Meeting Date: 
17 August 2012 - 4:00pm

Held at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue Sidney, BC, from Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19, 2012. Minutes prepared by Lori Waters.

1. Call to Order

1.1 Appointment of Chair / Co-chair / Recorder

MOTION: To appoint chairperson, co-chairperson, recorder, as follows:

  1. Co-Chair: John Streicker
  2. Co-chair: Lucy Baril
  3. Recorder: Lori Waters

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

1.2 Fairness committee

MOTION: To appoint a Fairness Committee, with members names proposed as follows:

  1. Barbara Brennen
  2. Danny Daniels
  3. Stephanie Doucette
  4. Riah Fisher
  5. Gerry Beaides
  6. Catherine Trajean
  7. Angie Woo
  8. Cathy McLellan (alternate)
  9. Valerie Powell (alternate)

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

1.3 Rules of procedure

MOTION : To adopt the standard rules as published.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

1.4 Adoption of Agenda

MOTION: To adopt agenda for convention and for the general meeting as published.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

2. General Business

2.1 Adoption of Minutes of 2010 Meeting (Toronto)

MOTION: To accept the minutes of the 2010 Toronto Green Party of Canada Biennial General Meeting.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

2.2 Receipt of Standing Reports

MOTION: To receive reports as follows: President of Federal Council, Party Leader, Young Greens, Ombuds & Appeals.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

2.3 Receipt of Online Ballots

MOTION: To receive the online ballots.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

2.4 Order of Consideration of Resolutions

MOTION: To consider resolutions in order of priority, from highest level of online support (green votes) to lowest.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

2.5 Consideration of Emergency Resolutions

MOTION: To consider emergency resolutions after other resolutions have been disposed of, in order of submission.

AMENDMENT: To consider emergency resolutions before all other resolutions have been disposed of, in order of submission.

OUTCOME: Defeated

MOTION: To consider emergency resolutions after other resolutions have been disposed of, in order of submission.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

2.6 Group Adoption of Constitutional Resolutions

MOTION: To adopt all of the constitutional resolutions which received 66.7% or more in the online vote (5 of 6 constitutional resolutions):

  1. G12-C01 - Policy development
  2. G12-C02 - Constitutional Amendment
  3. G12-C03 - Voting rights for Candidates
  4. G12-C04 - Voting rights for riding
  5. G12-C06 - Membership Renewal

OUTCOME: Carried, near consensus

Note: See Appendix A for complete text of resolutions adopted via results of Online Voting.

2.7 Group Adoption of Policy and Directive Resolutions

MOTION: To adopt all of the policy and directive resolutions which received 60% or more in the online vote.

AMENDMENT: To adopt all of the policy and directive resolutions which received 66.7% or more in the online vote.

OUTCOME: Carried

MOTION AS AMENDED: To adopt all of the policy and directive resolutions which received 66.7% or more in the online vote:

  1. G12-P01 - Universal Broadband Internet Access
  2. G12-P02 - Aboriginal Urban Housing
  3. G12-P04 - On Government Secrecy
  4. G12-P05 - On the CBC
  5. G12-P06 - On Limits to Growth
  6. G12-P07 - On Research
  7. G12-P08 - Updating Outdated Policy
  8. G12-P09 - Updating GPC Policy #1
  9. G12-P10 - Updating GPC Policy #2
  10. G12-P11 - Updating GPC Policy #3
  11. G12-P14 - Online Petitions in the House of Commons
  12. G12-P16 - Free Vote Policy
  13. G12-P20 - Updating Foreign Policy #2
  14. G12-P21 - Military spending
  15. G12-P22 - Amendment to G08-P074: CIDA Reform and ODA Level of Assistance
  16. G12-P23 - Updating Foreign Policy #1
  17. G12-P24 - Control of natural resources by Canada and/or its provinces and territories
  18. G12-D01 - Cooperation for Electoral Reform
  19. G12-D02 - Green and Ethical purchasing for GPC, for GPC merchandise and for GPC meetings
  20. G12-D03 - EDA and Campaign Donation Credit Card Support
  21. G12-D04 - Creation of a Francophone environmentalist and ecologist network
  22. G12-D05 - Against the Northern Gateway Project
  23. G12-D06 - Electoral cooperation with the NDP and Liberal parties in the next federal election

OUTCOME: Carried

Note: See Appendix A for complete text of resolutions adopted via results of Online Voting.

2.8 Refer Remaining Constitutional Resolutions to Workshop

MOTION: To refer all remaining constitutional resolutions which received less than 66.7% green votes in the online vote to workshop.

OUTCOME: Carried

2.9 Refer Remaining Policy and Directive Resolutions to Workshop

MOTION: To refer all remaining policy and directive resolutions which received less than 66.7% green votes in the online vote to workshop.

OUTCOME: Carried

2.10 Authority of Workshops

MOTION: Direct workshops to recommend passing, amending or rejecting resolutions, all of which will be considered by the plenary.

OUTCOME: Carried, near consensus

3. Resolutions

G12-P27 - Amendment of the Employment Standards Act

MOTION: Adopt G12-P27 - Amendment of the Employment Standards Act as amended in workshop as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED that the number of employment standards officers be increased, in conjunction with the pro-active enforcement of the Employment Standards Act, and improve the “self-help” kit, so that workers can more readily report workplace violations and access the earnings to which they are entitled.

OUTCOME: Carried, near consensus

G12-P26 - National Energy Security Plan

MOTION: Adopt G12-P26 - National Energy Security Plan

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada table a private member's bill in the House of Commons during the current term of government to force the establishment of a National

Energy Security Plan, including:

  1. stopping the development of new tar sands extraction facilities to avoid the collapse of the employment market in other sectors (Dutch disease);
  2. ensuring the stability and security for all provinces and territories in the country of the oil supply produced in Canada;
  3. creating a heritage fund comprised of the royalty income derived from the exploitation of non-renewable energy resources;
  4. dedicating these funds first to research and deployment of an energy economy based on renewable energies, reduction of the country's energy consumption and the promotion of transit, rail transportation in particular.

MOTION: To table this resolution, have a sidebar group bring back to plenary.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

G12-P15 - End Canadian government recruitment of health care professionals from developing countries & develop a national professional credentialing plan

MOTION: Adopt G12-P15 - End Canadian government recruitment of health care professionals from developing countries & develop a national professional credentialing plan

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada work towards ensuring that the government of Canada end active recruitment of health care professionals from the developing world, and,

Develop a national human resources plan so that Canada becomes self-sufficient in the training of health care professionals.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada work with the provinces to develop national credentialing standards to allow existing immigrants to pursue study, additional training and accreditation, including intensive and job-related official language training, while maintaining the highest standards of the various professions.

OUTCOME: Carried

G12-P26 - National Energy Security Plan

MOTION: Adopt G12-P26 - National Energy Security Plan

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada table a private member's bill in the House of Commons during the current term of government to force the establishment of a National

Energy Security Plan, including:

  1. stopping the development of new tar sands sources facilities to avoid the collapse of the employment market in other sectors (Dutch disease);
  2. ensuring the stability and security for all provinces and territories in the country of the oil supply produced in Canada;
  3. creating a heritage fund comprised of the royalty income derived from the exploitation of non-renewable energy resources;
  4. dedicating these funds first to research and deployment of an energy economy based on renewable energies, reduction of the country's energy consumption and the promotion of transit, rail transportation in particular.

AMENDMENT: To change the word “energy” to “fossil derived” to restrict the resolution to fossil fuels, and to include that all tar sands oil for export be required to be refined in Alberta.

OUTCOME: Defeated

AMENDMENT: (Friendly) To change word “sources” to “extraction”.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

MOTION: Adopt G12-P26 - National Energy Security Plan:

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada table a private member's bill in the House of Commons during the current term of government to force the establishment of a National Energy Security Plan, including:

  1. stopping the development of new tar sands extraction facilities to avoid the collapse of the employment market in other sectors (Dutch disease);
  2. ensuring the stability and security for all provinces and territories in the country of the oil supply produced in Canada;
  3. creating a heritage fund comprised of the royalty income derived from the exploitation of energy resources;
  4. dedicating these funds first to research and deployment of an energy economy based on renewable energies, reduction of the country's energy consumption and the promotion of transit, rail transportation in particular.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

G12-P03 “Student Employment Insurance”

MOTION: Adopt G12-P03 Student Employment Insurance

BE IT RESOLVED that the Employment Insurance Act be amended to prevent the exclusion of otherwise eligible recipients on the basis of their attendance at an educational institution.

AMENDMENT:  Remove double negatives, and include “otherwise eligible”

OUTCOME: Defeated

MOTION: Adopt G12-P03 Student Employment Insurance

BE IT RESOLVED that the Employment Insurance Act be amended to prevent the exclusion of otherwise eligible recipients on the basis of their attendance at an educational institution.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

G12-P18 & G12-P19 - Rescind/Replace Seal Hunt Policies

MOTION: To table Resolutions G12-P18 & G12-P19, and to have interested parties meet in a sidebar discussion and bring recommendations back to next plenary session as first order of business.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

G12-P18 - Rescind Seal Hunt Policies

MOTION: Adopt G12-P18 - Rescind Seal Hunt Policies

BE IT RESOLVED that the following policies be rescinded: G08-p109, 2004 – Commercial Seal Hunt, 2004 – Seal Hunt, G02-p4; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that “remove federal subsidies from the fur and sealing industries” be removed from G08-p105.

OUTCOME: Defeated

G12-P19 - Replace Seal Hunt Policies

MOTION: Adopt G12-P19 - Replace Seal Hunt Policies

BE IT RESOLVED that all existing seal hunt policies be rescinded, including: G08-p109, 2004 – Commercial Seal Hunt, 2004 – Seal Hunt, G02-p4;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that “remove federal subsidies from the fur and sealing industries” be removed from G08-p105; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Green Party of Canada work to ensure the continuation of Canadian seal hunts including ending bans, develop new markets and products to promote no wastage, and issue a formal statement to announce the resolutions herein.

OUTCOME: Defeated

G12-P25 Ban on publication of surveys

MOTION: Adopt G12-P25 - Ban on the publication of opinion polls during the Federal election period

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada work to require an embargo on the publication of surveys during the federal election period to improve the primacy of information for citizens during the election period.

OUTCOME: Carried

G12-D08 Transfer funds held by former electoral district association

MOTION: Adopt G12-D08 - Transfer funds held by former electoral district association

BE IT RESOLVED that in Québec, funds held by an Electoral District Association that is deregistered are transferred on behalf of the Quebec wing (AQPVC) and the AQPVC will return the assets to the next duly elected board of the association whose recognition by Elections Canada has been renewed.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in Québec, if the association ceases to exist for a period of three years, the assets become the property of the AQPVC.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

G12-P17 Metropolitan Government Power

MOTION: Adopt G12-P17 - Metropolitan Government Power

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada work jointly with the Provinces to amend The Constitution Act so that municipal areas and regional districts in the Provinces and Territories be officially recognized as governments with their own constitution and powers in accordance with constitutionally guaranteed rights of First Nations.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these municipal areas be granted powers of direct taxation to raise money for the municipality; the borrowing of money for the sole credit of the municipality; land use zoning; issuance of bonds; and responsibility for housing.

AMENDMENT: to change wording to read `To work jointly with provinces to amend appropriate legislation so that municipalities can obtain the funding for the services which have been downloaded to them.

OUTCOME: Defeated, with consensus

MOTION: Adopt G12-P17 Metropolitan Government Power

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada work jointly with the Provinces to amend The Constitution Act so that municipal areas and regional districts in the Provinces and Territories be officially recognized as governments with their own constitution and powers in accordance with constitutionally guaranteed rights of First Nations.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these municipal areas be granted powers of direct taxation to raise money for the municipality; the borrowing of money for the sole credit of the municipality; land use zoning; issuance of bonds; and responsibility for housing.

OUTCOME: Defeated

G12-D07 Strengthen the Francophone presence amidst Party employees

MOTION: Adopt Resolution G12-D07, as amended by workshop

BE IT RESOLVED that key Party employee positions be filled by bilingual employees, and that any permanent employee with poor knowledge of one of the two official languages be required to take courses, in order to obtain a satisfactory command of that language as soon as possible.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

G12-P12 Setting the Voting age to 16

MOTION: Adopt G12-P12 Setting the Voting age to 16 as amended by workshop

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada lead the call to set the voting age to 16 across the country and thus to energize electoral participation;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada encourage and support provinces and territories to provide a core (non-partisan) high school course on civics / political science / Canadian history and to set the voting age to 16 within their jurisdictions.

OUTCOME: Carried

G12-D09 - Free Memberships

The chair noted that G12-C05 was changed to the directive motion G12-D09.

MOTION: Adopt G12-D09 on Free Memberships

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada abolishes membership fees.

OUTCOME: Defeated, with near consensus

G12-P13 Interest-free Government Borrowing

MOTION: Adopt G12-P13 Interest-free Government Borrowing

BE IT RESOLVED that under the powers granted to it under the Constitution, for all future deficits the Government of Canada borrow money interest free, through the purchase of Government of Canada bonds, but to prevent unrestrained borrowing it be limited by only being permitted when the government is maintaining an operational surplus.

OUTCOME: Defeated

4. Emergency Resolutions

G12-D10 - Campaign to Stop Increased Crude Oil and Bitumen Exports on the West Coast

MOTION: Adopt Resolution G12-D10 - Campaign to Stop Increased Crude Oil and Bitumen Exports on the West Coast, as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Green Party of Canada conduct a campaign, cooperating where appropriate with the Green Party of British Columbia, the Green Party of Vancouver, First Nations and others involved in similar campaigns, to oppose new or expanded crude oil or bitumen export projects via the West Coast. This includes pipelines and tankers, all of which threaten the environment, local economies, First Nations’ territories and global climate; and,

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Green Party of Canada urge other federal parties to work cooperatively at their various political levels with Green Parties to successfully stop these pipeline projects and to build a renewable-energy-based economy in Canada in order to slow climate change, protect our environment, and establish greater long-term energy security.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

G12-D11 - Discretion to Co-operate

MOTION: Adopt Resolution G12-D11 - Discretion to Co-operate

BE IT RESOLVED that the Federal Council, Leader, and local EDA(s) be empowered to cooperate, at their discretion, with any candidates who are supportive of proportional representation notwithstanding that their party (if applicable) has yet to embrace PR.

OUTCOME: Carried

G12-D12 – Task Force – Seal Hunt

MOTION: Adopt Resolution G12-D12 - Strike a Task Force on the Seal Hunt

BE IT RESOLVED that a task force be struck following this convention to engage in a constructive dialogue with relevant primary stakeholders in the seal hunt with the instruction to report back to the membership at the 2014 Biennial General Meeting.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

G12-D13 – Requesting a Royal Inquiry into 2011 Canadian Federal Election

MOTION: Adopt G12-D13 - Request a Royal Inquiry into the 2011 Canadian Federal Election

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The Green Party of Canada request that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, commission a Royal Inquiry to investigate and resolve the election infractions and irregularities of the 2011 Canadian Federal Election.

AMENDMENT: Delete the word `Harper`as this could be considered derogatory.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

MOTION: Adopt G12-D13 - Request a Royal Inquiry into the 2011 Canadian Federal Election

BE IT RESOLVED: The Green Party of Canada request that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, commission a Royal Inquiry to investigate and resolve the election infractions and irregularities of the 2011 Canadian Federal Election.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

5. Elections

5.1 Ombuds & Appeals Committee

MOTION: That Sara Golling, David Kay, Ashraf Khan, Kathleen DeWitt, Brian Fisher, Lori Waters be acclaimed to the Ombuds and Appeals committee.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

6. Adjournment                                   

MOTION: Adjourn 2012 GPC Biennial General Meeting.

OUTCOME: Carried, with consensus

Appendix A - Resolutions Passed by Online Vote

G12-P01 - Universal Broadband Internet Access

BE IT RESOLVED that the Government of Canada develop a comprehensive coordinated broadband internet access strategy using satellites and other wireless technologies to enable broadband internet access for every Canadian, regardless of where they live in the country.

G12-P02 - Aboriginal Urban Housing

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada seeks to introduce regional Aboriginal working groups to identify priorities for urban Aboriginal people and designated funding for this purpose within all-federal funding to communities to address housing and homelessness.

G12-P04 - On Government Secrecy

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada:

  1. will re-introduce full habeas corpus protection for all persons detained by the crown
  2. will require that no court decisions can be made based solely on in camera proceedings
  3. will require that any evidence gained by illegal or unlawful means, including by torture shall not be admissible in either open or closed court hearings
  4. will terminate the secrecy aspects of the security certificate process allowing any and all evidence to be made available to an accused's defense
  5. will apply the principles of Canadian justice and international law to all situations in which Canadian citizens, whether dual or not, may be subjected abroad, and actively endeavour to protect and advocate on behalf of those citizens

G12-P05 - On the CBC

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada

  1. will provide funding to the CBC to enable it to carry out its mandate in a fiscally responsible manner,
  2. will legislate independence of the CBC from political interference,
  3. will encourage the CBC to provide more of its radio and television content over the internet, migrating from its existing broadcast infrastructure to network distribution.

G12-P06 - On Limits to Growth

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada

  1. will promote a sustainable Canadian economy in dynamic equilibrium with its environment;
  2. will promote a sustainable Canadian economy that evolves to be better not bigger;
  3. will promote policies that recognize the serious constraints of a finite world;
  4. will promote policies that seek to restrain societal excesses -- industrial, commercial, resource extraction etc; and
  5. will develop public perception of the necessity of respecting these limits

G12-P07 - On Research

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada

  1. will restore funding to the NRC and the MRC to prior 2007 levels,
  2. will restore funding to research programs otherwise affected
  3. will introduce a program of direct non-reviewed research funding to all canadian universities commensurate with their graduate student sizes, to encourage and promote pure research studies, the only intent being the growth of knowledge, and the only condition that all results be made fully public.

G12-P08 - Updating Outdated Policy

BE IT RESOLVED that all Green Party of Canada policies dated on or before 1996 be withdrawn.

G12-P09 - Updating GPC Policy #1

BE IT RESOLVED that the following policy motions be rescinded:

1988 - Solidarity with Mordecai Vanunu, 1998 – Maki Family, 1990 – Grassroots Ecological Society, 1990 - Reaffirmation of Decentralization and Self‑determination, 1988 – Education, 1988 - Child Care, 1988 - Solidarity with Estonia Greens, G08-p009, G06-p13, G06-p06, G06-p67, G02-p10, G08-p141, G06-p48, 1990 - Clear Cutting, 1990 – Organochlorines Production, 1990 - Green Forest Field Guide, 1990 - Green Forestry Network, 1990 - Access to Environmental Information, 1990 - Antarctica World Park, 1988 – Sustainability, 1998 – Purpose of Economic Activity, 1998 - Finance - Monetary Policy, 1988 - Green Economics, 1988 – Free Trade, 1996 - Reproductive Technologies, 1990 - Tobacco Phase Out, 1990 - Support of le Parti Vert du Québec, 1996 – Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, 1994 - World Green Coordination, 1994 - Panamerican Action Network, 1996 - Criminal Code and Nudity, 1996 - Child Abuse and the Olympics, 1988 - Cannabis Law Reform, 2004 – Seal Hunt, G02-p12, G06-p08, G02-p11, G02-p9, 1988 - Factory Ship Fishing, G06-p32, G06-p31, G06-p46

G12-P10 - Updating GPC Policy #2

BE IT RESOLVED that the following policy motions be rescinded:

1996 – Electoral Reform, 1998 – Democratic Reform, 2000 - Electoral Reform, Eligibility to make Political Contributions, 2004 - Political Financing, G08-p079, G06-p03, 1996 - Same -Sex Marriages, 1998 - International Cooperation, 1996 - Foreign Aid and Energy, G06-p39

G12-P11 - Updating GPC Policy #3

BE IT RESOLVED that the following policy motions be rescinded:

1998 – Natural Resources, 1996 - Nuclear Phase-Out, G08-p080, 1996 – Forests, 1996 - Biodiversity and Wilderness, 1996 - Endangered Species Act, 1996 - Ozone Depletion, 1996 – Global Climate Change, 1996 – Life-Cycle Product Stewardship, 1992 – National Parks, 1990 - Global Warming/Greenhouse Gases, 1990 – Automobile Emissions Standards, 1990 - Wildlife Areas, 2000 - Electromagnetic Radiation (Health & Safety), 1998 – Health, 1996 - Endocrine -Disrupting Chemicals, 1998 - Foreign Affairs, 1996 - Common Security Policy, G06-p07, 1998 – Justice, 1998 - Human Resources and Development (Human Rights), G02-p4, 1998 – Fisheries, 1996 - Commercial Fisheries, 1996 – Ethical Treatment of Animals, 1988 – Animal Rights, 1996 - Marine Protected Areas, 1998 – Transport, 1990 - Redistribution of Gasoline Tax, 1996 - The Arts, 1988 - Green Community Networks, 1996 - Military Conversion, 1988 – Agriculture, 1988 – Food Irradiation, Pesticides, and Food Production

G12-P14 - Online Petitions in the House of Commons

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada will seek to implement an online forum as part of the House of Commons’ web site that allows for the submission and signing of petitions. In doing so, best practices from the Quebec National Assembly and the White House will be taken into consideration in order to meet the needs of the House of Commons; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that physical copies of petitions submitted to MPs may still be presented in the House of Common abiding by current rules and procedures.

G12-P16 - Free Vote Policy

BE IT RESOLVED that certain significant “issues of conscience” or “issues without a clear consensus” or “issues sufficiently divisive”, as identified by the party and party members, are subject to free votes and free positions among party candidates and members.

BE IT RESOLVED that a free vote be defined as a vote in which members or candidates are trusted and free to apply GPC values as they deem appropriate to the identified issues.

BE IT RESOLVED that the GPC formalize and make public, this policy and identified issues as part of the GPC platform.

BE IT RESOLVED that candidates are free to express their free vote positions to the public and express how they would or would not support the identified issues.

G12-P20 - Updating Foreign Policy #2

BE IT RESOLVED that the 1988 Peace and Security policy section be repealed in its entirety.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that elected Green MPs will actively work to establish Canada as a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone, closing all ports and air strips to nuclear armed weapons carriers, excepting for emergency landings, work to establish additional Nuclear Weapons Free Zones in Europe, Middle East, the Arctic, and actively work to assist in strengthening and full ratification of existing NWFZ treaties.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Canadian Greens reaffirm our historic policy to establish a Ministry of Peace and Security and endorse the work of Canadian civil society organizations dedicated to accomplishing this goal.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MPs will work to cease weapons research development, excepting only those designed for peacekeeping purposes and tasked to accomplish those missions in diverse global environments and cease any participation in biological and chemical weapons research.

G12-P21 - Military spending

BE IT RESOLVED that Green Party MPs will work to reform military spending to reflect Canadian Green Party core values by converting the Canadian Armed Forces to peacekeeping and appropriate domestic defence capability and undertake to dedicate all necessary and appropriate funding to do so while also maintaining a rapid response, combat ready military unit restricted to assisting in enforcing no fly zones and naval blockades in U.N. sanctioned missions.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MPs work to significantly expand the operational and rapid deployment capabilities of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and dedicate all necessary and appropriate funding to do so;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MPs work to reform the military procurement process making it more open and accountable with significant and appropriate penalties for any and all violations of the new process;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MPs work to contain military spending to 1% of GDP and not to exceed 1.3% and to reform military equipment and arms export/import reporting by requiring all transactions to be revealed to Parliament on an annual basis with significant and appropriate penalties for violations of such annual reporting.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MPs work to cease Canadian participation in the global arms trade with the exception of developing and potential necessary sales of peacekeeping equipment in cooperation with the United Nations.

G12-P22 - Amendment to G08-P074: CIDA Reform and ODA Level of Assistance

BE IT RESOLVED that Resolution G08-P074 clause #1 is amended to read;

1. Increasing its foreign aid each year with an ultimate goal of 1% of GDP in a fiscally responsible manner that takes into account, the costs of reforms and restructuring called for in clauses 2 & 3 of the same policy and further commits to ‘untie’ all aid in regards to required Canadian procurement provisions in the spirit of the 2005 Paris Declaration;

G12-P23 - Updating Foreign Policy #1

BE IT RESOLVED that clause 5 of the 1998 Foreign Affairs section and the 1996 policy on the election of Canada’s American Ambassador be repealed.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that clause 13) of the 1996 foreign Affairs section be amended to read;

  1. to advocate trade sanctions in cooperation with other U.N. member states against those countries with egregious human rights abuses involving state sponsored terrorism, torture, and death of its citizens or the willing participation in or, proven funding of, equal abuses in other countries.

G12-P24 - Control of natural resources by Canada and/or its provinces and territories

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada support Canada, and/or, its provinces and territories, becoming majority owners, at a 51% minimum threshold, of supply, extraction and production companies exploiting Canadian freshwater, fossil fuel, forest and mineral resources, and that Canada and/or its provinces and territories work to develop a consistent national energy policy, while respecting the rights of First Nations.

G12-C01 - Improving the Policy Development Process

BE IT RESOLVED that section 10.3.1 of the GPC Constitution be rescinded.

G12-C02 - Constitutional amendment

BE IT RESOLVED that Article 7 Official Standing and Definitions be amended to include a sub-clause to read: “Handbook: a document outlining the authority, mandate, roles, responsibilities and procedures to be followed by a Unit or Committee of the Green Party of Canada.”

G12-C03 - Voting Rights for Candidate Selection

BE IT RESOLVED that Bylaw 1.5.1 is changed so that the body that prepares the Nomination Rules for elections, currently the national Campaign Committee which reports to Federal Council, determines the length of membership required for each election.

G12-C04 - Voting Rights for Riding Association Officer Selection

BE IT RESOLVED that Bylaw 1.5.1 is changed so that Federal Council determines the length of membership required for the selection of officers to the executive of a riding association.

G12-C06 - Membership Renewal

BE IT RESOLVED that to allow for a reasonable membership renewal grace period, membership may be renewed during a 90-day grace period after expiry, with the effect that members retain the right to vote at meetings.

G12-D01 - Cooperation for Electoral Reform

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council remain open to negotiating a cooperative strategy with the NDP and Liberal parties on the condition that they make electoral reform for proportional representation their highest priority.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Council enter these negotiations with a view to advancing Green Party values and increasing the GPC’s influence upon the policy direction of the federal government.

G12-D02 - Green and Ethical purchasing for GPC, for GPC merchandise and for GPC meetings

BE IT RESOLVED The Green Party of Canada accepts as a directive policy that:

  1. All travel should be by the lowest carbon output per passenger mile, whenever possible, and, in all cases, carbon emissions should be off-set;
  2. Items purchased for re-sale, such as t-shirts, mugs, etc, should be made to ethical (fair-trade) standards, preferably in Canada, of organic or recycled content;
  3. Paper literature, mailings and other party circulars must be on 100% recycled, post-consumer paper products;
  4. At Green Party of Canada events*, if coffee is served, it must be fair-trade and organic, dairy products must be organic, vegetarian and vegan meal preferences must be respected, and if meat is to be served, it should be organic and local. No GPC event will serve factory-raised meats or aquaculture or endangered seafood;
  5. All efforts should be made to ensure garbage-free events*. Composting should be arranged. Members are encouraged to bring their own mugs. Reusable (linen) serviettes are to be provided and re-usable (china) plates and silverware provided to reduce to environmental footprint of events.
  6. Green Party events* should offer child care services;
  7. Locations for Green Party events* should be chosen taking into account accessibility for the physically challenged. Efforts should be made to ensure events are within walking distance of public transit where applicable. (*note: ""event” is any GPC gathering, planned and announced internally or publicly, to more than 20 people.)

G12-D03 - EDA and Campaign Donation Credit Card Support

BE IT RESOLVED the GPC central office pursue a strategy to be rolled out before the end of 2013 to provide a standardized credit card processing service package for qualified EDAs and Campaigns. The EDAs and Campaigns would be responsible to manage transaction processing including issuing of contribution tax receipts.

G12-D04 - Creation of a Francophone environmentalist and ecologist network

BE IT RESOLVED to organize a network of Francophone elected ecologists and Greens, to, in particular, participate in the activities of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie and to meet with the International Organisation of La Francophonie so that they draw from the fundamental values and principles of the Global Greens Charter.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED to propose the establishment of the headquarters of the Réseau d’Environnementalistes et d’Écologistes Francophone (REÉF) in the city of Québec.

G12-D05 - Against the Northern Gateway Project

BE IT RESOLVED to organize a march inspired by Mahatma Ghandi’s “Walk to the Sea”—a non-violent action conducted in 1930 to raise visibility nationally and internationally. The march would unite opposition and lead to the creation of a fund to fight the project and Bill C-38.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the proposed action be a demonstration lasting several weeks, and open to the participation of other parties to maximize the effect.

G12-D06 - Electoral cooperation with the NDP and Liberal parties in the next federal election

BE IT RESOLVED that the Federal Council be mandated to negotiate strategic co-operation with the NDP and Liberal parties, on the condition that they embrace, and give the highest priority to, electoral reform, including proportional representation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED to ask the Federal Council to undertake such negotiations with the objective of advancing the values of the Green Party and increasing the influence of the GPC on Federal Government policies.