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LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA

LPC-A Constitution
As Amended on November 17, 2013

CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA Table of Contents
Preamble........................................................................................................................................... 2 ARTICLE 1 - INTERPRETATION ............................................................................................................ 3 ARTICLE 2 - NAME, OBJECTS, POWERS, AND CHIEF OFFICE ................................................................ 4 ARTICLE 3 - MEMBERSHIP .................................................................................................................. 5 ARTICLE 4 - OFFICERS......................................................................................................................... 6 ARTICLE 5 - GOVERNING COUNCIL ..................................................................................................... 9 ARTICLE 6 - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ................................................................................................ 10 ARTICLE 7 - COMMITTEES ................................................................................................................ 11 ARTICLE 8 - GENERAL MEETINGS ..................................................................................................... 12 ARTICLE 9 - COMMISSIONS AND AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS......................................................... 14 ARTICLE 10 - REGIONS AND REGIONAL CHAIRS ................................................................................ 15 ARTICLE 11 - ELECTORAL DISTRICT ASSOCIATIONS ........................................................................... 16 ARTICLE 12 - BYLAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS ............................................................................ 18 ARTICLE 13 - APPEALS ...................................................................................................................... 18 ARTICLE 14 - AMENDMENTS ............................................................................................................ 18 SCHEDULE “A” - CONSTITUTION OF ELECTORAL DISTRICT ASSOCIATION .......................................... 20 Preamble ..................................................................................................................................... 20 ARTICLE 1 - DEFINITIONS ............................................................................................................. 20 ARTICLE 2 - NAME AND OBJECTS ................................................................................................ 21 ARTICLE 3 - FINANCIAL MATTERS ............................................................................................... 22 ARTICLE 4 - MEMBERSHIP .......................................................................................................... 22 ARTICLE 5 - EXECUTIVE............................................................................................................... 23 ARTICLE 6 - DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE ............................................................................................. 24 ARTICLE 7 - MEETINGS ............................................................................................................... 26 ARTICLE 8 - SELECTION OF CANDIDATES ..................................................................................... 28 ARTICLE 9 - APPEALS .................................................................................................................. 28 ARTICLE 10 - AMENDMENT .......................................................................................................... 28

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responsibility and human dignity in the framework of a just society. the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta subscribes to the fundamental rights and freedoms of persons under the rule of law and commits itself to the protection of these essential values and their constant adaption to the changing needs of modern Canadian and Alberta society. the opportunity to participate in open and public assessment of such means. to respect the dignity and worth of all people. economic. to the recognition that English and French are official languages of Canada. The Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta is dedicated to the principles that have historically sustained the Party: individual freedom. The Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta recognizes that human dignity in a democratic system requires that all citizens have access to full information concerning the policies and leadership of the Party.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA Preamble The Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta is committed to the view that the dignity of each individual person is the cardinal principle of democratic society and the primary purpose of all political organization and activity in such a society. social. This Constitution sets forth the institutions. to the enhancement of our unique and diverse cultural community. The Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta is committed to the principle that fairness and equity will apply in all matters within the Party and with other political parties. including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. cultural and general well-being of Canadians. to the free exchange of ideas among party members and among Canadians. In accordance with this philosophy. participate in such assessment and work for such reform through open communication. and political freedom in the framework of meaningful participation by all persons. free dialogue and participatory action both electoral and non-electoral. to respect the laws of Alberta and of Canada. the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta strives to provide a flexible and democratic structure whereby all Albertans can obtain such information. and to fairness in electoral competition. in cooperation with the Liberal Party of Canada. and to the preservation of the Canadian identity in a global society. systems and procedures by which the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta. works to implement ideas on behalf of its members. and such modification of policies and leadership as they deem desirable to promote the political. To realize this objective. ~2~ . and is committed to the pursuit of equality of opportunity for all persons. The Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta is bound by the Constitution of Canada. to the full and equitable participation of all members. and the Liberal Party of Canada Constitution.

(ii) be sent to the latest address. (B) by facsimile. (c) “Commissions” means the Commissions recognized in accordance with the Constitution. (e) “Electoral District Association” means an association certified by the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada as an Electoral District Association under the Canada Elections Act. (i) “Officers” means the officers designated in Article 4.1 In this Constitution: (a) “Constitution” means the Constitution of the Party. (b) “Chief Office” means the administrative office of the Party established by Article 2. delegate or associate member shall: (i) be sent by (A) Pre-paid ordinary mail. (h) “General Meeting” means a Biennial General Meeting.INTERPRETATION 1 Definitions 1.5. or (ii) by two thirds of the delegates present and voting at a General Meeting if notice of the proposed resolution has not been sent in accordance with paragraph (i) provided the proposed resolution is given. (f) “Governing Council” means the Governing Council defined by Article 5. in writing. to the chair of the General Meeting at least 24 hours prior to the call to order of the General Meeting. (l) “Special Resolution” means a resolution passed (i) by a majority of the delegates present and voting at a General Meeting if notice of the proposed resolution has been provided to each delegate at least 30 days prior to the date of the General Meeting. and (iii) be deemed to have been provided (A) with respect to prepaid regular mail on the day such notice was postmarked. facsimile number.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA ARTICLE 1 . (j) “Notice” to be provided to a member. (g) “Executive Committee” means the Executive Committee defined by Article 6. (d) “Electoral District” means the electoral district in respect of which an Electoral District Association is certified under the Canada Elections Act. (k) “Party” means the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta. (n) “Associate Member” means associate member of an Electoral District Association as defined in the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada. or (C) e-mail or other form of addressable electronic communication. (m) “Special Resolution of the Governing Council” means a resolution passed by two thirds of the members present and voting at a meeting of the Governing Council provided that notice of the proposed resolution is provided to each member of the Governing Council 14 days prior to the meeting. or electronic address for such member or delegate as shown in the records of the LPCA. Interpretation of Constitution ~3~ . and (B) with respect to a notice sent by facsimile or E-mail or other form of electronic communication on the day it was electronically dispatched. Special General Meeting. or a Policy Conference of the Party.

the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada shall prevail. ARTICLE 2 . POWERS. (i) To provide assistance and leadership to Electoral District Associations established by this Constitution and to coordinate the efforts of all Federal Liberal organizations in the Province of Alberta. Electoral District Association compliance.2 This Constitution shall govern the affairs of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta and shall be interpreted in a large and liberal manner having regard to the purposes of the Party as set out in the preamble. (c) Administration of party elections (including national leadership votes and leadership endorsement ballots. (j) To respect the principle of equal participation of men and women at all levels of the structure and operations of the Party to the greatest extent possible. (k) To do all of those things calculated to further the above stated objects. and delegate selection meetings).NAME. a strategic plan for Alberta that proposes activities in the areas of membership recruitment. Powers ~4~ . in concert with the members of the Party. (c) To promote membership in the Party. policy development. (f) To ensure equitable representation of aboriginal peoples at all levels of the Party. candidate selection meetings. (g) To seek to achieve a common ground of understanding among the people of different provinces and territories of Canada. Electoral District Association organization and election readiness. and for implementing national programs and initiatives in Alberta. (h) To organize the Party in all Electoral Districts of Alberta. (d) To raise money to support the fundamental purposes of the Party. AND CHIEF OFFICE 2 Name 2. (b) Developing on an annual basis. (e) To provide a forum for members of the Party to have their say and influence the policies and platform of the Party. Conflicts 1. for representing Alberta to the Liberal Party of Canada.1 The Party shall be known as the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta. and (d) Communicating regularly with its members and with the public in Alberta in connection with the affairs of the Party. OBJECTS.3 In the event of a conflict between this Constitution and the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada. finance and fundraising. (b) To advocate and support liberal philosophies.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA 1. principles and policies. Fundamental Purposes 2.2 The fundamental purposes of the Party shall be: (a) To participate in the public affairs of Canada by endorsing members of the Party as candidates for election to the Parliament of Canada and supporting their election. Responsibilities 2.3 The Party is responsible for: (a) Electoral District Support and election readiness and policy development in Alberta.

ARTICLE 3 . 3. speak and vote at a general meeting of their Electoral District Association. generally. foster. (i) Communicate with. a member of the Party has the right to: (a) Attend.5 The Chief Office of the Party shall be located at the City of Edmonton. (g) Appeal to the Permanent Appeals Committee of the Liberal Party of Canada subject to the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada. which in its opinion. Idem 3. (h) Appeal pursuant to the relevant provisions of this Constitution. provided that the student may make only one such election in the calendar year. (f) Vote on the Leadership Vote and on the Leadership Endorsement Vote. ~5~ . (e) Subject to the relevant provisions of the constitution of their Electoral District Association. or mental or physical disability. to do anything.MEMBERSHIP 3 Eligibility for Membership 3. Chief Office 2. encourage.4 To further its objects. colour. sexual orientation. will advance. age.4 A member of the Party is a member of the Electoral District Association in which the member ordinarily resides provided that a student attending a recognized educational institution in the Province of Alberta may elect to have a membership in the Electoral District Association in which the student resides while attending school.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA 2. information. Membership in Electoral District Association 3. the Party shall have the powers. (d) Seek to be a candidate of the Liberal Party of Canada for election to the Parliament of Canada. and to receive available services from the Party. Cheques 2.7 The fiscal year of the Party shall be the calendar year. or develop the objects of the Party. be elected to any office in their Electoral District Association or any office of the Electoral District Association of which they are an associate member. nationality or ethnic origin. Any person who has attained the age of 14 years and who desires to support the Party and who wishes to be known as a Liberal shall be eligible for membership in the Party without discrimination based on race. (c) Be elected to any office of the Liberal Party of Canada or the Party.1 Every member of the Liberal Party of Canada ordinarily resident in Alberta is a member of the Party.2 A member of the Party has the right to receive newsletters.6 All cheques drawn on the funds of the Party shall be signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the President or such other persons as may be named by the Governing Council. membership services. religion. sex.3 Subject to the provisions of this Constitution. Fiscal Year 2. (b) Be selected as a delegate or an alternate delegate to any convention or general meeting of the Liberal Party of Canada or the Party. and notices of General Meetings and other activities from the Party and their Electoral District Association and the Electoral District Association of which they are an associate member.

(iv) in consultation with the Convention Co-Chairs.5 In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada. (2013-11-17) Election of Officers 4. the Governing Council may appoint a person to hold such office until the next Biennial General Meeting of the Party.1 The Officers of the Party shall consist of the: (a) President. 3.2 The Officers of the Party shall be members in good standing of the Party and shall be elected at the Biennial General Meeting. (iii) the Chief Electoral Officer and the Credentials Committee for the conventions of the Party.4 (1) It is the responsibility of the Party Executive to – (a) manage the affairs of the Party. Policy. a member may be an associate member of no more than one Electoral District Association in which the member does not reside. Membership. committee. Finance. the Bylaws and the policies of the Party and oversee their implementation.3 The Officers shall continue in office until a successor is elected or appointed in accordance with this Constitution. (g) Vice President. Continuation in Office 4. (c) Vice-President. (b) manage the finances of the Party. (ii) the chairs of any convention. Responsibilities and Powers of Executive of the Party 4. (c) promote the objectives of the Party. (vi) the Party Registrar of Bylaws. (d) Vice-President. (f) establish procedures for determining the sharing of revenues between the Party as a whole and the EDAs. or ad hoc. (e) develop plans and administrative policies for the Party and present them to the Governing Council for approval.OFFICERS 4 Officers 4. (f) Treasurer. (v) the General Legal Counsel (who must be a lawyer qualified to practise law in Alberta). (h) Vice President.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA Idem 3.6 No member may be a member of more than one Electoral District Association. (e) Secretary. (g) appoint (i) the Party Constitutional Adviser. and (i) Vice President. Communications. ARTICLE 4 . (d) make administrative decisions in accordance with this Constitution. ~6~ . the Convention Treasurer. (b) Immediate Past President. In the event that any Officer ceases to hold office.

(k) establish the date and place of the next biennial general convention within 18 months of the conclusion of the last biennial general convention of the Party. (3) Each Table Officer is responsible to deliver a written report to the biennial general convention of the Party. (h) select (i) 15 of members of the Party Executive as delegates to each national convention. (x) the co–chairs and delegation secretary for the Alberta delegation at each national convention. (2013-11-17) 4. five of whom must be men and five of whom must be women. if that EDA Executive fails to perform its duties in accordance with this Constitution and the Bylaws of the Party or the bylaws of the EDA. the Party Executive must attempt to correct any imbalance in the representation of men and women among the appointments of the Party to those standing committees. establish the largest amount that may be paid out of the petty cash account maintained by the Vice President. (i) consult with the Permanent Appeals Committee of the Liberal Party of Canada on the appointment of additional persons to conduct adjudications arising from candidate selection. if the EDA Executive has failed to do so.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA (ix) representatives of the Party to the committees of the Liberal Party of Canada. Finance and the aggregate limit for cheques in respect of petty expenses during any on any one month. (2013-11-17) (3) The Party Executive may – (a) reduce any time qualification established in this Constitution or the Bylaws during which a person must have been a member of the Party in good standing. (j) at its first meeting in each year. Finance. (d) call a general meeting of an EDA to dismiss that EDA Executive and elect a new EDA Executive. (b) reduce the amount of notice required under this Constitution for any general meeting of an EDA (including candidate selection meetings and delegate selection meetings) or for any delegate selection meeting of a Commission. and (e) whenever redistribution of electoral districts affects the boundaries of those districts. and in doing so. (2) Each member of the Party Executive is responsible to attend each meeting of the Governing Council and to make an oral report if so requested. leadership selection or delegate selection to any national convention and whenever consulted. (b) call a general meeting of an EDA to select delegates or a candidate if that EDA has failed to do so. (2013-11-17) (2) It is also the responsibility of the Party Executive to – (a) ensure that there is an active EDA in each electoral district and that each EDA operates in accordance with this Constitution. (2013-11-17) ~7~ . (ii) ten delegates. each member of the Party Executive is responsible to submit a preliminary budget for their office to the Vice President. (c) call a meeting of an EDA Executive to conduct the business of that EDA.5 (1) By November 1 in each year. call a general meeting in each new electoral district to establish a new EDA and elect an EDA Executive. (c) extend the time before which an EDA or a Commission must hold one of its general meetings (including a delegate selection meeting). the Party Executive must assert that only members of the Appeals Board may be so appointed. as additional delegates to each national convention.

as the case may be. have a casting vote at any Governing Council or Executive Committee meeting.6 (1) The Party Executive must meet at least nine times each calendar year. each other member. (ii) performing all the duties and powers of the President during absence or inability of the President to act. (iii) presiding at meetings of the Party. the Governing Council. plenary sessions at the biennial policy conference of the Party. the Governing Council and Executive Committee. (ii) Encourage. (ii) preparing the agenda for meetings of the Executive Committee and Governing Council. Policy shall: (i) Chair the Standing Committee on Policy and Research. (iv) being an ex officio member of all committees and be given due notice of the meetings of such committees. (iii) Report policy resolutions to the Party Executive before the biennial policy conference of the Party. and be heard by. and (v) in the event of a tie. (iv) send a copy of each policy resolution to all members of the Governing Council and to every registered delegate at least 21 days before the convention at which the resolution is to be considered. (v) record the results of all policy workshops. (2) The Party Executive may meet in person or by electronic means. Governing Council or Executive Committee. the Governing Council. which minutes will be considered official only if they are approved by the Party. and (vi) advise all EDAs of every policy motion approved at convention within 55 days of the date of the convention. (2013-11-17) (d) The Secretary shall ensure: (i) the maintenance of all non-financial records of the Party. and ~8~ . (2013-11-17) (c) The Vice-President. (3) A meeting of the Party Executive may be called on 72 hours’ notice by – (a) the Party President. and signed by the Secretary. facilitate and coordinate policy development in each EDA. (4) A majority of the voting members of the Party Executive must be present before a meeting of the Executive can be called to order. (iii) that official minutes are made available to all members of the Governing Council. but if they meet by electronic means. or for it to continue. (iii) performing such other duties as are assigned by the President. and special policy conferences. (ii) the recording and preparation of minutes of all meetings of the Party. (2013-11-17) Powers and Responsibilities 4. but not be limited to: (i) being the chief executive officer of the Party. or the Executive Committee. (2013-11-17) (b) The role of the Vice-President shall include. (5) A resolution approved in writing by all the voting members of the Party Executive will be as valid and effective as if it had been passed at a properly convened meeting of the Party Executive. each member must be able to hear.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA 4. or (b) any four members of the Party Executive. but not be limited to: (i) assisting the President when requested to do so by the President.7 The Officers shall have the following powers and responsibilities in addition to those set forth elsewhere in this Constitution: (a) The role of the President shall include. and Executive Committee.

conducting drives for new members and for membership renewals. as they deem appropriate. (ii) oversee the preparation of the annual budget of the Party. all Table Officer and committee reports before the biennial general convention of the Party. Membership shall include.8 The Governing Council may prescribe additional duties for the Officers and other officials of the Party.2 Before March 31 of each year. Special General. (2013-11-17) The role of Vice President. (2013-11-17) The role of Vice President. include but not be limited to: (i) preparing and distributing paper and digital communication to the membership.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA (iv) that proper notice of all General. and (ii) chairing the Party Finance and Fundraising Committee. Finance shall include. shall set policy. and provide general direction and advice to the Executive Committee. and in particular. (ii) assembling. but not be limited to: (i) encouraging and organize Party and EDA fundraising activities. Sharing of Revenues 5. and (vi) submit a past budget and reviewed financial statement at a Biennial General Meeting of the Party. (iii) receive and account for all monies belonging to the Party. and (iii) chairing the Party Communications Committee. Communications shall. (iii) requiring current membership lists from the Commissions.GOVERNING COUNCIL 5 Powers 5. (2013-11-17) (e) (f) (g) (h) Additional Duties 4. Amendments to National Constitution ~9~ .1 Subject to a direction given at a General Meeting. and (v) chairing the Party Membership Committee. The Treasurer shall: (i) be the custodian of the financial records of the Party. as determined by the executive. if any. if any. (ii) keeping a register of all EDA Executives. and Executive Committee meetings and Regional Conferences are sent in accordance with this Constitution. the Executive Committee shall submit a proposal for the sharing of revenues between the Party and the Electoral District Associations to the Governing Council for approval. (iv) with the Party Membership Committee. the affairs and business of the Party shall be managed and controlled by the Governing Council who may exercise all such powers as may be exercised or done by the Party which are not required to be done at a General Meeting. but not be limited to: (i) keeping a register of all members of the Party. The role of Vice President. Governing Council. pay all debts properly incurred by the Party. and distribute as required. and (v) submit a reviewed financial statement including the assets and liabilities of the Party for the preceding fiscal year to the Executive Committee by the 30th day of April in any calendar year. ARTICLE 5 . (iv) under the direction of the Executive Committee.

Quorum 5. or Red Deer. (d) the Chief Financial Agent of the Federal Liberal Agency for Alberta. No Proxies 5.5 Except as provided in paragraphs 5. ~ 10 ~ . Call of Meeting 5. and shall authorize any actions necessary for the administration of the affairs of the Party. no proxies are permitted.2 The Executive Committee may propose amendments to the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada.9 Meetings of the Governing Council shall be called upon the direction of the President or upon written request from a majority of the voting members of the Governing Council. unless the Governing Council otherwise decides.1 The Executive Committee shall. ARTICLE 6 . Non-voting members 5.10 Notice of the time and place of a meeting of the Governing Council shall be given by sending it to Governing Council members at least 14 days prior to the date of the meeting.3(c). Voting Members 5.6 The Governing Council may appoint such non-voting members as may seem appropriate. which proxy shall be a member or an associate member of the Electoral District Association.7 Any member of the Governing Council may file a written report which shall be included in the minutes. (b) the President of each Electoral District Association or a proxy appointed in writing by that President. and any such amendments shall be submitted to the Liberal Party of Canada. (c) the Chair of each of the Standing Committees. Amendments to National Convention 6.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 6 Powers 6.8 The Governing Council shall meet at least twice per calendar year and shall. Edmonton.4(b) and 6. Meetings 5. Notice 5. subject to the directions of a General Meeting and the Governing Council.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA 5.3 The Governing Council may propose amendments to the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada. hold its meetings at Calgary. and any such amendments shall be submitted to the Liberal Party of Canada.4 The voting members of the Governing Council shall consist of: (a) the Executive Committee. Written Report 5. at least two of whom shall be Officers and 6 shall be Electoral District Association Presidents. have charge of the administration of the affairs of the Party.11 A quorum of a meeting of the Governing Council shall be one-third of its voting members.

prepare and review amendments to the LPCA Constitution and bylaws. (b) Regional Chairs. or a proxy appointed in writing by the President. prepare by-laws and carry out other duties as established by the Executive Committee and Governing Council. Finance and Fundraising. (e) Election Readiness and Electoral District Support: shall assist Electoral Districts Associations and Candidates with Elections Canada requirements. which proxy shall be a member of that Commission.3 The Chair of a Standing Committee may be removed from office by a Special Resolution of the Governing Council.1 The following shall be the Standing Committees of the Party. ~ 11 ~ . and Election Readiness and Electoral District Organization shall on an annual basis develop and submit a strategic plan to the Governing Council. develop and disseminate strategies and practices to achieve these goals and shall carry out other duties as established by the Executive Committee or Governing Council. Membership Recruitment. Quorum 6. (c) Membership Recruitment: shall establish attainable annual goals to increase membership. (2013-11-17) Removal of Chairs 7. Electoral District Compliance.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA Members 6. (d) Finance and Fundraising: shall support the Treasurer with the financial management of the LPCA.4 A quorum of the Executive Committee shall be eight of its members.3 The Executive Committee shall consist of the: (a) Officers of the Party. namely: (a) Policy Development: shall organize policy initiatives under the leadership of the VicePresident Policy including a policy development process that ensures LPCA polices advance to the LPC and shall carry out other duties as established by the Executive Committee or Governing Council.COMMITTEES 7 Standing Committees 7.4 The Committees of Policy Development. Strategic Plans 7. assist in fundraising and shall carry out other duties as established by the Executive Committee or Governing Council. (b) Communication: shall implement a communications strategy and shall carry out other duties as established by the Executive Committee or Governing Council. and (c) Presidents of the Commissions. ARTICLE 7 . provide on-going Election Readiness support and carry out other duties as established by the Executive Committee or Governing Council . Appointment of Chairs 7. assist in matters of interpretation. and (f) Constitution and Legal Affairs: shall ensure that the constitutions and bylaws of the LPCA and the Electoral District Associations conform to the LPC Constitution and current electoral legislation.2 The Governing Council shall elect the chairs of the standing committees on Election Readiness and Electoral District Support and Constitution and Legal Affairs.

8 Committees established under this procedure will dissolve after one (1) calendar year unless reconfirmed by Special Resolution of the Governing Council. and (c) if the Governing Council so directs. and provide for the appointment of a chair and members of such committee. (2013-11-17) Quorum 7.2 The Governing Council may at any time call a Special General Meeting or Policy Conference of the Party at a time and place to be fixed by the Governing Council.4 The Treasurer shall present to each General Meeting: (a) all available reviewed financial statements for the years ending since the last General Meeting.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA Members of Committee 7. (b) a current financial report. (c) Membership of more than five (5) members of the LPC-A. Reports 7.7 The Executive Committee may constitute such other committees as may be required from time to time. 7. an audited Financial Statement for any of the years ending since the last General Meeting. Election of Officers ~ 12 ~ .6 The Chair of each Standing Committee shall submit a report in writing to the General Meeting. and to the Governing Council as required. which include.GENERAL MEETINGS 8 Annual General Meeting 8. Notice of Meeting 8. ARTICLE 8 .3 Notice of the time and place of a General Meeting shall be sent to each member not less than 60 days before the date of the meeting.1 The Governing Council shall fix a time and a place for the holding of a Biennial General Meeting of the Party not later than 27 months after the last preceding Biennial General Meeting.10 A quorum of a Committee is a majority of its members. or (d) Community Outreach. Financial Report 8. but are not limited to: (a) On-going research.5 The Chair of a Standing Committee may from time to time appoint one or more members as a member of that committee. (b) Policy development. Special General Meeting 8.9 Acceptable reasons that a Standing Committee may be reconfirmed by demonstrating that it is doing any of the following. Additional Standing Committees may be established by Special Resolution 7. Ad hoc Committees 7.

then the defeated candidate from the last election.3 (f). the nominated candidate for the next election. In the event of a tie the Returning Officer shall cast the deciding vote. (a) Each candidate for Regional Chair shall be a member in good standing of the Party and ordinarily a resident in their respective region.6 The Regional Chairs shall be elected by secret preferential ballot. Until a candidate for an Office receives a majority of the votes cast. (e) If there is no Liberal member of the House of Commons for a constituency association. Delegates 8. (i) Twenty members of each Commission. the order of business at a General Meeting shall be as prescribed by the Governing Council. (f) If there is no Liberal member of the House of Commons for a constituency association. (g) voting members of the Governing Council. The person obtaining a majority of votes shall be declared the winner. both candidates shall have the votes cast for them reallocated. Until a candidate for an Office receives a majority of the votes cast.5 The Officers shall be elected by secret preferential ballot. Quorum 8. any member may attend a General Meeting. (b) Only delegates from Electoral Districts within a particular Region are eligible to cast votes for candidates seeking the position of Regional Chair in that particular region.8 Subject to article 8. (b) Liberal Senators from Alberta. (d) Former Liberal members of the House of Commons from Alberta. both candidates shall have the votes cast for them reallocated. Election of Regional Chairs 8. and (j) Two members of each Commission Club as provided for in 9.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA 8.11. Order of Business 8. and no nominated candidate for the next election.10 Subject to any new business which may be approved by a General Meeting. The person obtaining a majority of votes shall be declared the winner. In the event of a tie the Returning Officer shall cast the deciding vote. Amendments to National Constitution ~ 13 ~ .9 A quorum at a plenary session of General Meeting is fifty voting delegates. (c) Liberal members of the House of Commons from Alberta. the candidate receiving the least number of votes shall have that candidate's votes reallocated to the next preference shown on the ballot provided that should two or more candidates be tied with the least number of votes.7 The following shall be the delegates entitled to attend and vote at a General Meeting provided that all delegates shall be members of the Party in good standing at the close of registration at a General Meeting: (a) Liberal Privy Councillors from Alberta. the candidate receiving the least number of votes shall have that candidate's votes reallocated to the next preference shown on the ballot provided that should two or more candidates be tied with the least number of votes. (h) Twenty members selected in each Constituency Association of which five shall be reserved for youth. Non-Voting 8.

the Alberta Aboriginal Commission.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA 8. and any such amendments shall be submitted by the Secretary of the LPCA to the Liberal Party of Canada. (2006. minutes of meetings and correspondence. and vote at a general meeting of the club and the right to be elected to any office in the association. information. (h) provides that any member of the club has the right to receive newsletters. (i) provides for the election of the chief executive officer of the club and the officer primarily responsible for policy of the club by a vote of all members of the club. membership services. the Alberta Liberal Youth Commission and the Senior Liberals’ Commission. provides for the establishment of Commission clubs and requires that each club have a constitution that is consistent with this Constitution and the Constitution of its Commission and that: (g) incorporates the principles set out in the Preamble and defines its purposes in a manner consistent with Article 2. and notices of general meetings and other activities from the club. ARTICLE 9 . (d) provides for the establishment and maintenance of proper financial records.1 The Alberta Aboriginal Liberal Commission.09) Purpose of the Commissions 9. the Alberta Liberal Youth Commission. (e) provides for full financial disclosure in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. (c) to raise money to support the purposes and activities of the Commission.COMMISSIONS AND AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS 9 Existing Commissions 9. ~ 14 ~ . (b) provides for the election of officers of the Commission at its biennial general meeting.11 A General Meeting may propose amendments to the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada. speak. and Commission Requirements (f) in the case of the Alberta Women’s Liberal Commission. 9. Rules and Fees 8. the right to attend. the Alberta Women's Liberal Commission and the Senior Liberals Commission are Commissions of the Party.2 Each Commission is responsible to pursue actively the following purposes and activities: (a) to participate in public affairs by supporting members of the Party as candidates of the Party for election to the House of Commons.04.3 Each Commission must have a constitution that is consistent with this Constitution and that: (a) incorporates the purposes set out in Subsection 34(2) and the principles set out in the Preamble and defines its purposes in a manner consistent with Section 2.12 The Governing Council may prescribe fees and make general bylaws and rules for the conduct of General Meetings which shall be consistent with this Constitution. (b) to provide a forum for members of the Commission to have their say and influence the policies and platform of the Party and to encourage involvement in the policy development process of the Party. (c) provides for an appeal procedure in respect of any action or decision of the Commission and any club of the Commission and any irregularities in connection with any meetings of the Commission or club of the Commission except where an appeal is within the jurisdiction of the Permanent Appeal Committee.

04.04.04.REGIONS AND REGIONAL CHAIRS 10 Regions 10. and Wetaskiwin. ~ 15 ~ .1 by Special Resolution of the Governing Council so far as is possible in keeping with the geographical distribution set forth in Article 10.4 Additional Commissions may be established in accordance with article 9. Red Deer. (2006. (l) provides for full financial disclosure in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. and for its representation on committees established by the Governing Council.1 amended by an ordinary resolution.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA (j) provides for an appeal procedure in respect of any action or decision of the club and any irregularities in connection with any meetings of the club except where an appeal is within the jurisdiction of the Permanent Appeal Committee.09) (c) Central Alberta being made up of the Electoral Districts of Crowfoot.6 Any group. ARTICLE 10 . (b) Edmonton being made up of the Electoral Districts wholly or partly within the boundaries of the City of Edmonton.09) (d) Northeast Alberta being made up of the Electoral Districts of Athabasca. The request together with the recommendations of the Governing Council shall be submitted to the next General Meeting at which time the application may be approved and section 9. These Commissions shall have all the rights and privileges of a Commission under this Constitution except the Commission may be removed at a General Meeting by Special Resolution. Additional Commissions 9. Macleod. shall submit a request to the Governing Council which shall consider the request.04. (2006.09) (e) Northwest Alberta being made up of the Electoral Districts of Peace River. Amendment of Constitution on Redistribution 10. Wild Rose.1. (2006.Paul.2 In the event of a redistribution. 9.09) (f) Southern Alberta being made up of the Electoral Districts of Lethbridge. or other organization desiring to be affiliated with the Party may submit a request to the Governing Council which may approve such application and provide for its non-voting representation on the Board. minutes of meetings and correspondence. and Yellowhead.3 to provide for the equitable representation of other societal groups in the structure and operation of the Party and constituency associations.5 Any group desiring to be recognised as a Commission. (k) provides for the establishment and maintenance of proper financial records. WestlockSt. etc. the Governing Council shall provide for the equitable makeup of regions and may amend Article 10. or the Executive Committee on its own initiative. club. and Vegreville-Wainwright. clubs. Affiliated groups. (2006. and Medicine Hat. Amendment of Constitution 9.1 There shall be 6 regions being: (a) Calgary being made up of the Electoral Districts wholly or partly within the boundaries of the City of Calgary.

Governing Council and Committee meetings and to confer on matters of policy and organizational nature. the affected Electoral District Associations shall have a constitution as set out in Schedule “A” to this Constitution as amended from time to time. (c) ensure that dates for social and fund raising functions and other events to be held by the various Electoral District Associations are set up in such manner that conflicts are minimized and that the region collectively enjoys the maximum benefit to be derived from such functions or events. in its opinion. ARTICLE 11 . is inconsistent with this Constitution after providing the Electoral District Association with notice of the proposed Special Resolution and an opportunity to make a full answer and defence. hold and chair regional meetings as often as the Regional Chair. Duties 10. in general. (e) attend Executive Committee and Governing Council meetings.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA 10. for instituting and directing the inaugural meetings of new Electoral District Associations resulting from redistribution and for the holding of meetings to elect officers in all Electoral Districts affected by redistribution.1 There shall be an Electoral District Association in each Electoral District for the election of members to the House of Commons.07) Disallowance by Governing Council 11. and (g) such other duties as may be prescribed by the Governing Council. representatives of Commissions and other affiliates in order to discuss directives emanating from the Liberal Party of Canada.4 The Governing Council may by Special Resolution declare invalid any provision of an Electoral District Association constitution which. (1999.3 In the event of a vacancy in the office of a Regional Chair the Governing Council may appoint a person to hold such office until the next Biennial General Meeting of the Party. or the majority of Constituency Presidents. Senators. (b) coordinate with Electoral District Associations the periodic visits of Cabinet Minister. (1999.11. Constitutions 11. (f) be responsible.3 Any Electoral District Association may by resolution of a majority of its members resolve to adopt the constitution set out in Schedule “A'1 to this Constitution as amended from time to time.2 Upon the coming into force of any scheme of redistribution. under the direction of the President and the Election Readiness and Electoral District Support Chair. deem advisable and necessary.07) Adoption of Schedule A 11.4 The Regional Chairs shall perform the following duties: (a) attend and chair consultative regular meetings of Electoral District Presidents.ELECTORAL DISTRICT ASSOCIATIONS 11 Electoral District Associations 11.11. Mandatory Provisions ~ 16 ~ . (d) assist Electoral District Association Presidents in organizational and constitutional matters and also in the selection of candidates if their assistance is requested. Members of Parliament and Liberal Party of Canada officials to the region.

the Executive Committee may appoint such persons to carry on the affairs of the Electoral District Association. and define its purposes in a manner consistent with that constitution. (b) Provide for the holding of an Annual General Meeting for the election of officers in each such Electoral District Association provided that in the event no Annual General Meeting is called within 15 months of the last Annual General Meeting. and subject to any agreement between the affected Electoral District Associations.8 Where an Electoral District Association fails to comply with the requirements of the Elections Canada Act the Executive Committee may deem the Electoral District Association non-operational for the purposes of Article 11. the Liberal Party of Canada.6 After consultation with the affected Electoral District Associations. and to require that the Secretary of such Electoral District Association to file within 30 days of any change. No Electoral District Association 11. (e) Provide for the establishment and maintenance of proper financial records. ~ 17 ~ . minutes of meetings. the Governing Council shall have the authority to provide for the distribution of property between Electoral District Associations and for the continuance in office of the executive of the Electoral District Association upon the coming into force of a scheme of redistribution.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA 11. (j) A procedure for the amendment of such constitution.5 Each Electoral District Association may amend its constitution in a manner not inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada and this Constitution.7 Where an Electoral District Association has not elected Officers or Directors. or in the event that an Electoral District Association is not operating. and the Party by the Electoral District Association of such financial returns as required by the Canada Elections Act. the Executive Committee may call an Annual General Meeting at such time and place within the Electoral District as it may see fit upon receipt of the application of not less than 10 members of such Electoral District Association. Elections Canada Act Compliance 11. (d) Provide for an appeal procedure in respect of any action or decision of the Electoral District Association and any irregularities in connection with any meetings of the Electoral District Association except where an appeal is within the jurisdiction of the Permanent Appeals Committee of the Liberal Party of Canada.7. (i) The filing with the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. (h) Provide for full financial disclosure in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. (c) Provide for the election of a President and an officer primarily responsible for policy of the Electoral District Association by vote of all of its members. (f) Rules for the conduct of meetings of such association and for the election of delegates to a General Meeting including a requirement that notice of a General Meeting must be given to all members and associate members at least 14 days prior to the holding of a meeting. Powers of Governing Council on Redistribution 11. (g) Provide for the appointment of a financial agent and auditor for the purposes of the Canada Elections Act. and correspondence. and the Electoral District Association constitution shall: (a) Incorporate the purposes and principles as required by the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada. a copy of such constitution as amended with the Liberal Party of Canada and the Party.

Commission. (b) of any organ of the Party by telephone. The ruling shall be final and binding upon all parties.1 This Constitution may be amended by a Special Resolution.AMENDMENTS 14 Amendment 14. email or other means of telecommunication.3 Subject to the bylaws. All such appeals shall be in writing and shall state the grounds of appeal and must be delivered to the Chief Office of the Party within forty-eight hours of the time at which the member receives notice of the decision.2 In case of electoral urgency or other sufficient cause the Governing Council may either by Special Resolution abridge or enlarge a time period prescribed by this Constitution. An abridgment or enlargement may be made before or after the expiration of the time period. shall. Abridgment or enlargement of Time 12. rules and regulations for the conduct of the business and work of the Party not inconsistent with this Constitution including regulations providing for the conduct of business: (a) of the Governing Council or Executive Committee. rules and regulations made by the Governing Council. or other organ of the Party may make bylaws. Additional Rules 12. an Electoral District Association. rule on the appeal and communicate the results to the Executive Committee. rules and regulations for the conduct of its business not inconsistent with this Constitution.APPEALS 13 Procedure 13. Adjudication 13. an Electoral District Association. the most recent edition of Bourinot’s Rules of Order shall prevail. ARTICLE 14 . committee. or group recognized by the Party may appeal to the Executive Committee.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA ARTICLE 12 .2 The Executive Committee shall within 7 days appoint an Appeals Committee consisting of one or more members in good standing for the purpose of adjudicating on any appeal. ARTICLE 13 .4 In any cause not provided for. No person who is or was a member of the body appealed from may be appointed to the Appeals Committee.1 Any member who claims to be aggrieved by a decision of a meeting of the Governing Council.1 The Governing Council may make bylaws. Regulations. and Bylaws 12. Other cases 12. after affording the parties an opportunity to be heard. RULES AND REGULATIONS 12 Rules. The Appeals Committee.BYLAWS. and the presiding officer of the organization. Executive Committee. ~ 18 ~ . the appellant.

2 Amendments may only be proposed by: (a) the Chair of the Constitution and Legal Affairs Committee. ~ 19 ~ .CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA Propose Amendments 14. or (b) a minimum of five members of the Party in good standing. Proposed amendments submitted to the Chair after that date but no later than 48 hours prior to the General Meeting.2 without a Special Resolution.1 (k) (ii). Posted on the Party Website 14.5 and 10. and any such amendments come into force on the approval by Special Resolution of the Governing Council.6 The Chair of the Standing Committee on Constitution and Legal Affairs may amend this Constitution to correct typographical and spelling errors. Other Amendments 14.5 In addition. Filing with National Office 14.3 Proposed amendments are to be submitted to the Chair of the Constitution and Legal Affairs Committee a minimum of 45 days prior to the General Meeting. will be considered as Special Resolution in accordance with Article 1.8 A copy of the amended Constitution shall be posted on the public website of the Party.7 A copy of the amended Constitution shall be filed by the Secretary with the National Office of the Liberal Party of Canada as soon as practical following such amendment. 14. this Constitution may be amended as provided in Articles 9. Typographical and Spelling Errors 14.4 All amendments shall be effective immediately following the close of the General Meeting at which such amendments were passed unless the amendment provides otherwise. Effective Date 14.

To realize this objective. responsibility and human dignity in the framework of a just society. participate in such assessment and work for such reform through open communication. ~ 20 ~ . social. and to fairness in electoral competition. cultural and general well-being of Canadians.1 In this Constitution: (a) “Association” means the Federal Liberal Association. and political freedom in the framework of meaningful participation by all persons. the Association subscribes to the fundamental rights and freedoms of persons under the rule of law and commits itself to the protection of these essential values and their constant adaption to the changing needs of modern Canadian and Albertan societies. The Association recognizes that human dignity in a democratic system requires that all citizens have access to full information concerning that policies and leadership of the Party. free dialogue and participatory action both electoral and non-electoral. The Association is bound by the Constitution of Canada. and to the preservation of the Canadian identity in a global society. to the full and equitable participation of all members. to the enhancement of our unique and diverse cultural community. The Association is dedicated to the principles that have historically sustained the Liberal Party of Canada: individual freedom. in cooperation with the Liberal Party of Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta. and such modification of policies and leadership as they deem desirable to promote the political. ARTICLE 1 . to respect the dignity and worth of all people. to respect the laws of Alberta and of Canada. In accordance with this philosophy. the opportunity to participate in open and public assessment of such means. economic. works to implement ideas on behalf of its members. to the recognition that English and French are official languages of Canada. The Association is committed to the principle that fairness and equity will apply in all matters within the Party and with other political parties. to the free exchange of ideas among party members and among Canadians. systems and procedures by which the Association.CONSTITUTION OF ELECTORAL DISTRICT ASSOCIATION Generic Electoral District Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta Preamble The Association is committed to the view that the dignity of each individual person is the cardinal principle of democratic society and the primary purpose of all political organization and activity in such a society.DEFINITIONS 1 Definitions 1. including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. the Association in Alberta strives to provide a flexible and democratic structure whereby all Albertans can obtain such information. and the Liberal Party of Canada Constitution and is committed to the pursuit of equality of opportunity for all persons. This Constitution sets forth the institutions.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA SCHEDULE “A” .

and (iii) be deemed to have been provided (A) with respect to prepaid regular mail on the day such notice was postmarked. Objects 2. (e) “Notice” to be provided to a member.3 In the event of a conflict between this Constitution and the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada or the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta. (b) to recognize the full membership and participation in its ranks of men. (c) “Executive” means the Officers.2 The objects of the Association shall be: (a) to enunciate and promote principles and policies of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta. (c) to participate in the public affairs of Canada by endorsing members of the Party as candidates for election to the House of Commons and supporting their election. Multiple Offices 1. or electronic address for such member or delegate as shown in the records of the EDA. the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada or the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta shall prevail. Conflicts 1. (ii) be sent to the latest address. (g) to ensure equitable representation of aboriginal peoples at all levels of the party. and Standing Committee Chairs of the Association. (B) by facsimile. Interpretation of Constitution 1. Directors.NAME AND OBJECTS 2 Name 2.1 The name of the Association shall be the Federal Liberal Association. or (C) e-mail or other form of addressable electronic communication. ~ 21 ~ . delegate or associate member shall: (i) be sent by (A) Pre-paid ordinary mail. facsimile number. (e) to raise money in support of the fundamental purposes of the Party.6. and (B) with respect to a notice sent by facsimile or E-mail or other form of electronic communication on the day it was electronically dispatched. ARTICLE 2 .CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA (b) “Capital Fund” means the fund established under Article 3. (d) “Special Resolution” means a resolution of two-thirds of the members of the Association present at a General Meeting of the Association. (d) to promote membership in the Association. women and youth and to ensure the principle of equality between men and women in the structure and operations of the Association.4 This Constitution shall be interpreted in a large and liberal manner having regard to the purposes of the Association. (f) “Associate Member” means associate member of the Electoral Dis trict Association as defined in the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada. (f) to provide a forum for members to have their say and influence the policies and platform of the Party.2 Any member or associate member may hold any number of offices of the Association.

minutes of meetings and correspondence. Subject to Article 3. ARTICLE 3 . returns and documents. Cheques 3. ARTICLE 4 . Banking 3.6 The Association shall establish and maintain proper financial records.4 The Association shall in writing appoint a financial agent of the Association for the purposes of the Canada Elections Act. and only the interest from this account shall be made available for the operation of the Association. the Capital Fund is to be held in trust in perpetuity.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA (h) to seek to achieve a common ground of understanding among the people of different provinces and territories of Canada.FINANCIAL MATTERS 3 Fiscal Year 3.7 The Association shall annually cause to be prepared financial statements. Auditor 3. and (j) to arrange and conduct such general and other meetings and other activities as the Association may from time to time deem necessary or appropriate. trust company.7.5 The Association shall in writing appoint an auditor for the purposes of the Canada Elections Act Records 3.2 Funds of the Association shall be deposited in the account(s) of the Association established with a chartered bank. credit union or other depository approved by the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta as determined from time to time by the Executive. Termination of Capital Fund 3. maintain and carry on an effective organization in the Electoral District.8 The Executive may establish a Capital Fund to build a reserve of money for the Association.1 The fiscal year of the Association shall be the calendar year. Capital Fund 3. The Capital Fund shall be held separate from any other accounts the Association may establish for operations and Election Readiness.9 The Association may by Special Resolution terminate the Capital Fund. returns and other documents as required by the Canada Elections Act and shall provide to the Liberal Party of Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta.MEMBERSHIP ~ 22 ~ . (i) to establish. Annual Financial Statements 3. a copy of such financial statements.3 All cheques or sums withdrawn from the accounts of the Association shall be signed by at least two (2) Table Officers of the Association who have been duly authorized to sign on behalf of the Association. Financial Agent 3.

Honourary Members 4. and associate members. (e) Treasurer. (d) Policy Development. together with the Liberal Member of Parliament for the Electoral District. the Candidate nominated by the Association for the next federal election.3 Honourary non-voting membership in the Association may also be granted from time to time by the Executive of the Association to such non-voting members as are not included in the foregoing.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA 4 Membership and Associate Membership 4. (c) Membership Recruitment.1 Membership in the Association shall consist of all members of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta who ordinarily reside in the Electoral District provided that a student attending a recognized educational institution in the Province of Alberta may elect to have a membership in either the Electoral District Association in which the student resides while attending school.2 No member may be a member of more than one Electoral District Association and an associate member of more than one Electoral District Association. Policy. and (f) Such other officers as may be elected at an Annual General Meeting.4 All members of the Executive of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta shall be honorary non-voting members of the Executive Committee of the Association. directors and officers of the Association. (c) Vice-President. namely: (a) Election Readiness and Organization. shall constitute the Executive Committee.3 The Officers. (d) Secretary. (b) Communications. Policy) shall be appointed by the Officers of the Association from among the members. the Immediate Past President of the Association. Executive Committee 5. Honorary Members 5. Standing Committees 5. or in the Electoral District Association in which the member ordinarily resides when not attending school.2 There shall be 6 Standing Committees. the Chairs of the Standing Committees.1 The Officers of the Association shall consist of the: (a) President. ~ 23 ~ . ARTICLE 5 . or if there is no member. (b) Vice-President. and (f) Finance and Fundraising the Chairs of which Standing Committees (other than the Standing Committee on Policy Development which shall be chaired by the Vice-President.EXECUTIVE 5 Officers 5. (e) Constitution and Legal Affairs. Membership in one EDA 4.

and shall be the representative of the Association to the Liberal Party of Canada.10 Each Officer. Director.3 The Treasurer shall be the Chief Financial Officer of the Association and shall receive. regulations and given such other directions for conduct of the activities of the Association not inconsistent with this Constitution. pay all ~ 24 ~ . correspondence. Vacancy 5. or in the President's absence.8 The Executive Committee may appoint such ad hoc committees as required from time to time.9 Each Officer. The number of Directors to be elected shall be determined at the Annual General Meeting. shall be ex-officio non-voting members of the Board of Directors. and Chair of a Standing Committee may be removed for cause by a 2/3 majority of the Board of Directors.2 The Secretary shall ensure that accurate records are maintained for all meetings.1 The President. Treasurer 6. ARTICLE 6 .7 The Presidents of each Provincial Liberal Association.DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE 6 President 6. under the direction of the Executive Committee. rules.09) Bylaws. and Chair of a Standing Committee continues in office until a successor is elected or appointed in accordance with this Constitution. Removal 5. Director.11 The Board of Directors may fill any vacancy. the members present shall elect their presiding officer. and shall fill any vacancy among the Officers by election or appointment.6 The Executive Committee and the Directors shall constitute the Board of Directors. and shall issue notices of meetings. In the absence of both the President and the Vice-President at a meeting. keep. (2006.12 The Board of Directors may make such bylaws. Women's or Seniors club within the Electoral District.5 Up to 25 Directors may be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Association. each recognized Liberal Youth. Governing Council 5. shall preside at all meetings of the Association and it’s Executive. Ex-Officio Members 5. Secretary 6. among the Directors by election or appointment. Continuance in Office 5. the Vice-President.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA Directors 5. and membership of the Association. including a vacancy arising from the failure to elect a full slate of Directors. Additional Committees 5.04. and account for all monies and. The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association and shall ensure that the Association complies with the provisions of the Canada Elections Act. Rules and Regulations 5.

(2006.8 The Constitution and Legal Affairs committee shall carry out such duties as established by the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall submit financial reports to each Annual Meeting and as requested by the Executive Committee.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA debts properly incurred by the Association. subject to direction received from the Board of Directors at Executive Meetings. as required. Minimum Number of Meetings ~ 25 ~ .12 The Directors shall organize and communicate with the membership in the Electoral District and assist in the election of a Liberal candidate.11 The Chairs of the Standing Committees may appoint members of the Association to assist them in their duties and serve on their committees from time to time. develop and disseminate strategies and practices to achieve these goals and shall carry out other duties as established by the Executive Committee or Board of Directors. Policy and shall carry out other duties as established by the Executive Committee. Membership 6. The Treasurer shall ensure that all required financial filings under the Canada Elections Act shall be made.13 The Executive will act under the direction of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta. (2006.4 The Executive Committee shall have charge of the administration of the affairs of the Association.09) LPC and LPCA 6. Finance and Fundraising 6. Appointment of Committee Members 6.7 The Policy Development Committee shall organize and initiate policy initiatives under the leadership of the Vice-President.6 The Communications Committee shall implement a communications strategy and shall carry out other duties as established by the Executive Committee.9 The Finance and Fundraising Committee shall raise funds for the Association and for Election Readiness and shall carry out other duties as established by the Executive Committee. Communication Chair 6.04. Constitution and Legal Affairs 6.5 The Election Readiness and Organization Committee shall organize and initiate an election readiness plan and shall advise and seek the assistance of the Directors in the implementation of any Election Readiness plan.10 The Membership Committee shall establish attainable annual goals to increase membership.04.09) Policy 6. Executive Committee 6. Directors 6. and subject to direction received from the membership at any Annual General Meeting. Election Readiness 6.

Any member shall be entitled to challenge the determination of the Chair and demand the matter be re-voted by secret ballot. Such Notice shall specify. Quorum 7. the items to be considered by the Meeting.5 A quorum for the annual General Meeting or General Meeting shall be the lesser of twelve (12) members in good standing or a majority of the membership of the Association.15 A quorum of the Board of Directors shall be one-third of its voting members. the Executive Committee of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta shall have authority to call such a meeting at such time and place within the Electoral District as it may see fit on receipt of the application of not less than ten per cent of members of the Association. at least 2 of which must be Officers of the Association.09) Reports 7. Board of Directors Quorum 6. (2006. shall act as the Returning Officer to supervise such secret ballot.6 The only persons eligible to vote at the Meeting shall be members of the Association who are members at least Fourteen (14) days prior to the opening of the Meeting.MEETINGS 7 AGM 7. in general. and shall cause to be held an election of Officers and Directors and transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting. that in the event no Annual General Meeting is called within 15 months from the date of the last Annual General Meeting. the result of which shall be determined by the Chair.2 In addition to Annual General Meetings the Executive may hold such other General Meetings as they may consider appropriate.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA 6.04. The Secretary. Idem 7.14 The Board of Directors shall meet at least four times per calendar year. the chair shall have a casting vote. such person as the Executive shall appoint. or in his or her absence. ARTICLE 7 .7 All voting shall be by show of hands.1 There shall be an Annual General Meeting of the Association in each calendar year at such date and place as the Executive shall determine provided however. at the request of the President. ~ 26 ~ .04. Notice of Meeting 7. Voting 7. In the event of a tie vote on any matter coming before the meeting.3 Notice of an Annual General Meeting or a General Meeting shall be given to all members and associate members of the Association at least Fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the holding of such meeting. Meetings shall be called by the Secretary.09) General Meeting 7. (2006. shall approve the Financial Statements provided by the Treasurer. or upon written request from a majority of the members of the Governing Council.4 Each annual General Meeting of the association shall receive and consider reports presented by the Officers.

the questions shall be put to the meeting for a vote after debate. (iii) Vice-President.CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA Procedure 7. Elections 7. an election will be held with respect to that office prior to proceeding to the election of the next Officer.11 Procedures for the election of delegates to general meetings or conventions called by the Liberal Party in Canada or the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta shall be in accordance with rules and regulations as may be prescribed for such general meetings or conventions. who shall be deemed to be moved. ~ 27 ~ . Policy. the number of Directors to be elected shall be the maximum number. (3) Every Candidate for elective office shall be a member of the Association. (ii) Vice-President. The Executive Committee at least one month prior to the holding of the Annual General Meeting shall appoint a chair of a Nominations Committee who shall identify candidates suitable and willing to fill each of the elective offices.8 Procedure at meetings unless otherwise specified shall be in accordance with Bourinot’s Rules of Order. Procedure for election of delegates 7. there shall be a call for additional nominations from the floor for the office to be filled. (b) The election of each Officer shall be conducted separately. A member may appeal the chair's decision to the meeting.5. and in the following order: (i) President. (e) A motion may then be made to reduce the number of Directors from the maximum prescribed by this Constitution. and the result of the vote shall be final and binding.5.9 (1) (a) (b) (2) The term “elective members” or “elective offices” as used in this Article shall include: the Officers of the Association as defined in Article 5. Procedure for Election 7. In the absence of further nominations. If the sum of Directors presented on the slate plus additional nominations from the floor is equal to or less than the number of Directors determined to be elected pursuant to Article 5. the Officer shall be acclaimed.10 Elections shall be conducted as follows: (a) The chair of the Nominations Committee shall present the entire slate of Candidates for elective officer. If no motion is made. (iv) Secretary. seconded and have provided their written consent to stand for election. (v) Treasurer. or have provided their written consent to stand for election. the Directors shall be acclaimed. in which case. in priority to the election of Directors. and the Directors of the Association as defined in Article 5. If any question of practice or procedure arises during the course of the meeting. (c) With respect to each officer. (f) The election of Directors shall follow and shall be conducted by way of a single secret ballot vote. Each additional nominee must be present. (d) In the event of a further nomination or nominations. the Chair shall make a decision on the point raised.1. subject to an appeal as provided by the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta.

replaced or amended by a Special Resolution at a General Meeting duly called and to which notice has been provided of the proposed repeal. ARTICLE 10 .CONSTITUTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA IN ALBERTA ARTICLE 8 . the Officers.1 Any person who feels aggrieved by any decision of the Executive. Copies of Amendment 10. ~ 28 ~ .APPEALS 9 Appeals 9. Disallowance by Executive Board 10.3 Copies of this Constitution and any repeal. replacement or amendment shall be effective. a Notice of appeal.SELECTION OF CANDIDATES 8 Procedure for Election of Candidates 8.1 The Association shall select candidates in accordance with the rules and regulations made by or prescribed by the Liberal Party of Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta. replacement or amendment and shall stipulate a date at which such repeal. or the Electoral District Association shall be entitled to appeal such decision by filing with the Chief Office of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta within forty-eight (48) hours of becoming aware of such decision. in its opinion.2 This Article does not apply where the person aggrieved has the right of appeal to the Permanent Appeals Committee of the Liberal Party of Canada.AMENDMENT 10 Amendment 10. Appeal to Permanent Appeals Committee 9. ARTICLE 9 .2 The Governing Council of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta may by Special Resolution declare invalid any provision of an Electoral District constitution which. replacement or amendment thereof certified by the President shall within Thirty (30) days of their effective date be filed with the National Office of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Chief Office of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta. is inconsistent with this Constitution or the rules of natural justice or fair play. The provisions of the Constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta shall apply to the appeal.1 This Constitution may be repealed.