PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PARTY
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.
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.
The core values* of
Public Participation can be defined briefly as:
public should have a say in decisions about actions that affect their lives.
participation includes the promise that the public's contribution will
influence the decision.
public participation process (the Process) communicates the interests and meets the
process needs of all participants.
Process seeks out and facilitates the involvement of those potentially
Process involves participants in defining how they participate.
Process provides participants with the information they need to participate in
a meaningful way.
Process communicates to participants how their input affected the decision.
Values registered by the International Association of Public Participation
ARTICLE I: NAME
of this political party shall be the Public Participation Party of Canada.
ARTICLE II: DEFINITION
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.
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.
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
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.
Initiative" shall refer to the process of initiating constitutional
changes by demonstrating support for a position by petition or other approved
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.
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
Means" shall refer to any communication device or system approved by the
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.
constitution shall be printed in both official languages of Canada.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
individual memberships will be available, there will be no provision for
outside groups or organizations to acquire voting privileges through affiliated
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.
membership or E-membership entitles members to all the privileges of regular
membership, except correspondence is through electronic means.
(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.
ARTICLE IV: FEES, DUES
AND REVENUE SHARING
(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
donations will be distributed according to the instructions of the contributor.
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
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.
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:
Public Participation committee;
federal constituency association;
Parties and sections of the Party;
Council of the Federal Party;
of Federal Ridings;
of Women Committee
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)
REPRESENTATION AT CONVENTIONS
delegate to a convention attending in person or through electronic means shall
be a member in good standing of the Party.
members of the Council of the Federal Party shall be delegates to a Convention.
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
(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.
members of the Party caucus in the federal Parliament and former federal Party
leaders shall be delegates to a Convention.
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.
delegate to a Convention or each member voting through electronic means, shall
have only one vote per ballot or initiative.
each Convention one-third of the registered delegates shall constitute a
ARTICLE VII: RECALL AND
(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
(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
possible, meetings shall be open to members, either in person or through
(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
(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
(4) 1st President
reports to Executive Council as well as provincial and regional Councils.
ARTICLE X: MEDIA
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 will be struck regularly to develop solutions for important
member identified problems.
Consensus Councils will be made up of 10-12 citizens of diverse socio-economic,
political, and cultural backgrounds.
Consensus Council recommendations will be represented at Executive Council by
the 1st Associate President and will recieve standing at Convention.
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:
that occur between regularly scheduled meetings of the Executive and Council.
administration and finances of the Party
- preparation of agendas for Executive and
by Officers are subject to approval by Executive and Council.
2. The following positions shall
comprise the Officers of the Party:
Executive Council (7 members) 2 year term
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.
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.
Associate President from each provincial and territorial party.
(f) the Secretary.
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
(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.
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
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
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.
Executive may, on an interim basis, fill vacancies from among the members of
the Council until the next meeting of Council.
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
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:
Officers and Executive;
from federal ridings, allotted according to the following criteria;
one representative for federal ridings in each province or territory;
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.
PPPYC members, selected in terms and conditions defined by the PPPYC. Including the PPPYC Chair on Executive,
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
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
shall meet at least twice per calendar year virtually or in person at the call
of the Executive.
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.
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
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:
the activities and policies of the Federal Party in that province or territory;
(b) to elect federal riding delegates to Federal Council.
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
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
(b) all Members of Parliament in that province or
(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
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
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
2. All members may vote in person or by
ARTICLE XXIII: AMENDMENTS
constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of all delegates
present or voting through electronic means and voting at any Convention.
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.
RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR
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
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.
OF PROCEDURE FOR E-CONVENTIONS
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
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
(a) 10-25% of current members, for the election of
(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
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.
participants will be subject to moderation and censure by the participants and
results will be published with voter numbers to allow individuals to personally
audit their vote.
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