Public Eye has obtained a copy of a letter notifying Delta North provincial New Democrats that their nomination meeting (scheduled for tonight) will still be held - despite party executive orders to cancel the event. The letter, which appears to have been written by constituency association president Ernie Fulton, accuses the executive of "violating the constitution in rescinding our nomination" and giving nomination candidate Sukhinder Sandhu "special treatment." Some Delta North New Democrats have also been told the constituency association is concerned that, if the meeting is delayed, it will give Mr. Sandhu the time he needs to make sure the insta-members he's signed up are eligibile to vote during the nomination process. The following is a copy of the letter.
The nomination meeting is not cancelled
To: Members of Delta North NDP
From: Ernie Fulton, president, Delta North NDP constituency association
At our regular constituency meeting on 2nd October 2004, the members discussed at length the decision of the provincial executive to rescind approval of our nomination meeting. The unanimous decision of the members present was that we would go ahead and have our meeting on the 17th as planned. The decision to defy the provincial executive was not taken lightly and was arrived at only after there had been an in-depth analysis of the problem. Article 9.07 of our BC NDP constitution states: "not withstanding the provisions of Article 16. Complaints arising from the conduct of nomination conventions for public office shall first be referred to the constituency executive concerned."
This was not done and it is our contention that the ruling by the provincial executive is invalid. They ruled on an issue they do not have authority to rule on until the constituency executive had heard the complaint and made a decision.
If the candidate had presented the complaint to the constituency executive, as he should have, five of the six complaints would have been resolved. The remaining one, he "was never invited or informed of any meetings" would need only few a facts to resolve. We had only two meetings. He was invited to and attend the first one. At that meeting, we told him when we would have the next one and invited him to it.
The provincial executive violated the constitution in rescinding our nomination meeting and in not requiring this candidate to follow the proper procedure for: filing his declaration to run, his seven day notice of meetings request, or the complaint process in Article 9.07. The provincial executive is giving him special treatment. Regardless of what the provincial office tells you, our nomination meeting is still on the 17th November 2004 at Lower Sunbury Park Hall, 10409 Dunlop, North Delta, 7:00 pm.