EDA Insider is a monthly roundup of news and information designed to help Green Party Electoral District Association (EDA) executives keep their membership engaged and active as they prepare for the next election.
As always, your suggestions and comments are welcome! Email us at email@example.com.
Reminder - EDA compliance
On May 31 every year, every registered Electoral District Association must provide Elections Canada (EC) with:
- An Annual Statement of Registry Information, a General Form for 2021 (EC 20380); EC sends all registered EDAs a package with its registry information each year. EDAs must certify that the registry information is accurate or provide updates.
- A Registered Association Financial Transactions Return for 2021 (EC 20081); Through the secure online portal, that includes the following:
- association's information and declaration, signed by the financial agent
- inflows and outflows, including for voter contact calling services
- statement of revenues and expenses
- statement of assets and liabilities
- An Auditor's report + invoice: (which is only required if the Electoral District Association accepted contributions totalling $10,000 or more, or incurred expenses (excluding transfers) totalling $10,000 or more in 2021).
For information on all reporting requirements for EDAs please follow this link. To access the latest version of “Political Financing Handbook for Electoral District Associations and Financial Agents” click here.
As we all know, EC had problems processing the information they received last year, and some EDAs had to submit their documents more than once. Please copy firstname.lastname@example.org when you submit your documents by email, or advise your organizer to keep us updated.
Reminder - Online training for associations
Elections Canada is committed to bringing you the best training available, even during these unprecedented times. This is why the Virtual Training Centre provides all the information you need to navigate the political financing rules and reporting requirements.
The Virtual Training Centre allows you to:
- get free training from your own home, at any time
- get tools and resources to help you submit your financial returns
The new training module, Important Information for Registered Associations 2022, provides an overview of the rules applicable to registered associations and their reporting obligations for 2022.
To access your Virtual Training Centre account, follow the steps below:
- Go to https://education.elections.ca and log in using the following information:
Username: the email address on file with Elections Canada
- Select Political Financing from the My courses tab on the homepage.
- Select the desired course.
*Note that your Virtual Training Centre credentials may differ from the ones linked to your PESC account.
Campaign to ban thermal coal
On February 4, GPC launched a web, email and social media campaign calling on the government to fast-track the ban on thermal coal – the type used to generate electricity and the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet.
The government has announced plans to phase out the mining, burning and export of thermal coal by 2030 but that’s not not nearly soon enough. Our letter-writing campaign calls on Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault to move the ban up to next year.
Please click HERE to add your name and make sure you share on Facebook and Twitter.
Campaign to fast-track the Canada Disability Benefit
Green Party MP Mike Morrice has been working across party lines to promote a Canada Disability Benefit, a guaranteed income for people with disabilities that would lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty. His goal is to fast-track the design and implementation of this critical benefit, and to ensure that people with disabilities are involved every step of the way.
Please click HERE to Sign this letter to your Member of Parliament and ask them to support the tabling of a bill to re-introduce the Canada Disability Benefit Act as soon as possible.
We invite all EDA executives to read the petitions sponsored by Green MPs, sign and share with your members.
More than 40 people came to the Citizens Rally for a Just Transition on Saturday March 12. There were many familiar faces and some great signs indicating we want action on climate. The signed letters will be delivered to MP Mel Arnold and MLA Harwinder Sandhu to let them know we citizens want action now to wean our society from fossil fuels without leaving anyone behind.
Federal Council and Young Green Council elections
Internal elections on the Federal Council and Young Green Council are going on until May 11th. Voting closes at noon PST on the 11th.
We draw your attention to the rules concerning EDA during Federal Council elections.
8. EDA Involvement During Elections
8.1 EDAs must not support any one candidate or group of candidates to the exclusion of others.
8.2 EDAs must not reference any candidate website other than the candidate pages on the official Party website (http://www.greenparty.ca).
8.3 EDAs may support the electoral process by providing opportunities to all candidates for any given position to engage with their members and by encouraging voting.
8.4 To host an event with candidates in attendance, an EDA must notify the Subcommittee at email@example.com three days in advance of the event, providing evidence that all candidates for the position have been afforded equal opportunity to participate.
8.5 To distribute information about candidates, an EDA must provide information about all candidates for the position in the same message.
8.6 EDAs are responsible for the accuracy of voting information provided to their members. Inaccurate, misleading, or incomplete information about the election process is not allowed.
8.7 The rules in this section also apply to Provincial/Territorial Organizations and Regional Associations.
The Leadership Contest Committee will be making an announcement next month about the rules and timeline for selecting our next leader.
In the meantime, potential contestants are advised not to campaign, fundraise, or make any expenditures until the rules are announced.
Similarly, EDAs are advised not to promote potential contestants as this may violate rules regarding use of party resources.
Green Party media releases
Invite a Caucus representative to your event
If you would like to invite the interim Leader or a Green MP to your event, fill out this form.
After your request is received, a member of the Mobilizing team will follow up with a response.
Gvote training for EDAs on request
If you or members of your EDA want a training on Gvote, make a request to firstname.lastname@example.org and your organizer will set up a time with you.