Summer 2021 Resolutions Ratification Voting

The following policy resolutions were passed by members at the 2021 Annual General Meeting on April 24th and May 8th and require an online ratification vote within 60 days in accordance with the Party Constitution. Members in good standing will receive an online ratification ballot by email on June 30th, 2021. The deadline for voting will be July 7th, 2021.

 

  1. PEI Commission on a Sustainable Future for Farming (Sponsored by Pauline Howard) - Passed at the AGM with 100% in favour: 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) - Passed at the AGM with 97.6% in favour: 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) - Passed at the AGM with 87% in favour: 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) - Passed at the AGM with 93% in favour: 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) - Passed at the AGM with 80% in favour: 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) - Passed at the AGM with 80% in favour: 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) - Passed at the AGM with 94% in favour: 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 Constitutional amendment resolution was passed by members at the 2021 Annual General Meeting on May 8th and requires an online ratification vote within 60 days in accordance with the Party Constitution:

Modernizing the Structure of Provincial Council (Sponsored by Susan Hartley) -  Passed at the AGM with 82% in favour: This resolution proposes a restructuring of the party’s Provincial Council by replacing most role-specific positions with at-large positions, and giving Provincial Council greater flexibility to define Council roles, priorities and working methods. As a Constitutional amendment, this proposal must be ratified by a two-thirds majority of members within 60 days before taking effect. 

Learning more about the Modernizing the Structure of Provincial Council Motion

As part of the motion that was passed on May 8th, there are to be additional opportunities for members to learn more about the proposed changes to Provincial Council between now and the ratification vote.

Learning session via Zoom, June 23rd @ 7pm: On June 23rd, join motion sponsor Susan Hartley for a session to learn more about the changes proposed by the Modernizing the Structure of Provincial Council motion. REGISTER HERE.

Ask questions or take part in discussion anytime on Loomio: You may also discuss and ask questions about this motion on its discussion thread on our Loomio discussion platform. Click here to access Loomio.

 

Meeting Records

The minutes of this AGM can be accessed here.

We've also recorded the two AGM sessions and the videos are on our YouTube Channel. Click on any of the hyperlinks below to jump straight to the parts you are interested in.

April 24th:

  • 2:15:32 - Motion: PEI Commission on a Sustainable Future for Farming
  • 2:31:26 - Motion: Protection of Pollinators on Prince Edward Island Including Protection of Honeybees and Bumblebees from Infestation by Small Hive Beetle
  • 2:48:00 - Motion: Championing Citizens’ Assemblies for deliberative democracy & building civic capacity, especially on the issue of Electoral Reform
  • 3:07:22 - Motion: Provincial Tax Credit for Renters of Long-Term Residential Housing

May 8th:

  • 16:30 - Provincial Tax Credit for Renters
  • 47:45 - Review of Junior High School Projection Numbers in Catchment East of Charlottetown
  • 1:11:00 - Climate Change Investment Fund
  • 1:23:19 - Championing Citizens’ Assemblies for deliberative democracy & building civic capacity, especially on the issue of Electoral Reform
  • 1:31:41 - Continuation: Review of Junior High School Projection Numbers in Catchment East of Charlottetown
  • 1:39:04 - Include bicycles and e-bikes (pedal assist bikes) in zero-emission vehicle rebates and financial incentive programs
  • 2:06:19 - Notice of Vacancy Bylaw
  • 2:25:50 - Motions at General Meetings Bylaw
  • 2:35:19 - Modernizing the Structure of Provincial Council
  • 3:17:20 - Shadow Cabinet Bylaws
  • 3:34:27 - Continuation: Modernizing the Structure of Provincial Council