Date: Tuesday, December 6th
Time: 6:30 doors open, 7 dinner begins, 8 AGM/review begins
Location: Maple Leaf House (2749 Lake Shore Blvd West)
This event will also feature Deputy Leader Jagmeet Singh of the ONDP speaking on how our party is fighting the Wynne government's attempts to privatize public services.
This year, as per our vote three years ago, we have scheduled a review of our provincial constitution to ensure that it still provides the best framework for growth and delivering on our goals. We cordially invite you to join us to review that constitution with us in addition to our regularly scheduled event (the text of the existing constitution may be found below). You may submit proposed changes to the constitution by emailing President@ELNDP.com or by bringing at least two printed copies with you to the meeting. You may also raise proposed changes in discussion at the event.
The AGM and constitutional review - which are free of charge and open to all ONDP members - will be preceded by a fundraising dinner, during which I'll share some of the lessons I learned on the campaign trail with the Bernie Sanders campaign. Tickets to the dinner are priced as follows:
Guest: $30 - includes one ticket and a $12 tax credit
Contributor: $60 - includes one ticket and a $34 credit
Supporter: $120 - includes one ticket and a $69 tax credit
Contributors and supporters will be listed right here on ELNDP with a special note of thanks, and will be providing the additional strength we need to continue building our party as a force for progress in Etobicoke.
Finally, the event will also allow our members to elect members to the executive committee.
It is thanks to your input, your wisdom, and your continued support that we have built our organization thus far, and it is by working together that we will continue to organize and grow. Thank you for all you do!
ELNDP PROVINCIAL CONSTITUTION
1.1. The name of the Association shall be the Etobicoke-Lakeshore New Democratic Party Constituency
Association, hereinafter referred to as the Association.
1.2. The Association is established in accordance with the
Constitution of the Ontario New Democratic Party and accepts
the principles of democratic socialism and social ownership.
1.3. The term "constituency", as used hereafter, includes
"riding" or "electoral district".
2.1. The purpose of the Association shall be:
2.1.1.To nominate the candidate of the Ontario New Democratic
Party in each provincial election and to conduct campaigns
to elect those candidates;
2.1.2.To support and promote the principles and policies of the
Ontario New Democratic Party through political education
2.1.3 To support and develop the Etobicoke-Lakeshore community in accordance to the principles of social democracy through community engagement, volunteer commitment, and civil activism; and
2.1.4.To encourage its members to participate in developing
party policy and party governance at the provincial level.
3.1. The membership of the Association shall consist of:
3.1.1.All New Democratic Party Members in good standing who
reside within the boundaries of the riding/constituency,
except those who have been accepted as members in any
other provincial or unified New Democratic Party
Constituency Association; and
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3.1.2.New Democratic Party Members in good standing who
reside in other constituencies in Ontario and who request
membership and are accepted by the Executive of the
Association or by the membership at a general membership
3.2. No member of this Association may hold membership in
any other provincial New Democratic Party Association.
4.1. There shall be an Annual General Meeting of the
Association, the business of which shall include:
4.1.1.Annual reports of the President, the Membership Officer,
the Chief Financial Officer; and
4.1.2.Election of the Association’s Executive and its delegates to
4.2. Other General Meetings of the Association shall be called:
4.2.1.as determined by the Executive, or
4.2.2.upon the written request of at least fifty (50) members in
good standing or one quarter of the Association’s members,
whichever is less.
4.2.3.A General Meeting under the provisions of Article 4.2.2
shall be held no later than forty-five (45) days after receipt
of the original request. The request shall specify the
business to be put before the meeting and this information
shall be included in the notice of the meeting sent to the
membership of the Association. The first order of business
shall be this business.
4.3. A General Meeting shall be called to elect the Association’s
delegates and alternates to a Provincial Convention of the
Ontario New Democratic Party.
4.4. In accordance with the Constitution of the Ontario New
Democratic Party and the direction of Provincial Council, a
nomination meeting shall be held to nominate the Association’s
candidate for Member of Provincial Parliament.
4.5. Only New Democratic Party members in good standing who
reside in the constituency shall be eligible to cast ballots for
candidates at a nomination meeting.
4.6. Notice for all General Meetings shall be mailed at least
fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting. Notice period
requirements for nomination meetings shall be governed by the
Constitution of the Ontario New Democratic Party and the
Nomination Guidelines adopted by Provincial Council for
4.7. Quorum at a General Meeting shall be a number equal to
75% of the individuals elected to the existing Executive.
5.1. The Executive shall consist of the following:
5.1.2.Provincial Vice-President, who shall serve as interim
President in the event of a vacancy in the presidency;
5.1.4.Provincial Chief Financial Officer;
5.1.8. Disability Rights Committee Representative;
5.1.9.The Member of Provincial Parliament for the constituency,
provided she/he is a member in good standing of the Ontario
New Democratic Party Caucus;
5.1.10. Those delegates to Provincial Council who have not
been elected to any of the above positions; and
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5.1.11. At its first meeting after its election, the incoming
Executive shall appoint a member of the Association as a
liaison to each Federal Constituency Association within or
partially within its boundaries
5.2. The positions referred to in Articles 5.1.1 through 5.1.9
(above) constitute the core members of the Executive. Other
Executive positions may be created through by-laws adopted by
the Association, according to the procedures set forth in Article
9 (below). In the absence of such by-laws, the Association may
create and fill other positions on the Executive at an Annual
General Meeting or at a General Meeting called for this purpose.
Members of the Executive must be members in good standing of
5.3. Those elected to positions on the Executive shall serve
from the adjournment of the Annual General Meeting at which
they were elected until the adjournment of the following Annual
General Meeting. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Chief
Financial Officer, the President shall immediately appoint a
member to fill the vacancy. Other vacancies on the Executive
may be filled by appointment of the Executive. If the position of
President is vacated, the Provincial Vice-President shall serve as
interim president until the next Executive meeting, and a new
President shall be appointed by the Executive at such meeting.
All appointments to the Executive are subject to ratification by
the Association at its next General Meeting.
5.4. Members of the Executive who cannot attend a meeting
shall give notice to the President or the Secretary in advance if
possible. A member of the Executive who fails to attend three
consecutive meetings without such notice shall be deemed to
have resigned and shall be notified accordingly in writing or via email.
5.5. The Executive may appoint such committees as may be
necessary or desirable to carry out the functions of the
Association. Each committee so appointed shall report regularly
to the Executive and shall include at least one member of the
5.6. The Executive shall meet at least three (3) times during its
term of office.
5.7. A quorum at Executive meetings shall be forty percent
(40%) of the members of the Executive. Quorum shall be based
on the number of individuals elected to Executive at a properly
called General Meeting of the Association.
5.8. Each member of the executive shall be entitled to only one
vote at executive meetings regardless of the number of positions
held on the executive.
5.9. Meetings of the Executive shall be open to members of the
Association. Non-Executive members may participate in
discussions but shall not have the right to vote.
6) AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
6. Affirmative Action
6.1. At least one half of the elected members of the Executive,
Convention delegates, and Provincial Council delegates shall be individuals who identify as women, provided such is possible given the current makeup of the Association. The Executive shall make every effort to recruit and retain a membership that reflects gender parity. The Executive shall ensure that members of Affirmative Action Target Groups, as designated by Provincial Council, are encouraged to seek Executive positions.
6.2 The above policy as described in section 6.1 shall be reviewed in no more than three (3) years from date of acceptance of this Constitution, at a General Meeting of the Association’s membership, to determine whether the Executive has put forward efforts deemed sufficient in the eyes of the membership towards achieving that parity.
7.1. The Association shall comply with all laws regarding the
funds of political Constituency Associations. The funds of the
Association shall be kept in a clearly separate account in the
name of the Provincial Constituency Association in chartered
7.2. The signing officers for provincial accounts shall be the
Chief Financial Officer and two (2) other designated members of
the Executive. No cheque or other instrument shall be issued
without the signatures of the Chief Financial Officer and one
other signing officer.
7.3. When soliciting or receiving donations, the Association
shall ensure that the donor specify that the donation is a
8.1. This Constitution may be amended at any General Meeting
of the Association by a two-thirds majority of those present and
voting, provided that the text of the proposed amendment has
been circulated to the membership at least fourteen (14) days
prior to the meeting.
8.2. Amendments shall be submitted to Provincial Council for
approval in accordance with section 5.05(2) of the Constitution
of the Ontario New Democratic Party.
9.1. By-laws consistent with this Constitution may be adopted
or amended by majority vote at any General Meeting of the
Association, provided the text of the proposed by-law or
amendment has been circulated to the membership at least
fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting.
10) RULES OF ORDER
10.1. The Association may adopt rules for the conduct of its
business. Unless otherwise governed by this Constitution and
its duly adopted by-laws or the Constitutions of the New
Democratic Party and the Ontario New Democratic Party, the
business of the Association shall be conducted according to
Robert’s Rules of Order.
10.2. In an election, either for an office on the Executive which
is held by more than one person, or for more than one delegate
to another body, a valid ballot for such office or delegate
position shall show as many names as there are positions to be
filled, unless fewer candidates are nominated than the number
of positions to be filled.
11) INTERPRETATION AND APPEALS
11.1. In any conflict that may arise between this Constitution
and its by-laws and the Constitution of the New Democratic
Party or the Constitution of the Ontario New Democratic Party,
the senior level Constitution shall supersede and prevail.
11.2. On a day-to-day basis, this Constitution shall be
interpreted by the President of the Association, or by the
Provincial Vice-President in the absence of the President.
Decisions of the President or Vice-President may be appealed to
the Executive of the Association. Decisions of the Executive
may be appealed to the membership at a General Meeting,
whether or not the meeting was called for the specific purpose
of hearing such an appeal.
11.3. At a meeting of the Association or its Executive, this
Constitution and its by-laws shall be interpreted by the
President of the Association or by the chairperson in the
absence of the President. Any decision of the President or the
chairperson may be overturned on appeal by a majority of those
present and voting.
11.4. Any interpretation or appeal under Sections 11.2 or 11.3
may at any stage be the subject of a complaint to the Secretary
of the Ontario New Democratic Party, to be dealt with in a
manner similar to Constitutional matters under Article 16 of the
Constitution of the Ontario New Democratic Party.
Interpretations and appeals under this section shall give some
weight to the benefits of resolving Association decisions at the
local level. Actions taken under the authority of this section
shall take precedence over actions taken under the authority of
sections 11.2 or 11.3.