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2017 Constitution Committee

The following proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Alberta Party were presented to the President and Corporate Secretary by the Constitutional Review Committee prior to September 20, 2017.  Members of the Alberta Party in attendance at the Annual General Meeting of the Alberta Party Political Association on November 18, 2017 will be asked to vote on these amendments.

Amendment #1:

To amend Article 6 of the Constitution of the Alberta Party Political Association by repealing section (f) and substituting the following:

(f)           All voting members of the Provincial Board shall be elected for one (1) term. The term of each voting Board Member shall run from their initial election until the second following election for Directors to the Provincial Board at an Annual General Meeting.


Current text:  

ARTICLE 6.     PROVINCIAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(f)     All voting members of the Provincial Board shall be elected for one (1) term. The term of each voting Board Member shall run from their initial election until the second following election for Directors to the Provincial Board at an Annual General Meeting. For only the Board election occurring at the 2016 Annual General Meeting: up to twelve (12) Board Members called “Group A” shall serve for a partial term ending at the next following Annual General Meeting; up to twelve (12) Board Members called “Group B” shall serve for one (1) term ending at the second following Annual General Meeting. The Board members elected at the 2016 Annual General Meeting shall, at their first Board meeting following their election, decide which of them shall be in Group A or Group B.

Proposed amended text:

ARTICLE 6.     PROVINCIAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(f)      All voting members of the Provincial Board shall be elected for one (1) term. The term of each voting Board Member shall run from their initial election until the second following election for Directors to the Provincial Board at an Annual General Meeting. For only the Board election occurring at the 2016 Annual General Meeting: up to twelve (12) Board Members called “Group A” shall serve for a partial term ending at the next following Annual General Meeting; up to twelve (12) Board Members called “Group B” shall serve for one (1) term ending at the second following Annual General Meeting. The Board members elected at the 2016 Annual General Meeting shall, at their first Board meeting following their election, decide which of them shall be in Group A or Group B.

Proposed by the Leader and the Constitutional Review Committee.

Rationale: The deleted text was only operative and important to provide guidance for the first Alberta Party Board meeting following the 2016 AGM and is no longer operative.


Amendment #2

To amend Article 9 section (a) of the Constitution of the Alberta Party Political Association by repealing paragraph (iv) and replacing it with the following:

(iv)         If, when the Caucus consists of four (4) or more Members of the Legislative Assembly, a written declaration demanding a Leadership Vote is submitted to the Corporate Secretary, which has been signed by a Super Majority, counted separately, of each of the Caucus and the Provincial Board; or

(v)          If, when the Caucus consists of fewer than four (4) Members of the Legislative Assembly, a written declaration demanding a Leadership Vote is submitted to the Corporate Secretary, which has been signed by a Super Majority, counted together, of the Caucus and the Provincial Board.


 

Current text: 

ARTICLE 9.     THE LEADER

(a)      A Leadership Vote shall be called, in accordance with Article 9(d):

(i)              When the Leader delivers written notice to the President, of his or her intention to resign;

(ii)            When the position of Leader otherwise becomes vacant;

(iii)          If more than 50% of the votes cast in Article 9(d) are in the affirmative;

(iv)        If a written declaration demanding a Leadership Vote is submitted to the Corporate Secretary, which has been signed by a Super Majority, counted separately, of each of the Caucus and the Provincial Board.

 

Proposed amended text:

 

ARTICLE 9.     THE LEADER

(a)      A Leadership Vote shall be called, in accordance with Article 9(d): 

     (i)         When the Leader delivers written notice to the President, of his or her intention to resign;

     (ii)        When the position of Leader otherwise becomes vacant;

     (iii)        If more than 50% of the votes cast in Article 9(d) are in the affirmative;

     (iv)        If, when the Caucus consists of four (4) or more Members of the Legislative Assembly, a written declaration demanding a Leadership Vote is submitted to the Corporate Secretary, which has been signed by a Super Majority, counted separately, of each of the Caucus and the Provincial Board; or

     (v)         If, when the Caucus consists of fewer than four (4) Members of the Legislative Assembly, a written declaration demanding a Leadership Vote is submitted to the Corporate Secretary, which has been signed by a Super Majority, counted together, of the Caucus and the Provincial Board.

Proposed by the Leader and the Constitutional Review Committee. 

Rationale: Article 9(a)(iv) is functionally inoperable when the caucus consists of fewer than 4 MLAs. This change allows the mechanism to work, while still maintaining a high threshold (super majority).


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