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2011 08 09 Caucus Participation - En

2011 08 09 Caucus Participation - En

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Policy Regarding Participation inProvincial and Territorial Elections
Currently scheduled Provincial and Territorial Elections 2011:
 Northwest Territories – October 3, 2011Prince Edward Island – October 3, 2011Manitoba – October 4, 2011Ontario – October 6, 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador – October 11, 2011Saskatchewan – November 7, 2011
* there are no currently scheduled Provincial Elections in provinceswhere there is more than one clear conservative choice*
Objectives
:
The federal Government wishes to avoid becoming the story in any of the provincial or territorial elections.
In provinces where there is only one “conservative” option, we may all makeefforts as individuals on private time to assist the election of that option –  provided that we comply with this policy.
We should do so in a way that does not impair our ability to maintainappropriate federal-provincial relations and does not bring the federalGovernment into disrepute. A degree of support for provincial and territorialconservative counterparts is expected and will be accepted by their opponentsand the public.
Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MPs, and staff can and ought to beactive during their private time on behalf of provincial parties and their candidates. However, striking the appropriate balance and followingestablished rules is imperative.
Expectation
:
All Ministers, MPs, Senators, Exempt Staff, and Regional Exempt Staff should review and comply with the Accountability Act, the Conflict of InterestAct, and Accountable Government (including its Annexes), each of whichmay have some applicability to situations that could arise while participatingin any political campaign.
Ministers, MPs, Senators:
May host or be the special guest at fundraisers – as long as the ticket price isnot more than the current federal contribution limit of $1,100.
Should not opine on issues that are within the jurisdiction of any province or territory.
Should not endorse a political party in a manner that suggests the endorsementis made by the Government of Canada.1
 August 2011
 
Should not participate in a partisan media event with a provincial partywithout prior consultation with the PMO.
Cannot use government resources (Blackberry/mobile phone/local office, etc.)for non-government or partisan purposes.
May not be employed by any provincial, territorial, or riding campaign.
Should not make any Government of Canada joint announcements with provinces or territories during a provincial or territorial writ period. Jointannouncements that would be made before a writ period in the ordinary courseof events should not be artificially delayed. 
Exempt Staff:
Are required to be on unpaid leave if working full-time on any provincial or territorial campaign.
Cannot use government resources for non-government or partisan purposes.
Are able to work on a provincial or territorial campaign (other than spare timevolunteering on a riding-level campaign) only with the consent of their Minister and prior notice to the PMO.
Regional Exempt Staff:
Are required to be on unpaid leave if working full-time on any provincial or territorial campaign.
Cannot use government resources for non-government or partisan purposes.
Are able to work on a provincial or territorial campaign (other than spare timevolunteering on a riding-level campaign) only with the consent of their Minister and prior notice to the PMO.
 Need to protect relationships with provincial, territorial, or local officials.
Provincial Leadership Races:
Currently scheduled Provincial leadership races:
PC Party of Alberta – Fall 2011
Objectives
:
Our first responsibility is to the Conservative Party of Canada and theGovernment of Canada.
We need to retain all components of our base of support.
Cabinet and the Government of Canada should not be taking positions in provincial leadership races.
Expectation
:
All Ministers, MPs, Senators, Exempt Staff, and Regional Exempt Staff should review and comply with the Accountability Act, the Conflict of InterestAct, and Accountable Government (including its Annexes), each of which2

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