The Liberal Party of Canada is setting a course to enable your voice to be heard and to have your actions direct our party as we move forward together.
Our party’s constitution, most recently amended by delegates to the 2009 Vancouver Convention, prescribes that your National Board must hold a Leadership Vote to select a new Liberal Leader. Adhering to the constitution, your Board will set this Leadership Vote to give the maximum time allowed (5 months) which is October 28 and 29, 2011. The Leadership Vote is a vote by all party members – One Member, One Vote.
However, so many members like yourself have called, written and emailed your Board members, asking that this Leadership Vote be delayed. According to your feedback, the overwhelming reason to delay the Leadership Vote is to allow for meetings throughout our ridings, regions and provinces in the upcoming months so we may together discuss and decide upon our future as a party and focus on serious policy and organizational rebuilding work before we turn our attention to our leadership choices. Your Board has heard almost unanimously that this is best done free of a Leadership selection process.
Therefore, we are calling for an extraordinary convention of our party to be held on June 18, 2011 by teleconference which will allow delegates to debate and vote on an amendment that would delay the Leadership Vote should it be accepted by the delegates. This is a procedure under our Constitution that enables the Party to deal with special situations like those we confront today. While the Board would prefer that all members be able to vote in this convention, the constitution specifies that only delegates chosen by members may vote at the convention.
Delegates to this extraordinary convention will also be asked to confirm January 13-15, 2012, as the dates of the next biennial convention – a vitally important step in our rebuilding process ahead.
Very shortly you and all members will receive a notification to submit your name as a delegate to this extraordinary convention of the party and you will be able to vote to select the delegates from your riding association and/or commission club.
Decisions that will affect the future of our party are literally in your hands. Your National Board of Directors will enact the judgment of the convention and follow the path you and the party membership choose.
Below is the schedule that we will use to ensure all party members have an opportunity to participate.
Please feel free to reply to this so that we may immediately know your thoughts.
Robert Hamish Jamieson
National Membership Secretary
Friday, May 20, 2011
Membership cut off. Only members in good standing are eligible to vote or stand for election as a delegate
Friday, June 3, 2011
Deadline to submit intention to stand as a delegate
Saturday June 11, 2011/Sunday June 12, 2011
Delegate Selection meeting date
Saturday June 18, 2011
Extraordinary Convention (by teleconference)