourage the Government of Canada to develop and implement open-source software solutions to its own software needs and to make its solutions and achievements freely available to other levels of government.

3.       The Green Party of Canada will implement open-source software solutions for its own software needs and will make its solutions and achievements freely available to other organizations, subject to the availability of funds, staff time, training, suitable software products, and consultancy.

 

Resolution to move policy

 

To move any existing policy to the appropriate existing Federal Ministry and Edit webpage set up of "Policy Groupings" to reflect actual existing federal Ministries. Also, website will reflect only current policies and redundant or outdated policies, be subject to removal by agreement either at a General GPC Conference and tentatively by the existing Secretary with Executive Council approval. Existing style that cites th eyear that policy was passed be removed and any policy that is removed be Archived for Historic purpose in non public section of website. Anyone wishing to challenge removal of any policy may do so in writing at anytime and will be dealt with in good faith by the Executive and ratified at the next General meeting, onw way or the other by the members.

 

Resolution to delete the year headings from the public website.

Resolution to sign the Kyoto Accord.

 

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