Party Constitution

The Veterans Coalition Party of
Canada Constitution

PART 1 – THE PARTY
PREAMBLE
The Veterans Coalition Party of Canada is a new Party to federal politics in Canada. We are not
common politicians, none of us are, nor will we ever be typical career politicians. We were
mostly soldiers, first responders and citizens who served our communities and nation. We swore
oaths to defend this nation and that oath didn’t end when we took off our uniforms, or left
community service. While in uniform we were indoctrinated into the values of integrity, honour,
duty, mission before self. We have learned unlimited liability and accountability. Even just one
of these values is hard to find in career politicians. These values have made up our warrior ethos.
These values which have continued since we left the forces, or community services.
The Veterans Coalition Party of Canada started with soldiers and service people, but we are also
evolved into a membership from all walks of life. All patriots who share a common vision and
objective of transparent and accountable government to the people of Canada. We want to hand
the power back to the people of our Nation and create a society void of corruption, lies, the
continual rotation between typical political parties that share many of the same donors, lobbyists,
associations and in some cases members at different timeframes. This current system has given
us no overall improvement to the country or its citizens, for decades upon decades and it is time
for change.
The Veterans Coalition Party of Canada has been spending a great deal of time planning and
speaking to Canadians to create the direction for our party in the best interest and wishes of
Canadians. This constitution will outline how we would operate and develops a basic outline of
how we would implement our operations if elected. Please read our operations plan and feel free
to provide input. While these are big goals for a party to set, we feel we can implement them in
the first term.
The Veterans Coalition Party of Canada is committed to the view that the safety and basic human
rights of each individual (regardless of race, religion, gender, or orientation) is the primary
principle of democratic society and remains the primary purpose of government and this Party.
Further that no one person’s, or one group’s rights or safety should take priority over another.
The Veterans Coalition Party of Canada is bound by the constitution of Canada and the Canadian
Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is committed to the pursuit of equality of opportunity for all
persons, to the enhancement of our unique and diverse cultural community, to the recognition that
English and French are the official languages of Canada, and to the preservation of the Canadian
identity in a global society.
In sustaining this mandate and commitment, the Veterans Coalition Party of Canada 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 adaptation to the changing needs of modern
Canadian society.
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The Veterans Coalition Party of Canada recognizes that rights and safety of its citizens in a
democratic system requires that all citizens have means to acquire full information and
transparency concerning the policies and actions from leadership of the Party. All Canadians are
entitled to open and public access to both Leaders of the Party and Representatives from any riding
they wish information on accountability. The party promotes input and ideas to better the political,
economic, social, cultural and general well-being of Canadians.
This Constitution sets forth the institutions, systems and procedures by which the Veterans
Coalition Party of Canada, will be bound to accountability and co-operation within its membership,
associations, and most importantly the Citizens of Canada thru provincial and territorial leadership
and electoral ridings, working to implement the ideas and policies of Canadian citizens and
managing the country in the behalf of the voting public.
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CHAPTER 1 – FOUNDING PROVISIONS
Establishment and name
There is an association named “The Veterans Coalition Party of Canada”, which is referred
to throughout this Constitution as “the Party”.
Purposes
(1) The fundamental purposes of the Party are:
(a) to participate in the public affairs of Canada by endorsing members of the
Party as candidates of the Party for election to the House of Commons and
supporting their election;
(b) to communicate and listen to Canadians on their needs and concerns to
formulate the Party positions on legislation, bills and budgets as well as social
services vs taxes;
(c) to promote membership in the Party;
(d) to raise money free from corruption or expected favor to support the
fundamental or basic needs of the Party and it membership during
campaigning;
(e) to provide a forum for members of the Party to have their say on behalf of their
ridings and constituents in influencing the policies and platform of the Party to
properly represent all regions and citizens of Canada;
(f) to coordinate the activities of supporters of the Party in the best interest of
ethics, morals and public opinion;
(g) to ensure equitable representation of all group in all levels of the Party; and
(h) to communicate and negotiate with the provinces to bring the country together
using both private and public committees with experts in key businesses and
conflict businesses under moderation instead of speculating third party
convictions.
Authority of this Constitution
This Constitution governs the affairs of the Party and is the final authority concerning any
dispute within the Party. If there is a conflict between this Constitution and any Constituent
Body Constitution, this Constitution prevails insofar as the federal affairs of the Party are
concerned.
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PART 2 – PARTY STRUCTURES
CHAPTER 2 – MEMBERSHIP
Qualification for membership
Membership in the Party is open without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic
origin, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age or mental or physical disability. To be
eligible for membership in the Party, a person must:
(a) be at least 18 years of age;
(b) support the purposes of the Party and the Canadian people;
(c) be qualified as an elector who may vote in accordance with part 11 of the
Canada Elections Act or ordinarily live in Canada;
(d) not be a member of any other federal political party in Canada; and
(e) while a member of the Party, not have publicly declared an intention to be a
candidate for election to the House of Commons other than as a candidate of
the Party.
Application and admission
(1) A person may apply for membership in the Party by completing an application form
and delivering it to an office designated by the National Board of Directors or
submitting it electronically in a manner prescribed by the National Board of
Directors.
(2) The Party must promptly admit as a member of the Party each person who has
applied in accordance with Subsection 5(1), has paid any Elections Canada fees and
meets the requirements of Section 4.
(3) Despite Subsection 5(2), the Party may refuse to admit any person as a member of
the Party if it has reasonable grounds to believe that a person does not meet the
requirements of Section 4.
Membership fees
(1) There are currently no membership fees to the Party;
National register of members
(1) The National Office is responsible to maintain a national register of the members of
the Party.
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(2) Subject to reasonable procedures prescribed by the National Board of Directors to
ensure compliance with applicable privacy legislation, each Constituent Body is
entitled to timely access to all information concerning the identification of the
member contained in the national register of members about all members of the Party
who are entitled to participate in the affairs of the Constituent Body and each
member of the House of Commons who is also a member of the Caucus is entitled to
timely access to the information contained in the national register of members about
all members of the Party who are entitled to participate in the affairs of the EDA for
the electoral district represented by that member of the House of Commons.
Term of membership and renewal
(1) Membership in the Party takes effect on the date prescribed by the National Board of
Directors that is no later than the next business day after the application for
membership is delivered or submitted in the province or territory in which the
applicant for membership lives and remains current for a period established by the
National Board of Directors.
(2) At any time before the expiry of their membership, a member of the Party who
continues to meet the requirements of Section 4 may renew that membership by
completing an application for membership and delivering it to the National Board of
Directors or submitting it electronically in a manner prescribed by the National
Board of Directors.
(3) A membership renewal takes effect on the day immediately following the expiry of
the current membership and continues in force for the same period as a new
membership that begins on that day.
(4) A member of the Party who does not renew their membership in accordance with
Subsection (2) may apply to join the Party again in accordance with Section 5.
Expiry of membership
A member’s membership in the Party expires:
(a) when the member’s current membership term expires;
(b) when the member no longer meets all the requirements of Section 4;
(c) when the membership is terminated by the National Board of Directors;
(d) when the member resigns; or
(e) when the member dies.
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Rights of members
(1) A member of the Party has the right to receive newsletters, information, membership
services, and notices of general meetings and other activities from the Party, from
their PTA, from their EDA, from any Commission or Commission Club of which
they are a member and from the EDA of which they are an associate member.
(2) Subject to the relevant provisions of this Constitution, a member of the Party has the
right to:
(a) attend, speak, and vote at a general meeting of their EDA or any Commission
or Commission Club of which they are a member;
(b) attend and speak (but not vote) at a general meeting of any EDA of which they
are an associate member;
(c) be selected as a delegate or an alternate delegate to any convention or general
meeting of the Party or any Commission of which they are a member;
(d) subject to the relevant provisions of the Constitution of their PTA, be selected
as a delegate or an alternate delegate to any convention or general meeting of
that PTA;
(e) be elected to any office in the Party;
(f) subject to the relevant provisions of the Constitution of their PTA, be elected
to any office in that PTA;
(g) subject to the relevant provisions of the Constitution of their PTA and the
Constitution (if any) of the EDA in which the election to office is sought, be
elected to any office in an EDA in the province or territory in which the
member lives whether or not the member lives in the electoral district
represented by the EDA;
(h) vote on the Leadership Vote and on the Leadership Endorsement Ballot
conducted in their EDA;
(i) subject to the relevant provisions of the Constitution of their PTA, appeal to an
appeals tribunal established by their PTA in relation to all matters arising
under the Constitution of their PTA, the Constitution (if any) of their EDA or
the Constitution (if any) of the EDA of which they are an associate member;
(j) appeal to the Permanent Appeal Committee;
(k) communicate with, and to receive available services from, the National Office
in English or French.
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(3) A member of the Party is deemed to be a supporter of the Party and has all the rights
of a supporter.
(4) Subject to Chapter 13, a member of the Party has the right to seek to be a candidate
of the Party for election to the House of Commons.
Bylaws
(1) The National Board of Directors may make any bylaw in accordance with the
procedure set out in Section 34 to regulate the procedures of applying for
membership, renewing membership and the expiry of membership, but any bylaw
that the National Board of Directors makes must be consistent with this Constitution.
(2) Bylaws anticipated by Subsection (1) may include but are not limited to:
(a) the delegation of authority for processing applications for membership to the
PTAs and the designation of PTA and other offices as the offices where
applications for membership and renewals of membership may be delivered;
(b) the manner in which applications for membership and renewals of membership
may be submitted electronically;
(c) the forms to be completed for applications for membership and renewals of
membership;
(d) the designation of members as “inactive” in cases where the mailing address
for a member in the records maintained by the National Office is no longer
current;
(e) additional membership requirements applicable only to provinces in which the
PTA is also a provincial party.
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CHAPTER 3 – SUPPORTERS
Qualification as a supporter
To be eligible to become a supporter of the Party, a person must be either a member of the
Party or a person who:
(a) is at least 18 years of age;
(b) supports the purposes of the Party;
(c) is qualified as an elector who may vote in accordance with part 11 of the
Canada Elections Act or ordinarily lives in Canada; and
(d) is not a member of any other federal political party in Canada.
Application and admission
(1) A person may apply to become a supporter of the Party by completing an application
form and delivering it to an office designated by the National Board of Directors or
submitting it electronically in a manner prescribed by the National Board of
Directors.
(2) The Party must promptly admit as a supporter of the Party each person who has
applied in accordance with Subsection (1) and meets the requirements of Section 12.
(3) Despite Subsection (2), the Party may refuse to admit any person as a supporter of
the Party if it has reasonable grounds to believe that a person does not meet the
requirements of Section 12.
National register of supporters
(1) The National Office is responsible to maintain a national register of the supporters of
the Party.
(2) Subject to reasonable procedures prescribed by the National Board of Directors to
ensure compliance with applicable privacy legislation, each Constituent Body is
entitled to timely access to all information concerning the identification of the
supporter contained in the national register of supporters about all supporters of the
Party who are entitled to participate in the affairs of the Constituent Body and each
member of the House of Commons who is also a member of the Caucus is entitled to
timely access to the information contained in the national register of supporters about
all supporters of the Party who are entitled to participate in the affairs of the EDA for
the electoral district represented by that member of the House of Commons.
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Term of registration as a supporter
Registration as a supporter of the Party takes effect on the date prescribed by the National
Board of Directors that is no later than the next business day after the application to
become a supporter is delivered or submitted in the province or territory in which the
applicant lives.
Deregistration of supporters
A person ceases to be a supporter of the Party:
(a) when the supporter no longer meets all the requirements of Section 12;
(b) when the supporter’s registration is terminated by the National Board of
Directors; or
(c) when the supporter presents to the Party a request to be no longer registered as
a supporter.
Rights of supporters
Subject to the relevant provisions of this Constitution, a supporter of the Party has the right
to vote on the Leadership Vote conducted in their EDA.
Bylaws
(1) The National Board of Directors may make any bylaw in accordance with the
procedure set out in Section 34 to regulate the procedures of applying to become a
supporter, but any bylaw that the National Board of Directors makes must be
consistent with this Constitution.
(2) Bylaws anticipated by Subsection 18(1) may include but are not limited to:
(a) the delegation of authority for processing applications to the PTAs and the
designation of PTA and other offices as the offices where applications for to
become a supporter may be delivered;
(b) the manner in which applications to become a supporter may be submitted
electronically;
(c) the forms to be completed for applications to become a supporter;
(d) the designation of supporters as “inactive” in cases where the mailing address
for a supporter in the records maintained by the National Office is no longer
current;
(e) additional requirements applicable only to supporters in provinces in which the
PTA is also a provincial party.
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CHAPTER 4 – ELECTORAL DISTRICT ASSOCIATIONS
Purposes, constitutions and certification of EDAs
(1) Each Electoral District Association (EDA) is responsible to pursue actively the
following purposes and activities:
(a) to participate in public affairs by endorsing the person who is the candidate of
the Party for election to the House of Commons for its electoral district, by
ensuring that the association has an effective election readiness organization
and plan and by implementing that plan;
(b) to provide a forum for its members 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) to raise money to support the fundamental purposes of the Party and the
purposes and activities of the EDA;
(d) to communicate regularly with its members and with the public in its electoral
district.
(2) If an EDA has a Constitution then it must be consistent with this Constitution and the
Constitution of its PTA and must:
(a) incorporate the purposes set out in Subsection 19(1) and the principles set out
in the Preamble and define its purposes in a manner consistent with Section 2;
(b) if the Constitution of its PTA does not provide for the rights of members of the
EDA as set out in Section 10, provide for those rights for its members;
(c) provide for the election of a chief executive officer of the EDA (the “EDA
President”) and officers primarily responsible for fundraising, membership and
policy of the EDA (the “EDA Fundraising Chair, EDA Membership Chair and
EDA Policy Chair”) by a vote of all its members;
(d) provide for an appeal procedure in respect of any action or decision of the
EDA and any irregularities in connection with any meetings of the EDA except
where an appeal is within the jurisdiction of the Permanent Appeal Committee;
(e) provide for the establishment and maintenance of proper financial records,
minutes of meetings and correspondence; and
(f) provide for full financial disclosure in accordance with generally accepted
accounting principles.
(3) The Leader may refuse to certify as an electoral district association of the Party
under the Canada Elections Act any association that does not meet the following
criteria:
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(a) if the association has a Constitution, it complies with Subsection 19(2) and no
provision of that Constitution is inconsistent with this Constitution or the
Constitution of its PTA;
(b) the association has filed with the National Office a copy of the current
Constitution of the EDA (if any) certified by the EDA President;
(c) the association has appointed as the financial agent of the association for the
purposes of the Canada Elections Act a person approved in writing by the
Chief Financial Officer;
(d) the association has appointed as the auditor of the association for the purposes
of the Canada Elections Act a person approved in writing by the Chief
Financial Officer;
(e) each of the EDA President and the EDA Policy Chair has been elected as an
officer of the association by a general meeting of the association and has not
served in their office for more than 27 months without being re-elected to that
office by a vote of all its members;
(f) all officers of the association are members of the Party; and
(g) the association shares the purposes of the Party and governs itself in
accordance with this Constitution, the Constitution of its PTA and the
Constitution (if any) of the association.
(4) The Party, on application signed by the Leader and two of its officers, may apply
under the Canada Elections Act for the deregistration of an EDA if:
(a) the association does not meet the criteria set out in Subsection 19(3);
(b) the association does not fulfill any of its duties under Section 20;
(c) the association has failed to make any of the filings required to be made by an
electoral district association under the Canada Elections Act; or
(d) the association, the financial agent of the association or the auditor of the
association have not complied fully with the Canada Elections Act.
Rights and responsibilities of an Electoral District Association
(1) Subject to the relevant provisions of this Constitution, each EDA has the right to
send delegates to any convention or general meeting of the Party.
(2) Each EDA must hold a general meeting of all its members at least once every two
years. The meeting must be no more than 27 months after the previous such general
meeting. The EDA must promptly deliver to the National Office a copy of any notice
it gives for such general meeting.
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(3) Each EDA must hold delegate selection meetings and candidate selection meetings
as required by this Constitution.
(4) Each EDA must make all filings required to be made by an electoral district
association under the Canada Elections Act and must promptly provide a copy of
such filings to the National Office and must comply with all financial reporting and
internal control requirements established by Party Bylaw to ensure compliance with
federal law.
Associate membership in an EDA
(1) Only members of the Party may belong to an EDA. A member of the Party who does
not live in the electoral district represented by an EDA may become an associate
member in that EDA by application delivered to an office designated by the National
Board of Directors or by submitting it electronically with the current membership fee
in a manner prescribed by the National Board of Directors.
(2) Associate membership in an EDA takes effect on the date prescribed by the National
Board of Directors, remains current for a period established by the National Board of
Directors and may be renewed in accordance with procedures established by the
National Board of Directors.
(3) Associate members have all the same rights as other members of the Party except the
right to vote at any general meeting of the EDA (including a delegate selection
meeting or a candidate selection meeting for the EDA) or any Leadership Vote or
Leadership Endorsement Ballot conducted in the EDA.
(4) A member of the Party may be an associate member of only one EDA at any time
but may transfer associate membership from one EDA to another by giving written
notice to an office designated by the National Board of Directors or by submitting it
electronically in a manner prescribed by the National Board of Directors.
(5) When a member transfers membership from one EDA to another, associate
membership in the first association will end, and membership in the second
association will begin, on the date prescribed by the National Board of Directors.
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CHAPTER 5 – PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL ASSOCIATIONS
Federation
(1) The Veterans Coalition Party of Canada is a federation made up of the following
provincial and territorial associations (known as PTAs):
The Maritimes VCP of Canada
The Quebec VCP of Canada
The Ontario VCP of Canada
The VCP of Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta)
The VCP of Canada in British Columbia
The VCP of Canada – Territories
(2) Each PTA is responsible for:
(a) organization and election readiness and policy development in its province or
territory, for representing its province or territory to the Party nationally and
for implementing national programs and initiatives in its province or territory;
(b) developing on an annual basis, in concert with the members of the Party in its
province or territory, a strategic plan for its province or territory that proposes
activities in the areas of membership recruitment; finance and fundraising;
policy development; EDA compliance; EDA organization, election readiness
and policy development; where a provincial or territorial section of a
Commission (a “PTA Commission”) is recognized, PTA Commission
compliance; PTA Commission organization, election readiness and policy
development; administration of Party elections (including a Leadership Vote, a
Leadership Endorsement Ballot, candidate selection meetings and delegate
selection meetings); and election readiness;
(c) communicating regularly with its members and with the public in its province
or territory in connection with the provincial or territorial affairs of the Party.
(3) Each PTA must have a constitution that is consistent with this Constitution and that:
(a) incorporates the principles set out in the Preamble and defines its purposes in a
manner consistent with Section 2 and Subsection 22(2);
(b) ensures the principle of equal participation of men and women in its structure
and activities;
(c) ensures the principle of equitable representation of aboriginal peoples in its
structure and activities;
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(d) provides for the rights of members of the Party in its province or territory as
set out in Section 10;
(e) provides that EDAs are granted rights to participate in the affairs of the PTA;
(f) provides that PTA Commissions are granted rights to participate in the affairs
of the PTA;
(g) provides for the holding of regular general meetings with adequate notice of
such meetings to all members of the Party in the province or territory and for
the election of officers of the PTA at such meetings and, in particular, provides
for the election of the chair of the PTA executive (the “PTA President”) and
the officer of the PTA primarily responsible for policy (the “PTA Policy
Chair”) in a process in which all members of the Party in the province or
territory are given an opportunity to vote directly or as delegates to a general
meeting;
(h) provides for an appeal procedure in respect of any action or decision of the
PTA and any Constituent Bodies in its province or territory and any
irregularities in connection with any meetings of the PTA or Constituent
Bodies in its province or territory except where an appeal is within the
jurisdiction of the Permanent Appeal Committee;
(i) provides for the establishment and maintenance of proper financial records,
minutes of meetings and correspondence;
(j) provides for full financial disclosure in accordance with generally accepted
accounting principles;
(k) provides for a procedure for determining the sharing of revenues between the
PTA and the EDAs that represent electoral districts within its province or
territory.
(4) In the case of a PTA which is also a provincial party, nothing in this Section restricts
people who are not members of the Party from participating in the affairs of the PTA
but such people may not vote at any meetings held under this Constitution (including
delegate selection and candidate selection meetings) or on the Leadership Vote.
(5) If the Constitution of the PTA provides for the establishment or governance of
EDAs, then the provisions of the Constitution must be consistent with Subsection
19(2).
(6) If the Constitution of the PTA provides for the establishment or governance of PTA
Commissions, then the provisions of the Constitution must be consistent with
Subsection 41(3).
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Rights
(1) Each PTA has the right to be represented nationally as follows:
(a) on the National Board of Directors
(b) on the Permanent Appeal Committee
(c) on a Leadership Expenses Committee
(d) on a Leadership Vote Committee
(e) on other committees as provided in this Constitution or in the Party Bylaw
establishing the committee.
(2) Each PTA may propose amendments to this Constitution under the rules listed in
their section
(3) Despite anything else contained in this Constitution and unless default is excused by
the Council of Elders, a PTA may not exercise any right under Subsections 23(1) and
(2) unless the PTA has:
(a) deposited with the National Office a copy of the current Constitution of the
PTA, certified by the PTA President;
(b) held a general meeting within the last 27 months and sent a copy of the
minutes of that general meeting to the National Office; and
(c) complied with all financial reporting and internal control requirements
established by Party Bylaws to ensure compliance with federal law.
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CHAPTER 6 – COUNCIL OF ELDERS
Composition of the Council of Elders
(1) The Council of Elders consists of founding members and can be held by sitting
members of Parliament and non sitting members. The Council of Elders will be
comprised of 9 members of the Party as voting members and one non-voting
Oversight Chairperson:
(a) The following voting members:
The Active Chairperson Deputy or Co-Chairperson
Party Policy Advisor Secretary / Treasurer
Recruitment and Fundraising Officer Legal Councillor
The Party Leader Western Canada Representative
Eastern Canada Representative
(b) Council of Elders Meetings are opened to: EDA and PTA leaders are welcome
to attend and speak but not vote.
(c) Council of Elders Meetings are also open to, any sitting Member of
Parliament or elected candidate of a Federal riding for attendance and speaking
purposes only on behalf of their constituents and the total transparency of the
party’s actions
(2) The executive of an EDA or PTA may, by resolution, appoint one of its members
who has been elected at a general meeting of the EDA or PTA as an alternate to
attend, speak and vote on behalf of the EDA or PTA Leader at a meeting of the
Council of Elders.
Responsibilities and powers
(1) The Council of Elders is responsible to review:
(a) The leadership and membership of all EDAs, PTAs, candidates, members,
donors, and fundraisers to ensure zero, corruption, commitment to the party
platform and moral and ethical structures that we promised are being upheld to
the Canadian people.
(b) Any disputes or conflicts that may not be resolved thru party caucus meetings
that could hurt the party publicly or venture from its commitment to
Canadians. The Council will determine impact of decisions to all ridings and
regions in party decisions thru this oversight
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(c) The Oversight Chairperson has to right to Veto any policy, action, proposal or
amendments to the party constitution that the chair believes is not in the
original vision of the party or the best interest of the Canadian people. The
Oversight Chair is exactly as described, an unbiased, non-voting, non-creating
member of the Council of Elders. This removal of voting privilege or
opportunity helps to remove any emotional response in the VETO right. The
Oversight must have permission from one other member of the Council of
Elders to invoke veto right
(d) The Council of Elders can remove EDA, PTA, candidates or other members of
the party, if the council feels that that member has willfully or negligently
created conditions that could hurt the Party, country, or other members of the
party.
(e) the annual strategic, organizational and fundraising plans of the Party, the
EDAs, the PTAs and candidates for individual ridings developed by the
members and supporters of the party;
(f) the annual strategic, organizational, public relations, fundraising and campaign
plans of each of riding, PTA and EDA;
(g) ensure compliance with all Elections Canada, Ethics, Justice and Revenue
regulations and amendments;
Officers of the Council of Elders
(1) The Oversight Chairperson is a non-voting member of the Council of Elders. This
position will be determined as the Party Founder (Randy Joy) to ensure the mandate
of the party is upheld. The Oversight Chair holds VETO power over all actions and
issues within the party, both in the Party Affairs public and no-public as well as The
House of Commons legislative introduction. The Oversight Chair has no voting
rights in the council of Elders and is not able to table policy, bills, budget, or
legislation. This position is purely a safeguard of preventing dictatorship, or mutiny
within the party that can hijack the party from its purpose and avoid corruption.
(2) The Active Committee Chairperson of the Council of Elders a may elect a Deputy
Chair or Co-Chairperson to assist the Chair.
(3) The Chair of the Council of Elders is responsible to:
(a) preside at meetings of the Council of Presidents;
(b) after consultation with the Leader, establish an annual schedule of virtual
and/or teleconference meetings of the Council of Elders and set the date for
each meeting of the Council of Presidents;
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(c) send notice of the date of each Council of Elders meeting to all members of the
Council of Presidents and publish the notice on the public website of the Party
at least 30 days before the meeting; and
(d) send a tentative agenda for each Council of Elders meeting to all members of
the Council of Elders at least 15 days before the meeting.
(4) The Deputy / Co-Chair of the Council of Elders is responsible to:
(a) assist the Chair of the Council of Elders as required; and
(b) perform any other duties assigned by the Council of Elders.
(5) The Secretary / Treasurer of the Council of Elders is responsible to:
(a) provide input to the appointment of a Chief Electoral Officer, who shall plan,
organize and make all arrangements necessary for the conduct of a vote for the
election of the officers of the Council of Presidents;
(b) keep and administer the records of meetings of the Council of Elders;
(c) maintain and advise the Council of Elders on Party Finances, surpluses and
debits as well as forecast costs of party plans directives from meetings
Meetings of the Council of Elders
(1) The Council of Elders must meet at least once in each calendar year and must meet
in person.
(2) An extraordinary in-person, virtual and/or teleconference meeting of the Council of
Presidents may be called at any time, on at least six days notice, by:
(a) the Chair;
(b) the Leader; or any voting member
(c) any 10 collective members from one PTA or EDA.
(d) If extraordinary circumstances are not determined a 3 strike / cry wolf rule will
be in effect to each voting officer, PTA or EDA
(3) A meeting of the Council of Elders may not begin until, and may continue only as
long as, at least the following persons are present:
(a) 3 voting members of the council; as well as
(b) The callers of the meeting
(4) The Leader must report to every meeting of the Council of Elders.
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(5) The National President, the Chief Financial Officer, the National Policy Chair, the
National Campaign Co-Chairs, the Chief Revenue Officer, the National Board of
Directors and the National Management Committee are each responsible to submit a
written report to each meeting of the Council of Elders, and each member of the
National Board of Directors is responsible to attend each meeting of the Council of
Presidents and to make a verbal report if so requested.
(6) The Party is not responsible for all of the travel and accommodation expenses of
EDA Presidents (or their alternates) or the chairs of the provincial or territorial
section of the Commissions for attending the in-person meetings of the Council of
Elders at a biennial convention but the Party, by decision of the National
Management Committee, must provide a reasonable subsidy for part of such
expenses, for at least some of those attending, having regard to the expected costs to
be incurred by such presidents or chairs.
(7) The Chair may permit any member of the Party to attend any meeting of the Council
of Elders.
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CHAPTER 7 – NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Composition of the National Board of Directors
(1) The National Board of Directors consists of: and may contain members of the
council of Elders during its inception term from 2019 - 2023
(a) the following voting members (referred to in this Constitution as the
“Executive Officers”):
The National President
The National Vice-President (English)
The National Vice-President (French)
The National Policy Chair
The National Membership Secretary
(b) the following additional voting members:
The Leader
The Past National President, who is the person, other than the existing
National President, who was most recently elected to the office of National
President
The PTA President of each of the PTAs
One representative of the Caucus
The chair of each Commission (or, if there is more than one chair of a
Commission, one of those chairs chosen by the Commission).
(c) the following non-voting members who have the right to attend and speak, but
may not vote, at meetings of the National Board of Directors:
The Chair of the Council of Elders
The Chief Financial Officer
The chief executive officer of the Federal Liberal Agency of Canada
The Chief Revenue Officer
Two of the National Campaign Co-Chairs
The National Director of the Party
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The two Constitutional and Legal Advisers.
(2) All members of the National Board of Directors must be members of the Party. The
National Vice-President (French) must be French-speaking and the National VicePresident (English) must be English-speaking.
(3) At each convention of the Party, the Party must elect the Executive Officers by secret
ballot according to the procedures set out in the Party Bylaws.
(4) The Executive Officers serve until new officers are elected at the next convention of
the Party. No person may serve in the same office for more than two terms.
(5) A person who has resigned the office of National President cannot subsequently
serve as the Past National President unless they are first re–elected to the office of
National President.
(6) If there is a vacancy in the office of:
(a) the National President, one of the National Vice-Presidents (as determined by
the National Board of Directors) must assume the functions of the National
President; and
(b) any other Executive Officer, the National Board of Directors must promptly
elect a member of the Party to assume the functions of the vacant office, but
any member of the Party elected to assume the functions of a National VicePresident must speak the language required for the office.
(7) A person who assumes the functions of a vacant office holds that office only for the
unexpired portion of their predecessor’s term of office.
(8) The executive of a PTA or a Commission may, by resolution, appoint one of its
members who has been elected at a general meeting of the PTA or Commission, as
the case may be:
(a) as an alternate to attend, speak and vote on behalf of the PTA President or
chair of the Commission, as the case may be, at a meeting of National Board of
Directors;
(b) as an additional voting member of the National Board of Directors for so long
as the PTA President or chair of the Commission, as the case may be, is an
Executive Officer.
(9) All financial arrangements and expense reimbursements that are made for voting
members of the National Board of Directors must be similarly made for the Chair of
the Council of Elders as a member of the National Board of Directors.
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Responsibilities and powers
(1) Subject to direction from a convention of the Party, the National Board of Directors
is responsible to:
(a) manage or supervise the management of the activities and affairs of the Party;
(b) manage or supervise the management of the finances of the Party;
(c) take all actions necessary or appropriate in order to carry out the provisions of
this Constitution and the purposes of the Party;
(d) with the consent of the National President and the Leader, appoint:
(i) the Co-Chairs of the Permanent Appeal Committee;
(ii) the chief financial officer of the Party (to be known as the “Chief
Financial Officer”);
(iii) the chief executive officer of the Party (to be known as the “National
Director”);
(iv) the chief agent of the Party;
(v) the chairs of any convention, or ad hoc, committee;
(vi) the chief electoral officer for the conventions and general meetings of the
Party;
(vii) the two Constitutional and Legal Advisers; one of whom must be
English-speaking and the other French-speaking; one of whom must be a
lawyer trained in the civil law tradition and the other a lawyer trained in
the common law tradition; one of whom must be a woman and the other
a man; and
(viii) the chief fundraising officer of the Party (to be known as the “Chief
Revenue Officer”).
(e) approve a budget for the national campaign;
(f) submit a written report to each meeting of the Council of Elders;
(g) submit each year an annual strategic plan to the Council of Elders for its
review;
(h) submit an annual report to all members of the Party, to be posted on the public
website of the Party and otherwise published in the discretion of the National
Board of Directors no later than June 30 of each year, that shall contain:
(i) audited financial statements for the preceding year;
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(ii) an assessment of the Party’s progress in relation to the annual strategic
plan; and
(iii) the historic and comparative financial and organizational status of the
Party at each of the EDA, provincial or territorial and national levels;
(i) place an EDA under trusteeship of the Party if that EDA has consistently failed
to meet its obligations, in accordance with this Constitution, the constitution of
its PTA or the Canada Elections Act, provided that such a decision is first
approved by that PTA, in accordance with any rules and procedures that PTA
has adopted;
(j) designate a location as the National Office and publish that location to the
members of the Party;
(k) communicate regularly with its members and with the public throughout the
country in connection with the affairs of the Party.
(2) The National Board of Directors may:
(a) reduce any time qualification established in this Constitution during which a
person must have been a member of the Party or of a Commission Club;
(b) reduce the amount of notice required under this Constitution for any candidate
selection meeting or delegate selection meeting;
(c) reduce the number of days before a convention by which an EDA or a
Commission Club, as the case may be, must hold its delegate selection
meeting.
(3) The National Board of Directors may propose amendments to this Constitution
which must be authorized and voted on by The Council of Elders
Responsibilities of officers
(1) The National President is the chair of the National Board of Directors and the
Council of Elders and a non-voting member of the executive of each Commission
and of all committees of the Party and is responsible to:
(a) preside at meetings of the National Board of Directors and the Council of
Elders and at general meetings of the Party;
(b) supervise the affairs of the Party and be responsible for the administration of
the Party;
(c) after consultation with the National Board of Directors, establish the date and
place of the next biennial convention of the Party and publish notice of that
date and place on the public website of the Party.
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(2) The National Vice-Presidents are responsible to:
(a) assist the National President as required;
(b) assume the duties of the National President in the National President’s
absence, or if the National President resigns, dies, or is expelled from office;
and
(c) perform any other duties assigned by the National Board of Directors.
(3) The Chief Financial Officer is responsible to:
(a) ensure the prudent financial administration of the Party and the proper keeping
of the books of record of all bank accounts of the Veterans Coalition Party’s
national office operations;
(b) ensure that no disbursement is made without authorization of the National
Board of Directors, or as provided in the Party Bylaws;
(c) present audited financial statements to the biennial convention of the Party;
(d) present a budget to the National Board of Directors each year; and
(e) ensure that the Party and all Constituent Bodies comply with the financial
reporting requirements of the Canada Elections Act.
(4) The National Membership Secretary is responsible to:
(a) supervise the maintenance of the national register of members of the Party; and
(b) ensure that the Party complies with all its obligations with respect to
membership records, including, but not limited to, the provision of timely
access to membership information as required by Subsection 7(2).
(5) The Chief Revenue Officer is responsible to:
(a) recommend to the National Board of Directors a comprehensive annual
revenue plan for the Party; and
(b) oversee the effective implementation of the annual revenue plan approved by
the National Board of Directors.
Meetings of the National Board of Directors
(1) The National Board of Directors must meet at least twice each year, and one of those
meetings must be held in conjunction with a meeting of the Council of Elders.
(2) The National Board of Directors may meet in person or by any electronic
communications means by which all people participating are able to communicate
with each other.
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(3) A meeting of the National Board of Directors may be called on 72 hours notice by:
(a) the National President; or
(b) any five voting members of the National Board of Directors.
(4) Ten voting members of the National Board of Directors must be present before a
meeting of the National Board of Directors can be called to order, or for it to
continue.
(5) A question at any meeting of the National Board of Directors will be determined by
the majority of votes cast by the voting members who are present. The National
President may vote on any question, but if the vote is tied, the National President
does not have a second or deciding vote.
(6) If notice of the resolution is given to all members of the National Board of Directors
before it becomes effective, then a resolution approved in writing by a majority of
the voting members of the National Board of Directors will be as valid and effective
as if it had been passed at a properly convened meeting of the National Board of
Directors.
Party Bylaws
(1) The National Board of Directors may make any bylaw to regulate the federal affairs
of the Party (including, but not limited to, the bylaws referred to in Sections 11, 64,
75 and 77), but any bylaw that the National Board of Directors makes must be
consistent with this Constitution.
(2) The National Board of Directors must promptly submit a bylaw, or an amendment or
repeal of a bylaw, to the National Office.
(3) The Council of Presidents may amend or reject a bylaw by ordinary resolution
passed at either of the first two meetings of the Council of Presidents which is held
after the bylaw is first published on the public website of the Party.
(4) The National President must submit a bylaw, or an amendment or repeal of a bylaw
to the next convention of the Party, and the Party, by ordinary resolution, must
confirm, amend, or reject it.
(5) A bylaw, or an amendment or repeal of a bylaw, is effective in its original form from
the date that a copy of the resolution of the National Board of Directors is first
published on the public website of the Party, until it is amended or rejected by the
Council of Presidents or by a convention of the Party or until it is repealed. An
amended bylaw continues in effect in its amended form until it is repealed.
(6) If a bylaw, an amendment or a repeal is rejected by the Council of Presidents or the
Party, no subsequent resolution of the National Board of Directors to make, amend
or repeal a bylaw having substantially the same purpose or effect is effective until it
is confirmed or amended by the Party.
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CHAPTER 8 – COMMITTEES
Standing committees of the Party
(1) The Party has the following standing committees:
(a) The National Management Committee;
(b) The National Revenue Committee;
(c) The National Election Readiness Committee;
(d) The National Policy and Platform Committee.
(2) Before a meeting of a standing committee may be called to order, and, in order for
the meeting to continue, at least ¼ of the members must be present; but if a
committee has less than 12 members, at least 3 members of the committee must be
present.
(3) The chair of a standing committee may call a meeting of the committee at any time.
(4) Each standing committee must report in writing to the biennial convention of the
Party, and each standing committee must report in writing to the National Board of
Directors.
Creation of new committees
(1) The National Board of Directors, by bylaw, may establish:
(a) any number of committees, consisting of members of the National Board of
Directors, to which the Board of Directors may delegate any power that the
National Board of Directors may exercise, except:
(i) the power to change the membership of, or fill vacancies in, a
committee; or
(ii) the power to appoint or remove officers; and
(b) any number of other committees, consisting of members of the Party, for any
purpose except to exercise a power that the National Board of Directors is
required to exercise.
(2) In making appointments to a committee established by the National Board of
Directors, the principle of equal participation of men and women and the recognition
of English and French as the official languages of Canada and geographic regions
must be respected.
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(3) Because of the office they hold, the National President, The Council of Elders Active
Chair, and the Leader are always members of every committee established by the
National Board of Directors.
(4) The National Board of Directors may at any time disband a committee or revoke or
override any authority given to or any act done by any committee established
pursuant to this Section.
Conduct of committee business
Every standing committee, and every committee established under Section 36, may meet at
any time, and may make rules for the conduct of its business, subject to the following
general requirements:
(a) The chair of each committee is responsible to call regular meetings of the
committee and must give its members at least six days notice of each meeting;
(b) Before a meeting of a committee may be called to order, and, in order for the
meeting to continue, at least a majority of the committee members must be
present;
(c) A question at any committee meeting will be determined by the majority of
votes cast by the members who are present. The presiding member may vote
on any question, but if the vote is tied, the presiding member does not have a
second or deciding vote;
(d) If notice of the resolution is given to all members of the committee before it
becomes effective, then a resolution approved in writing by a majority of the
voting members of a committee will be as valid and effective as if it had been
passed at a properly convened meeting of that committee;
(e) Every committee must keep regular minutes of its meetings, and must report
on its meetings and other activities as follows:
(i) Every committee established under Section 36 must report to the
National Board of Directors at any time the Board of Directors requires;
(ii) The National Election Readiness Committee must report to the National
Board of Directors and the Leader at any time the Board of Directors and
the Leader require.
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CHAPTER 9 – COMMISSIONS
Establishment, purposes and constitutions of Commissions
(1) The following Commissions have been established by the Party:
(a) The First Nations Commission;
(b) The Veterans Commission;
(c) The Seniors and Retired Canadian Commission
(d) The National Women’s Commission;
(e) The Commission of Youth Education and Interests in Canada;
(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;
(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) to raise money to support the purposes and activities of the Commission.
(3) Each Commission must have a constitution that is consistent with this Constitution
and that:
(a) incorporates the purposes set out in Subsection 41(2) and the principles set out
in the Preamble and defines its purposes in a manner consistent with Section 2;
(b) provides for the election of officers of the Commission at its general meeting;
(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;
(d) provides for the establishment and maintenance of proper financial records,
minutes of meetings and correspondence;
(e) provides for full financial disclosure in accordance with generally accepted
accounting principles; and
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(f) in the case of the National Women’s Commission, the Commission of Youth
Education and Interests in Canada and the Seniors and Retired Canadians
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:
(i) incorporates the principles set out in the Preamble and defines its
purposes in a manner consistent with Section 2 and Subsection 41(2);
(ii) provides that any member of the club has the right to receive newsletters,
information, membership services, and notices of general meetings and
other activities from the club; the right to attend, speak, and vote at a
general meeting of the club and the right to be elected to any office in the
association;
(iii) 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;
(iv) 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;
(v) provides for the establishment and maintenance of proper financial
records, minutes of meetings and correspondence;
(vi) provides for full financial disclosure in accordance with generally
accepted accounting principles.
The First Nations Commission
(1) The purpose of the First Nations Commission is to regain trust in government and
the Veterans Coalition Party’s commitment to responsibly manage the commitment
to fulfilling existing promises and treaties with all Canadians futures in mind. To
represent and promote the concerns and interests of aboriginal people across Canada.
We hope to encourage the active participation of aboriginal peoples at all levels of
the Party, to work with us and co-ordinate the activities of the recognized aboriginal
commitments. We need to gather the views of First Nations people on a regular basis
and communicate those views to the Party.
(2) Every member of the Party who is an aboriginal person as defined in the Constitution
of the Aboriginal Peoples will have an active voice for change on in the Commission
as a member .
(3) The National President, in consultation with the First Nations Commission, is
responsible to report directly to the Party Board of Directors and The council of
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Elders with an assessment of the extent to which our changes and directives have
been effective.
The National Women’s Commission
(1) The purpose of the National Women’s Commission is to ensure equal participation
of women and men at all levels of the Party, to represent and promote the interests of
women within the Party and to encourage the active participation of women at all
levels of Party activities.
(2) Every member of the Party who is a woman and is entitled to become a member of
the National Women’s Commission to represent women’s rights. To ensure that
equal rights for work, and that a safe environment exists for work and progression in
the party.
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Commission of Youth Education and Interests in Canada
(1) The purpose of the Commission of Youth Education and Interests in Canada is to
represent and promote the interests of youth in the Party. We need to encourage the
active participation of youth at all levels of the Party and government, to encourage
our youth to take an active interest in government and to teach them that ignorance
builds corruption. We need to educate young people to carefully monitor their
government and its actions so their futures remain positive.
(2) Every member of the Party under 25 years old is a member of the Commission of
Youth Education and Interests in Canada and is, for the purposes of this Constitution,
referred to as a “youth”, who will be expected to actively reach out to other young
people.
(3) The Commission of Youth Education and Interests in Canada may be asked to
establish offices or stations on campus of colleges, universities, or post-secondary
institutions as student clubs that satisfies the standards listed above.
The Seniors and Retired Canadians Commission
(1) The purpose of the Senior and Retired Canadians Commission is to represent and
promote the interests of senior citizens and retirees in the Party, to encourage the
active participation of senior citizens at all levels of the Party and to gather the views
of seniors and retirees on a regular basis and communicate those views to the Party.
(2) Every member of the Party who has reached their 65th birthday is a member of the
Senior and Retired Canadian Commission and is, for the purposes of this
Constitution, referred to as a “senior”.
(3) The Senior Liberals’ Commission is responsible to establish, where practicable, in
each electoral district, a seniors club or meeting group
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Recognition of Commission clubs
A women’s club, a student club or a seniors club will only be recognized for the purposes
of this Constitution if:
(a) the club has at least 25 members who are members of its Commission;
(b) the club has established financial reporting and internal control procedures as
required by the Chief Financial Officer and has, in the opinion of the Chief
Financial Officer, complied with them;
(c) the club has a constitution that is consistent with this Constitution and meets
all requirements of the Constitution of its Commission;
(d) the club has filed with the National Office a copy of the current Constitution of
the club certified by the chief executive officer of the club and the chair of its
Commission.
Commission conventions
Each Commission must hold a general meeting of its members who are delegates to a
convention of the Party at the same time as that convention or immediately preceding or
immediately following that convention.
Rights and responsibilities of a Commission
(1) Subject to the relevant provisions of this Constitution, each Commission Club has
the right to send delegates to any convention or general meeting of the Party.
(2) Each Commission is responsible to provide to the National Board of Directors and
the Council of Elders each year a comprehensive plan for its activities, a budget for
those activities and a plan for how the money to fund those activities will be raised.
(3) Each Commission, by resolution of its executive, may appoint:
(a) one member of the National Board of Directors;
(b) one member of the National Policy and Platform Committee; and
(c) one or more members of committees as provided in this Constitution or in the
Party Bylaw establishing the committee.
(4) Each Commission may propose amendments to this Constitution in accordance with
Section 84.
(5) Despite anything else contained in this Constitution and unless default is excused by
the Council of Elders, a Commission may not exercise any right under Subsections
48(1), (3) or (4) unless the Commission has:
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(a) a constitution that complies with Subsection 41(3);
(b) met its responsibilities under Subsection 48(2);
(c) deposited with the National Office a copy of the current Constitution of the
Commission, certified by the chair of the Commission;
(d) held a convention at the same time as each convention of the Party and sent a
copy of the minutes of that convention to the National Office; and
(e) complied with all financial reporting and internal control requirements
established by Party Bylaw to ensure compliance with federal law.
Finances and property of a Commission
(1) The Party is not responsible for election or other debts incurred by a Commission
unless the National Board of Directors has given prior written authority for that debt.
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PART 3 – POLITICAL OFFICES
CHAPTER 12 – LEADER
Establishment and role
The Leader is entitled to exercise all authority of a leader under the Canada Elections Act
and is elected by the members of the Party. The Leader is bound by this constitution and
the Council of Elders.
Leadership review and Leadership Convention
1. Upon the leader tendering his resignation or a leadership review is called the
membership list will be frozen. The membership list will be turned over to a third party to
determine eligible voting members.
2. Party members are entitled to vote if they have been members in good standing 1
year prior to the date the Leader steps down or 2 years prior to the party triggering a
Leadership review.
3. In both cases the Leader will appoint a temporary Leader from elected members.
This temporary Leader will not be allowed to run in the Leadership contest.
4. In both cases a Leadership Convention must be held one year prior to an election
being called. No Leadership review will be allowed if the time frame does not allow a
convention by this deadline.
5. Under both conditions the temporary Leader will form a committee of 10
members to organize the Leadership Convention. The outgoing Leader in the case of
stepping down will appoint the chair to this committee from the names put forward by the
temporary Leader. No member on the committee will be allow to participate in the
Leadership race. Committee members cannot be used as party members to show support a
Leadership candidate and cannot vote in the Leadership vote.
6. Sitting MP’s will vote on the location of the convention.
7. Leadership prospects will be limited to those members that have been members in
good standing for four years prior to the Leader stepping down or the call for a leadership
review. All prospective Leadership prospects must provide proof of support of at least 15%
of the membership base from the frozen membership list and MPs. Proxy votes will not be
allowed at any time in the Leadership election process.
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8. Leadership prospects must be Canadian citizens and whose permanent residence
can be proven that it has been in Canada for 4 years prior to the Leaders resignation or the
Leadership process was triggered.
9. No proxy voting will be allowed during the convention.
10. Online voting will not be allowed until a secure process can be found. In order to
cast a vote the party member must show his membership card, valid government id, and
second piece of id proving Canadian residency.
11. All members wishing to vote must appear at the leadership convention 24 hours
prior to have their credentials verified and their name added to the leadership convention
voter list. This will be handled by a third party.
12. Leadership votes will be one round of voting. Each ballet will have second and
third choices on the ballot. If the first round does not have the leading candidate up by 15%
the voter who did not vote for the first or second choice will have their second choice
applied to the two front runners if the second choice was the first and second place
finishers. If the second choice does not meet this qualification the third choice will be
looked at and applied. If the second choice and the third choice is not one of the first two
choices the ballot would be considered spoiled. Once those remaining votes are tabulated
and the leader does not have a 15% lead the vote will proceed to a second round. The final
round will be completed when the votes have been tabulated. The winner will be decided
by the member with the most votes. All votes will be counted by a third party with no
connections to the party and must be available for recount until the Federal election has
been completed
Responsibilities and powers of the Leader
The Leader is responsible to:
(a) speak for the Party concerning any political issue;
(b) be guided by the Party policies and the Party platform;
(c) report to every meeting of the Council of Elders;
(d) report to the Party at every convention;
(e) in consultation with the National President, appoint the National Campaign
Co–Chairs;
(f) appoint the National Policy Vice-Chair;
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(g) appoint four additional members of the National Policy and Platform
Committee;
(h) take part in the development of the Party policies and Party platform as
contemplated by Subsection 40(2);
(i) designate the Caucus Accountability Officer to report to the Council of Elders
and each convention of the Party on the implementation of the Party policies
by the Caucus.
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CHAPTER 13 – CANDIDATES
Eligibility
(1) To be eligible for selection as a candidate of the Party for election to the House of
Commons, a person must:
(a) be a member of the Party;
(b) be eligible to be a candidate in an election of a member to serve in the House
of Commons under the Canada Elections Act;
(c) have complied with the rules made by the National Election Readiness
Committee under Section 67 and with the Canada Elections Act;
(d) have been nominated in writing by at least 100 members of the EDA or at least
15% of the members of the EDA on the date set by the National Election
Readiness Committee, whichever is less.
(2) If the National Campaign Committee or the Leader, acting in their absolute
discretion, declines to approve a person to be the candidate of the Party in the next
election, then that person is not eligible for selection as a candidate of the Party for
election to the House of Commons. The decision of the National Campaign
Committee or the Leader is not reviewable by the Permanent Appeal Committee.
Candidate Nominations
1. Candidates can submit intent to party HQ’s 1 year prior to an election and no later than
8 months prior to the election the intent to become a candidate.
2. If there is a sitting Member of Parliament the riding is not open to new candidates unless
the sitting member steps down. The individual seeking to become a new candidate is
open to enter the nomination process in a different riding and the Party Organizational
and Leadership Committee can assist in determining available ridings. Once the sitting
member submits his intent not to run again that decision cannot be changed. The
member can at a later date resubmit through the nomination process again but must have
the Leaders approval.
3. All individuals wishing to be considered as candidates in an election must be Canadian
citizens and can pass a RCMP security check. Although the member does not need to be
residing in the riding they chose they must understand they will be required to maintain
an office in that riding if elected.
4. The prospective nominee needs to be a party member 2 years prior to the election date.
This criteria can be waived by the Leader is there is a party need.
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5. The member must bring at least 100 new members to the party. They must be eligible
voters residing in Canada.
6. The member must provide a resume to the Party Organizational and Leadership
Committee.
7. The member must bring new contributors to the party
8. The Party Organizational and Leadership Committee will in the case of multiple
submissions consider the number of new members brought to the party, donations
brought to the party, and the resume submitted by the prospective new candidates.
9. If there is no contest in a riding the nominee still needs to meet the minimum
requirements in para 4, 5, 6, and 7.
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CHAPTER 14 – CAUCUS
Composition
In this Constitution, the “Caucus” means those members of the Party who are members of
the House of Commons or the Senate of Canada.
Rights
(1) The Caucus, in writing signed by one of the principal officers of the Caucus, may
appoint:
(a) one member of the National Board of Directors;
(b) two members of each Leadership Expenses Committee;
(c) two members of each Leadership Vote Committee; and
(d) one or more members of committees as provided in this Constitution or in the
Party Bylaw establishing the committee.
(2) In addition to the members of the Caucus appointed to the National Board of
Directors under Subsection 58(1), any other member of the Caucus has the right to:
(a) attend and speak, but not vote, at a meeting of the Council of Presidents;
(b) be a delegate or an alternate delegate to any convention or general meeting of
the Party in accordance with Chapter 17.
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(1) The rights of the Caucus set out in this Constitution are in addition to any other
rights of the Caucus.
(2) The Caucus is not a Constituent Body, and this Constitution does not impose any
responsibilities on the Caucus.
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PART 4 – ELECTIONS AND CONVENTIONS
CHAPTER 15 – LEADERSHIP VOTE
Purpose
Whenever a Leader is to be chosen for the Party, the Party must elect a new Leader
according to the procedures set out in this Chapter (which is referred to in this Constitution
as a “Leadership Vote”).
Call of Leadership Vote
(1) The Leader ceases immediately to be the Leader when:
(a) due to incapacity, the Leader ceases to be recognized by the Governor-General
as the leader of the Party in the House of Commons;
(b) the Leader dies;
(c) there are published in accordance with this Constitution the results of a
Leadership Endorsement Ballot in which the Leader is not endorsed;
(d) the National Board of Directors declares in accordance with Subsection 62(2)
that the result of a Leadership Vote is invalid.
(2) If the Leader publicly announces an intention to resign or if the Leader delivers to
the National President a written resignation or a written request to call a Leadership
Vote, then the Leader ceases to be the Leader on the earlier of the appointment of an
Interim Leader and when a new Leader is elected by the supporters of the Party.
(3) In the circumstances set out in Subsection 61(1), if the Leader publicly announces an
intention to resign or if the Leader delivers to the National President a written
resignation or a written request to call a Leadership Vote, the National President
must call a meeting of the National Board of Directors to be held within 27 days, and
at that meeting the National Board of Directors must:
(a) in the circumstances set out in Subsection 61(1) or if the Leader so requests, in
consultation with the Caucus, appoint an “Interim Leader”;
(b) set a date for a Leadership Vote to be held within five months;
(c) fix a deposit, refundable or otherwise, to be paid by each leadership contestant
in accordance with the requirements of the National Board of Directors before
the Leadership Vote is completed;
(d) set a maximum limit for the leadership contestant expenses that may be
incurred by any leadership contestant;
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(e) establish the Leadership Expenses Committee consisting of:
(i) two co-chairs, one of whom must be English-speaking and one of whom
must be French-speaking;
(ii) the Chief Financial Officer;
(iii) two persons elected by the PTA Presidents from among the PTA
Presidents and the National Vice-Presidents, one of whom must be
English-speaking and one of whom must be French-speaking;
(iv) two representatives appointed by the Caucus;
(v) any number of other members of the Party appointed by the co-chairs in
consultation with the National Board of Directors and respecting the
principle of equal participation of men and women and the recognition of
English and French as the official languages of Canada;
(f) establish the Leadership Vote Committee consisting of:
(i) two co-chairs;
(ii) the National President;
(iii) two persons elected by the PTA Presidents from among the PTA
Presidents and the National Vice-Presidents, one of whom must be
English-speaking and one of whom must be French-speaking;
(iv) two representatives appointed by the Caucus;
(v) any number of other members of the Party appointed by the co-chairs in
consultation with the National Board of Directors and respecting the
principle of equal participation of men and women and the recognition of
English and French as the official languages of Canada.
(4) The Leadership Expenses Committee is responsible to:
(a) adopt rules (to be known as the “Leadership Expense Rules”) that provide for
procedures to supervise compliance with the maximum limit for the leadership
contestant expenses that may be incurred by any leadership contestant and to
ensure full and frank disclosure of all contributions to leadership campaigns;
(b) on an ongoing basis to ensure compliance with the Leadership Expense Rules.
(5) The Leadership Vote Committee is responsible to plan, organize and carry out the
Leadership Vote.
(6) Each member of the Leadership Expenses Committee and the Leadership Vote
Committee must agree in writing to remain neutral in the election of the Leader.
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(7) The person appointed as the Interim Leader may exercise all the powers of the
Leader under this Constitution until a new Leader is elected by the supporters of the
Party.
(8) If a date has been set for a Leadership Vote under Paragraph 61(3)(b) and the
National Board of Directors, by resolution passed by three-quarters of its voting
members, determines that political circumstances require that the date be reset to an
earlier date, then the National Board of Directors may, by resolution passed by a
majority of the votes cast, reset the date for the Leadership Vote to an earlier date
and may review and alter any arrangements already made for the Leadership Vote.
Leadership contestants
(1) To be eligible for election as Leader, a person must:
(a) be a member of the Party;
(b) be eligible to be a candidate in an election of a member to serve in the House
of Commons under the Canada Elections Act; and
(c) deliver to the National President, at least 90 days before the day of the
Leadership Vote, a written nomination (which may be in one or more
counterparts) signed by at least 300 members of the Party including at least
100 members of the Party from each of three different provinces or territories;
(d) within the time limits established by the Leadership Vote Committee, comply
with the requirements of the National Board of Directors to fully and frankly
complete a candidate questionnaire in substantially the same form required of
candidates under the rules made by the National Election Readiness
Committee under Section 67 for the last general election;
(e) within the time limits established by the Leadership Vote Committee, provide
to the National President or their designate, an undertaking in writing that:
(i) they agree to be bound by this Constitution, any bylaws made by the
National Board of Directors under Section 64 and the Leadership
Expense Rules;
(ii) they will submit all disputes concerning any matter relating to the
selection of the Leader and the Leadership Vote and the construction or
application of this Constitution, any Constituent Body Constitution, any
bylaws made by the National Board of Directors under Section 64 and
the Leadership Expense Rules to, and abide by the decision of, the
Permanent Appeal Committee; and
(f) have otherwise complied with the bylaws made by the National Board of
Directors under Section 64 and the Leadership Expense Rules and with the
Canada Elections Act.
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(2) If a person is later found not to be eligible for election as the Leader or does not
comply with the Canada Elections Act, this Constitution, any bylaws made by the
National Board of Directors under Section 64, the Leadership Expense Rules or the
undertaking referred to in Paragraph 62(1)(f), then the National Board of Directors
may declare the results of the Leadership Vote invalid.
Leadership Vote procedure
(1) The Leadership Vote is a direct vote of all supporters of the Party who have a right to
vote on the Leadership Vote weighted equally for each electoral district in Canada
and counted in accordance with this Section.
(2) Every supporter of the Party who ordinarily lives in Canada has the right to vote on
the Leadership Vote, if that supporter has –
(a) been a supporter of the Party for the 41 days immediately preceding the day of
the Leadership Vote;
(b) paid the registration fee (if any) for the Leadership Vote established by the
National Board of Directors;
(c) complied with the registration procedures established by the National Board of
Directors or by the Leadership Vote Committee.
(3) At least 27 days before the day of the Leadership Vote, the National Board of
Directors must publish on the public website of the Party the registration procedures
for the Leadership Vote.
(4) Each supporter of the Party who has a right to vote on the Leadership Vote may vote
by a preferential ballot on which the voter indicates their preference for leadership
contestants. A ballot is not spoiled because the voter has not indicated a preference
for all leadership contestants.
(5) The ballots must be counted, under the direction of the Chief Electoral Officer
appointed under Subsection 63(6), in accordance with the following procedure (that
is illustrated in Appendix B):
(a) Each electoral district is allocated 100 points.
(b) On the first count:
(i) for each electoral district, the first preference votes recorded in favour of
leadership contestants on the ballots cast by the supporters of the Party
who live in that electoral district are counted and then the 100 points
allocated to the electoral district are allocated to each leadership
contestant on the basis of the ratio the number of the first preference
votes received by that leadership contestant bears to the total number of
votes counted;
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(ii) the total number of points allocated to each leadership contestant from
all electoral districts in Canada are added to produce a total for the
“national count”.
(c) On the second count, the leadership contestant who received the least points on
the first national count is eliminated and that leadership contestant’s first count
ballots are distributed in each electoral district among the remaining leadership
contestants according to the second preferences indicated and counted
according to the procedure set out in Subparagraph 63(5)(a)(i) as if they were
first preference votes.
(d) On each subsequent count, the leadership contestant who received the least
votes in the preceding count is eliminated, and that leadership contestant’s
ballots are distributed among the remaining leadership contestants according to
the next preferences indicated.
(e) The first leadership contestant to receive more than 50% of the points allocated
on any national count is selected as the Leader.
(6) The Leadership Vote Committee and the National Board of Directors must jointly
appoint a Chief Electoral Officer who will be responsible to make all arrangements
necessary for the conduct of the balloting on the Leadership Vote and adjudicate all
disputes over accreditation and the right to vote on the Leadership Vote.
(7) The Chief Electoral Officer appointed under Subsection 63(6) must act
independently of the National Board of Directors and each of the leadership
contestants.
Bylaws
(1) The National Board of Directors may make any bylaw in accordance with the
procedure set out in Section 34 to regulate the procedures of the Leadership Vote,
but any bylaw that the National Board of Directors makes must be consistent with
this Constitution.
(2) Bylaws anticipated by Subsection 64(1) may include but are not limited to:
(a) voting procedures (including Internet balloting and electronic balloting);
(b) nomination criteria;
(c) registration fees and procedures; and
(d) leadership contestant deposit requirements.
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CHAPTER 16 – CANDIDATE SELECTION MEETINGS
Purpose
Each EDA must hold a candidate selection meeting to select a candidate of the Party for
election to the House of Commons at the time specified by,.
Right to attend and vote
Every member of the Party has the right to attend a candidate selection meeting of their
EDA and has the right to vote at that meeting if that member:
(a) is present at the meeting;
(b) has been a member of the Party for the period established by Council of Elders
(c) has not voted at another candidate selection meeting held for the same election
(except when the results of a candidate selection meeting are declared invalid).
Campaign rules
(1) The Council of Elders, by resolution, may make rules to regulate the procedures to
be followed to select a candidate of the Party for election to the House of Commons,
but any rules that the National Election Readiness Committee makes must be
consistent with this Constitution and the Party Bylaws.
(2) Rules anticipated by Subsection 67(1) may vary from province to province or
territory and may include but are not limited to:
(a) criteria to be satisfied before a candidate selection meeting may be called;
(b) length of notice for the meeting;
(c) length of membership to be eligible to vote;
(d) access to membership forms;
(e) access to membership lists;
(f) joint candidate mailings to members of the Party;
(g) special procedures in the case of the apprehension of an imminent election;
(h) voting procedures (including preferential balloting, Internet balloting and
electronic balloting);
(i) the form of the meeting (including meetings in more than one location,
meetings on one or more days, meetings by telephone and meetings with video
conference facilities);
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(j) the terms for the appointment of officials to conduct the meeting and the rules
under which the meeting must operate;
(k) nomination criteria including requirements that any member of the Party who
wishes to be selected as a candidate of the Party for election to the House of
Commons
(l) candidate deposit requirements;
(m) candidate spending limitations, the disclosure by candidates of contributions
and expenditures and allowing them to make appropriate use of the federal tax
credits; and
(n) penalties and sanctions for any violation of the rules.
(3) Rules made under this Section 67 are not effective until they are first published on
the public website of the Party.
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CHAPTER 17 – CONVENTIONS
Types of conventions
(1) Subject to this Constitution, the convention of the Party is the highest authority of the
Party.
(2) Except if rescheduled in accordance with Subsection 72(4), the Party must hold a
biennial convention of the Party at least once in every two calendar years and not
more than 30 months after the previous biennial convention of the Party.
(3) At any time except within six months of a biennial convention of the Party, the Party
may hold an extraordinary convention to deal with any issues of extraordinary
importance.
(4) The business of the biennial convention of the Party is to:
(a) elect the Executive Officers;
(b) consider the attendance record at meetings of the National Management
Committee of each member of the committee;
(c) receive reports from the Council of Presidents and from each Executive
Officer;
(d) consider policy resolutions;
(e) if a Leadership Endorsement Ballot has been held in accordance with Section
71, publish the result of the Leadership Endorsement Ballot;
(f) elect the auditors of the Party.
(5) The biennial convention of the Party may consider any other business as determined
by the National Board of Directors.
(6) The Leader must report to the Party at every convention.
Party Conferences
1. Party conferences must be held a minimum of every three years or prior to any federal
election that has been called.
2. Video conferences are acceptable but should not be the norm.
3. Upon determination a party conference is required the Party Organizational and
leadership Committee will form a party conference committee. The party conference
committee should have all area leads involved in the committee of which the leader will
nominate a conference committee chair. Once the conference committee is convened,
they will determine the location and followed by the determining the content of the
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party conference and present it to the party organizational and leadership committee for
approval
Right to attend and vote
(1) The following persons have the right to be delegates to each convention:
(a) the Leader;
(b) each past Leader;
(c) each member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada who is a member of the
Party;
(d) each member of the Council of Elders;
(e) each member of the National Board of Directors ;
(f) up to seven principal officers of each of the Commissions;
(g) each member of the Caucus;
(h) each person who has served as a member of the House of Commons or the
Senate of Canada and who is a member of the Party;
(i) each person who has been selected as a candidate of the Party for election to
the House of Commons in the next election (Nominated Candidates);
(j) each person who was selected as a candidate of the Party for election to the
House of Commons in the immediate past election but who was not elected
(Defeated Candidates) and who is a member of the Party;
(2) Every delegate who has paid the registration fee has the right to attend and vote at a
convention.
(3) Every alternate delegate who has paid the registration fee has the right to attend the
convention as an observer but may not vote.
(4) The National Returning Officer or the Convention Returning Officer may determine
whether a person is a delegate selected at a meeting held in accordance with this
Constitution.
Delegate selection meetings
(1) Each EDA must hold a delegate selection meeting to select delegates and alternate
delegates to conventions at the time, and in accordance with the procedures,
established under this Constitution and by the National Board of Directors.
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Provincial and territorial rules relating to the election of delegates to conventions of
the Party must be observed unless in conflict with this Constitution or the bylaws
made under Section 75.
(2) At each delegate selection meeting held for a biennial convention of the Party, the
EDA must also conduct the Leadership Endorsement Ballot if it is required under
Subsection 71(1).
(3) Each Commission Club that holds a delegate selection meeting in accordance with
this Section has the right to send delegates and alternate delegates to a convention.
(4) The following rules govern every delegate selection meeting:
(a) Every member of the Party has the right to attend a delegate selection meeting
of their EDA and has the right to vote at that meeting if that member:
(i) is present at the meeting;
(ii) has been a member of the Party for the 41 daysimmediately preceding
the meeting.
(b) Every member of a Commission Club who is a member of the Party has the
right to attend a delegate selection meeting of the Commission Club and has
the right to vote at that meeting if that member:
(i) is present at the meeting;
(ii) has been a member of the Party and of the Commission Club for the 41
days immediately preceding the meeting.
(c) Each EDA and each Commission Club may elect any number of alternate
delegates.
(d) Every member of the Party has the right to be selected as a delegate or an
alternate delegate to any convention of the Party, if that member:
(i) has been a member of the Party for the 41 daysimmediately preceding
the meeting;
(ii) is present in person or consents in writing to be a delegate.
(e) At least 34 days before the convention, the EDA and each Commission Club,
as the case may be, must hold its delegate selection meeting.
(f) In each electoral district, any member of the Party who is a member of the
House of Commons, a Defeated Candidate or Nominated Candidate for that
electoral district is responsible to co-operate with the EDA President in all
matters relating to the calling and holding of the delegate selection meeting for
the election.
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Leadership Endorsement Ballot
(1) The National Board of Directors, and each EDA President, are responsible to ensure
that a ballot (referred to throughout this Constitution as the “Leadership
Endorsement Ballot”), in a form approved by the National Board of Directors which
permits the voter to indicate whether or not they are in favour of endorsing the
Leader, is voted on at the meeting of every EDA held for the purpose of selecting
delegates to attend the first biennial convention of the Party held after each general
election in which the Leader does not become the Prime Minister.
(2) The Leadership Endorsement Ballot is a direct vote of all members of the Party who
have a right to vote at the delegate selection meeting weighted equally for each
electoral district in Canada and counted in accordance with this Section.
(3) At each delegate selection meeting referred to in Subsection 71(1), the vote on the
Leadership Endorsement Ballot must be conducted by secret ballot, and the ballots
may not be counted or otherwise examined at the meeting. Instead, the EDA
President must secure the ballots against loss or examination, and must deliverthem
promptly and directly to the auditors of the Party or another independent accounting
firm appointed by the National Board of Directors (the “Leadership Endorsement
Ballot Auditor”).
(4) The National President and the National Director are jointly responsible to ensure
that the combined ballots from all delegate selection meetings referred to in
Subsection 71(1) are counted in secrecy by the Leadership Endorsement Ballot
Auditor and that the national count for the Leadership Endorsement Ballot is
published at the biennial convention of the Party before any results are otherwise
announced or published.
(5) The ballots must be counted in accordance with the following procedure:
(a) Each electoral district is allocated 100 points.
(b) For each electoral district, the votes recorded in favour of endorsing the Leader
on the ballots cast by the members of the Party who live in that electoral
district are counted and then the 100 points allocated to the electoral district
are allocated in favour of endorsing the Leader on the basis of the ratio the
number of votes recorded in favour of endorsing the Leader bears to the total
number of valid ballots cast.
(c) The total number of points allocated in favour of endorsing the Leader from all
electoral districts in Canada are added to produce a total for the “national
count”.
(d) The Leader is not endorsed if the “national count” is less than the product of
50 multiplied by the number of all electoral districts in Canada.
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Call of conventions
(1) The National President, after consultation with the National Board of Directors, may
call the biennial convention of the Party and must establish the date and place of the
next biennial convention of the Party within 18 months of the conclusion of the last
biennial convention of the Party.
(2) If the Party does not hold a biennial convention of the Party in accordance with
Subsection 68(2) or, if rescheduled in accordance with Subsection 72(4), in
accordance with that Subsection, then the executives of the PTAs of at least seven
provinces or territories that have, in the aggregate, according to the then latest
general census, at least 50% of the population of all provinces and territories, may
call the biennial convention of the Party on 90 days’ written notice to all PTA
presidents.
(3) The National Board of Directors may call an extraordinary convention of the Party at
any time.
(4) The National President is responsible to ensure that notice of the date and place of
the next biennial convention of the Party is published on the public website of the
Party within 18 months of the conclusion of the last biennial convention of the Party.
(5) In the case of the actual or expected dissolution of the House of Commons, if a
Leadership Vote is called or where other circumstances exist that make it
significantly impractical to hold a convention, then the National Board of Directors
may reschedule any convention of the Party for a date within six months of the
original date.
Convention organization and officials
(1) The National Board of Directors is responsible to appoint a General Secretary for
each biennial convention of the Party, and for each extraordinary convention of the
Party.
(2) The National Board of Directors must appoint a National Returning Officer who will
be responsible to make all arrangements necessary for the conduct of the balloting at
delegate selection meetings and on any Leadership Endorsement Ballot and
adjudicate all disputes over accreditation and the right to vote at delegate selection
meetings and on any Leadership Endorsement Ballot.
(3) The National Board of Directors must appoint a Convention Returning Officer who
will be responsible to make all arrangements necessary for the conduct of any
balloting at the convention and adjudicate all disputes over accreditation at the
convention.
(4) The General Secretary, the National Returning Officer and the Convention Returning
Officer must act independently of the National Board of Directors, the Leader and
each of the candidates for any office of the Party.
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(5) The National Management Committee is responsible to plan, organize and carry out
the convention for which it has been established. The National Management
Committee may, in consultation with the National Board of Directors, establish an
agenda and rules of order governing the proceedings at the convention that are
binding on all members of the Party at the convention, that may not be amended by
the members of the Party at the biennial convention of the Party without the consent
of the National Management Committee or the National Board of Directors and that
are not subject to suspension.
Policy
(1) The National Board of Directors is responsible to ensure that policy resolutions are
prioritized at every biennial convention of the Party, in a manner that is organized by
the National Policy and Platform Committee, or a subcommittee thereof, and adheres
to the requirements described below.
(2) The Caucus, each provincial PTA and each Commission shall be allowed to submit
up to 10 policy resolutions.
(3) Each territorial PTA may submit up to the number of policy resolutions as set by the
National Policy and Platform Committee.
(4) The Caucus, each PTA and each Commission may select the content of their policy
resolutions in any democratic manner that they see fit.
(5) No other policy resolutions shall be considered unless they are put forward as
emergency resolutions by delegates at a biennial convention, according to the rules
of order adopted for that biennial.
(6) All policy resolutions properly submitted shall be considered in issue-based
workshops that allow meaningful debate and voting by delegates. The goal of the
workshops shall be to adopt resolutions and prioritize them for possible
consideration at a plenary session. Any policies adopted in a workshop that are not
defeated in a plenary shall become Party policies until the next biennial convention.
The National Policy Chair is responsible to advocate for Party policies as the
opportunity arises.
(7) Policy resolutions prioritized by the workshops shall be considered in a plenary
session.
(8) The Caucus, each PTA and each commission may submit up to an equal number of
priority resolutions, but not less than one each, which shall be debated in a plenary
session at a biennial convention.
(9) Any policies adopted during a plenary session at a biennial convention shall become
priority policies of the Party until the next biennial convention. The National Policy
Chair is responsible to advocate for the Caucus to support priority policies of the
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Party and advocate for the inclusion of priority policies of the Party in the platform
of the Party.
(10) The National Policy and Platform Committee may organize an electronic debate and
prioritization of the policies submitted above that is open to all members. Such an
electronic policy consultation shall not replace the delegated selection of Party policy
at a biennial convention.
Bylaws
(1) The National Board of Directors may make any bylaw in accordance with the
procedure set out in Section 34 to regulate the procedures of delegate selection
meetings and the convention, but any bylaw that the National Board of Directors
makes must be consistent with this Constitution.
(2) Bylaws anticipated by Subsection 75(1) may include but are not limited to:
(a) length of notice for delegate selection meetings;
(b) the length of membership to be eligible to vote at a delegate selection meeting;
(c) the form of certificate of delegates from an EDA;
(d) voting procedures (including preferential balloting, Internet balloting and
electronic balloting);
(e) nomination criteria
(f) candidate deposit requirements; and
(g) candidate spending limitations.
Plebiscites
1. The Party leader and the party committee can call for a plebiscite on all issues important
issues to gauge the views of the voters. If an area lead feels it appropriate he can call for
a Plebiscite in his area to assist on votes that are specific to his region he can chose to
hold plebiscites as well. The lead first must gain the approval of the Party leader.
2. Plebiscites that do not get the appropriate votes to pass will be honored and the object of
the plebiscite will be withdrawn. If it fails to pass it can only be resubmitted if the object
of Plebiscite has been amended after consultation, town halls as an example, with the
voters.
Social media
1. Each face book page will have pinned to the top of the page the following disclaimer:
This site is being operated by the Veterans Coalition Party of Canada to gather feedback and
views from voters. The views and comments made on this site are not the views of VCP
and do not indicate platform or policy issues unless explicitly indicated in the text of the
post by a VCP member. If you want to know what our platform or policies are please
ask us by messaging us and we would happily share the info. Bullying, Racist
comments, comments indicating personal harm, or personal attacks on other individuals
on our sites will not be tolerated and will be deleted as soon as detected or reported. The
individual will be warned once and the second occurrence will result in being banned
from our sites
Each area will have a main recruiting page on Facebook that is to be used to find perspective
party members and post items to determine relevance with the voters. Voters are to be
encourage to add content and share information on the page. This page must have a
disclaimer pinned to the top of the page that the page is sponsored by the party and is
not the opinion of the party nor is it party policy. This will page will be identified by the
three ring crest banner.
Each area will also have a group page that is a location for all party members to meet and
discuss party policy, plans, and vote on issues that are important to the party. Only party
issues are to be on this page news pieces, public opinion is to be found only on the
recruiting page in order to ensure important party issues and information is not lost in
the posts. These pages will be identified by the yellow “thank you for your support of
Veterans Coalition Party of Canada” banner. The reason for the groups vice pages is it is
easier to identify and track members on these pages to give a clearer idea of support to
the cause and is intended for those that have applied for membership with the party and
those willing to volunteer.
Each riding will also have a group page as well led by party member running for the seat in
the election and will operate in the same fashion as the area group page and will have a
minimum of three moderators if numbers allow. The purpose of this page is for the
riding candidate to have a place to discuss with party members that want to assist in the
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riding growing support especially during the election. Not every party member is
required to volunteer. These pages will be identified by the black support VCP banner
Each Area page will have a minimum of three moderators due to the volume on these pages
and the group will have one moderator each. These moderators will keep and maintain a
list of names of individuals that post abusive, intolerant, racist, or life threatening
comments. We will operate on the three strike rule. First offence the member will be
warned, second offence the member will be warned and the comment hidden. Third
offence the member will be banned. The area and riding groups will be policed by the
area leader and the riding MP’s and their moderators.
While this is very basic and will require more legal planning, we felt as a party that we should
show our supporters how we would operate at a Federal level.
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PART 5 – MISCELLANEOUS
CHAPTER 18 – RECORDS AND FINANCES
Records deposited with National Office
The National Director is responsible to ensure that the National Office:
(a) maintains accurate and up to date versions of this Constitution and all
Constitutions, bylaws and rules deposited with the National Office;
(b) provides reasonable access to the originals or copies of the Constitutions,
bylaws and rules deposited with the National Office;
(c) makes arrangements for the publication on the public website of the Party of
current versions of this Constitution and all Constitutions, bylaws and rules
deposited with the National Office.
Financial compliance bylaws
In consultation with the Council of Elders, the National Board of Directors may make any
bylaw in accordance with the procedure set out in Section 34 to establish financial
reporting and internal control requirements to ensure compliance with federal law.
Audits
(1) A person or partnership eligible under the Canada Elections Act to be an auditor of
the Party must be elected as the auditor of the Party by members of the Party at each
biennial convention of the Party. No member of the National Board of Directors may
be an auditor.
(2) The National Board of Directors may fill a casual vacancy in the office of the
auditor.
(3) The auditors must present audited financial statements of the Party to the biennial
convention of the Party each year.
Property
(1) The National Board of Directors holds, as property of the Party:
(a) any gift made to the Party;
(b) any gift made to an officer or officeholder of the Party in the course of service
to the Party;
(c) any revenue raised by the Party from any source;
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(d) any account in a financial institution in the name of the Party;
(e) anything purchased with any revenue or gift, or exchanged for any property of
the Party;
(f) copyright in any material or publication either:
(i) produced at the expense of the Party; or
(ii) contributed to the Party by the original creator of that material or
publication;
(g) any right or benefit conferred on the Party;
(h) anything else that would be generally recognized as being the property of the
Party in accordance with ordinary commercial conduct.
(2) The National Board of Directors must establish policies for the acquisition,
maintenance, insurance, management, use, and disposal of property of the Party.
(3) The National Board of Directors may establish a corporation incorporated under the
federal laws of Canada or the laws of any province or territory of Canada for the
purposes of holding and managing the property of the Party.
Debt and credit
(1) The National Board of Directors may:
(a) borrow money on the credit of the Party;
(b) pledge any property of the Party as security for any debt, goods or services;
and
(c) pledge the credit of the Party in exchange for goods or services.
(2) The National Board of Directors must establish policies:
(a) regulating the undertaking of debt and pledging of credit;
(b) regulating the liquidation of debt; and
(c) limiting the total debt of the Party.
(3) The Party is not responsible for election or other debts incurred by any Constituent
Body, or by any candidate, unless the National Board of Directors has given prior
written authority for that debt.
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Liability, indemnity, and insurance
(1) The Party accepts responsibility for any liability incurred in the course of service to
the Party by any officer or office holder of the Party, unless the liability arose from
conduct of the officer or office holder that involved:
(a) gross or criminal negligence;
(b) fraud or deliberate deception; or
(c) a misrepresentation of the authority of that officer or office holder.
(2) The National Board of Directors may indemnify any officer or office holder of the
Party for any loss or claim arising out of conduct for which the Party accepts
responsibility as set out in Subsection 81(1).
(3) The National Board of Directors may establish policies setting out the circumstances
in which, and the extent to which, the Party will assume responsibility within the
scope of Subsection 81(1) and provide indemnification within the scope of
Subsection 81(2).
(4) The National Board of Directors may purchase liability insurance to protect the Party
from losses or claims that fall within the scope of the Party’s assumed responsibility.
Conduct of office holders
(1) Any member of the National Board of Directors or person appointed under this
Constitution, in exercising a function of that office, must:
(a) act honestly and in good faith and in the best interests of the Party; and
(b) exercise the care, diligence and skill of a reasonably prudent person.
(2) The National Board of Directors may establish policies concerning the standards of
conduct for members of the National Board of Directors and persons appointed
under this Constitution.
(3) Any member of the National Board of Directors and any person appointed under this
Constitution must comply with the following rules relating to conflicts of interest:
(a) A person who is, directly or indirectly, interested in a proposed contract or
transaction with the society must disclose fully and promptly the nature and
extent of the interest to the National Board of Directors;
(b) A person referred to in Paragraph 82(3)(a) must not be counted in the quorum
at any meeting at which the proposed contract or transaction is approved.
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Signing authority
Documents, other than cheques, executed by the Party must be signed by any two of the
Executive Officers or any other person or person authorized by the National Board of
Directors.
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CHAPTER 19 – GENERAL PROVISIONS
Amendment of this Constitution
(1) This Constitution may be amended in accordance with this Section by a Special
Resolution of the members of the Party at a convention.
(2) Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by:
(a) the Council of Elders;
(b) the National Board of Directors;
(c) any PTA; or
(d) any Commission.
(3) Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing to the National President at least
27 days before the convention of the Party at which they are to be considered.
(4) The National President must publish a copy of each proposed amendment to this
Constitution that must be submitted to a convention of the Party on the public
website of the Party at least 20 days before the convention at which the proposed
amendment is to be considered.
(5) A constitutional amendment takes effect on the later of the time it is adopted and the
date (if any) specified in the amendment.
(6) After each convention at which this Constitution is amended, the Constitutional and
Legal Advisers must oversee the publication of this Constitution as amended and
may, in so doing, and subject to the ratification of the National Board of Directors:
(a) renumber the provisions of this Constitution to accommodate the changes that
have been made;
(b) correct cross-references between provisions which are no longer accurate;
(c) correct errors which are purely typographical;
(d) correct errors of spelling;
(e) replace gender biased language with gender neutral language; and
(f) correct inconsistencies between the English and French versions of this
Constitution only insofar as such changes will not change the substantive
meaning of any provision.
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Constitutional interpretation
(1) Interpretation of this Constitution and the Party Bylaws is the responsibility of:
(a) the National Board of Directors between meetings of the Council of Elders;
(b) the Council of Elders between conventions;
(c) the members of the Party at conventions.
(2) Every person interpreting and applying this Constitution:
(a) must prefer a reasonable interpretation of a bylaw, statement of policy, or
decision that is consistent with this Constitution over an interpretation that
conflicts with this Constitution;
(b) must give a construction to the provisions of this Constitution, in a manner
consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canada
Elections Act, and the best interests and traditions of the Party; and
(c) may consider applicable Canadian legal precedents.
(3) Words importing the singular include the plural, and vice versa.
(4) The power to appoint includes the power to replace.
(5) The power to make a bylaw or adopt rules includes the power to amend or repeal the
bylaw.
(6) Wherever any period between two events is expressed as a number of days, the days
on which the first and second event take place are not to be counted.
(7) Wherever it is stated that a person must have been a member for a number of days
immediately preceding an event, then their application for membership must have
been received during regular business hours on a day when that office was open at
least that number of days before the event.
(8) For all purposes of this Constitution, a member of the Party will be considered to live
at the place of their ordinary residence, which must be determined in accordance
with section 8 of the Canada Elections Act. If the rules set out in section 8 are not
sufficient to determine the place of ordinary residence, it must be determined by the
appropriate returning officer by reference to all the facts. Each member of the House
of Commons (an “M.P.”), each candidate at a general election or a by-election and
each member of the Party living with the M.P. or candidate who would move, or has
moved with the M.P. or candidate to continue to live with that person, is entitled to
be deemed to have a place of ordinary residence in the electoral district represented
by the M.P. or in which the candidate seeks to be elected, as the case may be.
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(9) A document is delivered to a person when it is actually received by that person, and a
document is delivered to an office designated by the National Board of Directors
when it is actually received at that office.
(10) Despite anything else in this Constitution, every member of the Party who, in
accordance with the constitution of an EDA or of its PTA, would have been entitled
to vote at a meeting (including a candidate selection meeting and a delegate selection
meeting) of that EDA held on December 3, 2006, even though the member did not
live in the electoral district represented by that EDA, is deemed for all purposes of
this Constitution to live in that electoral district until the person ceases to be a
member of the Party or votes at a meeting of an EDA that represents another
electoral district.
Notice
(1) Unless this Constitution otherwise provides, any notice to members may be given by
mail to each household or in any other manner established by the National Board of
Directors.
(2) A notice need not be given to any member designated as “inactive” in accordance
with procedures established by the National Board of Directors in a Party Bylaw.
(3) The inadvertent failure to give notice to any member of the Party of a meeting of a
Constituent Body including a candidate selection meeting or a delegate selection
meeting does not invalidate the notice, the meeting or any business of the meeting.
Transition from prior constitution
(1) Subject to the provisions of Schedule A, every previously adopted constitution and
bylaw of the Party is repealed. Schedule A governs the continuation and status of all
Party matters that were in effect immediately before this Constitution took effect.
Commencement of this Constitution
This Constitution takes effect May 20th, 2019