The provincial New Democrats don't want provincial government contractors sharing your personal information with the United States government. But it seems the party doesn't have any concerns about sharing the personal information of its members with outside organizations for fundraising purposes. According to a resolution up for debate at the New Democrat's upcoming provincial council meeting, that practice "has caused a breakdown in the privacy protection of this sensitive information, on at least one occassion." And the East Kootenay New Democrats are demanding the party "cease immediately" such information "trading."
Other notable resolutions include one calling on the New Democrats to "oppose legislation which reduces civil liberties in the name of marijuana prohibition." During the last legislative session the provincial government introduced amendments to help shut down marijuana grow operations by allowing "local governments to obtain electricity consumption information from electricity distributors and to share that information with administrators of the Act and with the police." And the New Democrats unanimously supported that bill - except Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons. According to the resolution, that support gives "the impression that the BC NDP supports marijuana prohibition and does not believe in protecting civil liberties." The following is a complete copy of those resolutions.
YND Participation on Policy Review Committees
Submitted by: YND Submission Date: August 30, 2006
WHEREAS the input of young people into the policy development process is important, both to ensure the development of vibrant policy within the BC NDP, and to foster more youth interest in the political process; and
WHEREAS young people are rarely the most experienced and knowledgeable members available in any given policy area, making them less likely to volunteer themselves in an unsolicited manner to serve on Policy Committees; and
WHEREAS despite their aforementioned inexperience, young people often have unique and important insights into a wide variety of policy areas;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Provincial Executive of the BC NDP shall appoint at least one Young New Democrat, as nominated by the BCYND executive, to serve on each of the Policy Committees; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, if sixty days of diligent searching fails to find a Young New Democrat willing to serve on a given Policy Committee, then that position on the committee may be filled by any member in good standing of the BC NDP; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that, should any of the Policy Committees find themselves without vacancies and without representation by a Young New Democrat, first priority on filling any future vacancy on said committee shall be given to a Young New Democrat, through the appointment process outlined above.
Submitted by: Burnaby Edmonds
Submission Date: September 1, 2006
WHEREAS the Burnaby-Edmonds Constituency Association applauds the efforts of the Provincial Council Executive to conclude the long standing constituency debt issue, and
WHEREAS the current fundraising rules of the NDP as applied to the repayment of historical debt may cause further hardship for the affected constituency associations;
BE IT RESOLVED that affected Constituency Associations who owe a significant amount of debt be allowed to hold one fundraising event where all funds can be contributed to alleviation of the debt calculated under the structure adopted at the May, 2006 NDP Provincial Council meeting.
Submitted by: Coquitlam Maillardville
Submission Date: August 31, 2006
WHEREAS the BC Liberal government restructured the Ministry of Children and Family Development to fund autism programs $20,000 annually (under 6) and $6,000 annually (ages 6-18); and
WHEREAS the funding for Autism Programs has not been increased since the Liberal government's first mandate; and
WHEREAS music therapy is not covered under the At-Home-Program although occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy are;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP supports in principle a review of the Autism Funding Programs with an objective that autism funds need to be more equitable to families who support children with autism from birth to 18 years old; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NDP supports a reasonable increase to the funds directed to the Autism Programs up to but not exceeding the annual cost of living; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the NDP will research the usefulness and applicability of music therapy used as a communication tool for autistic children with a scope of including funding for this therapy under the At-Home-Program delivery services.
Sharing of Members Information with Other Like Organizations
Submitted by: East Kootenay
Submission Date: August 30, 2006
WHEREAS the right to belong to a political party is a most sacred and serious one; and
WHEREAS this right deserves all the privacy protection possible; and
WHEREAS the "trading" of BC New Democratic Party membership information with outside organizations, for the purpose of fundraising, has caused a breakdown in the privacy protection of this sensitive information, on at least one occasion; and
WHEREAS the BC New Democrats Membership Application form contains no provision for new and renewal members to approve or deny this exchange of their personal information;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC new Democratic Party cease immediately the practice of "trading" membership information with outside organizations.
Marijuana Policy and Civil Liberties
Submitted by: Lower Coast- Sunshine
Coast NDP Club
West Vancouver Garibaldi
Submission Date: August 15, 2006
WHEREAS on February 19, 2006, the Provincial Council of the BC NDP passed a resolution calling for the Party "to establish an explicit marijuana policy based upon a non-punitive, regulatory approach, including support for a legal supply of marijuana, elimination of all penalties for personal cultivation and possession, and amnesty for past convictions of marijuana possession"; and
WHEREAS the NDP has a long tradition of defending and strengthening the civil liberties of all people; and
WHEREAS BC NDP support for bills like Bill C-25, the Safety Standards Amendments Act, gives the impression that the BC NDP supports marijuana prohibition and does not believe in protecting civil liberties;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP oppose legislation which reduces civil liberties in the name of marijuana prohibition; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC NDP actively work to institute non-punitive
marijuana policies on the provincial level.
Submitted by: Powell River Sunshine
Powell River NDP Club
Sunshine Coast NDP Club
Submission Date: August 30, 2006
WHEREAS PAC donations are a source of stable funding for both constituency associations and the provincial party; and
WHEREAS 50/50 revenue sharing on PAC donations would encourage constituency associations to sell more PAC memberships, negating the provincial party's loss of revenue from the reduction of their share to 50%; and
WHEREAS local party activists would be more inclined to sign on to a PAC membership, or increase their existing one, if they knew that a full 50% of their donation was going to their local constituency; and
WHEREAS the costs of efforts by the provincial party to increase PAC revenue should be shared by all those who benefit from these efforts;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that as of January 1st, 2007, all PAC membership donations shall be shared on a 50/50 basis between the provincial party and the constituency associations; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the cost of campaigns undertaken by the provincial party to sign up new PAC members or to increase the donations of existing PAC members shall be shared on a 50/50 basis between the provincial party and the constituency associations; and
THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the portion of the costs for these efforts to be paid by constituency associations shall be divided among the associations on a proportional basis, based on the amount of the increase in PAC revenue in each constituency that is attributable to these efforts.
NAFTA and the Future of Canada
Submitted by: Shuswap
Submission Date: August 28, 2006
WHEREAS the erosion of the Canadian social state, is linked to NAFTA; and
WHEREAS the ideology of public program cuts, tax cuts, privatization, deregulation, undermining of unions and rape of the environment driving the Liberal government of Gordon Campbell is part of the corporate agenda; and
WHEREAS the vast majority of Canadians have NOT seen an improvement in their lives since the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement in 1989, indeed most have suffered under the FTA and NAFTA; and
WHEREAS NAFTA, a Charter of Rights and Freedoms for corporations, affects every aspect of life in Canada, and
WHEREAS Chapter 11, the National Treatment Clause, allows Transnational Corporations to bypass Civil law and sue governments directly for any perceived loss of profits because of environmental, labour, or municipal restrictions, and
WHEREAS the sale of Canadian corporations has accelerated and direct foreign investment has actually decreased, indeed most "investment" is for the takeover of domestic companies - and much of the capital necessary for the purchase is supplied by Canadian Banks; and
WHEREAS the Proportional Access Clause; whereby we must continue to sell our energy to the Americans, at the same price we charge our domestic customers, even in times of shortage, (not signed by the Mexicans), puts Canada in the North American Energy Market, and further erodes our sovereignty; and
WHEREAS demonstrated in the Softwood Lumber dispute, the Americans do not live up to either the spirit or the letter of NAFTA; and
WHEREAS the fear tactics used by some must be disputed and clarified; and
WHEREAS under international trade rules Canada fared much better; our disputes with the US were resolved quicker, and at a lesser cost to industry, there was less harassment, and
WHEREAS Canadians need leadership by a major political party to promote Canada, Canadian values and a Sovereign Democratic Canadian Nation, as a beacon of HOPE for other struggling countries of the world;
THEREFORE BE IT SOLEMNLY RESOLVED that the New Democratic Party of British Columbia demand that the Federal Government provide a six-month notice to Mexico and the US of Canada's intention to abrogate NAFTA; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BCNDP begin a concerted campaign, immediately, informing our members and the public at large of the immense and extreme disadvantages of NAFTA, and encouraging EVERYONE to demand of their government the immediate abrogation of NAFTA and a return to international trade rules; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BCNDP request that the Federal NDP pass a similar resolution.