AMENDING THE PC PARTY CONSTITUTION TO IMPROVE ACCOUNTABILITY
At the Ontario PC Party’s 2018 Convention, Jim presented constitutional amendments for consideration to party headquarters. In contravention of the PC Party constitution, two of the proposals were never brought to the floor of convention for consideration by delegates. Two of the amendments passed. One fell short because of over 100 illegitimate voters who were provided delegate badges and permitted to vote during the constitutional plenary.
1. Proposed Amendment - Article 25 of the Ontario PC Party Constitution Re Paper Ballot - NEVER BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR BY THE PC PARTY’S CONVENTION ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Be it resolved that a new paragraph 25.12 of the same Constitution be added that states: “Each member of the Party shall have the right to a paper ballot in a leadership election.”
2. Proposed Amendment - Article 21.3 of the Ontario PC Party Constitution Re Neutrality - NEVER BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR BY THE PC PARTY’S CONVENTION ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Be it resolved that paragraph 21.3 shall be replaced with:
Every employee, intern, or contractor of the PC Party of Ontario including its headquarters, shall disclose all conflicts of interest with regards to elections for PC Leader, the PC Executive, the PC Fund, and nominations to select PC candidates, shall remain neutral at all times, shall recuse themselves in participating in such elections, and shall swear to an oath of neutrality with respect to such elections.
Be it further resolved that paragraph 21.4 be added:
Any employee, intern, or contractor of the PC Party of Ontario, who breach paragraph 21.3 shall have their membership in the Party revoked and employment or contract with the Party terminated.
3. Proposed Amendment - Article 6 of the Ontario PC Party Constitution Re 45 Days Notice - 55% SUPPORT BUT FELL SHORT OF 66% REQUIREMENT AS A RESULT OF MORE THAN 100 ILLEGITIMATE VOTERS BEING PROVIDED DELEGATE BADGES
Be it resolved that a new paragraph 6.8 of the same Constitution be added that states: “Each PC member eligible to vote in a candidate nomination convention shall be provided with a minimum of 45 days’ notice of the date of the candidate nomination convention.”
4. Proposed Amendment - Article 7 of the Ontario PC Party Constitution Re Cash Memberships - PASSED
Be it resolved that a new paragraph 7.5 of the same Constitution be added that states: “Payment of a membership shall be done by personal cheque or credit card which may include family members of the same household. Payment of a membership by cash, corporate cheque, or corporate credit card shall not be permitted.”
5. Proposed Amendment - Article 18 of the Ontario PC Party Constitution Re Policy - PASSED
Be it further resolved that paragraph 18.8 be added that reads, “Any part of the policy development process that involves an online web-based system shall be in addition to, and not in replacement of, the requirement to hold an in-person Policy Conference as outlined in paragraph 18.1."