Minutes of the 16th General Meeting of the Green Party of Canada, Ottawa 2016

Event Date

Friday, August 05, 2016 - 17:45 EDT to Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 15:45 EDT

Minutes / Notes

Minutes prepared by Katarina Dunham and Craig Cantin.

Friday, August 5, 2016

1. Call to Order

1.1 Appointment of Chair / Co-chair / Recorder

Motion:        To appoint chairperson, co-chairperson, secretary, as follows:

  • Chair: Ken Melamed
  • Co-Chair: Patricia Farnese
  • Secretary: Katarina Dunham

Outcome:         Carried, with consensus

1.2 Rules of procedure

Motion:        To adopt Robert’s Rules except where superceded by the party’s constitution.

Outcome:         Carried, with near consensus

1.3 Adoption of Agenda

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

Outcome:         Carried, with near consensus

1.4 Introduction of Federal Council

1.5 Convention Resolutions Committee

Motion:        To appoint Kate Storey, Dave Abbey, Cherie Wong, Jeff Matthews, Kas MacMillan, Wesley Stevens to the Convention Resolution Committee to receive resolutions from the floor by 11 pm on Friday, Aug. 5th, and to recommend to the plenary on Saturday morning those resolutions that are considered emergency resolutions.

Outcome:         Carried, with near consensus

2. General Business

2.1 Call for Emergency Resolutions from the Floor

Motion:        To consider emergency resolutions from the floor during the Sunday plenary session, after all other business has been disposed of, in order of submission to the Convention Rules Committee, if time permits prior to adjourment of plenary at 11:45 am on August 7th.

Outcome:         Carried, with consensus

Note: Bylaw 4.3.3 - “Motions that are not submitted in advance and are moved from the floor of the meeting shall only be considered if they are of an emergency nature and shall require a 2/3 vote to be considered by the meeting.”

2.2 Call for Ombuds and Appeals Committee Members

Note: The role of the Ombuds Committee is covered under Bylaw 7 of our Constitution:

  • Receive complaints from Members of the Party regarding decisions made by organized Units or Functionaries of the Party that affect their rights as members, or concerns regarding Party governance.
  • Decide whether or not to accept and deal with each complaint, and inform the complainant of the decision.
  • For accepted cases, issue reports with the committee's recommendations to all the parties involved.
  • Inform Federal Council regularly of its activities.
  • Maintain guidelines for conduct and operation of the Ombuds and Appeals Committee.

2.3 Recognition of 2015 Breakthrough Fund Participants

Motion:        To thank the following EDAs for their participation in the 2015 Breakthrough Fund: Burnaby South, Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley, Don Valley West, Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, Niagara West, Ottawa Centre, Ottawa South, Ottawa-Vanier, Regina-Wascana, Saanich-Gulf Islands, South Okanagan-West Kootenay, Toronto Centre, and Wellington-Halton Hills.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

2.4 Adoption of Minutes of 2014 Meeting (Fredericton), 15th Biennial General Meeting

Motion:        To accept the minutes of the 2014 Green Party of Canada Biennial General Meeting.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

2.5 2015 Financial Statement Presentation

Note: Financial Statements can be found in the Member’s Section of greenparty.ca.

2.6 Introduction of Staff

2.7 Motion to Adjourn

Motion:        That the meeting is adjourned until Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 9:30 am.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

Saturday, August 6, 2016 @ 9:30 am

3. Hiroshima Day

Motion:        That, on this the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the Green Party of Canada joins Green parties worldwide in reaffirming our commitment to making global nuclear disarmament a reality.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

4. General Business

4.1 Presentation of Emergency Resolutions from the Floor

  1. Extreme Genetic Technologies
  2. Husky Oil Spill
  3. Repealing the Secret Police Bill C-51
  4. Limiting the Canada-China FIPA’s Impacts on Democracy
  5. Thanks to Green Candidates

Outcome:         The committee recommended that the resolutions on Extreme Genetic Technologies (1) and the Husky Oil Spill (2) should be considered as emergency in nature.

4.2 Order of Consideration of Resolutions

Motion:        That workshops and plenary prioritize their consideration of resolutions in order of the percentage of “green” votes received in the 2016 online vote.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

4.3 Group Adoption of Constitutional Resolutions

Motion:         To adopt all of the constitutional resolutions which received 66.7% or more in the online vote. (7 of 17  constitutional resolutions.)

Amendment:         To postpone G16-C015 until the next General Meeting. To send G16-C019 to workshop.

Motion:        To accept the amendment.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

Motion:         To adopt all of the constitutional resolutions which received 66.7% or more in the online vote, except for G16-C015 and G16-C019. To postpone G16-C015 until the next General Meeting. (5 of 17  constitutional resolutions)

G16-C006        Require that all Council, Committee and General Meeting Minutes be Posted on the Website

G16-C008        Clarify the Operating Procedures of Green Party of Canada

G16-C014        Addition of the Term “Economic” to Green Values in Constitution

G16-C003        Give 14 Days Notice of Council Vacancies to Members by Email

G16-C012        Clarifying the electoral purpose of the GPC in Article 4 of the Constitution

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus.

4.4 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 except G16-P010. (13 of 18 resolutions.)

Amendment:         To send G16-P001, G16-P007, G16-P012, G16-P008, and G16-P013 to workshop.

Motion:        To accept the amendment.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

Motion:         To adopt all of the policy and directive resolutions which received 60% or more in the online vote except G16-P001, G16-P007, G16-P010, G16-P012, G16-P008, and G16-P013. (8 of 18 resolutions.)

G16-D001        Allow Voting by Remote Ballot in Rural Ridings for Candidate Nomination and Other Procedures

G16-P009        Lead a New Coordinated Initiative to Manage Urban Waterways

G16-D005        Clear and Consistent use of the terms "Motion" and "Resolution"

G16-P003        Tug-Barge Petroleum Tankers

G16-D004        On Recording Council Motions/Resolutions

G16-P011        Advancing the Equality of LGBTQ+ Canadians

G16-D002        Improve the Welcoming and Membership Renewal Process for GPC Donors and Members

G16-P002        Sugar-sweetened Beverage Tax

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

4.5 Refer Remaining Resolutions to Workshop

Motion:        To refer all remaining resolutions to workshop (21 out of 38 resolutions).

G16-C019        Removal of Member who has Willfully Damaged the Party

G16-P013        Dental Health Care

G16-P001        Sunny Ways: Building Solar Infrastructure

G16-P008        Develop a National Urban Park Strategy

G16-P012        High-speed Passenger Rail Service

G16-P007        Use and Protect Community Television to Support Local Political Communications

G16-C011        Clarify the process for Implementation of Directive resolutions

G16-C004        Require a by-election for Council Vacancies

G16-C010        Clarify the use of the Policy Governance Model by Council

G16-P010        Revoking the Charitable Status of the Jewish National Fund Canada (JNF)

G16-C009        On Calling a Leadership Race (Bylaw 2.1.7.2)

G16-P006        Palestinian Self-Determination and the Movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

G16-C016        Increase General Meeting Quorum to 100

G16-D003        Federal Council Member Reimbursement

G16-P004        The Green Marshall Plan - Bank of Canada's Green Money Supply

G16-C007        Separating Political Leadership and Governance Leadership

G16-C013        Replacing the word “Principles” with “Values” in the Constitution

G16-P005        Limits of Funding for "Alternative Therapies"

G16-C002        On Limit to Councillor Tenure (Bylaw 2.1.4)

G16-C017        Removal of Leader after two terms or less than 75% support

G16-C018        Randomly assigning members' voting rights to one Convention workshop only

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

4.6 Refer Tabled 2014 Resolutions to Workshop

Motion:        To refer G14-P05 and G14-P46 to workshop once all 2016 resolutions have been debated.

G14-P05        Using Canada's Armed Forces to Address Non-Military Security Threats

G14-P46        Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

4.7 Authority of Workshops

Motion:        To direct workshops to recommend either passing, amending, or rejecting motions, all of which will be considered by the plenary.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

5. General Business

5.1 Motion to Adjourn

Motion:        That the meeting is adjourned until 3:45 pm.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

Saturday, August 6, 2016 @ 3:45 pm

6. Resolutions

G16-P013 - Dental Health Care

BE IT RESOLVED that basic dental care be made a publicly funded health service.

Motion:        Adopt G16-P013 - Dental Health Care

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus


G16-P001 - Sunny Ways: Building Solar Infrastructure

BE IT RESOLVED that the Canadian government will use the Bank of Canada to establish a ten billion dollar fund for distribution to each of the provinces and territories on a per capita basis for the purpose of constructing photovoltaic power generation in each of the provinces. The funds will be distributed with the following terms:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED The money is to be spent over the next two years.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED Photovoltaic panels with greater than 75% of their manufacturing taking place in Canada will have 25% of their cost subsidized by the program.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED The solar installations will be owned by a crown corporation to be established in each province, and the electricity generated sold to the provinces’ electrical utilities at a price of 5 cents per kilowatt hour. Electricity not purchased by the utilities will be sold on the open market.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED Profits earned by each of these crown corporations will be repaid to the Bank of Canada up to the amount originally received (see below). After the full amount is paid back, earned income beyond what is necessary to maintain infrastructure will be used to further expand generating capacity.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED At the conclusion of the program, the cost per kilowatt-hour of the generating capacity in each of the provinces will be calculated for the purposes of allocating funds in the subsequent two-year phase of the program. The province with the most efficient production of PV electricity will be granted an extra billion dollars in the next phase of the program, and the province with the next most efficient production will be granted a half-billion dollar bonus. The remaining funds will then be distributed as previously, on a per-capita basis to each of the remaining provinces and territories.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED Funding for this program will come from the Bank of Canada, considered as an interest-free loan to each of the provinces.

Amendment:        Remove references to “ten billion dollar” and “Bank of Canada” (first paragraph); remove the remaining operatives.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Canadian government will establish a fund for distribution to each of the provinces and territories on a per capita basis for the purpose of constructing photovoltaic power generation in each of the provinces.

Outcome:        Amendment Defeated

BE IT RESOLVED that the Canadian government will use the Bank of Canada to establish a ten billion dollar fund for distribution to each of the provinces and territories on a per capita basis for the purpose of constructing photovoltaic power generation in each of the provinces. The funds will be distributed with the following terms:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED The money is to be spent over the next two years.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED Photovoltaic panels with greater than 75% of their manufacturing taking place in Canada will have 25% of their cost subsidized by the program.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED The solar installations will be owned by a crown corporation to be established in each province, and the electricity generated sold to the provinces’ electrical utilities at a price of 5 cents per kilowatt hour. Electricity not purchased by the utilities will be sold on the open market.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED Profits earned by each of these crown corporations will be repaid to the Bank of Canada up to the amount originally received (see below). After the full amount is paid back, earned income beyond what is necessary to maintain infrastructure will be used to further expand generating capacity.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED At the conclusion of the program, the cost per kilowatt-hour of the generating capacity in each of the provinces will be calculated for the purposes of allocating funds in the subsequent two-year phase of the program. The province with the most efficient production of PV electricity will be granted an extra billion dollars in the next phase of the program, and the province with the next most efficient production will be granted a half-billion dollar bonus. The remaining funds will then be distributed as previously, on a per-capita basis to each of the remaining provinces and territories.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED Funding for this program will come from the Bank of Canada, considered as an interest-free loan to each of the provinces.

Motion:        Adopt G16-P001 - Sunny Ways: Building Solar Infrastructure

Outcome:        Carried


G16-P008 - Develop a National Urban Park Strategy

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada support a new Federal strategy to establish National Urban Parks in other major population centres immediately to protect these areas for generations to come.

Motion:        Adopt G16-C008 - Develop a National Urban Park Strategy

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus


G16-P012 - High-speed Passenger Rail Service

BE IT RESOLVED that a Green government will fund the construction of dedicated passenger rail lines between Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in order to facilitate the construction of high-frequency passenger rail service, with a view to subsequently constructing a high-speed rail service between those points at a later date;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that funding for this project be limited to 4 billion dollars in the first phase of this project, and that funding come from interest-free loans from the Bank of Canada.

Workshop:        Recommendation to divide the resolution into two separate operatives.

Motion:        To accept the recommendation from workshop.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

Operative A:

BE IT RESOLVED that a Green government will fund the construction of dedicated passenger rail lines between Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in order to facilitate the construction of high-frequency passenger rail service, with a view to subsequently constructing a high-speed rail service between those points at a later date;

Amendment:         To add ‘existing lines and constructing new lines.’

Motion:        To accept the amendment.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

BE IT RESOLVED that a Green government will fund the construction of dedicated passenger rail lines between Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in order to facilitate the construction of high-frequency passenger rail service, using existing lines and constructing new lines, with a view to subsequently constructing a high-speed rail service between those points at a later date;

Motion:        Adopt Operative A - G16-P012 - High-speed Passenger Rail Service as amended

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

Operative B:        

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that funding for this project be limited to 4 billion dollars in the first phase of this project, and that funding come from interest-free loans from the Bank of Canada.

Amendment:         Remove Operative B

Motion:        To accept the amendment.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

Motion:        Defeat Operative B - G16-P012 - High-speed Passenger Rail Service

Result:        Carried, with consensus

G16-C019 - Removal of Member who has Willfully Damaged the Party

BE IT RESOLVED that:

Bylaw 1.3 of the GPC Constitution: Resignation and Removal of Member be amended to add:

1.3.3: In accordance with 1.3.2 a member may be expelled, suspended, or otherwise disciplined for any conduct which (1) is contrary to the Members’ Code of Conduct, or (2) is contrary to this Constitution, or (3) is contrary to the principles and purpose of the Party, or (4) brings discredit to, or (5) willfully damages the interests of the Party.

Workshop:        Recommendation to replace “willfully” with “intentionally” in all cases, including the title

Amendment:         Remove “or if they are supporting another existing Federal political party”

Motion:        To accept the amendment.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

New Title:        G16-C019 - Removal of Member who has Intentionally Damaged the Party

BE IT RESOLVED that:

Bylaw 1.3 of the GPC Constitution: Resignation and Removal of Member be amended to add:

1.3.3: In accordance with 1.3.2 a member may be expelled, suspended, or otherwise disciplined for any conduct which (1) is contrary to the Members’ Code of Conduct, or (2) is contrary to this Constitution, or (3) is contrary to the principles and purpose of the Party, or (4) brings discredit to, or (5) intentionally damages the interests of the Party.

Motion:        Adopt G16-C019 - Removal of Member who has Intentionally Damaged the Party as amended

Outcome:        Carried

G16-P007 - Use and Protect Community Television to Support Local Political Communications

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada formally supports a strengthening of Community Television in Canada that will enable Electoral District Associations to access significant training and production support to produce their own political programming for local Community Television airing;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada monitor its access to Community Television in each EDA and report to the CRTC when its rights and those of other political voices are discriminated against;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada supports the proposition by the Canadian Association of Community Television Users & Stations to redirect public funds from private sector BDUs towards the creation and ongoing funding of non-profit Community Media Centres that will be run in partnership by public libraries, film co-ops, and other local stakeholders.

Motion:        Adopt G16-P007 - Use and Protect Community Television to Support Local Political Communications

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

G16-C011 - Clarify the process for Implementation of Directive resolutions

BE IT RESOLVED that Article 7.3.5 be amended to add:

...and, if adopted, is sent to Federal Council for consideration in the annual planning and budget process.

Motion:        Adopt G16-C011 - Clarify the process for Implementation of Directive resolutions

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

G16-C004 - Require a by-election for Council Vacancies

BE IT RESOLVED that 2.1.6.1 be replaced with the following:

2.1.6.1 Federal Council has the authority to fill, by appointment, any vacancy, however caused, if fewer than four(4) months remain before an internal election and that Federal Council may appoint one of its existing members to fill an executive position that becomes vacant until the next General Meeting or the term for that position ends, whichever occurs first.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a new Clause 2.1.6.2 be added to read:

2.1.6.2 A by-election will be called for any council position that becomes vacant more than four (4) months prior to the internal election cycle.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the remaining Clauses be renumbered accordingly.

Motion:        Adopt G16-C004 - Require a by-election for Council Vacancies

Outcome:        Defeated

G16-C010 - Clarify the use of the Policy Governance Model by Council

BE IT RESOLVED that Bylaw 2 (Federal Council) be amended to include:

2.7 Policy Governance Model:

2.7.1 Federal Council shall operate in a manner consistent with the Policy Governance Model.

Motion:        Adopt G16-C010 - Clarify the use of the Policy Governance Model by Council

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

G16-P010 - Revoking the Charitable Status of the Jewish National Fund Canada (JNF)

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada calls on the Canada Revenue Agency to revoke the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund for contravening public policy against discrimination and for its failure to comply with international human rights law.

Amendment:        Replace “the Jewish National Fund for contravening public policy against discrimination and for its failure to comply with” with “, or to refrain from conferring charitable status upon, any organization that is complicit in the violation of Canadian or”

Motion:        To accept the amendment.

Outcome:        Carried

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada calls upon the Canada Revenue Agency to revoke the charitable status of, or to refrain from conferring charitable status upon, any organization that is complicit in the violation of Canadian or international human rights law.

Motion:        Adopt G16-P010 - Revoking Charitable Status of Organisations Violating Human Rights  as amended

Outcome:        Carried

G16-C009 - On Calling a Leadership Race (Bylaw 2.1.7.2)

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Bylaw 2 (Federal Council) be amended to read:

2.1.7.2 A Leadership Contest must be started within six months of the appointment of an interim Leader and concluded within 24 months of said appointment.

Motion:        Adopt G16-C009 - On Calling a Leadership Race (Bylaw 2.1.7.2)

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

7. General Business

7.1 Motion to Adjourn

Motion:        That the meeting is adjourned until Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 10:19 am.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

Sunday, August 7, 2016 @ 10:19 am

8. Resolutions

G16-P006 - Palestinian Self-Determination and the Movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

BE IT RESOLVED that the GPC supports the use of divestment, boycott and sanctions (“BDS”) that are targeted to those sectors of Israel’s economy and society which profit from the ongoing occupation of the Occupy Palestinian Territories (OPT);

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the GPC will support such a form of BDS until such time as Israel implements a permanent ban on further settlement construction in the OPT, and enters into good faith negotiations with representatives of the Palestinian people for the purpose of establishing a viable, contiguous and truly sovereign Palestinian state.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the GPC opposes all efforts to prohibit, punish or otherwise deter expressions of support for BDS.

Amendment:        Replace text with:

“BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada ("GPC") calls upon the Government of Canada and the broader international community to use effective means to bring Israel and Palestine into negotiations on a lasting peaceful two-state solution where both can live in security;

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such effective means may include facilitating negotiations, use of diplomatic sanctions, and consumer action by concerned citizenry.”

Outcome:        Ruled out of order by chair

Challenge:        Chair challenged on ruling

Outcome:        Chair’s ruling sustained by plenary

Amendment:        To divide resolution into two separate operatives.

Motion:        To accept the amendment.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

Operative A:

BE IT RESOLVED that the GPC supports the use of divestment, boycott and sanctions (“BDS”) that are targeted to those sectors of Israel’s economy and society which profit from the ongoing occupation of the OPT;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the GPC will support such a form of BDS until such time as Israel implements a permanent ban on further settlement construction in the OPT, and enters into good faith negotiations with representatives of the Palestinian people for the purpose of establishing a viable, contiguous and truly sovereign Palestinian state.

Motion:        Adopt Operative A - G16-P006 - Palestinian Self-Determination and the Movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

Outcome:        Carried

Operative B:

BE IT RESOLVED that the GPC opposes all efforts to prohibit, punish or otherwise deter expressions of support for BDS.

Motion:        Adopt Operative B - G16-P006 - Palestinian Self-Determination and the Movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

Outcome:        Carried

G16-C016 - Increase General Meeting Quorum to 100

BE IT RESOLVED that the number fifty (50) be replaced with the number one hundred (100) for quorum in Article 8 “General Meetings of the Entire Membership of the Party.”

Workshop:        Recommendation to reject resolution

Motion:        Adopt G16-C016 - Increase General Meeting Quorum to 100

Outcome:        Defeated

G16-D003 - Federal Council Member Reimbursement

BE IT RESOLVED that Federal Council members each receive reimbursement from the Green Party of Canada of up to $3,600 annually, to reimburse reasonable expenses related to fulfilling their mandate.

Motion:        Adopt G16-D003 - Federal Council Member Reimbursement

Workshop Amendment: Replace resolution text with:

BE IT RESOLVED that Federal Council develop a policy for the reimbursement of council members for reasonable expenses related to fulfilling their mandate and that reporting of those expenses be made available to the members.

Motion:        To accept the amendment.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

BE IT RESOLVED that Federal Council develop a policy for the reimbursement of council members for reasonable expenses related to fulfilling their mandate and that reporting of those expenses be made available to the members.

Motion:        Adopt G16-D003 - Federal Council Member Reimbursement as amended

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

G16-P004 - The Green Marshall Plan - Bank of Canada's Green Money Supply

BE IT RESOLVED that Green MPs and the GPC will advocate for Bank Of Canada money creation to offer interest free (or sovereign interest level) loans and grants for green infrastructure and efficiency projects. Such projects may include the creation of for profit crown corporations that build own and operate infrastructure and efficiency projects. Green MP's and the GPC will advocate The Bank of International Settlements support all central banks under it's structure engage in sovereign coordinated Green Marshall Plans.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a royal commission will be established to determine the feasibility of creating such crown corporations in given fields of expertise and offer a plan for a virtually carbon free Canada. The royal commission would create specific objectives and operating procedures for the green crown corporations. Grants to crown corporations will take preference over any grants to private interests. One example of a green project, which could be owned by a crown corporation: fast electric vehicle charging stations for EVs.

Workshop:        Recommendation to divide the resolution into two operatives, make respective amendments.

Motion:        To accept the recommendation from workshop.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

Operative A:        

BE IT RESOLVED that a royal commission will be established to determine the feasibility of creating such crown corporations in given fields of expertise and offer a plan for a virtually carbon free Canada. The royal commission would create specific objectives and operating procedures for the green crown corporations. Grants to crown corporations will take preference over any grants to private interests. One example of a green project, which could be owned by a crown corporation: fast electric vehicle charging stations for EVs.

Amendment:        Strike “One example of a green project, which could be owned by a crown corporation: fast electric vehicle charging stations for EVs”; strike “Grants to crown corporations will take preference over any grants to private interests.”

Motion:        To accept the amendment.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

BE IT RESOLVED that a royal commission will be established to determine the feasibility of creating crown corporations in given fields of expertise and offer a plan for a virtually carbon free Canada. The royal commission would create specific objectives and operating procedures for the green crown corporations.

Motion:        Adopt        Operative A - G16-P004 - The Green Marshall Plan - Bank of Canada's Green Money Supply as amended

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

Operative B:        

BE IT RESOLVED that Green MPs and the GPC will advocate for Bank Of Canada money creation to offer interest free (or sovereign interest level) loans and grants for green infrastructure and efficiency projects. Such projects may include the creation of for profit crown corporations that build own and operate infrastructure and efficiency projects. Green MP's and the GPC will advocate The Bank of International Settlements support all central banks under it's structure engage in sovereign coordinated Green Marshall Plans.

Amendment:        Remove the word “Such” from sentence 2.

Motion:        To accept the amendment.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

BE IT RESOLVED, Green MPs and the GPC will advocate for Bank Of Canada money creation to offer interest free (or sovereign interest level) loans and grants for green infrastructure and efficiency projects. Projects may include the creation of for profit crown corporations that build own and operate infrastructure and efficiency projects. Green MP's and the GPC will advocate The Bank of International Settlements support all central banks under it's structure engage in sovereign coordinated Green Marshall Plans.

Amend:        Strike ‘Green MP's and the GPC will advocate The Bank of International Settlements support all central banks under its structure engage in sovereign coordinated Green Marshall Plans.’

Motion:        Adopt        amendment to Operative B - G16-P004 - The Green Marshall Plan - Bank of Canada's Green Money Supply

Motion:        To accept the amendment.

Outcome:        Carried (47 yeas, 46 nays)

BE IT RESOLVED, Green MPs and the GPC will advocate for Bank Of Canada money creation to offer interest free (or sovereign interest level) loans and grants for green infrastructure and efficiency projects. Projects may include the creation of for profit crown corporations that build own and operate infrastructure and efficiency projects.

Motion:        Adopt        Operative B - G16-P004 - The Green Marshall Plan - Bank of Canada's Green Money Supply as amended.

Outcome:        Defeated

G16-C007 - Separating Political Leadership and Governance Leadership

BE IT RESOLVED that Bylaw 2.6.1 of the Constitution be modified to remove the Leader from the Executive Council and will therefore state:

“The Executive Council shall consist of the President, the Vice President English, the Vice President French, and the Fund Representative as voting members and the Executive Director as a non-voting member.”

Workshop:        Recommendation to defeat resolution

Motion:        Adopt G16-C007 - Separating Political Leadership and Governance Leadership

Outcome:        Defeated

G16-C013 - Replacing the word “Principles” with “Values” in the Constitution

BE IT RESOLVED that in Article 5, all references to the term “Principles” be replaced with the term “Values” and, that Clause 5.2 be deleted.

Motion:         Adopt G16-C013 - Replacing the word “Principles” with “Values” in the Constitution

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

G16-P005 - Limits of Funding for "Alternative Therapies"

BE IT RESOLVED that the GPC adopt a policy that recognizes evidence based and proven therapeutic practices as the gold standard for funding, that for funding purposes, only programs with a demonstrable benefit be supported through national health care dollars.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that proven is understood to mean proven based on scientific evidence, principles, and methods. Only those therapies that meet the gold standard of evidence based on high quality, double-blinded clinical trials, should be promoted to Canadians, who deserve no less. Also, when treatments are proven not to work, there should be a mechanism to have them removed from the list of approved therapies.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that less invasive procedures are always preferred, such as those which provide alternatives to surgeries or other clinically invasive methods while achieving substantially equivalent clinical outcomes or meeting clinically determined goals. Cost benefit ratios must take into account the efficacy of the treatments. But expense and efficacy of all treatments are to be gauged not only on cost but on beneficial outcomes based on the gold standard previously highlighted.

Motion:        Adopt G16-P005 - Limits of Funding for "Alternative Therapies"

Outcome:        Defeated

G16-C002 - On Limit to Councillor Tenure (Bylaw 2.1.4)

BE IT RESOLVED that Bylaw 2.1.4 be amended to limit the number of consecutive terms a voting member of council may serve to two (2) terms or four (4) years;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Bylaw 2.1.4 be extended with a new clause, 2.1.4.9 to read:

2.1.4.9 No member of council may serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.

Workshop:        Recommendation to reject resolution

Motion:        Adopt G16-C002 - On Limit to Councillor Tenure (Bylaw 2.1.4)

Outcome:        Defeated

G16-C017 - Removal of Leader after two terms or less than 75% support

BE IT RESOLVED that a new clause 2.1.4.8 be added to read:

2.1.4.8 The term of the leader shall be limited to the greater of two (2) consecutive parliamentary terms, or eight (8) years, unless she or he becomes Prime Minister or she or he achieves at least a 3/4 (75%) approval vote in future Leadership Reviews.

Workshop:        Recommendation to reject resolution

Motion:        Adopt G16-C017 - Removal of Leader after two terms or less than 75% support

Outcome:        Defeated

G16-C018 - Randomly assigning members' voting rights to one Convention workshop only

BE IT RESOLVED that new provisions under Bylaw 4, General Meetings of the Entire Membership of the Party, will be written as follows:

4.4.2 Whenever motions are divided for review by workshop votes for later recommendations to plenary, each voting Member will be assigned to a single workshop only, through a randomized process of name-selection. Member participation in assigned workshops will remain voluntary while sitting and speaking in non-assigned workshops will be permitted, but voting by a Member in a workshop to which he or she is not assigned will be prohibited.

4.4.3 The prohibition against voting at workshops to which a given Member is not assigned will not apply wherever less than ten percent (10%) of the quorum of Members would otherwise be voting at a given workshop.

Workshop:        Recommendation to reject resolution

Motion:        Adopt G16-C018 - Randomly assigning members' voting rights to one Convention workshop only

Outcome:        Defeated

G14-P05 - Using Canada's Armed Forces to Address Non-Military Security Threats

BE IT RESOLVED THAT without increasing military spending, the Green Party of Canada will promote an enhanced role for Canada's existing armed forces in transforming the nation to a low-carbon economy, in addressing the impacts of climate change in Canada and in other serious non-military security threats as they arise.

Motion:        Adopt G14-P05 - Using Canada's Armed Forces to Address Non-Military Security Threats

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

G14-P46 - Divestment from Fossil Fuels

BE IT RESOLVED that The Green Party supports the divestment campaign begun by Bill McKibben. The Green Party of Canada will add its name to the list of institutions committed to divestment from fossil fuels;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The Green Party of Canada will encourage Canada to divest from fossil fuels;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it will be the policy of the Green Party of Canada, when elected, to have the government of Canada divest from fossil fuel companies.

Motion:        Adopt G14-P46 - Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

G14-C02 - Removing redundancies from Article 10 of the Constitution

Motion:        Adopt G14-C02 - Removing redundancies from Article 10 of the Constitution

Outcome:        Postponed

9. Elections

9.1 Ombuds and Appeals Committee

Motion:        That Kathleen DeWitt, Jerome Dickey, Amber Freer, Troy Frost and Sara Golling be formally appointed to the Ombuds and Appeals Committee.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

10. Emergency Resolutions

Note: The time allocated for resolutions expired prior to debating emergency resolutions. Those resolutions will be brought forward to the next general meeting.

11. Volunteer Awards

12. Adjournment                            

Motion:        That the 2016 GPC Biennial General Meeting be adjourned.

Outcome:        Carried, with consensus

Appendix A - Group Adoption of Constitutional Resolutions

G16-C006 - Require that all Council, Committee and General Meeting Minutes be Posted on the Website

BE IT RESOLVED that Bylaw 10, Party Documents, be modified to include reference to all motions, resolutions and minutes of council and council committees;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Bylaw 10.1 be modified to read as follows:

10.1 The Federal Council shall maintain for viewing by all Members the following Party documents:

10.1.1 The Constitution and Bylaws

10.1.2 The Constitution of the Young Greens of Canada

10.1.3 The Rules of Procedure for General Meetings

10.1.4 The Adopted Policies

10.1.5 The Election Platforms for previous elections

10.1.6 All minutes of previous General Meetings

10.1.7 All minutes of Federal Council, the executive and committees of Council

10.1.8 Committee Handbooks

10.1.9 The Federal Council Motions and Resolutions Database

G16-C008 - Clarify the Operating Procedures of Green Party of Canada

BE IT RESOLVED that:

Article 8 of the Green Party of Canada Constitution (General Meetings of the Entire Membership of the Party) be amended to include:

8.3.1 General Meetings shall be conducted via Robert's Rules of Order.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that:

Bylaw 2 (Federal Council) be amended to include:

2.4.6.1 Federal Council meetings shall be conducted via Robert’s Rules of Order.

G16-C014 - Addition of the Term “Economic” to Green Values in Constitution

Motion:        Adopt G16-C014 - Addition of the Term “Economic” to Green Values in Constitution

BE IT RESOLVED that the word “economic” be added to ARTICLE 3.1 to read:

3.1 To enhance the effectiveness of the Global Green Movement in creating a Green Society by providing an evolving social, economic and political structure that embraces and supports Green Values and offers itself as a voice for the broader Green Movement.

G16-C003 - Give 14 Days Notice of Council Vacancies to Members by Email

BE IT RESOLVED that Federal Council shall be notified of a vacancy within 14 days rather than the current 7 day period in Bylaw 2.1.6.2, such that the clause shall read:

2.1.6.2 All Federal Council members shall be notified of a vacancy within fourteen (14) days.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a similar change be made to Bylaw 2.1.6.3 correcting the term “general members electronic mailing list” for clarity to refer to email, such that the clause shall read:

2.1.6.3 Notice of the vacancy shall be posted prominently on the Party's website and all Members will be notified by email within the same fourteen (14) day period.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a period of a further 14 days be allowed before a vacancy is filled to enable members to identify or self-identify eligible candidates.

G16-C012 - Clarifying the electoral purpose of the GPC in Article 4 of the Constitution

BE IT RESOLVED that:

Article 4.1.1: be amended to read: Fielding, endorsing and electing members of the Party as candidates of the Party in every riding for election to the House of Commons and supporting their election; rather than “Fielding and electing candidates in federal elections.”

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Article 4.1.4 be amended to delete the phrase ‘outside of electoral periods’

The amended Article would then read:

4.1 It is the purpose of the Party to advance the Party's Platform, Positions, Policy, Values and Basis of Unity, and to contribute to the welfare of Canada, Canadians and the community of life in Canada by:

4.1.1 Fielding, endorsing and electing members of the Party as candidates of the Party in every riding for election to the House of Commons and supporting their election;

4.1.2 Debating and forming legislation in the Canadian Parliament and by participating in, or forming, the Government of Canada.

4.1.3 Developing Policy, Positions, and Platforms consistent with its Values and Basis of Unity.

4.1.4 Advancing the Party's Platform, Positions, Policy, Values and Basis of Unity

4.1.5 Forming and maintaining Party organizations at the federal, provincial and electoral district levels.

4.1.6 Working in solidarity with green parties of other jurisdictions, and green parties globally.

Appendix B - Group Adoption of Policy and Directive Resolutions

G16-D001 - Allow Voting by Remote Ballot in Rural Ridings for Candidate Nomination and Other Procedures

BE IT RESOLVED that voting procedures for the selection of a Candidate for Member of Parliament shall be allowed to take place by remote ballot so long as a single vote per eligible member can be reasonably ensured;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that votes by members in rural EDAs, be them to elect the executive or any other occasion where the members are formally consulted, can be operated via secure remote ballot.

G16-P009 - Lead a New Coordinated Initiative to Manage Urban Waterways

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada support a new Federal initiative to coordinate among all levels of government a strategy to assess and design proper protective measures to control motor boat traffic on major urban waterways, develop and protect safer forms public water access, and protect indigenous access to their ancestral waterways.

G16-D005 - Clear and Consistent use of the terms "Motion" and "Resolution"

BE IT RESOLVED that wherever in the constitution, in the web site, and in the process and procedures of all our committees, reference is made to a resolution in a context clearly prior to its resolution, that the reference be changed to “motion”;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that wherever a reference is made to a “motion” in a context clearly following its adoption that the reference be changed to “resolution.”

G16-P003        Tug-Barge Petroleum Tankers

BE IT RESOLVED that American tug-barge petroleum traffic be barred from traveling up and down the 'protected' waters of the British Columbia Inside Passage, and be required to travel, by suitable, seaworthy double-hulled vessels safely 20 miles off the BC coast, just as all the other petroleum tanker traffic must do.

G16-D004 - On Recording Council Motions/Resolutions

BE IT RESOLVED that a Motions/Resolutions database be created expeditiously with search facilities using the following 9 fields (4 contain a boolean Yes/No, and the next 5 contain text/sentences):

Draft, Rejected, Deferred, Approved

Title, Sponsors, Operative, Background, Actions;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Executive Director officially appoint an individual to update this Database (when available) within 5 working days of a Council meeting;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a schedule be developed to add past Council Motions/Resolutions to this Database.

G16-P011 - Advancing the Equality of LGBTQ+ Canadians

BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada: advocate for amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act to explicitly include gender identity and gender expression as protected grounds of discrimination, amendments to the Criminal Code to include gender identity and gender expression in hate sentencing and hate propaganda provisions, and advocate for the introduction of a third sex identifier of “X” in Canadian passports;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada: advocate for an end to “conversion therapy,” support achieving an equal age of consent across Canada by repealing s. 159 of the Criminal Code, and work to ensure that Canada plays a leading role fighting for LGBTQ+ rights globally through diplomatic efforts, foreign assistance, and support the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green party of Canada: advocate for significant increase in federal funding, coordination and support for robust, comprehensive strategies on mental health, addictions, sexual education, sexualized and gender based violence, and housing for all Canadians while encompassing specific components to address the needs of Canada’s LGBTQ+ community.

G16-D002 - Improve the Welcoming and Membership Renewal Process for GPC Donors and Members

BE IT RESOLVED that the following new actions will be added to the above preamble existing processes:

1. If a GPC membership expires, the expiry date will be shown in their personal profile section on the GPC website. (It currently says “No Membership” or is left blank.)

2. Upon request, or a previously agreed to schedule, GPC will send to a local EDA the list of donors who contributed via the online GPC website to either GPC or the local EDA, so the local EDA can reach out and connect with them.

3. EDAs will inform GPC within 30 days after supporters make donations to their local EDA and/or want to become members

4. EDA’s will retain the membership fees from local EDA donations (e.g. not send the $10 fee to GPC)

G16-P002 - Sugar-sweetened Beverage Tax

BE IT RESOLVED that a Green government will introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened (including those sweetened with high fructose corn syrup) and artificially sweetened drinks at a high enough level to discourage their consumption.

Appendix C - Postponed Resolutions Until Next General Meeting

G14-C02 - Removing redundancies from Article 10 of the Constitution

BE IT RESOLVED that Article 10.1.5 be removed from the Constitution, and

BE IT RESOLVED that Article 10.3 be replaced by Article 10.1.5, reworded as follows:

10.3 Constitution and Bylaws

10.3.1 After each General Meeting at which this Constitution and Bylaws is amended, the Constitution Committee and any legal advisers must oversee the publication of this Constitution and Bylaws as amended and may, in so doing, and subject to the ratification of the Federal Council:

10.3.1.1 Renumber the provisions of this Constitution and Bylaws to accommodate the changes that have been made.

10.3.1.2 Correct cross-references between provisions which are no longer accurate.

10.3.1.3 Correct typographical errors.

10.3.1.4 Correct spelling errors.

10.3.1.5 Replace gender biased language with gender neutral language.

10.3.1.6 Correct inconsistencies between the English and French

G16-C015 - Adopting a Seventh Core Principle: Scientific Inquiry

BE IT RESOLVED that the Constitution be amended to add item 5.1.7: "Scientific Inquiry" and to add item 5.5: "Appendix B provides additional reference text regarding principles.";

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Constitution be amended to add Appendix B as follows:

"Scientific Inquiry

We recognize the scientific method as humankind's common lens for probing and understanding the natural world. We believe that empirical evidence is the foundation of effective public policy, and we promote rational inquiry and sincere debate as the processes by which policy is best created, refined, and reviewed.

This requires:

  • A policy development process which begins with empirical evidence and uses inquiry and debate to arrive at finished policies
  • An awareness of current scientific understanding and a respect for expert analysis and opinion
  • A willingness to embrace political positions clearly supported by evidence, and to abandon those clearly not supported by evidence
  • A commitment to apply the Precautionary Principle
  • A spirit of joy and fearlessness in discovering and understanding the beauty of the natural world that surrounds us"

Appendix D - Postponed Emergency Resolutions

G16-E001 - Emergency Policy Resolution on Extreme Genetic Technologies

Preamble:

WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada already has in place a policy demanding the labeling of classical genetic engineering products and control over their release and ingestion, due to worries of their effects on health and ecosystems;

WHEREAS the genetic engineering industry is expanding its technological capabilities and has already quietly introduced synthetically created organisms (mostly yeasts and bacteria) into the production chain of many ingested fragrances and flavourings, with no labeling and no clear oversight or research on possible dangers to health and ecosystems (allergies, contamination, unintended mutations, escapes of extremely unnatural microrganisms into the environment), and moreover, has recently announced its ability to change the path of evolution of any species through CRISPRcas9 gene drive technology, with huge implications for ecosystems as well as for human well-being and weapons technologies;

WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada has a continuing commitment to protect ecosystems and human health;

WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada is committed to safeguarding the integrity of ecosystems, human health and evolution itself as well as to promoting the clear oversight of any technology that can be easily weaponized;

Operative:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada seeks to introduce legislation that will require all steps of the production process that use genetic engineering of any description to create any substance, especially those intended for human consumption, to be clearly labeled as such.  Moreover, until the dangers and accidents inherent in this incredibly powerful, unprecedented technology are better understood both by science and society, we join civil society groups like Friends of the Earth, Econexus and ETC Group in asking for a UN moratorium on ecosystem release of ANY CRISPR gene-drive organism, regardless of the reason (crippling disease-carrying mosquitoes for example, where this particular cure might turn out to be as dangerous as the disease);

Submitter: Holly Dressel

Background:

Extreme Genetic Engineering Backgrounder

August 5, 2016

The next generation of genetic engineering, synthetic biology and the truly alarming gene-drive technologies like CRISPRcas9 are coming online. Society can't and doesn't necessarily want to stop research and understanding of genomes.  We do want to slow or prevent ecosystem manipulation and potentially dangerous releases, as well as putting into place proper regulations, oversight and labeling.

Synthetic Biology is the creation of completely novel organisms, not the classical genetic engineering of the existing genes from a plant or an animal shot into the genome of another plant or animal, but rather laboratory-created single-celled organisms placed into other, existing simple organisms or other lab-created ones, to create something that has nothing to do with natural evolution or natural selection. For example, giant agro-chemical companies like Monsanto, Cargill, BASF, Syngenta, etc., are engineering yeasts to exude not the traditional carbon dioxide or alcohol, but a wide variety of chemicals, including phenols and alkaloids. There are already synthetically engineered yeasts to make popular flavours like vanilla and saffron on the market right now. Because the finished product doesn't contain the engineered organism itself, the industry is insisting they mustn't be labeled in any way, and are marketing them as "natural" and even organic, making a mockery of both words.

The industry also funds bioengineered methanotropes, organisms that live on  and produce methane so as to make them produce other chemicals. The methane would be fermented by these engineered microorganisms into high value chemicals such as jet fuel, Syngas or plastics compounds. This gives a huge economic incentive to increase fracking for more feedstock, natural gas. If these methanotropes escaped from the silo and got inside a cow, colonized crops or were ingested by people while exuding such chemicals, there are unprecedented health and security risks.

As for the very latest CRISPRcas9 or gene drive technologies, they have been labeled "genetic poisons" and an "extinction machine" [MIT biomedicine article published this past April]. The researchers who developed the technology just in the last 20 months are shocked by their own success, and are asking for social input and oversight.  But the industry, who provided their grants and will commercialize their findings, is fighting any knowledge dissemination, regulations or containment because it could interfere with their purpose of developing products for profit.

Although most of the patents are for crop applications, there is much media talk about conservation applications for these technologies, such as being able to permanently alter and destroy Zika- or malaria- carrying mosquitoes. However, if there's anything we don't know about concerning the interwoven nature of natural systems, these interventions could eradicate not just the Zika-carrying insect where it is, but mosquitoes everywhere, with resulting cascades of populations of birds and other plants and animals.  The technology allows chemical corporations, whose only criteria is creating product, torefashion evolution for profit, so we can live in Disneyland, as one scientist remarked, not Nature.  

Jim Thomas, Programme Director of ETC Group, along with many other social and environmental groups, is asking for a moratorium on the ecosystem release of gene-drive organisms: "Historians may come to see last year's invention of a working Gene Drive as biology’s ‘nuclear’ moment. Like the first nuclear chain reaction three quarters of a century ago, the ‘mutagenic chain reaction’ denotes awesome power, potential widespread destruction and has significant geopolitical ramifications..."  not the least of which is weaponization, which has very much alerted the Pentagon.

Syn bio products are on the market now, unlabeled, and gene drive insects are poised for ecosystem release in Hawaii.  The Green Party needs to have policy to support labeling and containment efforts for these latest developments in genetic engineering.  I'm introducing an emergency Policy Resolution on Extreme Genetic Engineering today; I need 20 more paid-up party members to sign on, please do so.

G16-E002 - Repealing the Secret Police Bill C-51

Preamble:

WHEREAS law professors Kent Roach, Craig Forcese, Michael Geist, 100 other law academics, federal and provincial Privacy Commissioners, B.C. and Canadian Civil Liberties Associations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Canadian Bar Association, Open Media, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Assembly of First Nations, Greenpeace, The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Toronto Star editors, former CSIS officer Francois Lavigne, 60 business leaders, the UN Human Rights Committee, and the National Firearms Association all condemned various provisions of Bill C-51 and the process through which it was passed;

WHEREAS Bill C-51 establishes that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) may “contravene a right or freedom guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms” and break other laws with warrants from judges, in order to disrupt “threats to the security of Canada”, including economic and infrastructural security;

WHEREAS the only caveats on what rights CSIS can violate are that the agency cannot kill Canadians, deliberately obstruct their justice, inflict “bodily harm” on them, or “violate the sexual integrity of an individual”, and CSIS can therefore detain citizens who have been charged with no crime and obstruct their justice by accident;

WHEREAS the secretive decisions of the judges cannot be disputed by the victims of potential CSIS law-breaking, the involved judges will be biased against the public in their decisions by the one-sided process, and no longer upholders of constitutional rights;

WHEREAS 17 government departments are allowed to share all information on citizens “relevant” to security concerns, while existing privacy safeguards were criticized as already deficient and CSIS is still not obliged to share valuable information with the RCMP;

WHEREAS Bill C-51 furthermore reduces speech freedoms by criminalizing whoever “promotes or advocates the commission of terrorism offences in general”, though planning and threatening terrorism are already criminal offences;

WHEREAS the law allows police to engage in suspicion-based preventive detention of anyone who “may” (not “will”) commit terrorism;

Operative:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada supports repealing all of the laws installed with Bill C-51, including provisions for warrants for CSIS law-breaking and Charter violations, provisions for information sharing across 17 government departments, criminalization of political speech, no-fly list procedures, and suspicion-based preventative detention of those who “may” commit terrorism.

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green Party supports the tabling of new legislation to require CSIS to share intelligence information on high-risk potential terrorism operations with the RCMP.

Submitter: Mark Bigland-Pritchard

Sponsors: Mark Bigland-Pritchard, Brian Smallshaw, Nicole Peltier, Colin Griffiths, Saul Bottcher, Sarah Hutchinson, Danny Polifroni, Temara Brown, Brian Smallshaw, Grant Penton, Corey Levine, Carolyn Herbert, Joan Jenkyn, Erin Gomez, Matthew Peloza, Elizabeth Peloza, Paul Kompass, Sharon Wolker, Anita Payne, Ingrid Sheriff, Shelagh Young, Joe Foster, Dmitri Lascaris, James Mihaychuk, Don Scott, Jean-Luc Cooke

Background:

The Conservatives allowed only 8 committee meetings on Bill C-51, often insulting witnesses, whereas the Liberals after 9/11 allowed 19 committee meetings on an anti-terror bill. Four former Prime Ministers and other experts were blocked from testimony.

The amended law exempts “protesters” from any CSIS disruptions, but critics argue that the term may be unenforceable where CSIS decides that protesters are allegedly “security threats” instead.

The Air India tragedy followed CSIS’s decisions to attempt to disrupt a terror plot itself rather than share information with the RCMP for their responsibility. CSIS was founded in 1984 to end the prior law-breaking intelligence operations of the RCMP. Maher Arar suffered rendition to and torture in Syria after Canadian officials colluded in sharing of misinformation with other governments. The War Measures Act allowed hundreds of innocent Canadians to be incarcerated on mere suspicions of terrorism. By returning to past discredited laws and frameworks, in many ways the new laws arguably make Canadians less safe than before.

G16-E003 - Limiting the Canada-China FIPA’s Impacts on Democracy

Preamble:

WHEREAS the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPPA), in the fine print of its terms attempts to perpetually bind future governments at all levels without democratic consent, by the strictures of a 31-year exit notice subtly implied in Article 35;

WHEREAS Article 28 of the FIPA gives the government of a sued state unlimited discretion to conceal any or all documents to a case whenever it is “public interest”, including even the simplest acknowledgement that a case even occurred, while the only documents that cannot be concealed are a final tribunal “award” after a full lawsuit;

WHEREAS Osgoode Hall Law School international law Professor Gus Van Harten in his book Sold Down the Yangtze offered several policy recommendations for diminishing some of the rough edges of the FIPA’s effects on Canadian democracy;

Operative:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party supports legislation requiring the cabinet to publicly disclose all litigation documents allowable under investor-state agreements, thereby eliminating discretion for secrecy under Article 28 of the Canada-China FIPA.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada supports legislation to cap the lengths of exit notices within future treaties at one year’s maximum.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green Party supports calling a Royal Commission to consult the public on the implications of the Canada-China FIPA for Canadian democracy, with a moratorium against additional investor-state agreements until the conclusions of such a commission.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that as of October 1, 2029 the Green Party supports initiating the second 16-year stage of the 31-year total exit notice of the treaty.

Submitter: Mark Bigland-Pritchard

Sponsors: Mark Bigland-Pritchard, Nicole Peltier, Colin Griffiths, Saul Bottcher, Sarah Hutchinson, Danny Polifroni, Matthew Peloza, Elizabeth Peloza, Paul Kompass, Carolyn Herbert, Grant Penton, Mark Dickson, Shelagh Young, Joe Foster, Dimitri Lascaris, Don Scott, Jean-Luc Cooke

Background:

Gus Van Harten’s most central criticisms of the FIPA in his book focus on how the FIPA guarantees Chinese investors, including Chinese State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), access to Canadian markets without equivalent Canadian investor access to Chinese markets, and the exceptional discretion for arbitration secrecy.  Article 28 provides any future government a loophole with which to hide humiliating payouts in settlements where tribunals issued no formal ruling, or to hide reasons for reversal or stalling of legislation that had been previously promised to the public.

In one chapter, Van Harten outlays his theory that the Harper government was eager to court investment in Canada’s resource sector, and so offered whatever concessions necessary to China in order to draw investors to Canada instead of other potential developing energy markets. In 2011, indications of a renewed effort at an investment deal with China overlapped with growing Chinese interest in the oil sands.

Aside from ensuring investments in the oil sands industry, Van Harten suggests that the treaty imposes a “straightjacket” deterring high-stakes regulations in the cause against climate change. Multibillion-dollar lawsuits against Canada are conceivable.  Under similar investor-state treaties, Ecuador was sentenced with a $2 billion compensation order for terminating a contract that the suing company had violated.  Russia faces a $50 billion payment order to Yukos Oil Company.  A sovereign country need not expropriate any assets to be punished by arbitrators, who are handsomely paid more tax dollars with each additional lawsuit and often have partial backgrounds as corporate lawyers.

G16-E004 - Emergency Resolution - Husky Oil Spill

Preamble:

WHEREAS the recent Husky Oil Spill has contaminated the Northern Saskatchewan River resulting in serious impact on municipal and First Nations water sources; and

WHEREAS It appears that not all oil and gas developments in Saskatchewan are subject to full environmental assessments; and

WHEREAS the Saskatchewan Green Party and its interim leader has met with affected stakeholders to determine the extent of the problem

Operative:

BE IT RESOLVED, this convention of the Green Party of Canada:

  1. supports the efforts of Shawn Setyo, interim leader of the Saskatchewan Green Party, and indigenous organizers to raise public awareness of the effects of the recent oil spill;
  2. and supports the Saskatchewan Greens’ call upon the Government of Saskatchewan
  1. to review its environmental assessment rules to require full environmental assessments prior to any future oil and gas projects of any size.
  2. To restore adequate funding for the inspection of existing pipelines

Submitter: Warren Koch

Sponsors: Warren Koch, Ralph McLean, Natalie Odd, Patricia Farnese, Dave Abbey, Shawn Setup, Shirley McBride, Élizabeth Duez, Sarah Potts, Matthew Helliwell, Nathan Grills, Matthew Piggott, Emiilianne Lepine, Cherie Wong, Mark Bigland-Pritchard, Nathan Jousmaki, Colin Biggin, Sheilagh McLean, Nancy Carswell, Wayne Ettinger,  Marjorie Ettinger

G16-E005 - Thanks to Green Candidates

Operative:

BE IT RESOLVED that the 2016 convention of the Green Party of Canada sends its warmest thanks to all those who volunteered as candidates in the 2015 election. The growth of the ecologist movement depends on their energy, passion and creativity.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we ask that, as a tangible symbol of thanks, Elizabeth May send a signed card to all the Green candidates of the 2015 election.

Submitter: the Quebec Wing of the Green Party of Canada

Sponsors: Peggy Stock, Linda Fraser, Fred Stock, Marjorie Ettinger, Wayne Ettinger, Shawn Setyo, Matthew Halliwell, Roger Yoursy, James Mihaychuk, Patricia Farnese, Elizabeth Duez, Eric Gilmour, Jackson Mclean, William Gagnon, Ian Soutar, Colin Biggar, Jason Becevello, Dave Ally, Jusha Russel, Mark Bergand Richard