​Policy process: questions and answers

Members have an important role in shaping the direction of the Green Party of Ontario. You are invited to propose Policy, Constitutional or Directive resolutions to be considered at our Convention.

Please note that as of the 2017 Muskoka Convention, members are only allowed to bring a maximum of 5 resolutions to convention per year.
 

Submitting Resolutions 
 

To submit constitutional, bylaw, or directive resolutions, you must:

  • be a member in good standing
  • have your resolution sponsored by at least 3 additional current members.

To submit policy resolutions, you must:

  • be a member in good standing
  • have your resolution sponsored by at least 3 additional current members AND
  • be sponsored by the Shadow Cabinet Critic or Policy Coordinator (policy@gpo.ca) OR be seconded by 5 additional sponsors who are members of the Party in good standing.

Tips to help you prepare a policy resolution:

  • See our helpful question and answer section below

  • Make sure your GPO membership is current (call 888-647-3366 or email admin@gpo.ca)

  • Check for compatibility of your motion with the Values of the GPO

  • Compile links or citations for any background readings on the subject

  • Compile the names of other members who will sponsor your motion

  • Know the name of the Shadow Cabinet critic who will sponsor you policy motion, if applicable

  • Choose a short but descriptive title of the motion

  • Write short preamble clauses to the motion

  • Write the substantial or operative text of the motion

Please do not be deterred by these requirements. We genuinely value your active participation in the life of the Green Party of Ontario. We thank you for your hard work and careful preparation. Your cooperation will help to ensure that our Convention goes well for everyone.

How do I submit a policy?
Where do I find current GPO policy?
What are the required components of a policy submission?
Do I need to gather sponsors and develop policy myself?
What are the deadlines?
What if I miss a deadline?
Is the policy approved as long as I submit it?
How can I help ensure my policy is passed?

1.    How do I submit a policy?

The GPO has an established process where any current member can submit resolutions. You must submit your resolution using our webform or by emailing policy@gpo.ca. We strongly suggest you use our webform to ensure your policies are being submitted correctly. You may contact policy@gpo.ca if you have any further questions. 

2.    Where do I find current GPO policy?

The current policy book is available on the GPO website.

3.    What are the required components of a policy submission?

All required fields need to be populated using the webform on the GPO website. Members are strongly encouraged to connect with the policy coordinator prior to submission. If you require assistance, you can email policy@gpo.ca

4.    Do I need to gather sponsors and develop policy myself?

You can seek help and feedback by contacting our policy coordinator. This person is responsible for leading the review of policy resolutions prior to submission. This includes direct access to Shadow Cabinet and members who have expressed interest in reviewing policy. Members are encouraged to take advantage of these resources and increases the likelihood that your policy will receive enough sponsors and pass at the convention. 

5.    What are the deadlines?

The submission period is now open. The draft deadline for policy submissions is Friday December 1 at 5pm. This deadline allows time for the Policy coordinator to help you with your submissions and to gather support by the final deadline. Final resolutions must be received by Saturday, December 16th, 2017. It is advised that you start the development process early to ensure that you have enough time to make revisions and gather sponsors. 

6.    What if I miss a deadline?

Deadlines are mandated by our bylaws and constitution. They exist to ensure the party has enough time to process resolutions and the membership has sufficient notice prior to the convention. However, emergency resolutions can be submitted at the 2018 convention if the following requirements are met:

A.    It is considered an emergency by the Chair or Party President;
B.    It receives sponsors from 10 delegates at convention;
C.    It receives the support of 75% of the convention plenary. 

7.    Is the policy approved as long as I submit it?

Submission of your resolution on time, with sufficient sponsors, and with Party approval, will ensure that the resolution is on the agenda at the convention. Although it likely that your resolution will be considered, this is not guaranteed due to time restraints, there is not a guarantee. 

8.    How can I help ensure my policy is passed?

A policy resolution that is highly relevant, well researched, and salient with our values, will likely receive enough sponsors and rank highly on the resolution ranked ballot. Socializing your policy among members in advance and attending the convention will also be helpful. The submitter, or a sponsor, should be prepared to answer questions about the resolution at the convention. A compelling introduction to the floor, and due diligence in advance of the convention, increase your chances of success considerably.