Clarifying the electoral purpose of the GPC in Article 4 of the Constitution
WHEREAS Article 4 Purpose of the GPC Constitution is unclear on two points;
WHEREAS clarifying our purpose as a political party is helpful to avoid confusion;
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.
The purpose of this resolution is to add clarity to the purpose of the party, to help identify what guides us as a distinct alternative in Canadian politics, and one that aims to be a truly national party, representing the interests and well being of citizens and voters across the country.