Citizen Party Constitution
Official Draft Publication
Federal Party Director: David Cottrell
Effective as of:
The Citizen Party is Canada’s most recent party to compete for Federal elections. The party consists of the most passionate and adaptive people in all of Canada. Party policies focus on forming a Canada that better serves all citizens’ interests. The party’s robust policy doctrine is focused on ensuring Canada becomes a financially comfortable country to live in, obtain the best education possible, conduct national & international business, establish a career, start a family, and retire. We also promise to keep our wonderful nation both secure when it comes to national security matters and fair when it comes to the many great social services available to all citizens.
For many years Canadians have been subjected to a system that gives few party options: those that either lean slightly towards ones thinking, or choices between lesser of the other evils. The Citizen party recognizes this dilemma and promises to be very distinct in its approach. Although we have our policies set, that does not mean that they are forever engraved in stone. Operating with an “adaptive policy” doctrine gives us a unique advantage to take the information obtained from consistently talking and listening to Canadian citizens, to determine whether or not they find that the set policies are working for them. In turn we can abolish, modify, or create more effective policies to ensure that all Canadians benefit from the effects.
Our staff is comprised of personnel who have gone through an extensive screening process to that ensure only the most driven and passionate are employed. As well, your representatives are picked to ensure that they have both the motivation, but the energy needed to get the job done quickly and effectively. Only the best are sent to represent your interests and speak on your behalf.
When your ballot is cast for the Citizen Party you are not voting for a transient politician; you are actually voting to put yourself in parliament. You are voting to have your concerns heard, your opinions noted and your demands met.
Citizen Party Constitution
This constitution is to be used as the governing document of the Citizen Party when any internal dispute is to arise. In the event that the document does not clearly resolve the issue, it may be escalated to the Federal Party Director to give his/her interpretation and final ruling. This Constitution has prevailing authority over any other party document.
The Federal Party Director is responsible for the creation of rights, responsibilities, restrictions, amendments, and any other additions, removals and modifications related to the party constitution.
The National Board of Officers may also review and bring to vote any amendments to the party Constitution but cannot be finalized until approval from the Federal Party Director.
Any modification of the constitution from its previous form must be recorded and signed off by the officers involved in the meeting(s) to alter its form. Changes that were not logged yet approved will be considered invalid until officially recorded in the next modification log and approved again. The requirements in the records must state the section(s) of the modification as well as the effect.
The party’s official name shall be “Citizen Party” and can only be changed with a general membership vote, acceptance by the National Board of Officers and final confirmation and acceptance by the incumbent Federal Party Director.
When amending the party’s constitution and policies members must not stray from the following guidelines:
- Creating polices to secure Canada’s future in the long term
- Encouraging stable economic growth within the nation
- Preserving Canada’s natural environment
- Providing a strong central government
- Balancing Government intervention and observation
- Protecting the rights of all Canadian citizens
- Ensuring the preservation of Canadian culture
- Establishing measures to avoid the decrease of Canadian liberty
- Providing security for the nation and its people
- Protecting national borders and guaranteeing Canadian sovereignty
- Increasing the prestige and value of being a Canadian citizen
- Promoting peace and cooperation
- Providing transparency, accountability, and honesty to the public
- Administering a financially sustainable & responsible Government
- Constantly striving to improve the quality of life for all Canadians
- Keeping church separate from the state
- Fostering fairness & equality
- Maintaining and ensuring all citizens have access to social services
- Always recognizing vox populi and safeguarding free speech
- Advocate the public’s needs and desires
The following are the minimum requirements to join the party:
- Have reached the minimum age of 16
- Agree and actively support the ideas of the party
- Are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- Must ordinarily reside in Canada
- Complete and submit the required documentation
- Personally pay any applicable fees associated with membership
- Are not already running independently in any government election
- Must not be a member of another party
Rights of Members
As a member of the citizen party you are afforded numerous rights along with responsibilities. The following is a list of member rights:
- Every member has the right to receive public newsletters and information from the party on a reasonable basis
- Every member shall have the right to speak and/or bring forth a policy they wish to discuss in regard to adding, modifying or removing from the party policy list during party meeting discussions. Subject to approval by the Federal Party Director/Officer prior or during discussion
- The right to attend their electoral district association meetings to which they reside in as well as be allowed to cast a single vote
- The right to a single vote in regard to selecting a leader for the party as well as voting for representatives nationally
- Have the unalienable right to work and participate in a safe, respectful environment
- Attend any conventions held by the party so long as pre-requisites have been met (i.e. fees paid, reservations made, etc…)
- Run for any office up for election within the party
- Appeal any decision to the Federal Party Director
Limitations of Members
- Members may not speak out on behalf of the party unless authorized to do so. This is to ensure that the party message is never misinterpreted and stays consistent
- Members shall not create, design or publish any works in the name of the party unless authorized to
- Members may not hold dual membership from any other party
- Membership is not guaranteed. The Party has the right to revoke or refuse membership at any time.
The Executive Cadre shall consist of the National Board of Officers, Party Leader and Federal Party Director. The responsibilities of party leadership are to supervise, manage and direct all federal party affairs. Additional responsibilities are to act with honesty, efficiency and agility, with the pledge to act only with the party’s best interests in mind. The leadership should always report actions and intentions to the membership holders of the party. Holding any position of leadership within the party is to be seen as both an honour and privilege. Positions cannot be granted solely based on seniority, external influence, financial donation, or public/private affiliation.
With the exception of the Federal Party Director (who may hold both FPD and Party leader position simultaneously), no other executive member may hold two positions.
Listed below are the positions (Type 2 positions can be found in a separate document) of leadership as well as an outline of responsibilities:
Federal Party Director (FDP) (Indefinite incumbent: David Cottrell)
The Federal Party Director is to be considered the highest position within the party and cannot be removed. Control over final decisions and rulings may be handled by the Party Director who may also use his/her power to veto any vote. If the FPD role is open it must be filled immediately either through appointment from the previous FPD or through a vote from the National Board of Officers. Any and all changes to the constitution can be made by the Federal Party Director without advance notice.
The Director is to be responsible for:
– Maintaining the essence and integrity of the party
– Providing guidance to the party’s members
– Any and all appointments regarding members of the party
– Any matters regarding membership
– Short and long term party strategies
– Presiding over the National Board of Officers
– Amendments, removals, and additions to the constitution
– Resolution of internal disputes
– Governance of party activities
– Financial fundraising
– Review and denial/approval of party legislation
– Filling in the Party Leader position if needed
Dual Positioning Conditions
After the current FPD (listed in this constitution) steps down from the Party Leader position, the following will take effect:
One may not hold both the position of Federal Party Director and Leader, unless the following conditions have been met:
- There are no interested, eligible, and/or capable members to run as party leader
- The previous incumbent party leader is unable to perform their duties due to illness or injury, death, incarceration or resignation
- The party requires somebody to act as party leader immediately
In the event that the FPD holds dual positions, they must request a vote from the National Board of Officers who will be tasked with voting to either keep the FPD in dual positioning or force them back to the single role of FPD. In the event the NBO vote to deny dual positioning, there must be an alternative candidate to fill the role immediately. A vote must be taken every 6 months if the FPD is in a dual positioning role. The FPD cannot elect or appoint themselves as Party Leader.
The Party Leader is to act as the foremost representative of the party and will vie for the position of Prime Minister during elections. Primary concentrations will be the running of Federal Government Affairs when elected.
The Party Leaders is appointed through general membership vote, NBO vote or by direct appointment from the FPD in the event that an immediate replacement is required. This position must always be filled.
National Board of Officers:
Party 1st Officer (P1O) (OPEN)
The Party 1st officer is considered to be the next possible Party Leader/Prime Minister. Foremost duties will be to develop strategies to expand the party. Secondary responsibilities will vary greatly from meet-and-greets, media appearances and Party-Governmental trajectory planning (i.e. amendments to policy). This position requires that the person is extremely motivated, pragmatic and has a clear vision for the future of Canada. This position must be voted on by the NBO.
Party Justice Officer (PJO): (OPEN)
The Party Justice Officer is to be responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as resolving bigger picture problems and conflicts that arise within the party. The Justice Officer should be appointed by the Leader or the FPD.
Party Liaison Officer (PLO): (OPEN)
The Party Liaison Officer is to act as the primary contact and general representative of the party regarding organization affairs. They are also to be the considered the chief agent for the party in accordance with the regulations set out by Elections Canada. The Liaison should be elected through a membership vote, although they can be appointed by the FPD.
Party Relations Office (PRO): (N/A)
The Party Relations Officer is responsible for creating and maintaining awareness and promotional strategies to inform the public of the party’s movements. This position must be selected by the FPD.
Party Financial Officer (PFO): (OPEN)
The Party Financial Officer is responsible for creating, planning and executing ideas on raising the party’s finances. Appointment of this position can either be election through a membership vote or via appointment by the FPD.
Party Policy Officer (PPO):
The Party Policy Officer is responsible for finalizing policies brought forth by other members including the clarification or amendment of party policies. They are also authorized to add or remove party policies. Appointment of this position should be through a membership vote but can also be appointed by the Leader or FPD.
Party Enrollment Officer (PEO):
The Party Enrollment Officer is responsible for bringing forth internal concerns from members of the party. The Enrollment Officer is tasked with member recruitment and retention. Appointment of this position must be obtained through a membership vote.
Party Service Officer (PSO):
The Party Service Officer is responsible for ensuring high-value service for party members by discovering their needs and wants. Acting as an advisor to the other officers by providing finding and reports to help improve operations. Appointment of this position should be through a membership vote but can also be appointed by the Leader or FPD.
Party Acquisition Officer (PAO)
The Party Acquisition Officer is responsible for prudent procurement through bargaining efforts with third-party service and product providers. Negotiating on behalf of the party on national and regional levels. This position must be selected by the FPD.
The National Board of Officers shall consist of only the above Party Officers (including the Party Leader) and the FPD.
The Board is tasked with approving or denying the requests of the Provincial Representative Committee, creating their own requests to be deliberated on and looking after the well-being of the party.
If an Executive Cadre Officer is to be removed or resigns from their position for any reason, the position must be filled even if only for a temporary period. If the newly open position in question went through a membership vote prior, then the second runner up in that election shall be given the position. In the event that the election ended with two or more runner ups, the appointment ruling shall be passed on to the Party Leader.
In the occasion that the position was not voted on but was appointed by an Executive officer, the board may vote amongst themselves on whom to appoint or can decide to open up a full membership vote.
When voting to pass any orders of the party, a minimum of 5 officers must be in attendance to all called meetings.
Executive Cadre Eligibility
In order to be appointed or elected an officer must:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Be a Canadian resident
- Be a registered member of the party
- Have accumulated at least 480 logged volunteer hours OR have been actively involved in the party for a minimum of 4 months*
- Have a certificate, diploma, or degree from a post-secondary institution*
- Have not been convicted of a crime or be involved in a pending criminal investigation
- Have obtained at least over 50% of the votes in an internal party election
*Will be looked at on a case by case basis by the FPD or Party Leader
Executive Cadre Remuneration
To enable the Federal Party Director to conduct affairs effectively, (through means of travel, accommodations and other necessities), the FPD is entitled to receive the salary equivalent to that of an MP on the basis that they do not currently hold the seat of MP or Senator. Salary can only be paid out if the party fund will not be significantly affected. If the Director is receiving pay from another source outside of the party, 50% of that pay will go against his salary entitlement.
The Party Leader is entitled to receive 35% of the salary equivalent to that of an MP on the basis they do not currently hold the seat of MP or Senator. Salary can only be paid out if the party fund will not be significantly affected.
All other Executive Cadre may receive pay depending on the finances available to the party.
An Executive Cadre officer can/will be removed either temporarily or permanently if the officer:
- has serious illness/injury preventing them from performing their duty
- switches party
- has serious conflict of interest(s)
- deemed unable to perform their duty
- charged with criminal offence and/or found guilty for criminal offence
- has knowingly made false claims to obtain position
- breached the party by-laws
- acted in an unethical manner
- is removed by the FPD
Temporary leave accommodations
An officer may request temporary leave and re-attain their position upon returning. Reasons for leaving may be for medical reasons, personal reasons, training/education, or religious. The National Board of Officers must vote and approve the officer’s leave to be granted.
Sub National Board of Officers
The Sub National Board of Officers shall consist of 3 roles.
- Advisors – External person(s) who will provide expertise in a particular specified field. An advisor will be granted limited authority to control specific affairs of the party. Advisors may be hired by the NBO and must be approved by the FPD.
- Under Officers – Type 1 staff who wish to give advice, obtain training, gain experience, and/or assist the NBO. Under Officers will be given priority preference when selecting NBO members and will be seen as preferred candidates for the P1O or as election candidates. Under Officers are chosen by the Party Officer who is willing to mentor them.
- Provincial Representatives – Situation allowing, there should be 4 provincial representatives for each province. Provincial Representatives must be elected Members of Parliament (exceptions may be made on case-by-case basis). Two representatives shall represent the southern half of the province and two shall represent the northern province. The “height” of the province (distance from south to north) shall be divided by two. The lower section will be the south, and the upper section North.
If the province has no northern representation, then it will be divided by west and east using the “width” instead, and again divided by two.
The role of a Provincial Representative is to collect and disseminate information regarding their constituent’s needs and wants; forecast trends; and deliver summary reports to the executive to ensure fair representation. All representatives are to be considered equal regardless of regional placement. The support of at least one Officer is needed before approval by the FPD.
Any Persons holding a position of responsibility within the party are required to give notice of resignation as far in advance as possible. This helps in avoiding operational disruption and exists the executive to plan ahead.
Before resignation, a review should be conducted to help further understand the reason(s) of the action and to look for any possible solutions. The review is strictly confidential and cannot be used for purposes other than evaluation of the party. This review can be done by the FPD, an officer, or a sub-officer.
Communications with Media & Public
Only authorized and delegated members may speak with the media and public. Under no circumstance may an unauthorized person initiate, engage or communicate with any media organisation or with the public. Failure to comply can result in the revocation of membership, locked communications with the party or legal action taken.
Communications and Interactions with other Parties and Organizations
No member may engage with official or unofficial business with any business, organisation or political entity without the required authorization and clearance to do so. Engaging without authorization can result in disciplinary actions, revocation of membership or subject to legal action.
Conflict of Interest
All members may be required to declare any real, potential or otherwise possible conflict(s) of interest. Failure to do so can result in the revocation of membership. This can include any situations where:
- The Party and external interests are incompatible
- Any scenario where a benefit can be gained from a decision or action taken by one’s official capacity
- A situation can cause or can be perceived as potential corruption
- Secondary interests override the interests of the party
- Advantages are given where otherwise not applicable
It is the duty of members holding any position where representation, authority, or influence is involved, to report these conflicts to the Federal Party Director or National Officers. Each case will be examined on an individual. Failure to declare may result in investigative action.
Citizen Party is dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of its members. All members who have any security concerns are to report potential risks to staff members or the Security Division directly. Security threats can be (and are not limited) the following:
- Harassment or intimidation
- Threats or acts of violence
- Criminal activity
- Unauthorized use of finances or corruption
- Attempts to breach security
- Party by-law violations
Accountability and Transparency