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On June 18, 2011, at 3:00pm EDT, delegates representing members from ridings across Canada will come together for an Extraordinary Convention to chart the Liberal Party’s course in the months ahead.

While the convention is taking place by teleconference, an audio stream is available on this page for Liberal members and the public to listen in. We also welcome comments in the livechat. Sign up for a reminder below!

Delegates: You will be called prior to 3:00 pm EDT at the phone number you provided on your Notice of Intent to Participate as a Delegate. Need help? Please call 1-866-574-5131.

AGENDA & AMENDMENTS

1.    Introduction and welcome from the Convention Chair, Hon. Peter Milliken
2.    Report from the Leader, Hon. Bob Rae
3.    Report from the Convention Returning Officer, Beatrice Raffoul
4.    Introduction of Constitutional Proposals and Sub Amendments 1,2,3

Main Constitutional Proposal 1 - Background from Hon. Lucienne Robillard

1.  The members of the Party assembled in convention, as a Special Resolution, amend the Constitution to add as section 82(1) the following:

Notwithstanding anything else contained in this Constitution (including, but not limited to, section 54):

(a)           the meeting of the National Board of Directors required by subsection 54(3) as a consequence of the resignation of the Leader in May 2011 shall be held at any time on or before October 1, 2012; and

(b)           at the meeting referred to in Paragraph (a), the National Board of Directors, in consultation with the Caucus and the Council of Presidents and on five (5) months’ notice to the Party, shall set a date for a Leadership Vote between November 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013.

This subsection (1) shall no longer be of force or effect on the later of the conclusion of the Leadership Vote contemplated by Paragraph (a) and February 28, 2013.

Contradictory Sub-amendment 1
Moved by: Jeff Jedras, Scarborough-Centre
Proposed constitutional amendment 1 to be amended as follows:
1.     in (a), strike “October 1, 2012” and replace with July 1, 2012
2.     in (b), strike “November 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013” and replace with “September 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012”
3.    in (b), strike “February 28, 2013” and replace with “November 30, 2012”

Contradictory Sub-amendment 2
Moved by: Gregg Guptill, Summerside, PE (Egmont)
That Amendment 1, proposed by the National Board and presented on the Party’s web site, to amend the Constitution by adding section 82(1), be amended as follows:
1. Paragraph (b) Substitute “June 30” for “February 28”
2. Last paragraph Substitute “June 30” for “February 28”

Contradictory Sub-amendment 3
Moved by: Taleeb Noormohamed, North Vancouver
Proposed constitutional amendment 1 be amended as follows:
1.     in (a), strike “October 1, 2012” and replace with “February 1, 2013”
2.     in (b), strike “November 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013” and replace with “March 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013”
3.     in (b), strike “February 28, 2013” and replace with “June 30, 2013”
Proponents’ supporting detail:  Rebuild First sub-amendment resolution and rationale

5.    Debate
6.    Voting
7.    Introduction of Constitutional Proposals and Sub Amendments 4,5

Main Constitutional Proposal 2 - Background from Craig Munroe

2. The members of the Party assembled in convention, as a Special Resolution, amend the Constitution to add as section 82(2) the following:

Notwithstanding anything else contained in this Constitution (including, but not limited to, section 65), the next biennial convention of the Party (which is the  rescheduled biennial convention of the Party originally called for June 17, 2011) including the related in-person meeting of the Council of Presidents shall be held on January 13 to 15, 2012 at Ottawa, Ontario. This subsection (2) shall no longer be of force or effect on January 15, 2012.

Sub-amendment 4
Moved by: Gregg Guptill, Summerside, PE (Egmont)
That Amendment 2, proposed by the National Board and presented on the Party’s web site, to amend the Constitution by adding section 82(2), be amended as follows:
1.     Second last line: Substitute “between May 15 and June 30” for “on January 13 to 15”
2.     Last line: Substitute “June 30” for “January 15”


Sub-amendment 5

Moved by: Gregg Guptill, Summerside, PE (Egmont)
That Amendment 2, proposed by the National Board and presented on the Party’s web site, to amend the Constitution by adding section 82(2), be amended as follows:
1.     Second last line: Delete “at Ottawa, Ontario”

8.    Debate
9.    Voting
10.  Conclusion

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  1. Profile photo of André Brisebois André Brisebois said on

    Hi everyone,

    My name is André Brisebois and I work at LPC’s National Office. My job is to support members’ work in the policy development process. This new page is designed to help Liberals discuss the Constitutional amendments above prior to the June 18 extraordinary convention. I’m here to answer your questions and ensure a smooth process.

    With that said, let’s get the discussion going! The floor is yours…

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  2. Profile photo of Aline Revoy Aline Revoy said on

    HI
    I fully support delaying the Leadership Convention as stated. I believe that Bob Rae and the party Directors need more time to rebuild the party in an effort to make it more in tune with the needs of the electorate.
    I am unable to attend the June 18th event as a delegate. but those are my thoughts.
    Aline Revoy

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  3. Profile photo of Franklin Andrews Franklin Andrews said on

    Does anyone have an idea of what would happen if the amendments to the constitution are not passed? What would be the political and financial impact of not approving them? I’m not necessarily opposed to the amendments, but just want full disclosure as to what would happen to the party if they didn’t pass.

    Thanks!

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