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Have your say at the Extraordinary Convention

Posted by Robert Hamish Jamieson on May 20, 2011

On June 18, 2011, the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) is holding an extraordinary convention to chart a course for the months ahead – and you can have a say.

The LPC Constitution, most recently amended by delegates at the 2009 Vancouver Convention, prescribes that the National Board of Directors must hold a Leadership Vote to select a new Liberal Leader within 5 months, which is October 28 and 29, 2011.  The Leadership Vote is a vote by all party members – One Member, One Vote.

However, so many members have called, written and emailed the National Board of Directors, asking that this Leadership Vote be delayed. According to this feedback, the overwhelming reason to delay the Leadership Vote is to allow for meetings throughout our ridings, regions and provinces in the upcoming months so we may together discuss and decide upon our future as a Party and focus on serious policy and organizational rebuilding before we turn our attention to our leadership choices.  The National Board of Directors has heard almost unanimously that this is best done free of a Leadership selection process.

Therefore, we are calling for an extraordinary convention of our party to be held on June 18, 2011 by teleconference which will allow delegates to debate and vote on an amendment that would delay the Leadership Vote should it be accepted by the delegates.  This is a procedure under our Constitution that enables the Party to deal with special situations like those we confront today.  While the National Board of Directors would prefer that all members be able to vote in this convention, the constitution specifies that only delegates chosen by members may vote at the convention.

Delegates to this extraordinary convention will also be asked to confirm January 13-15, 2012, as the dates of the next biennial convention – a important step in our rebuilding process ahead.

Decisions that will affect the future of the Party are in the hands of the Party membership. The National Board of Directors will enact the judgment of the convention and follow the path you and the Party membership choose.

Have your say. Consult the schedule of key dates below and follow the links to get involved.

Robert Hamish Jamieson
National Membership Secretary

KEY DATES – AND HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Friday, May 20, 2011 (5 PM Local Time)
Membership cut off. Only members in good standing are eligible to vote or stand for election as a delegate.
Click here to get or renew your Liberal Party membership >>

Friday, June 3, 2011
Deadline to submit intention to stand as a delegate. Any member in good standing can run to stand as a delegate.
Click here to submit your Notice of Intent to Participate as a Delegate >>

Saturday, June 11, 2011/Sunday, June 12, 2011
Delegate Selection meeting date. You will be contacted if a delegate selection meeting is required in your riding.

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Extraordinary convention  (by teleconference)
Click here to visit the Special Convention main page >>