CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF CANADA - NATIONAL CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT RESOLUTIONS - 2011 - EDA SUBMISSIONS

# SEC# SPONSORING EDA
35093 - Toronto Centre

RESOLUTION
4. MEMBERSHIP 4.1 Membership in the Party is open to every citizen or permanent resident of Canada who: 4.1.1 has attained the minimum age as specified by by-law; 4.1.2 actively supports the principles of the Party; 4.1.3 signifies their intention to join the Party; and 4.1.4 has personally paid the Party’s national membership fee in the amount specified by by-law and in the manner specified by National Council which shall set rules and procedures to provide reasonable assurance that the membership fee was paid by the member personally; and 4.1.5 is not an individual holding a membership in another federal political party .

RATIONALE
The reason for proposing this amendment is as follows: To "protect" the internal electoral processes of the Conservative Party of Canada from interference by our political competitors. While various bylaws have been enacted to protect the processes by which CPA members elect their EDA Board of Directors, select their Candidate for the next election, and nominate delegates for National Convention, we feel this would be less half hazardly addressed if the Constitution clearly disqualified any persons who are a currently member of another federal political party. A similar stipulation currently applies to those running for National Council. This will remove national council form the day to day operations of electoral district associations. These responsibilities are already covered within the Electoral District Association's Constitution AND within this doccument. To ensure all Board Members are aware of their team and support systems, their obligations, rights, and limitations. That concerns will be addressed internally, and so that Board Members and the CPC will have the knowledge and confidence that their legitimate concerns will be addressed appropriately through a mechanism for resolving disputes among local boards, national council, the party membership, and the candidate/MP.

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48005 - Calgary-Nose Hill

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5.3
47001 - Battlefords-Lloydminster

5.3 Electoral district associations shall comply with such requirements as to their governance, financial management and reporting, as may be implemented by National Council by bylaw or otherwise. Set out by their perspective Conservative Party of Canada Electoral District Association Constitutions. All CPC Electoral District Association Board of Director Members shall sign a declaration supporting the Constitution of the Conservative Party of Canada, National Council, the Leader, the incumbent MP or Candidate, and fellow Board of Director members. All CPC EDA Directors will also acknowledge their understanding that all disputes shall be addressed through the provisions of the Constitution of the CPC, the Constitution of their local EDA, and any other documents that direct the Council’s, Leader’s, nominees’, MPs’, Board’s activities and conduct.. Add new 5.4: Electoral district associations will be guided by the EDA Organization and Procedures Manual which outlines the obligations and responsibilities of Board members. This manual will be updated on a regular basis as required.

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5.4

48024 - Vegreville-Wainwright

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35069 - Parry Sound-Muskoka

EDAs encourage the participation of new members. It would be helpful for Boards of Directors, the Executive and the members to have a manual explaining organization, procedures, responsibilities, etc. This manual would include the Bylaws of the Party for easy reference.

Add new 5.4: To ensure that proper communication is made with other EDA's in the region it is a requirement that national headquarters will organize a meeting of all area EDA presidents on at least a quarterly basis. This meeting can be in person, or via teleconference or other method that allows the exchange of ideas and issues that will allow EDA's to work together to promote conservative values The national party will also make available a lists of contact information to all EDA's available to all EDA's on a quarterly basis.. .

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Being as we are a grass roots party it makes sense to have regional meetings with all EDA's in order that issues, problems and successes can be shared so that EDA's can learn from the successes and failures of other EDA's. This will also help EDA's to work together to promote conservative values. Good communication is the backbone of every successful organization and as such it makes sense that the people at the national office are involved in facilitating this in every way possible in order to allow the EDA's to work together to achieve the goal of electing conservative MP's to Parliament.

24021 - Hochelaga

Amend Part 6. Governance Objectives part 6.1.1 6.1.1 full representation of interests and views of members through a policy committee established in each province which aims to gather input from members on an ongoing basis to directly influence the policy direction of the party

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35052 - Nepean-Carleton

Members can reflect and convey their opinions on issues on an ongoing basis rather than waiting for the next conference. The committee would provide to members a means of ongoing communication and thus enrich the ideas of the Conservative Party of Canada

The National Council shall keep EDA’s well informed in a timely fashion concerning policy initiatives, achievements or issues, and so enable EDA’s to better promote Conservatism at the local level and assure party members that their voices are being heard.

The riding association has two fundamental and complementary roles. One is to mobilize support and funds to elect the EDA candidate as the local Member of Parliament. The other is to promote Conservatism in the riding. This includes the development of policy and the distribution of news outlining successes in putting party policies into legislation and government practices. The Party is very good in supporting the first role but needs to develop a similar proficiency in the second role. There is currently insufficient communication about policy matters from the National Council to the EDA’s. Armed with better information, the EDA’s would be in a far stronger position to promote Conservatism.

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59009 - Fleetwood-Port Kells

RESOLUTION
7.5 The following shall be entitled to vote as delegates to a national convention: 7.5.1 a equal scaled number not exceeding 10 of delegates based on membership from each electoral district association, not to exceed 20 delegates, based on the following scale: 0 - 200 members: 10 delegates 201 - 500: 15 delegates 501+ : 20 delegates elected in such number and in such manner as determined by National Council which shall include a requirement that at least one such delegate reflect youth participation, and as an additional delegate the president of the electoral district association as of a date set by National Council;

RATIONALE
To adjust the balance of elected delegates to a national convention to reflect the relative size of EDAs across the country. The strength of the Party is found in its membership and the participation of that membership in the democratic processes in place. This is better reflected when more members have an opportunity to give voice to the will of the membership at the Party's national convention. By placing a minimum and cap on the total number of delegates elected ensures appropriate levels of participation from all sizes of EDAs so as not to limit participation while avoiding domination of the process by a few large EDAs.

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48007 - Calgary South East

7.5.1 an equal number not exceeding 10 from each electoral district association Each electoral district with 100 or more members in good standing will be allocated a maximum of ten delegates, elected in such manner as determined by National Council, which shall include a requirement that at least one such delegate reflect youth participation, and as an additional delegate the president of the electoral district association as of the date set by National Council. Electoral districts with fewer than 100 members in good standing will be allocated one delegate per ten members up to a maximum of nine delegates, also elected in such manner as determined by National Council.

The article 7.5.1 has served the party well. Notwithstanding, seven years have passed since the party was founded, and now, with almost five years in government, the Conservative Party of Canada is not a new brand. The article, therefore, requires review and reform. The suggested change is relatively minor. Indeed, it recognizes that the party has advanced considerably beyond its formative days. The change will serve to motivate smaller EDAs to recruit more members to the modest level of 100 members so as to achieve a full 10-delegate level for attending the national convention and for electing the leader. The change will not disadvantage smaller EDAs to the point where they will have no influence at the national convention or in electing the leader; however, it recognizes that the bar for full equivalency in sending delegates to the convention and for electing the leader is a minimum of 100 members in the EDA. The suggested change is more representative of a maturing and growing party, and one, which now forms government than the status quo of the present article. The change introduces greater fairness to all EDAs, both small and large, when sending delegates to the national convention and when electing a leader under the underpinning principle set out in Article 10.9.1, which states “Each member of the Party will have one vote”.

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7.5.1

48005 - Calgary-Nose Hill

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7.6

7.6 Between national conventions, the governance, management and control of the activities of the Party are vested in National Council, the Leader, and Conservative Fund Canada, as the case may be, subject to general direction from, accountability to and review by the members at national conventions. ADD 7.6.1 New by-laws must be voted on at the next national convention and passes with a simple majority. 7.6.2 By-laws that are confirmed at national convention shall be numerically ordered.

This process will add time for discussion and legitimacy to by-laws as they are often situation and time sensitive in their inception. Secondly, by-laws that are no longer relevant, or do not have the support of the membership can be removed. finally, a better system of organizing the most current by-laws is beneficial to all party members.

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35061 - Oshawa 35072 - Pickering-Scarborough East 35014 - Durham 35058 - Northumberland-Quinte West 35029 - Haliburton-Kawartha-Brock 35071 - Peterborough 35099 - Whitby-Oshawa 35001 - Ajax-Pickering 35061 - Oshawa 35072 - Pickering-Scarborough East 35014 - Durham 35058 - Northumberland-Quinte West 35029 - Haliburton-Kawartha-Brock 35071 - Peterborough 35099 - Whitby-Oshawa 35001 - Ajax-Pickering 35061 - Oshawa 35072 - Pickering-Scarborough East 35014 - Durham 35058 - Northumberland-Quinte West 35029 - Haliburton-Kawartha-Brock 35071 - Peterborough 35099 - Whitby-Oshawa 35001 - Ajax-Pickering

A national newsletter shall be sent out to all CPC members by email on the subject of policy development, at least on an annual basis, detailing all policy proposals that have been vetted in the prescribed processes.

This amendment will improve communications in the party, and facilitate the involvement of all members in the policy process

That Ontario Regional Councillors shall be elected on a Regional basis.

Ontario is the largest Province in Canada, both in terms of population and land. This amendment guarantees that each of the distinct Regions will be represented, going forward.

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8.0

Provinces with more than 100 EDA's shall be allowed to elect one National Councillor for every 20 EDA's

This amendment gives Provinces representation on National Council somewhat more fairly representative of their population and number of EDA's

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35011 - Cambridge

RESOLUTION
8.1 National Council shall be composed of: 8.1.1 four six members elected from a province with more than 100 seats in the House of Commons; 8.1.2 four members elected from a province with 75-99 seats in the House of Commons 8.1.3 three members elected from a province with 51-100 51-74 seats in the House of Commons; 8.1.4 two members elected from a province with 26-50 seats in the House of Commons; 8.1.5 one member elected from a province with 4-25 seats in the House of Commons; 8.1.6 one member elected from each territory; 8.1.7 the Leader; 8.1.8 the Chair of Conservative Fund Canada or his or her designate, in a non-voting capacity; and 8.1.9the Executive Director or his or her designate, in a non-voting capacity.

RATIONALE
Whereas Ontario currently has 4 National Councillors representing a total of 106 EDAs, which translates into approximately 1 representative per 27 EDAs, this compares significantly unfavourably to every other province except Quebec (1 representative per 25 ridings) where representation ranges from 1:4 (PEI) to 1:18 (BC) Therefore, be it resolved that Ontario have 6 National Councillors rather than the present four. This would reduce our councillor to EDA ratio to 1 representative per approximately 18 ridings, which puts Ontario on par with British Columbia. By the same process, Quebec should have its representation increased to 4 national councillors (1 per approximately 21 ridings) as a part of this proposal. This would more equitably represent the membership and population of the Party and Canada at our National Council level while maintaining an effective voice for the smaller provinces at National Council.

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8.1

47009 - Saskatoon-Humboldt

8.1 National Council shall be composed of: 8.1.1 8.1.2 8.1.3 8.1.4 four members elected from a province with more than 100 seats in the House of Commons; three members elected from a province with 51-100 seats in the House of Commons ; two members elected from a province with 26-50 seats in the House of Commons; one member elected from a province with 4-25 seats in the House of Commons; three (3) members elected from each province one member elected from each territory; the Leader; the Chair of the Conservative Fund Canada or his or her designate, in a non-voting capacity; the Executive Director or his or her designate, in a non-voting capacity

The composition of National Council should be based on the principle of equality of the provinces which means equal representation from each province. Three members from each province is a fair and workable number.

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8.1

8.1.1 8.1.2 8.1.3 8.1.4 8.1.5 59034 - Vancouver South 59033 - Vancouver Quadra

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8.16

8.16 The presidents of the electoral district associations of the Party in the territories, a territory, a province, or a region of a province if as applicable, shall elect by secret ballot, members to National Council to fill any vacancies in elected positions between conventions. Where a vacancy occurs for a province, territory or region of a province, where its members of National Council were elected at the last national convention on a regional basis, a any new member shall be ordinarily resident in the same province, territory or region of the province as the former member. 8.19 Members of National Council shall be reimbursed for all reasonable (pre-authorized) expenses and travel incurred while fulfilling their responsibilities on National Council including travel to and from EDA events.

National Councillors are elected by secret ballot at conventions (7.2.3) so the vote should also be held that way to elect their replacements. It also would alleviate rancor between the newly-appointed councilor and EDA Presidents.

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8.19

35099 - Whitby-Oshawa 35090 - Thunder Bay-Rainy River 47009 - Saskatoon-Humbolt

National Councillors are unpaid volunteers and as such receive no wage and in most cases no remuneration for basic travel to and from EDA events. Reimbursement of travel should be a given. EDAs are supposed to be responsible for travel expenses of National Councillors if the EDA invited them to attend an event but EDAs do not adhere to this policy. Whereas electing councillors-at-large generally favours candidates who are from urban areas where many ridings are in close proximity to each other, this makes it easier for candidates from urban areas to campaign and harder for quality candidates from rural areas to have a reasonable opportunity for election. Therefore, be it resolved that the party regionally divide Ontario into suitable sub-regions (e.g. City of Toronto, GTA, South Western Ontario, Hamilton-Niagara, Eastern Ontario, Northern Ontario)

35011 - Cambridge

The Ontario National Councillors shall develop a bylaw and submit it to the ratification process which substantially follows the guidance of: 8.2.4 The Province of Ontario shall divide the EDAs into regions representing the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area, Burlington-Hamilton-Niagara, South-Western Ontario, Eastern and Northern Ontario. The regions will be amended as and when additional National Councillors shall be elected from Ontario. Each region will elect a single representative to National Council and will not vote for representatives from other regions of the province. This Bylaw will be presented for ratification following each national convention to be in place for the following national convention should it be approved.

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35011 - Cambridge

RESOLUTION
Strike Section 8.2 in its entirety. Replace 8.2 in its entirety with: 8.2 For any province that elects more than one member to National Council, National Council will divide the province into a number of sub-regions equal to the number of councillors to be elected, with one member to be elected for each region by delegates of the electoral district associations within that region, subject to the following:

RATIONALE
Whereas electing councillors-at-large is problematic in a province such as Ontario because the province is politically diverse, the needs of Northern Ontario, for example, are best understood by a National Councillor from that area of the province. Similarly, nonToronto representatives would have a hard time understanding the political needs of Toronto. Therefore, be it resolved that the Conservative Party eliminate the election of councillors-at-large and provide for the election of one member per Ontario sub-region to better reflect the diversity of the province, the electoral districts in which Conservative MPs have been elected, and the needs of the membership in all parts of the province.

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8.2

8.2.1 The number of electoral district associations assigned to each region will be approximately equal and will be continuously joined geographically. National Council will consult with the presidents of the electoral district associations of the province(s) effected to establish the boundaries of each region. 8.2.2 The provisions of Article 8.8 shall not apply.

8.2.3 The distribution of electoral district associations will be reviewed in consultation with the presidents of the electoral district association after each national convention and after any change in the number of national councillors to be elected by a province. 35011 - Cambridge Strike current Section 8.6 in its entirety. Insert a new 8.1 and renumber the current 8.1 through 8.5 to be 8.2 through 8.6 and the new 8.1 shall be: 8.1 The President, Vice-President and Secretary of National Council being our parties highest internally elected positions shall be elected by secret ballot of the membership in advance of each national convention. The Secretary is accountable for the encouragement and development of membership in the Party, and for the oversight of the National Membership Program on behalf of and subject to the direction of National Council and for reporting to National Council and national conventions. The election of these positions shall be subject to; 8.1.1 Each candidate shall fulfill all requirements necessary to sit on National Council, including signing and providing to the current National Council with their nomination for a position the following affirmation: “I have read, understand, and do hereby affirm my personal commitment to the principles and policies of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Constitution of the Conservative Party of Canada.” The candidate will provide their nomination and affirmation at least 90 days in advance of the national convention. The National Council shall begin to accept nominations no more than 120 days in advance of the National Convention. Whereas grassroots members of this party have no direct say on who will be president of this organization, nor any other executive officer position, this appears to be contrary to the sort of democracy we envision for our country, which should be reflected in our party’s governance structure. Therefore, be it resolved that we implement a process whereby we are directly electing our executive officers, including the President. This direct input from the members of the party will ensure that the party both respects and reflects the values of the membership and is seen to clearly respect and reflect the values of the membership.

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8.6

8.1.2 In order for a candidate to be nominated they must submit their names and qualifications in writing along with the affirmation of section 8.1.1 and have their nomination seconded by a member of the party in good standing. The nomination documents will be reviewed and endorsed by the president of the electoral district association in which they reside prior to forwarding to National Council. The date of submission will be deemed to be the date of receipt by the president of the candidate’s electoral district association. 8.1.3 Election of the President, Vice President and Secretary will be by secret ballot and will be completed at least 28 days in advance of the national convention. 8.1.4 Conservative Fund Canada shall appoint the returning officer for elections for President, Vice President and Secretary. The returning officer shall set out rules and procedures for the conduct of any election, subject to review by National Council. The rules shall provide that no one may be elected to more than three consecutive terms of office and that the election shall be by way of a preferential ballot. 8.1.5 Each successful candidate will represent their province or provincial region, as the case may be, on National Council. In the event that two persons from the same province or provincial region receive the highest number of votes for different positions the higher office, in the order of President, Vice President and then Secretary, will be deemed the successfully elected member and the member receiving the next highest number of votes for the lower position will be deemed elected to that position. 35011 - Cambridge 8.6 Immediately following the election for National Councillors at each national convention at which an election of National Council occurred, National Council the delegates to the national convention shall elect by simple majority from its the newly elected members of National Council who have expressed a desire to hold office and who have presented themselves to the delegates and who have received and answered questions from the delegates in an open forum, a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and such VicePresidents and other positions as it may determine has been determined are required. The Secretary is accountable for the encouragement and development of membership in the Party, and for the oversight of the National Membership Program on behalf of and subject to the direction of National Council and for reporting to National Council and national conventions. Whereas grassroots members of this party have no direct say on who will be president of this organization, nor any other executive officer position, this appears to be contrary to the sort of democracy we envision for our country, which should be reflected in our party’s governance structure. Therefore, be it resolved that we implement a process whereby we are directly electing our executive officers, including the President. This direct input from the members of the party will ensure that the party both respects and reflects the values of the membership and is seen to clearly respect and reflect the values of the membership.

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59033 - Vancouver Quadra ADD to 8.1: 8.1.9 the President elected by a majority of delegates

RESOLUTION

RATIONALE
• to ensure provinces with a single National Councilor are fully represented. • to ensure the President is accountable to the membership and not solely National Council • to allow the President of the party to be elected by a broader membership of the party • to ensure that the operational side of the party remains independent from the political side in fact and in appearance. • to remove the necessity for the Leader to cast the decisive ballot in the event of a tie. A finance committee, made up of councillors from National Council, will ensure that the funds that it is entrusted with are spent wisely and fairly. As it stands now the President on National Council has complete control over the National Council budget and it is at his discretion who on National Council has his or her expenses covered. This type of control can be abused and used to favour or disfavour individuals on National Council. Also the President needs to be accountable to National Council for his or her expenses and a finance committee of National Council would ensure that this is the case.

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8.1.9

ADD to 7.2: 7.2.4 elect the President by secret ballot 35099 - Whitby-Oshawa 35090 - Thunder Bay-Rainy River 35037 - Kitchener Centre 47009 - Saskatoon-Humboldt 8.7.6 the establishment of a finance committee and such committees as National Council may determine for the conduct of its responsibilities;

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8.7.6

48005 - Calgary-Nose Hill

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8.8

8.8 rules and procedures enacted under Article 8.7.7 and by-laws enacted under Article 8.7.8 shall be circulated to all electoral district association presidents within 7 days of enactment by National council and shall take effect on the date of enactment. If Written notice of objection from more than 99 electoral district association presidents has been received by National Council within 30 days of the rule and procedure or by-law being distributed to the electoral district associations, it shall be deemed repealed. If written notice of approval is not received by National Council within 90 days of enactment by the electoral district association presidents, the rule, procedure or by-law shall be deemed repealed. Alternatively, National Council may must propose all rules and procedures and by-laws to a national convention, which, if not approved by a simple majority of delegates voting, will not be subject to subsequent review and repeal by the presidents of the electoral district associations. That more than one National Councillor be on the board of the Conservative Fund.

1. Negative marketing techniques are not an effective way to achieve a majority. 2. 30 days is not a common or useful time frame to communicate with electoral district associations as they at best hold meetings monthly and often are not active over the summer. 3. By-laws, rules and procedures that have a large effect on the governance of the party must be passed by the Party at a convention, the basic grassroots function within the Party.

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9.0

35099 - Whitby-Oshawa 35061 - Oshawa 35072 - Pickering-Scarborough East 35001 - Ajax-Pickering 35014 - Durham 35058 - Northumberland-Quinte West 35029 - Haliburton-Kawartha-Brock 35071 - Peterborough 48005 - Calgary-Nose Hill

By increasing this number, National Council will have more input in to decisions on spending the money of the Party. This will mean an improvement in accountability.

ADD NEW 9.6 and revise-numbers for current 9.6 to 9.7, et al to fit: 9.6 The Conservative Fund of Canada shall notify affiliated organizations of fundraising activities taking place within the jurisdiction of their own electoral district.

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9.5
48017 - Edmonton-Spruce Grove

The concern for members privacy is often being violated by overlapping fundraising activities at the different levels of the party. This has a large negative effect on both donations and memberships and has begun to erode the trust members give to the party when they divulge their contact information. this effect has already and will continue to have a negative impact on fundraising and the volunteer pool. Section 9 is concerned with financial organization. The nomination of an Executive Director is not a direct financial matter but is a responsibility of the Leader of the Party.

9.9 The Leader shall nominate the Executive Director of the Party subject to ratification by National Council . Move this article to section 10 to become 10.4 and re-number subsequent articles accordingly. 10.4 The Leader shall nominate the Executive Director of the Party subject to ratification by National Council.

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9.9

59008 - Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca

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10.6

10.6 At the first national convention following a federal general election when the Party does not form the government and when the Leader has not indicated, prior to the commencement of the national convention, an irrevocable intention to resign, the delegates will vote by secret ballot if they wish to engage the leadership selection process.

The leader must always remain accountable to the Party, whether an election has been won or lost. Frequent and regular leadership reviews prevent disconnect between the leadership and the rest of the Party.

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35040 - Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington

RESOLUTION
10.6 At the first national convention following any general election where the Party does not form the government and the leader has not indicated, prior to the commencement of the national convention, an irrevocable intention to resign, the delegates will vote by secret ballot if they wish to engage the leadership selection process. If, within thirty days of a general election where the Party does not form the government, the Leader does not indicate an irrevocable intention to resign, National Council shall initiate a leadership review referendum, which shall have the following features: 10.6.1 The referendum question shall be: "Should the Conservative Party of Canada conduct a leadership election? ".

RATIONALE
This amendment speeds up the leadership review process, which could prove important if the Opposition were to form an unstable coalition or were to form a minority government following a future election. The current review process could take up to two years, since it can only happen at a convention. As a result, determining whether the membership wants a new leader could take up the better part of an entire Parliament.

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10.6.2 The referendum shall be conducted by postal ballot, and shall take place within 90 days of the date of the general election. 10.6.3 Only persons whose Party membership was valid during all or part of the writ period for the general election shall be eligible to vote. 10.6.4 National Council shall set the rules and procedures of the leadership review referendum to ensure a fair and effective process. ... 10.7.3 more than fifty percent (50%) of the votes cast in a leadership review referendum at a national convention as provided for in article 10.6 are in favour of engaging the leadership selection process 59034 - Vancouver South 59003 - Burnaby-New Westminster 59033 - Vancouver Quadra 10.8.2 The leadership election organizing committee shall determine the rules and procedures for the conduct of the leadership selection process, including a dispute resolution procedure which shall be final and binding. Ballots shall be cast in person in at least one polling station set up in each electoral district for that purpose, except in those electoral districts as designated by Elections Canada in Schedule 3 where some or all ballots may be cast by postal ballot. Where The the rules shall provide that a member may cast a postal ballot; the minimum membership period established for eligibility to vote in the leadership election shall be set so as to permit adequate time for ballots to be mailed to members and returned by mail. Voting by way of faxed ballot shall not be permitted. Membership in the Conservative Party of Canada involves many rights and responsibilities and among them voting for the leader is one of the most important roles that our constitution gives to members of our Party. Members must vote in person for the candidate of their choice in a nomination race and the Directors of the Association annually with no facilities for proxy votes, and yet, the constitution currently allows for members to simply mail in a ballot rather than have to present themselves at a polling location with appropriate ID. This leaves the process for the selection of our leader open to manipulation and in a tight race could quite possibly bring the result into question.

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10.8

59008 - Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca

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10.9

10.9 The election of the Leader shall be by way of a direct vote of members in every electoral district, as follows: 10.9.1 Each member of the Party will have one vote. 10.9.2 Each electoral district will be allocated 100 points. 10.9.3 Leadership candidates will be assigned a point total based on their percentage of the vote in each electoral district. 10.9.4 To win the leadership, a candidate must obtain a majority of points votes from across the country. 10.9.5 Voting will be by preferential vote (single transferable ballot). 10.9.6 Each leadership candidate is entitled to have scrutineers present at all stages of the vote count. 10.9.7 At each count round, both the weighted national results and the results by electoral district shall be made public.

Every eligible member of the party deserves one vote in leadership elections that is equal to that of another member. Eradicating the point system will unite the party as one whole, rather than divide it between EDAs with large memberships and EDAs with small memberships.

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47009 - Saskatoon-Humboldt

RESOLUTION
10.9 The election of the Leader shall be by way of a direct vote of members in every electoral district as follows: 10.9.1 Each eligible member of the Party will have one vote. 10.9.2 Each electoral district will be allocated 100 points. 10.9.2 Balloting will be by direct voting by mail, telephone or electronic means. 10.9.3 Leadership candidates will be assigned a point total based on their percentage of the vote in each electoral district. 10.9.3 Ballots shall be so designed that each voter will indicate their choice for their preferred candidate. 10.9.4 To win the leadership, a candidate must obtain a majority of points from across the country. a candidate must obtain more than half of the total valid ballots cast. 10.9.5 Voting will be by preferential vote (single transferable ballot). 10.9.5 If there are three (3) or more candidates and no candidate receives more than half of the valid ballots cast, a second ballot shall be held between the two (2) candidates who received the most votes. 10.9.6 In the event a second ballot is required, National Council shall have made provision in advance for a second ballot to be conducted no sooner than five (5) days and not later than fourteen (14) days, from the date of the first ballot. 10.9.6 is renumbered to become 10.9.7 Each leadership candidate is entitled to have scrutineers present at all stages of the vote count. 10.9.7 At each count round, both the weighted results and the results by electoral district shall be made public.

RATIONALE
The principle of one eligible member, one vote through direct election is the most transparent and accountable of all electoral systems. It is understandable, easy to administer and fair to all members. One member-one vote direct election discourages single-issue groupings, corruption or other questionable practices.

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35040 - Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington

10.9 The election of the Leader shall be by way of a direct vote of members in every electoral district, as follows: 10.9.1 Each member of the Party will have one vote. 10.9.2 Each electoral district will be allocated 100 points - and, in the case of EDAs where more than 100 ballots were cast, one point per additional vote, up to a maximum of 300 additional points .

This amendment would allow a more equal weighting of votes, which is more democratic than the status quo. It would also reduce the likelihood of a leader being elected with fewer votes than his / her opponent.

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59034 - Vancouver South 59003 - Burnaby-New Westminster 59008 - Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca 59033 - Vancouver Quadra

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Create a new Section 12, renumber original Section 12 and subsequent Sections accordingly: Young Conservatives of Canada 12.1 The National Council will work with youth and campus organizations to establish a Young Conservatives of Canada youth organization at a founding meeting held in conjunction with the next National Convention. Voting membership at the founding meeting will be any Party Member under the age of 30. 12.2 The National Council will recognize the Young Conservatives of Canada as a single national Conservative youth organization, which actively promotes the principles and objectives of the Party, and conducts its own business in a democratic manner. 12.3 The Young Conservatives of Canada will encourage the participation and recruitment of youth though organization in electoral district associations, and secondary and post-secondary institutions. 12.4 The Young Conservatives of Canada shall not: 12.4.1 Hold any special status or special voting rights on National Council. 12.4.2 Send Delegates to National Conventions independent of electoral district associations. 12.5 The Young Conservatives of Canada shall: 12.5.1 Work to ensure continuity of campus clubs between semesters. 12.5.2 Coordinate Conservative participation in model parliament organizations. 12.6 Membership will consist of Party Members under the age of 30. 12.7 Notwithstanding the adopted constitution and bylaws of the Young Conservatives of Canada, the organization will comply with the Party Constitution and bylaws where any conflict may exist. 12.8 Young Conservatives of Canada business affected by the Elections Act, including funds, will be subject to the ultimate governance of the National Council.

1. The Young Conservatives of Canada will greatly assist in identifying and integrating students into their respective electoral district associations. 2. Constitutionally entrenching a youth organization guarantees longevity and consistency in student recruitment by the Party, and ensures the focus will be on student integration into the electoral district association – not “youth politics”. 3.The Conservative Party of Canada is the only major political party in the G-8 without some form of youth or student network.

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RESOLUTION
Article 13.4 of the Party Constitution states: "Between national conventions, interim policies may be developed by the Parliamentary Caucus and Leader." We recommend that article 13.4 be amended as follows: "Between national conventions, where exigent circumstances necessitate departure from the national policy declaration, interim policies may be developed by the Parliamentary Caucus and Leader."

RATIONALE
Since the Conservative Party was elected to form government in January, 2006 an imbalance has developed in the process of making policy. Delta-Richmond East and neighbouring EDA's are of the opinion that an excessive amount of power has been concentrated in national headquarters to create, alter and rescind policy in a rather arbitrary manner. We recognize that minority governments are inherently unstable and that the executive branch of the party must have a reasonable amount of latitude to adjust policy when emergencies make our stated plans and priorities impractical. For example, the recession occurred in the middle of September, 2008 only one week after the election campaign had begun. Obviously, the Prime Minister and the Caucus were in the best position to determine what course to take. That does not mean that the EDA's must be completely excluded in such circumstances. If the Leader, Caucus and National Council determine that it is necessary to adopt interim policies then they should state their reasons for doing so. This amendment is intended to clarify the authority, the circumstances under which it may be used and restore some equilibrium to the national policy development process. The composition of national committees should be based on the principle of equality of the provinces, which means each province should have an equal number of representatives on these committees. Otherwise, it is a matter of discrimination favouring provinces with a larger population over the provinces with less population The composition of national committees should be based on the principle of equality of the territories, which means each territory should have an equal number of representatives on these committees. The granting of waivers, sometime in the past, was delegated away from National Council and the granting of waivers now resides with only two people - the President of National Council and the head of Political Operations. Also National Councillors of the affected province were to be consulted when granting waivers but this in fact is not happening. The granting of a waiver is a membership issue and should reside solely with National Council as a whole as is the case when revoking a Party membership.

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47009 - Saskatoon-Humboldt

13.2.4 the same number of two representatives from each province as the number of members of National Council from that province, selected by the presidents of the electoral district associations in each province; and

13.2.5
35061 - Oshawa 35072 - Pickering-Scarborough East 35014 - Durham 35058 - Northumberland-Quinte West 35029 - Haliburton-Kawartha-Brock 35071 - Peterborough 35099 - Whitby-Oshawa 35001 - Ajax-Pickering 47009 - Saskatoon-Humboldt

13.2.5 one representative for from each of the three territories elected by the presidents of the electoral district associations from those territories.

14.1 National Council shall create rules and procedures for the selection of candidates. The rules shall provide that only a member of the Party may seek nomination as a candidate. In cases where the candidate(s) has not been a member for the minimum 6 month period National Council, by majority vote, may grant a waiver. (The next sentence should be a section by itself and the remaining paragraphs renumbered) 14. 2 National Council shall establish the National Candidate Selection Committee that shall have the right to disallow the candidacy of any person before or after nomination by the electoral district association, subject to the appeal of such a decision to National Council whose decision shall be final and binding or who may refer the matter to the Arbitration Committee for decision by a panel. 14.1 National Council shall create rules and procedures for the selection of candidates. The rules shall provide that only a member of the Party who has not held a membership in another federal political party for twenty-one (21) days prior to the date of their application may seek nomination as a candidate. National Council shall establish the National Candidates Selection Committee that shall have the right to disallow the candidacy of any person before or after nomination by the electoral district association, subject to the appeal of such a decision to National Council whose decision shall be final and binding or who may refer the matter to the Arbitration Committee for decision by a panel.

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35093 - Toronto Centre

The reason for proposing this amendment is as follows: To "protect" the candidate nomination process from interference by our political competitors. We believe the Constitution should clearly disqualify any persons who have been a member of another federal political party within the recent past (which we defined as 21 days) from the candidate nomination process. A similar stipulation (without the time limit) currently applies to those running for National Council.

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14.1 National Council shall create rules and procedures for the selection of candidates. The rules shall provide that only a member of the Party may seek nomination as a candidate. National Council shall establish the National Candidate Selection Committee that shall have the right to disallow the candidacy of any person before or after nomination by the electoral district association, subject to the appeal of such decision to National Council whose decision shall be final and binding or who may refer the matter to the Arbitration Committee for decision by a panel. 14.11 The National Candidate Selection Committee shall authorize and approve every person seeking the nomination for an electoral district before the person may stand for the nomination.

RATIONALE
Currently even if an EDA has a full and proper candidate nomination process, political operations and or National Council can decide that they want a candidate gone. There is no requirement for the EDA board or executive to be informed of the reasons. The decision can happen and the only appeal would be to the National Council Arbitration Committee. As 14.1 is currently written, this is the process that can and has taken place. This amendment adds a step in the process for removing a candidate that has been approved and elected by the membership of the Electoral District Association. The final decision remains with the National Council or Arbitration Committee as the constitution currently sets out. This amendment ensures that the local association board is aware of the concerns that are leading to reconsideration of the candidate. The association feels that these admendments allow for a grass roots contribution to the review of the local candidate which will help the membership feel that they are not completely removed from the process.

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14.12 The National Candidate Selection Committee shall have the right to request a review of any candidate after the nomination process has been completed. Said review shall consist of a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Electoral District Association for the purpose of confirming or disallowing the candidate. In the interest of a timely decision and cost considerations this meeting could be done via a teleconference. 14.13 The National Candidate Selection Committee and/or the candidate shall have the right to appeal the decision of the Board to the National Council whose decision shall be final and binding. The National Council may refer the matter to the Arbitration Committee for decision by a panel. 35040 - Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington The following new Article would be added, after 14.1 14.2 In the case of rural and remote electoral districts, the rules shall provide that polling stations for the candidate nomination vote be located so that no inhabited part of the district shall be more than fifty kilometres from the nearest polling station or, at the discretion of the candidate nomination committee in the electoral district, that the nomination be conducted by postal ballot. Current Articles 14.2 and 14.3 will be renumbered as 14.3 and 14.4.

This amendment ensures that candidate nominations will be more accessible to all party members, and that no party member will be denied the ability to vote by reason of being too far from the polling station.

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47001 - Battlefords-Lloydminster

14.4 In minority government situations: in a riding where the party candidate is non-incumbent (not a sitting member of the House of Commons), the EDA shall hold nomination contests every 12-16 months. The EDA shall hold a review of incumbent MP by party members in the EDA every 12 – 16 months. In majority government situations with fixed election dates: Where the party candidate is non-incumbent (not a sitting member of the House of Commons), a nomination contest shall be held 6-12 months prior to the writ being dropped. Where the party candidate is an elected MP, a nomination contest shall be held 4-6 months prior to the writ being dropped.

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The Conservative Party of Canada strives to ensure that the candidates selected to serve as Members of Parliament are of the highest moral fibre, are hard-working, honest citizens who will work hard to balance their duties and obligations in our nation’s capital with their duties and obligations in their local ridings. To ensure continued achievement of this objective, democratic safeguards must be put in place. Democracy demands responsibility in the systems and processes in which its citizens engage, to reduce possibility of confusion, errors, or abuse by any individuals involved in . These processes must hold members of parliament and candidates accountable to their local party members. Reviews are necessary to ensure the will of the party members is reflected in the choice of candidates offered to voters. The EDA must be assured the incumbent is performing the required local riding duties, and the incumbent must be assured of the confidence of the riding association and membership. The existing Constitution does not provide for set timelines for nomination meetings.

48020 - MacLeod

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14.4 In keeping with the principles set out in this Constitution, the Party recognizes the need for a candidate nomination selection process that is democratic and respects the will of its membership. As such, a candidate nomination selection meeting shall take place: (a) at least every fifty-four (54) months, which time shall commence from the date this amendment is proclaimed, and which shall not be extended by any event; and (b) where an EDA has not held a candidate nomination selection meeting in the fifty-four months prior to the date this amendment is proclaimed, the EDA shall conduct a candidate nomination selection meeting within eighteen (18) months of the date this amendment is proclaimed. 14.4 Notwithstanding 14.1 or 19.6 in the case where a National Selection Committee disallows the candidacy of any person and that decision is upheld in an appeal to National Council or in a reference to the Arbitration Committee at a meeting called within 10 days of such final decision the members of an Electoral District Association may reverse or change such decision on approval of 2/3 of the membership entitled to vote (as at the time of the decision of the National Selection Committee) at a meeting called for that purpose. Notice of the meeting shall be no less then 10 days and no more then 15 days. A meeting may be called by the president of the association or by the secretary upon written request of at least 5 directors or 50 members of the Electoral District Association.

47012 - Souris-Moose Mountain

This amendment proposes to return final say on candidate selection to the grass roots associations (the principle that this party was built on.) while making sure that the selection is important to the riding. (2/3 of eligible voters will not be an easy mark to hit.)

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NEW ADDITION TO THE CONSTITUTION 14.4 The Leader, in consultation with National Council and the affected Electoral District Association, may select the Party’s candidate in up to ten (10) percent of the electoral districts that do not have a current sitting Member of Parliament who is a member of the Parliamentary Caucus of the Party.

RATIONALE
In practice, some of this is already happening, i.e. abridgement of the notice rules just before or after the writ is dropped or candidates carrying on as the nominated candidate after a by-election without being re-nominated. There are legitimate special circumstances where desirable candidates are not able to announce their candidacy until the writ is dropped, i.e. their current employment situation or stature in the community. The leader is required by the Elections Act to sign the nomination papers of each candidate. This amendment would let him/her off the hook by making the decision in conjunction with the National Council. The National Council would also be required to consult with the Electoral District Association in making this decision. The wishes of Conservatives across Canada that have been approved by Council, must not be held up for months/years while lawyers wordsmith a translation.

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48017 - Edmonton-Spruce Grove

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16.5.3
47009 - Saskatoon-Humboldt

16.5.3 within three (3) months after each national convention at which delegates approve amendments to the Constitution, ensuring that a consolidated version of the Constitution is prepared in both official languages for approval by National Council, incorporating all of the amendments made at the national convention, and following legislative practice in preparing such a consolidation by correcting any numerical, typographical, grammatical, syntax or translation errors that may otherwise exist in the text. 16.7.3 the same number of two representatives from each province as the number of members of National Council from that province selected by the presidents of the electoral district associations in each province.

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47009 - Saskatoon-Humboldt 16.7.4 one representative for from each of the three territories elected by the presidents of the electoral district associations from the territories; and

The composition of national committees should be based on the principle of equality of provinces, which means each province should have an equal number of representatives on these committees. Otherwise, it is a matter of discrimination favouring provinces with a larger population over provinces with less population. The composition of national committees should be based on the principle of equality of the territories which means each territory should have an equal number of representatives on these committees.

16.7.4

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