September 14, 2017
PC Party of NL Begins Signing Up Members and Supporters
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Progressive Conservative Party has begun the process of signing up members and supporters under the constitutional reforms the Party approved at a Special General Meeting in June.
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who wish to participate in the selection of the Party leader on April 28, 2018 must submit an application by February 28, 2018 to become a member or supporter of the Party in time to be sent a mail-in ballot for the vote.
People may apply to become members or supporters of the Party by completing the application form that is available on the Party’s website at http://www.pcpartynl.ca/crm/membership
Each member and supporter will be sent a unique card containing the person’s provincial electoral district, the effective date of member or supporter status, and a unique barcode/ID number.
Under the Party’s constitution – which is available on the Party website – applicants can choose whether they want to be members (with certain constitutionally defined rights that include running for Party offices) or supporters. These rights can be found on the Party’s website (below): http://www.pcpartynl.ca
There is no fee to apply to become a Party member or supporter.
Party President Graydon Pelley said, “This is the next step in opening up our Party so that all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who support us can apply to participate in electing our leader directly and with an equal say. We have opted to use a one-member-one-vote preferential mail-in ballot for our leadership election next April, and we encourage people to participate. As members or supporters, people will be encouraged, not just to vote for our leader, but also to get involved in building our Party, shaping our future and preparing for the general election that is approaching.”
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Graydon Pelley, President of the PC Party of NL
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Rights and Responsibilities of Members and Supporters of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland & Labrador
Excerpts from the Party Constitution as amended on June 10, 2017. The Constitution is available in full online at https://www.pcpartynl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/PC-NLConstitution-Amended-2017.pdf
ARTICLE 5-6. RIGHTS OF MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS
a. Any Member or Supporter of the Party shall have the following rights:
i. The right to take full part in, and to vote, at any district meeting, or district nomination meeting in accordance with Article 13-2.
ii. The right to participate in the leadership selection process subject to the conditions set out in Article 11-3 and the Leadership Election Rules.
iii. The right to be given 7 days’ notice of any such district meeting, district nomination meeting, or provincial leadership convention, by public notification through the Party website or as directed by the Executive Committee.
b. Any Member of the Party shall have the following additional rights:
i. The right to hold office in the Party, including the position of Leader.
ii. The right to seek delegate status to vote at a provincial annual general meeting, or special general meeting.
iii. Only if eighteen (18) years of age or older, the right to stand for selection as a candidate for the Party for election to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly.
c. If a Member or Supporter changes address which results in a change in district where s/he has a right to vote, that right shall apply to the new district and a new Membership/Supporter card will be issued upon request.
d. A Member or Supporter shall be entitled to cast one vote only on a question or matter for which the individual is qualified to vote.
e. There shall be no proxy voting in the Party, or in any Affiliated Associations or groups as defined in Article 6.1.
f. In the event a Member or Supporter requires accommodation or aid in casting his or her vote in a live voting process, (if the same occurs) then the Secretary on the Executive Committee shall be notified of the same, a note will be added to that Member or Supporter’s file in the Membership registry and the accommodation or aid will be made following the spirit and intent of Article 118 of the Elections Act, 1991 as amended and attached hereto as Schedule “B”.
g. In the event a Member or Supporter requires accommodation or aid in advanced preferential voting, (if the same occurs) then the Secretary on the Executive Committee along with the Area Vice President and District Association shall work together to ensure such accommodation or will be made following the spirit and intent of Article 118 of the Elections Act, 1991 as amended and attached hereto as Schedule “B” with necessary alternations or accommodations for advanced preferential voting.
ARTICLE 5-7. RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS
Members and Supporters have the following responsibilities:
a. To demonstrate public support for the Party’s electoral aims and objectives and to refrain from being an actively participating Member or Supporter of any other Provincial political party in Newfoundland and Labrador,
b. To respect the collective will of the Party as expressed by decisions and/or policies duly rendered under the framework of this Constitution and the By-laws or Rules established thereunder,
c. To participate in Party debate in a manner which is respectful of the democratic process and of the rights of other Members or Supporters to their own effective voice,
d. To provide the Party with accurate contact information to allow for effective communication with the Member or Supporter, and
e. To support the purposes, aims and objectives of the Party.