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Bill C-559

Michael Chong MPNational Assembly December 2013 vote

My chief problem with bill C-559 is the provision that the House caucus of a party can by majority vote on a secret ballot dismiss the Leader of the Party and then vote in a replacement to serve as interim Leader till the next leadership race.

This means 20 members of the Liberal caucus could vote out Justin Trudue as Leader and put in an interim Leader in his place. That’s just 20 Liberals in the caucus nullifying the votes of 81,736 liberals who voted for Justin Trudue in the leadership race and who represents 65% of all those registered to vote in that election.

In the NDP because they are 60% of the Caucus the NDP Quebec MPs could unite and vote out any Leader they didn’t like and thus in effect have a veto on the leadership of the NDP. So much for it being a NATIONAL party.

It is hereby moved that the Federalist members of Parliament be block voted in the negative on bill C-559 should it go to third reading as currently written.


It is hereby moved that the Federalist party support the following as an amendment to bill C-559.

I would change Mr Chang’s bill so that every registered political party is to have a Chief Election Officer with a term of ten years. Just like they must have an auditor.

There would be two classes of registered parties. The major parties are those that won a seat in Parliament or ran candidates in a majority of the ridings. That would be the following 5 parties Conservative, NDP, Liberal, Bloc Quebecois, and the Green party. The minor parties are all the other registered parties numbering 13 out of the 18 registered parties.

The major parties elect their CEO by a secret ballot of a caucus of their candidates in the last election. For the Conservatives, NDP, Liberals, and Greens this is a caucus of 300 plus members. The Bloc is a caucus of 75. It requires a two-thirds majority to elect and the same to suspended or dismiss.

The minor parties elect the CEO by a secret ballot of their membership. As with the major parties it requires a two-thirds majority to elect and the same to suspend or dismiss.

The vote is Yes / No for each candidate. If the winning candidate did not get the required two-thirds majority the term is for 1 year.


National Convention vs National Assembly

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Delegates to a Convention versus The National Assembly

Convention The registration fee is $695 PLUS travel PLUS lodging PLUS meals.

Assembly Registration fee is $100 NO travel NO lodging NO meals. First registration is good for 1 year, the second for 2 years, the third for 3 etc. It gets cheaper with seniority.

Convention Vote at the Convention. Ballot cast at a specific place and time

Assembly Vote by Internet. Voting period of 72 hours and cast your ballot anywhere you have Internet access.

Convention Biennial National Conventions

Assembly Biannual National Assembly votes

Convention Votes in the riding associations, provincial associations, party commissions, delegate selections, provincial conventions, organizing committees, and how much of this is behind closed doors?

Assembly Doing the August vote of the National Assembly by a draft of the Standing orders.

March: Introduction period
Any member of the National Assembly may introduce one resolution that is in one of the following classes (constitutional amendment / standing order / national bylaw / policy resolution / motion). A registration fee of $10 applies but not if the member is a monthly donor of $10/month. This is to keep down the number of resolutions and Motions is anything not covered by the other four.

April & May: Endorsement period
Any member of the Assembly who didn’t introduce a resolution can endorse a resolution in each of the classes (constitutional amendment / standing order / national bylaw / policy resolution / motion) for a total of 5 endorsements. This endorsement is public, free, and can’t be revoked once made.

June 1: The Clerk of the Assembly issues what is on the ballot for the August vote of the National Assembly.

Official resolutions are those that go to the Assembly from the other bodies in the Party.

Tribunal decisions can be over ruled by a vote of the National Congress and the Assembly. An automatic Motion to rescind goes to a joint vote before both.

The National executive can introduce to a joint vote of the Assembly and Congress up to 5 motions to pass, revise, or repeal national bylaws.

The Federal council introducing any key or binding policy resolutions to a joint vote of the Congress and Assembly.

All motions passed by the National Congress in its last vote.

Member resolutions are those introduced by the members. AHS!

The most endorsed constitutional amendment.

The most endorsed standing order of the Assembly.

The 5 most endorsed national bylaw resolutions.

The 10 most endorsed policy resolutions. The most endorsed policy resolution in each province. This gives you 10 to 20 policy resolutions going to a vote.

The 10 most endorsed motions.

June 2 to August 28 the National Assembly has 88 days for discussion and debate through the party’s website, blogs, and social media.

The National Assembly votes starts August 29 at 1AM eastern and ends August 31 at 11PM eastern. Actually it’s a 70-hour voting period not a 72-hour period. This is to avoid any confusion.

If you wont our politics to change you must first change our political parties.

Invitation vote

You are cordially invited to vote in a trial voting session of the national assembly of the Federalist party of Canada. The voting period begins at 1AM Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, December 30. The voting period ends at 11PM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 31. To vote click on VOTE under National assembly December. When the login window pops up enter your name and password. If you wish to have a resolution voted on under the order paper tab on the national assembly page is motion and fill out the form. I will accept new resolutions up till  December 15. At that point on the order paper page I will list what is up for a vote in the Assembly. If you wish to vote sent me your name and a password with no capital and all letters by December 25. On January first you can login and see the results. The results are unofficial and wont be recorded on the party’s website since non members who have been invited to vote are well voting. A chance for Canadians to take a look and show them how democracy of the membership works in the Federalist party of Canada.

Barry Aulis  president@federalistparty.ca