Observation post

Earlier, we reported a provincial New Democrat resolution calling for a leadership convention has been given a low priority for debate - being placed 38 on a list of 39 proposals dealing with constitution and party affairs. So what was number 39? Well, that would be a resolution calling for increased transparency at meetings of the New Democrats' provincial executive - which administers "matters of political and strategic importance" to the party. Fancy that! The following is a complete copy of that resolution, which proposes allowing provincial council delegates to observe those meetings. The council, a larger body that includes constituency association presidents, is constitutionally responsible for the executive.

G2009-39 PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE TRANSPARENCY

WHEREAS in order to increase openness, trust and democracy, it is important that our structures are accessible and transparent to party members; and

WHEREAS the Constitution acknowledges that the Provincial Council shall be the governing body of the Party between Conventions (15.02); and

WHEREAS the Executive shall be responsible to Provincial Council (13.13);

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a new section be added to Article XIII - The Provincial Executive to read:

"It shall be the right of any individual Provincial Council delegate to attend, as observers, the meetings of the Provincial Executive which are held just before each Provincial Council."

VANCOUVER KENSINGTON

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