Weren't invited to July's New Democrat provincial council meeting? Don't worry! Public Eye has obtained a copy of the minutes, which were circulated last Thursday to council members. And, just in case you don't want to read the whole thing, we've picked out a few of juiciest bits. According to the document, the New Democrats seem to be concerned about encouraging "Indo-Canadian participation" during the next election and mobilizing youth and ethnic voters. The minutes also indicate the party is currently using messages about rural unemployment and service cuts to encourage membership signups and donations. But a need to find new recruitment and fundraising methods has been identified.
The council also passed a resolution promising a New Democrat government would "set a minimum wage sufficient for a full-time employee to support one adult and a dependent at least at the poverty level as defined by a shopping basekt measure; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the minimum wage be increased annually by the cost of living index." And that same resolution calls on the party to "condemn the Liberals' reduction of the level of Workers' Compensation benefits and services for disabled workers."
The minutes then go onto note there is a need for the New Democrats "analyze all remaining internal debts including repayment agreement with the federal NDP." The following is a copy of those minutes.
BC New Democratic Party
Minutes of Meeting
Saturday, July 10, 2004
Empire Landmark Hotel Vancouver
01. Call to Order
Jeff Fox, President, called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
02. Adoption of the Agenda
Agenda amended to add Standing Committee Reports for 10:15 am. Adopted as amended. M/S/C
03. Approval of Minutes
Approval of Minutes for December 6, 2003. M/S/C
Approval of Minutes for March 6 and 7, 2004. M/S/C
04. Receipt of Minutes of the Provincial Executive
M/S/C That the minutes of the meetings of Provincial Executive held on March 5, March 30, April 24 and June 8, 2004 are received.
05. Federal Election Report
Provincial Secretary Gerry Scott submitted his report. Discussion including remarks on training for NDP Vote; sign campaign training; colours; Bill C-24 impacts on timing of next election; polls; federal party fundraising and priorities; revenue sharing; role of Provincial Council; platform; our balance of power; messaging; answering machine messaging; website experiences and evaluation; volunteer and "crowd" recruitment; inheritance tax; need for on-going federal presence; need for more regional messaging; conduct of advance
polls including proof of citizenship; need to analyse Green philosophy and develop strategy for them; utilize donation envelope with leaflets; Liberal strategic vote strategy; rebate revenue-sharing; need for pre-election polling; multicultural representation on working group, opportunities for platform feedback; expansion of YND; rural unemployment and impacts of service cutbacks and new methods required for voter contact and fundraising.
06. Election Planning Committee Report
Presentation by President Jeff Fox. Discussion including memberships; platform;
damage by Liberals; nomination strategy and timing; Indo-Canadian participation; issue campaigns in pre-election period; current Liberal messaging; need for our fact base to be circulated widely; need for women to be key objective of candidate search with support for success; multicultural representation on working group; opportunities for platform feedback; feedback; expansion of YND; rural unemployment and impacts of service cutbacks and new methods required for voter contact and fundraising; voter contact especially youth and multicultural needs to be undertaken now; mass media being more critical as on-the-ground organizing gets harder.
07. Leader's Address
Carole James addressed the Council and attending media.
08. President's Report
President Fox presented his report as circulated. President Fox highlighted the process for seeking provincial nomination approval. The Executive has reduced the requirement from $5,000/$15,000 to $3,000/$10,000 with a concrete fundraising plan to request approval for nomination meetings. Discussion. M/S/C That the Report of the President be accepted.
09. Leader's Question and Answer Period
Carole James took questions from the audience.
10. Convention Policy Resolutions
Economics; M/S/C recommendations of Committee that all motions for concurrence be approved with the exception of E2003-13; -9; and -15
Motion that E2003-13 be removed M/S/C
Motion E2003-9 Poverty & Income Redistribution, recommendation of non-
Motion E2003-13 Energy Policy, recommendation of non-concurrence, M/S/D; then E-2003-13 was M/S/C
Motion E2003-15 Privatization, non-concurrence, M/S/C
Education; Motion to support recommendation that all resolutions except F2003-05 be sent back to originators and that the recommendation of concurrence on F2003-05 be accepted. M/S/C
Environment; G2003-03 was tabled until Sunday. Recommendation of concurrence with all the other resolutions. M/S/C
Forestry; I2003-04 Federal support for forest workers, concurrence with removal of "IWA", M/S/C
Recommendation for concurrence on all other resolutions on forestry, including I2003-04 as amended. M/S/C
Housing; Recommendation for non-concurrence on L2003-03. M/S/C
Labour; Recommendations for non-concurrence on M2003-10 and M2003-18 and for concurrence on all other resolutions (including amendments to:
-07, "THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the New Democratic Party condemn
the Liberal government's attack on workers' health and safety and its direction to the WCB to cut occupational health and safety regulations by one-third; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the NDP condemn the Liberals' reduction of the level
of Workers' Compensation benefits and services for disabled workers."
-13, "THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a BC NDP government will set a
minimum wage sufficient for a full-time employee to support one adult and a
dependant at least at the poverty level as defined by a shopping basket
measure; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the minimum wage be increased annually by the cost of living index."
-14, to amend by replacing "limiting" with "reducing" in the resolve.
-16, to amend by changing "promotive" to "promoting".
-17, to amend to include the names of the Bills.
Transportation; Recommendation to return all unfinished resolutions to originators. M/S/C
Women's Rights; Recommendation for concurrence on Q2003-04 and Q2003-05. M/S/C
11. Membership Drive Presentation (Glen Sanford and Boyd Pyper)
Discussion followed and questions about finances, revenue sharing and provincial office assistance for rural ridings were raised.
12. Affiliation and OMOV Committee Report
Angie Schira and Colin Gableman presented draft Affiliation report.
Alex Ng and Jessie Uppal presented draft OMOV report
Discussion including issues on the process to date; timing of proposed decisions; the benefits and challenges of affiliation; various options on OMOV implementation including "weighting" of the affiliates proportion of votes; costs of OMOV; the need for more feedback from constituencies and affiliates and advisability of trying to proceed before 2005 election.
President Fox concluded discussion by urging all participants to get input and guidance from their constituencies for next steps.
BC New Democratic Party
Minutes of Meeting
Sunday, July 11, 2004
Empire Landmark Hotel Vancouver
01. Call to Order
Jeff Fox, President, called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m
02. Notices of Motion
* For a proper implementation of the residency rule - M/S/D
* All nomination candidates must have timely access to membership records -M/S/D
* Changes to nature of nomination meetings and new nomination rules should be referred to next convention - M/S/D
* Candidates membership list - withdrawn from Vancouver Kingsway delegate.
Penticton Okanagan Valley
* Medical Services Plan - Garry Litke suggested that the parenthesis should be removed - agreed. M/S/C
Earth Charter (tabled in March Council meeting)
M/S/C with "just transition" amendment. It should be noted that there were
concerns expressed around both the concept and the language of "just transitions" and that there would be more work done on this.
03. Standing Committee Reports
SCOA - as reported by Lynn Perrin
Were not able to organize around Agricultural Fairs. They are looking for YND, WRC, Multicultural and Small Business Committees. ALC has several proposals to remove farm land. Avian flu, BSE are issues.
Earth Charter "just transition" amendment needs to be worked on. Committee looking for liaisons with other committees.
"Winning Nomination" brochure on website.
The website is getting ready for launch. Convention later this year.
Small Business - as reported by Marianne Alto-Bond
Discussion included looking for more folks. Request for directory, links to Multiculturalism Committee.
04. Provincial Secretary's Report
Gerry Scott submitted report as circulated. Discussion. M/S/C
05. Treasurer's Report
Gerry Scott presented report on behalf of Cheryl Hewitt. Discussion including the need to re-examine revenue sharing options for 2005 budget and the need to analyze all remaining internal debts including repayment agreement with Federal NDP. M/S/C