19th General Meeting
"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." - Robert Swann
G23-C003 Elect Two Chief Co-Spokespersons
Note from Proposal Shepherds: This proposal is 1 of 4 Constitutional amendment proposals and 1 Directive proposal on Co-Leadership. The Policy Development Process Committee recommends reviewing the comments posted by Green Party of Canada members, and the Proposal Shepherds, under each Co-Leadership proposal in the WeDecide Workshop: D001 , C001 , C002 , C003 , C004
Amend the definition of Leader (Article 7.1.2) as follows:
7.1.2 Chief Co-spokesperson : The member or members elected by Green Party of Canada members to represent publicly the Party as a whole, or appointed by Federal Council on an interim basis, one of whom is filed Leader pursuant to the Canada Elections Act.
Add the following to Bylaw 2.1.3:
126.96.36.199 Two Chief Co-spokespersons, one woman and one male or gender non-conforming, shall be elected separately.
188.8.131.52 The two Chief Co-spokespersons shall share one vote on Federal Council and on the Executive Council.
184.108.40.206 Candidates for Chief Co-spokespersons must have been Members of the Party in good standing for at least three (3) months prior to the start of the Chief Co-spokesperson Contest.
Amend Bylaw 220.127.116.11 to replace “unless our leader becomes prime minister” with “unless the Party forms or is part of the government of Canada” and to replace “Leader” with “Chief Co-spokespersons”, such that it reads as follows:
18.104.22.168 Within six (6) months of a Federal General Election, unless the Party forms or is part of the government of Canada, a Chief Co-spokespersons Review, where all Members in good standing may vote, shall be held. The date of the Chief Co-spokespersons Review vote will be set by Federal Council and may coincide with a General Meeting. The Chief Co-spokespersons' terms shall end if Members in good standing do not pass a resolution endorsing each Chief Co-spokesperson by at least sixty percent (60%).
Add the following to Bylaw 2.6:
2.6.2 One of the Chief Co-spokepersons shall be the member filed as Leader pursuant to the Canada Elections Act. Federal Council will make the determination as to which of the two Chief Co-spokespersons is the member filed as Leader.
In the Constitution & Bylaws, replace every other instance of ‘Leader’ by ‘Chief co-spokesperson’ or ‘Chief co-spokespersons’, whichever applies to the context.
In the Constitution & Bylaws, replace ‘Leadership Contest’ with ‘Chief co-spokesperson Contest’.
Submitter: Samuel Moisan-Domm
Sponsors: Samuel Moisan-Domm, Kim N I Bell, Michael MacLean, Jan Slakov, Dana Taylor, Miranda Woodland, Maria Rodriguez, Tyler Beaulac, Anne Lavender, Stuart Hunter, Peter Royle, Carolyn Herbert, Natalie Odd, Johan Hamels, Bruce Gunn, Lorraine Rekmans, Gilbert Vachon, Charles Eyton-Jones, Colin Creasey, Corrina Serda, Evelyn Tanaka, John Willson
Note from staff: This proposal is for consideration at the 19th Annual General Meeting. A second copy, with additional background information, has been posted in the Workshop to allow you to collaborate on amendments. You can access the workshop version of this proposal here, which the submitter is still able to edit.
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