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DRAFT CONSTITUTION
OF THE
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PARTY OF CANADA
 
  (APRIL 2006)  
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DRAFT CONSTITUTION

OF THE

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PARTY

OF CANADA

 

 

PREAMBLE

The Public Participation Party of Canada believes that the social, economic and political progress of Canada can be assured only through the increased involvement of Citizens in the decision making and legislative process`. We also believe that citizens are in the best position to understand and address the solutions to their problems, while politicians are out of touch.

The Public Participation Party (PPP) will work with members to develop new models of electoral and legislative process` that enhance Public Participation. We will work toward the election of a Public Participation government to help Canadians modernize our legislative system, to more closely resemble the Swiss model of Direct Democracy.  http://www.admin.ch/ch/e/pore/index.html

The core values* of Public Participation can be defined briefly as:

1.   The public should have a say in decisions about actions that affect their lives.

2.   Public participation includes the promise that the public's contribution will influence the decision.

3.   The public participation process (the Process) communicates the interests and meets the process needs of all participants.

4.   The Process seeks out and facilitates the involvement of those potentially affected.

5.   The Process involves participants in defining how they participate.

6.   The Process provides participants with the information they need to participate in a meaningful way.

7.   The Process communicates to participants how their input affected the decision.

 

*Core Values registered by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2)

 

ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of this political party shall be the Public Participation Party of Canada.

 

ARTICLE II: DEFINITION AND INTERPRETATION

1. Definitions

In this constitution, wherever the words "voting by electronic means" appear, they shall mean any method of voting approved by the Public Participation Committee and ratified by the members of the Party.

Likewise when the words "approved by members" appear, they shall mean all members in good standing have had an opportunity to discuss and vote on the issue, either in person or through electronic means.

"Voter number" is to be used in all public party discussion on issues and voting. A voter number will be provided by the Party at random, but only the member will know their voter number. The use of voter numbers will maintain voter secrecy while ensuring the voters ability to individually audit election results.

"Recall Query" shall refer to the automatic process of determining whether or not a by-election is necessary after an elected Officer, Delegate, Candidate or Sitting Member has allowed their support to fall below a pre-determined level (50% of popular support)identified through scientific polling.

"Members Initiative" shall refer to the process of initiating constitutional changes by demonstrating support for a position by petition or other approved means.

"Affiliated" or "associate" memberships are available in some organizations and parties that allow votes to be purchased by outside organizations or groups. The PPP has no provision for associate memberships.

"Standing" shall refer to the privilege of representing the view of an outside group or organization at Convention or through E-Convention but allows for no voting privileges

"Electronic Means" shall refer to any communication device or system approved by the Party.

2. Interpretation

This constitution shall be interpreted by the Executive Council. Any such interpretation may be over-ruled by a majority vote of all members in good standing, either in person or through electronic means.

3. Languages

This constitution shall be printed in both official languages of Canada.

 

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

(1)     Only individual memberships will be available, there will be no provision for outside groups or organizations to acquire voting privileges through affiliated membership.

(2)     Non-member groups, organizations and individuals may apply for standing by demonstrating support for their position through petition or other means designated by Council and ratified by members.

(3)     Electronic membership or E-membership entitles members to all the privileges of regular membership, except correspondence is through electronic means.

MEMBERSHIP

(1)    Membership shall be open to every resident of Canada at least fourteen years of age, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin, who undertakes to accept and abide by the constitution and principles of the party and who is not a member or supporter of another political party.

(2)    Application for individual membership shall be dealt with in accordance with the constitution of the appropriate provincial Party and shall be subject to the approval of that provincial Party.

(3)     All members shall have the opportunity to discuss and vote on every issue they feel is important to them, either in person* or through electronic means.

*As an elected delegate

 

ARTICLE IV: FEES, DUES AND REVENUE SHARING

1.   General

(1)     All decisions including finance, are subject to approval or overrule by a majority vote of members, in person* or through electronic means.

(2)     10% of basic membership fees, campaign finance reform funding and other monies received (except individual donations) shall be set aside for a contingency fund and shall be under the direction of the Council of the Federal Party, subject to member ratification. The remainder shall be shared equally between the local, provincial (where a provincial organization exists) and federal sections and shall be used for election campaigns, public participation process infrastructure, development and administration costs as well as a member directed budgeting process.

(3)     Individual donations will be distributed according to the instructions of the contributor.

2.   Membership

Each provincial Section, in consultation with the Council and subject to member ratification shall set the amount of the fee in each province for individual membership in the Public Participation Party.

 

ARTICLE V: CONVENTIONS

1.(1) The Party shall meet in Convention at least once every two calendar years at a time and place determined by the Council of the Federal Party. Conventions and special Conventions must be fully accessible to all members, in person* or through electronic means.

   (2) Electronic Conventions will be held on an ongoing basis. All members will have access to this decision making process. Any decisions made by electronic convention can be overturned only by regular or special convention.

2.      The Convention shall be the supreme governing body of the Party and shall have the final authority in all matters of federal policy, program and constitution.

3.(1)   Committees of the Party, Riding Associations, and other groups or individuals, may apply for additional delegates or standing at any committee, caucus or convention dealing with any issue of concern to that group or individual.

   (2) Non-Affiliated groups, organizations and individuals may receive standing at any Committee, Caucus or Convention by demonstrating support for their position through petition (collecting signatures) or any other means approved by council and ratified by members.

4.(1)   At least ninety (90) days notice of the date and place of a regular Convention shall be given to each provincial Party, federal constituency association and individual members in good standing.

   (2)  In the case of a special Convention, the Council shall ensure that sixty (60) days notice of date and place of the Convention is given.

5.(1)   Resolutions for submission to a regular Convention must be received by the Secretary not less than thirty (60) days prior to the convention date, and may be submitted in person or through electronic means by:

   (a)  the Public Participation committee; 

   (b)  a federal constituency association;

   (c)  provincial Parties and sections of the Party;

   (d)  the Council of the Federal Party;

   (e)  Councils of Federal Ridings;

   (f)   Participation of Women Committee

   (g)  Aboriginal Committee

   (h)  PP Youth

   (i)   Visible minorities Committee

   (j)   Lesbian-Gay-Bi-sexual-Transgendered Committee

   (k)  Person Living with Disabilities

   (l)   other standing committees as established by the Federal Council;

   (2)  The Council of the Federal Party or a resolutions committee of the Convention may, with the consent of the Convention, present emergency resolutions to the Convention.

   (3)  Public Participation Committee resolutions will recieve top priority. When a constituency association, resolution committee or other group  submits more than one resolution to the Convention, they shall indicate an order of priority in which such resolutions should be considered.

6.         Conventions of the Party shall be governed by the Rules of Procedure appended hereto. (see appendix: rules of procedure for plenary sessions)

 

ARTICLE VI: REPRESENTATION AT CONVENTIONS

 

1.         Every delegate to a convention attending in person or through electronic means shall be a member in good standing of the Party.

2.         All members of the Council of the Federal Party shall be delegates to a Convention.

3.(1)   Each federal constituency association shall be entitled to one delegate for fifty (50) members or less, and one delegate for each additional fifty members or major fraction thereof.

   (2)  The provincial Parties shall advise the Federal Party as to the number of individual members in good standing in each federal constituency association with in the province.  For purposes of representation, membership in good standing as at the end of the previous membership year, or as at 120 days prior to convention, whichever is greater.

4.         All members of the Party caucus in the federal Parliament and former federal Party leaders shall be delegates to a Convention.

5.         Each chartered federal, provincial or territorial Public Participation Youth Section shall be entitled to representation on the basis of one delegate for every fifty (50) members or major fraction thereof.

6.         Each delegate to a Convention or each member voting through electronic means, shall have only one vote per ballot or initiative.

7.         At each Convention one-third of the registered delegates shall constitute a quorum.

 

ARTICLE VII: RECALL AND MEMBERS INITIATIVES

 

(1)     All Officers, Candidates and Delegates are subject to recall through a sucessful members initiative. Recall is also possible if support for an officer of the party falls below 50% triggering a recall query. This may be determined through scientific polling.

(2)     Provisions will be developed to allow Members to initiate changes to the legislative or electoral process through a successful members initiative that will demonstrate support for the initiative.

 

ARTICLE VIII: MEETINGS

 

(1)     Whenever possible, meetings shall be open to members, either in person or through electronic means.

(2)     Meetings will be held in camera (private) only if there are Freedom of Information, National Security issues or any other circumstance determined by the Party.

 

ARTICLE IX: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION COMMITTEE

 

(1)     The Committee is made up of at least seven members of the Party. The committee is responsible for the set up, approval and operation of Party discussion and voting forums.

(2)     1st President of the Party shall chair the Committee and is responsible for representing the Committee at Council. All members of the Committee shall be elected and held accountable by E-Convention.

(3)     The Committee is responsible for ensuring Provincial sections and R/A process conform to core values.

(4)     1st President reports to Executive Council as well as provincial and regional Councils.  

 

ARTICLE X: MEDIA

 

Some portion (10-15%) of all print and broadcast media should be available for groups, organizations and individuals to express their opinion on issues that citizens will be expected to vote on with a Public Participation Government.

(1)     To this end the Public Participation Party shall establish a media committee to work with various media outlets to develop the protocols that would set aside a portion of media space to be used for public debate and discussion.

(2)     The Party shall set up an office of Media Compliants Commissioner, whose mandate will be to improve accuracy in Advertising and Journalism.

 

ARTICLE XI: CITIZEN CONSENSUS COUNCILS

 

(1)     Citizen Consensus Councils will be struck regularly to develop solutions for important member identified problems.

(2)     Citizen Consensus Councils will be made up of 10-12 citizens of diverse socio-economic, political, and cultural backgrounds.

(3)     Citizen Consensus Council recommendations will be represented at Executive Council by the 1st Associate President and will recieve standing at Convention.

(4)     Citizen Consensus Councils may be especially useful when dealing with Budgets, National Security, or instances where Freedom of Information concerns exist.

 

ARTICLE XII: OFFICERS

 

1.         The Officers of the Party shall meet prior to Executive and Council, or as circum-stances necessitate. Officers shall concern themselves with:

   -   emergencies that occur between regularly scheduled meetings of the Executive and Council.

   -     the administration and finances of the Party

   -   preparation of agendas for Executive and Council

         Decisions taken by Officers are subject to approval by Executive and Council.

2.         The following positions shall comprise the Officers of the Party:

   (a)  the Executive Council (7 members) 2 year term

   (b)  the Leader; elected from Executive Council for a term of 1 year.  He/she has no power above and beyond the other 6 but assumes a special representative function. 

   (c)  the 1st President of the Executive Council is elected and held accountable by E-Convention. The 1st President also chairs and represents the position of the Public Participation Committee that shall represent electronic voters.

   (d)  one Associate President from each provincial and territorial party.

   (e)  the Treasurer;

   (f)   the Secretary.

3.(a)   Every member is entitled to cast a ballot in person or through electronic means for the selection of the officers of the Party.

   (b)  At any time, any officer of the Party is subject to recall.  If scientific polling indicates the support of any Officer, Delegate, Candidate or sitting MP of the Party falls below 50%, that officer may be subject to a recall query, which if successful would result in a by-election.  Should positions on Executive Council become vacant at any point, the Council of the Federal Party may, in consultation with the Parliamentary Caucus, appoint Officers for the interim period until new officers have been elected.

   (c)  At every convention that is not a Leadership convention, a secret ballot vote will be held to determine whether or not a leadership election should be called.  If 50% plus one delegates and members supports the calling of a leadership election, such an election will be held within 90 days of the convention vote.  At any time a successful members initiative, may result in a recall query.

   (d)  The Officers will be chosen by secret ballot.  Candidates with the fewest number of votes will drop off the ballot in subsequent rounds until one candidate receives 50% plus one or more of the total votes cast in that round.  Other leadership selection guidelines will be determined by the Council of the Federal Party and subject to member ratification.

4.         The President, the Associate Presidents and the Treasurer shall serve for two year terms. At all meetings of Officers, 50% plus one of the total number of sitting officers shall constitute a quorum. Meetings may be attended in person or through electronic means.

 

ARTICLE XIV: EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

 

1.         The position of Leader has been replaced with a 7 member Executive Council which collectively assumes the office of Leader.  One of the seven is elected President of the Federal Council for a term of one year. He or she has no power above and beyond the other six but assumes special representative function.

 

ARTICLE XV:  EXECUTIVE

 

1.      The Executive shall concern themselves with the achievement of goals and objectives of the Party as directed by members. The Executive shall form the basis of the Election Planning Committee.  The Executive shall also receive administrative and financial reports from Officers.  As such, it shall have the authority to incur credit and loan obligations as required for the proper conduct of Party affairs and elections.  Such undertakings shall be executed by two of the following Officers; President, Secretary and Treasurer, and such Officers as the Executive may from time to time empower for this purpose.  All decisions subject to member ratification.    

2.      The Executive may also issue statements in the name of the Party, subject to report to and confirmation by the council

3.      The Executive of the Party shall consist of the Officers, and:

   (a)  ten regional representatives of which 25% must be women.  For the purpose of representation on Executive and Council, the regions shall be defined as; British Columbia,  the Prairie provinces, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.  Each region shall be entitled to two representatives,  Each region shall elect these representatives at a Caucus of delegates from the said region, open to attendance in person* or through electronic means by all members;

   (b)  the Northern Caucus shall elect one regional representative on Executive at their regional Caucus meeting of delegates at Convention attended in person* or through electronic means.  The Northern Caucus at Convention shall consist of delegates from the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

   (c)  the Chairs of the Participation of Women Committee, the PPYouth of Canada, the Participation of Visible Minorities Committee, the Aboriginal Committee, the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgendered Committee, the Persons Living with Disabilities Committee and the federal Caucus representatives - all elected by the representative Caucus at Convention and ratified by members.

   (d)  all Provincial Regional and Caucus meetings must be accessible in person or through electronic means.

4.         The Executive may, on an interim basis, fill vacancies from among the members of the Council until the next meeting of Council.

5.         The Executive shall meet at least three times per calendar year. Virtually or in person at all executive meetings of the Executive,  50% plus one of sitting members shall constitute a quorum.  An Executive member who fails to attend three successive meetings- without adequate justification - shall cease to be a member of the Executive.

 

ARTICLE XVI: COUNCIL

 

1.         The Council shall be the governing body of the Party between Conventions.  Officers and Executive shall report to council on administrative and financial matters and Council shall have the final word on such matters between Conventions.  Council shall also have full authority to issue policy statements and election statements in the name of the Party, consonant with the decisions of the Convention, and to initiate policy statements consonant with the philosophy of the Party in matters not yet considered by Convention.  Council decisions are binding only when ratified by members vote.

2.         The Council shall consist of:

   (a)  the Officers and Executive;

   (b)   representatives from federal ridings, allotted according to the following criteria;

         (i) one representative for federal ridings in each province or territory;

         (ii)   a second representative for federal ridings in provinces or territories where membership exceeds 5,000; a third representative where membership exceeds 10,000; a fourth representative where memberships exceeds 15,000; and a fifth representative where membership exceeds 25,000.

   (c)  eleven PPPYC members, selected in terms and conditions defined by the PPPYC.  Including the PPPYC Chair on Executive,

   (d)  one representative each from the Participation or Visible Minorities Committee, the Aboriginal Committee, the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgendered Committee, the Persons Living with Disabilities Committee to be elected by the respective Caucus at Convention or through e-convention and ratified by Convention or e-convention.

   (e)  two representatives from federal Caucus,

   (f)   The Council may, with the approval of two-thirds of its members present and voting, elect not more than three additional persons to be members of the Council.  It shall be understood that these positions shall be reserved for chairs of Committees of Council

3.         Council shall meet at least twice per calendar year virtually or in person at the call of the Executive.

4.         Council may strike ad hoc committees of the Party provided that such committees have clearly set out objectives, and that once such objectives have been realized, the said committee will cease to exist.

5.         At all meetings of the Council, not less than one-half of it's current sitting members shall constitute a quorum.

6.         Council can elect a replacement for any position elected at Convention or e-convention that becomes vacant between conventions.  Members shall have the opportunity to ratify all replacements.

 

ARTICLE XVII:  FEDERAL RIDINGS

 

1.         In each province and territory a council may be established to be called the province's/territory's Council of Federal Ridings.  In a province or territory where no Council of Federal Ridings exists or a Council of Federal Ridings chooses to cease operations, the Federal Party shall devise a mechanism to provide for the selection of Federal Council delgates to represent federal ridings in a manner consistent with Article XII, paragraph 2 (ii) and to co-ordinate other federal activities in that province or territory.

2.         The purpose of each Council is to:

   (a)  promote the activities and policies of the Federal Party in that province or territory;

   (b)  to elect federal riding delegates to Federal Council.

3.         The council shall establish its own officers and bylaws which shall be filed with and approved by the Federal Executive and shall not conflict with the Federal Constitution.

4.         In each section, the Council shall consist of:

   (a)   representation on a basis determined by the Council of Federal Ridings, by bylaw, with a maximum of one delagate from each federal association;

   (b)  all Members of Parliament in that province or territory;

   (c)  all duly nominated federal candidates in that province or territory in the time leading up to a federal election;

   (d)  all members of Federal Council resident in that province or territory;

   (e)   representation of provincial youth sections on a basis determined by the Council of Federal Ridings, by bylaw and ratified by members.

5.         The Councils shall meet at least once annually.

6.         Councils shall meet not less than ninety (90) days prior to a federal convention, to elect their members to federal Council.  Members hold office beginning at the Federal Council following federal convention and up to the completion of the following federal convention.  In the case that a vacancy occurs, the Council of Federal Ridings shall elect a replacement at its earliest opportunity.

 

ARTICLE XVIII: PPP YOUTH

 

1.      There shall be an autonomous youth section of the PPP of Canada whose name shall be the PP Youth of Canada and whose constitution shall not conflict with the constitution of the PPP of Canada.

2.      A provincial Party shall, if in its opinion sufficient interest is shown, charter a youth provincial Section to be known as the PP Youth, subject to Article XVII.

3.      Each such provincial Section shall be fully autonomous as to its constitution and program, provided that the constitution and program are not in conflict with those of the Federal Party or with those of the provincial Party.

4.      Where a provincial/territorial Party has no chartered PP Youth section,  PP Youth of  Canada may charter a federal youth chapter.  To be eligible to send delegates to federal conventions, such a chapter must also comply with the following provisions, to the satisfaction of Federal Council:

   (a)   membership in a federal chapter shall be open to all youth members in good standing as defined by their respective provincial or territorial constitution.

   (b)   application for a charter shall be made or renewed bi-annually and shall include with the application: a current membership list of at least 15 youth members, a list of the chapter's executive, and a copy of the chapter's bylaws;

   (c)   applications for a charter must be accompanied by a recommendation from the PPPYC;

   (d)  there shall be only one federal youth chapter chartered in any one province or territory.

 

ARTICLE XIX:  PROVINCIAL PARTIES

 

1.      Each province of Canada shall have a fully autonomous provincial Party, provided its constitution and principles are not in conflict with those of the Federal Party.

2.         In the event of dispute as to whether any particular organization is or is not a provincial Party in good standing, the Federal Council of the Party is empowered to rule on whether an organization shall continue to be a provincial Party, subject to appeal to convention.

 

ARTICLE XX:  QUEBEC

 

1.      There shall be a Quebec section of the Federal Party known as the Public Participation Party of Canada (Quebec) to carry out the work of the Public Participation Party in the federal jurisdiction of Quebec.

2.      There may also be an autonomous provincial party working within the provincial electoral jurisdiction known as the Parti de Participation du Publique. The PPP-Quebec will conduct itself in general consistency with the social democratic principles of the Public Participation Party of Canada as outlined in the preamble of this constitution, and may be governed otherwise only by article XV.

3.(1)   The PPP Canada (Quebec) will exercise authority on federal matters in Quebec, under a constitution approved by the Federal Council;

   (2) Except where a matter of responsibility or authority is specifically addressed in the constitution of the PPP Canada (Quebec), the Federal Party Constitution shall apply to the PPP Canada (Quebec) so that where the federal constitution refers to "provincial party" or "provincial section" in Quebec this shall be interpreted to mean PPPCanada (Quebec) except for Article XV, which shall apply to both the PPP Canada (Quebec) and PPP-Quebec;

   (3)   Membership: for the purposes federal individual membership in the province of Quebec, membership shall be open to every resident of Quebec, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin, who undertakes to accept and abide by the constitution and principles of the Federal Party and who is not a member or supporter of any other federal political party.

 

ARTICLE XXI:  DISCIPLNE

 

1.      Provincial Parties shall be responsible for the discipline of members of the Party including the youth section, in accordance with the provisions of the appropriate provincial constitution.

 

ARTICLE XXII:  CANDIDATES

 

1.     Candidates shall be nominated in accordance with the procedures laid down in the constitution of the appropriate provincial Party.

2.      All members may vote in person or by electronic means.

 

ARTICLE XXIII:  AMENDMENTS

 

This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of all delegates present or voting through electronic means and voting at any Convention.

 

RECALL

 

Where an elected member, leader, member of Executive Council, or other elected officer fails to maintain the support of constituents, by falling below a pre-determined level of support, a recall query would be automatically introduced.  If the query passed, the elected official would be recalled and a by-election held.

 

APPENDIX

 

RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR PLENARY SESSIONS

 

(See Article V, Section 5)

 

1.      The President or one of the Associate Presidents shall take the Chair at the time specified, at all regular or special Conventions.  The President or one of the Associate Presidents, or a Convention Chairperson or Chairpersons chosen by the Convention, shall occupy the Chair and preside over the plenary sessions of a Convention.

2.      A delegate wishing to speak shall proceed to one of the microphones provided for that purpose.  When recognized by the chairperson the delegate shall give his/her name and the constituency or organization represented and shall confine any remarks to the question at issue.

3.      Speeches shall be limited to three minutes.  This shall not apply to the spokesperson for a committee when introducing a report on behalf of the committee.

4.      A delegate shall not speak more than once per motion, except that the spokesperson for a committee who introduced a report may also close the debate.

5.      A delegate shall not interrupt another except if it be to call to a point of order.

6.      A delegate called to order shall yield the floor until the question of order has been decided.

7.      Two delegates may appeal the decision of the Chair, one of whom may state the reasons for the appeal.  When thus challenged, the Chairperson must vacate the Chair until the appeal is resolved.  The question shall not be debatable except that the Chairperson may make an  explanation of the decision. The acting Chairperson shall put the question thus "Shall the decision of the Chair be sustained?"

8.      Questions shall be decided by a show of hands or by a standing vote by delegates present, as well as through members participating through virtual means such as e-voting.  A standing vote shall be counted upon a request from the floor when there is an apparent closeness in the vote.

9.      The Chairperson shall not vote on any question, except in the case of a tie. In that event the Chairperson shall cast the deciding vote.

10.     When the "previous  question" is moved, no discussion or amendment of either motion is permitted.  If a majority of voting delegates vote that "the question be now put", it shall be put without further debate.  If the motion to put the question is defeated, discussion will continue.  If in the view of the Chairperson sufficient  debate has taken place, a motion for "the previous question" made directly from the floor, may be accepted at the discretion of the chairperson, whether or not the mover thereof has proceeded to one of the microphones as provided in Rule 2.

11.     Reports of committees shall not be amended directly on the floor, but it shall be in order to refer a committee's report, or any section therof, back to the committee for reconsideration in the light of the discussion on the floor, or for consideration of a particular point raised in the motion to refer.  A motion to refer is not debatable unless it raises a particular point, in which case debate shall be confined to such point.

12.     A delegate shall not move a motion to refer back after having spoken on the question at issue.

13.     A motion may be reconsidered provided the mover of the motion to reconsider voted with the majority and notice of motion is given for consideration at the next plenary session, and said motion to reconsider is supported by two-thirds of the delegates present and voting.

14.     The hours of a Convention shall be established at the first plenary session of the Convention.  These hours may be changed during a Convention only under the provision of Rule 13.

 

RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR E-CONVENTIONS

 

(See Article V, Section 1.2)

1.      The 1st President or an E-Convention Chairperson shall preside over Electronic Conventions.

2.      E-Conventions shall be open and accessible to every member of the Party.

3.      E-Conventions will be primarily internet based, however access will not be limited to the internet, and other means of discussion and access will be developed and recognized.

4.      A delegate wishing to speak to the issue at hand will be allowed 3 mins or 300 words to express their opinion on the issue, discussion will then take place.

5.      Voting will take place after discussion, discussion will occur as long as the participants and Chair deem neccesary.

6.      E-Conventions will take place on an ongoing basis between regular conventions.  Issues will be discussed for a length of time determined by participants. (2 to 12 weeks)  Issue priorities and length of discussion time will be determined by the participants.

7.      Any issue may be discussed and voted on through E-Convention as long as the participating members agree.

8.      The 1st President will represent the views and advance the issues determined through E-Convention. He or She will be subject to election and recall through E-Convention.

9.      Electronic Convention results take priority over all other decision making processes except regular convention in all cases where:

   (1)  The participation rate is above a pre-determined threshold

         (a)  10-25% of current members, for the election of Officers

         (b)  1-10% of current members, voting on any issue

   (2)  The majority position is clear and discernible

   (3)  The majority position does not infringe the collective or individual Charter rights of Canadians

10.     All members will be issued a voter number that will be known only to them.  This number will be used for all correspondence and for voting through E-Convention.

11.     E-Convention participants will be subject to moderation and censure by the participants and Chair.

12.   Convention results will be published with voter numbers to allow individuals to personally audit their vote.

 

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