Monday, December 12, 2011

Ontario Members of the Liberal Party of Canada Should Call for an End to its Own PTA

I mean really. What's the point of having a PTA if they refuse to adhere to their own constitutions?

Recently, rather than holding an Annual General Meeting, the LCPO opted to hold an Executive Board meeting only. To compound matters, the Management Committee did not even bother to seek an approval from the Exec Board on a preferred date of said AGM in 2012. By rule, the AGM should be held before February 4, 2012 - 24 months from the previous AGM. No such meeting has been called and no extension has been granted by the Executive Board.

I used to believe there was a supreme importance behind having PTAs, however, I'm of the belief now that the LPCO should collapse itself in favour of central control by the LPC.

Article VII of the LPC(O) Constitution

Call of Meeting; Notice; Authority
1. The Annual Meeting of LPC(O) shall be held each year at a time and place to be fixed by the Executive Board or in an electoral emergency the Management Committee, provided such date is no later than eighteen (18) months from the date of the prior Annual Meeting. The Executive Board may direct the President to call a special meeting of LPC(O) upon ninety (90) days notice at any time for such purpose as it may consider advisable. Those eligible to attend and vote at a special meeting shall be selected in the same manner as those who may attend and vote at an Annual Meeting. If an election or a Leadership Convention is called or there is electoral emergency after the time and place for the Annual Meeting or a special meeting is fixed, the Management Committee may postpone the Annual Meeting or the special meeting for such reasonable period of time as is required to enable LPC(O) to participate in the election or Leadership Convention or to deal with the electoral emergency even if as a result of the postponement, an Annual Meeting is held more than eighteen (18) months after the prior Annual Meeting . However, an Annual Meeting shall not be postponed to a date more than 24 months after the prior Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting or a special meeting may review, and by majority vote, amend or revoke any act or regulation passed, taken or made by the Management Committee or the Executive Board, provided such act shall not apply retroactively.


2. Notice in writing shall be sent at least ninety (90) days prior to the Annual Meeting to all persons entitled to attend as delegates, other than those to be elected under paragraph 3 (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f), and to the secretaries of all Electoral District Associations and to the President and Secretary of all other organizations entitled to send delegates to the Annual Meeting.

As you can see, the time has passed for any sort of proper meeting of Ontario members.


Craig Chamberlain said...

Don't know enough about it to comment, but I'm guessing you think it could free up resources(?).

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