Motions 2021

The following policy resolutions were passed by members at the 2021 Annual General Meeting on April 24th and May 8th, and confirmed by an all-member online ratification vote ending July 7th, 2021, as required by the Constitution:

 

  1. PEI Commission on a Sustainable Future for Farming (Sponsored by Pauline Howard): This resolution calls for a government-sponsored, inclusive, non-partisan Commission to be established to examine the future of farming on PEI. The Commission is to be comprised of representatives of farmers, processors, First Nations, and the civil society, including rural and urban communities, as well as subject matter experts. The Commission’s mandate will be to develop and consult on a ten- year plan on how PEI can transition to a model of agriculture that is sustainable ecologically, economically, and socially, with consideration to all connected issues, and what role governments, industries, and citizens can play in fostering this transition.
  2. Protection of Pollinators on Prince Edward Island Including Protection of Honeybees and Bumblebees from Infestation by Small Hive Beetle (Sponsored by Stan Sandler): This resolution states Green Party of PEI promotes strong, evidence-based policies to protect the health of pollinators on PEI including: reducing the use of pesticides, protecting honey bees, native bees and other pollinators from the introduction of exotic pests by establishing import conditions that are science-based, and conserving and expanding the amount of healthy pollinator habitat and forage available on PEI.
  3. Championing Citizens’ Assemblies for deliberative democracy & building civic capacity, especially on the issue of Electoral Reform (Sponsored by Anna Keenan): This resolution supports the use of Citizens’ Assemblies to consider and develop nuanced proposals for solutions to challenges where progress has been impeded by the limitations of our system of electoral representation, particularly partisanship, and where non-partisan citizen deliberation could make progress. In particular, it considers electoral reform as among the highest-priority challenges which could be considered by a PEI Citizens’ Assembly.
  4. Include bicycles and e-bikes (pedal assist bikes) in zero-emission vehicle rebates and financial incentive programs (Sponsored by Omair Imtiaz): This resolution calls for bicycles and e-bikes to be included in incentive programs offered for other types of zero-emission transportation options.
  5. Provincial Tax Credit for Renters of Long-Term Residential Housing (Sponsored by  Stratford Greens Regional Association): This resolution calls for a financial feasibility study to assess the creation of a Renter’s Tax Credit program in Prince Edward Island. Renter’s Tax Credit programs currently exist in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba.
  6. Review of Junior High School Projection Numbers in Catchment East of Charlottetown (Sponsored by  Stratford Greens Regional Association): This resolution seeks that the government address the issue of junior high classroom numbers through a study, which uses the most recent statistics and data produced locally with the intention of addressing the question of constructing a new junior high school in Stratford. The study methodology would then be adopted by the department of education, for evaluation of school capacity needs across the province.
  7. Climate Change Investment Fund (Sponsored by  Phil Ferraro): This resolution states that the Green Party of PEI seeks that a government-sponsored climate change investment fund (CCIF) be established to support and encourage investment in enterprises that can bring forth a reduction in fossil fuel consumption in Prince Edward Island. This CCIF would facilitate the reduction in fossil fuel usage through a program whereby the Provincial government would offer tax credits for those investing in enterprises that provide goods, services and technologies that reduce fossil fuel usage, as well as businesses that practice regenerative agriculture and forestry by sequestering carbon in the soil. The program could be modelled on the Nova Scotia Community Economic-Development Investment Fund or other similar initiatives.

 

The following governance resolutions were passed by members at the AGM on May 8th:

  1. Notice of Vacancy Bylaw 2 (15) amendment (takes immediate effect)
  2. Bylaw 3 (Motions at General Meetings) amendment (takes immediate effect)
  3. Modernizing the Structure of Provincial Council (effective as of the July 7th ratification)
  4. Bylaw 5 (Shadow Cabinet) amendments (takes immediate effect)

 

About the motions submission process

The Motions Submission Process is open to Green Party of PEI Members on an ongoing basis. After the April 24th AGM, the next planned General Meeting will be a policy convention on October 2nd. Members with policy ideas are encouraged to contact the Motions committee at [email protected] with their ideas, for assistance in turning your idea into policy that can be adopted by the Green Party membership.

There are three types of motions that may be considered at a General Meeting or Convention:

  • Policy motions - motions that articulate what the Green Party supports and will work towards;
  • Governance motions - motions to amend the Constitution or Bylaws of the Green Party of PEI;
  • Directives - motions that direct Provincial Council to take a particular action.

 

Policy motions: 

  1. Review the Members' Guide to Policy Motions to find out how to draft a good policy motion and how to get started. If you have an idea for a motion, you are encouraged to reach out to the Motions Submission Committee as early as possible by writing to [email protected]. They will be able to provide guidance and may be able to connect you with a volunteer Policy Helper or with other members sharing your interests.
  2. Download a copy of the Motion Submission Form to fill out (click here to make a copy in Google Docs, or here to download a Word file).
  3. Email the first draft of your motion to [email protected]. Your first draft doesn't have to be perfect - the Motion Submission Committee will provide feedback, and create opportunities for member feedback, to help strengthen and improve your final motion. We recommend getting started sooner rather than later to allow plenty of time for your motion to come together with rich feedback from other members.

 

Governance motions and Directives:

  1. You can find a copy of the GPPEI Constitution and Bylaws here. For any proposed new or amended bylaws or constitutional articles, be very specific about what you want to change, and check to see if the changes you are proposing will require amendments to other parts of of the Constitution & Bylaws, too.
  2. Ensure that your Directive motion is consistent with the Constitution & Bylaws.
  3. Download a copy of the Motion Submission Form to fill out (click here to make a copy in Google Docs, or here to download a Word file).
  4. Email the first draft of your motion to [email protected]. Your first draft doesn't have to be perfect - the Motion Submission Committee will provide feedback, and create opportunities for member feedback, to help strengthen and improve your final motion.