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About the Process

UPDATE

NPEP shall consider amendments up until 5 PM ET Thursday February 20 at mkampouris@liberal.ca.

The National Policy and Electoral Platform (NPEP) Committee oversees the policy development process as per Constitution item 40(2). The Constitution specifically outlines the policy process in section 74.

Policy development is an important engagement mechanism that provides direction to our Party from our grassroots members and supporters. Local engagement activities prior to drafting policy resolutions for a biennial convention are a must in order to include Canadians in the process and ensure they have their say.

Following a Biennial Convention, the Party reports back to its membership to follow-up on the previous convention’s policy resolutions.

That being said, here’s a quick overview of how resolutions are developed and how they end up at a Biennial Convention. You can also read the Have Your Say guide to policy development for more information on policy resolutions.


3 important steps at 3 different levels

1. Propose
A) Local B) Provincial / Territorial C) National

2. Debate
A) Local B) Provincial / Territorial C) National

3. Adopt
A) Local B) Provincial / Territorial C) National


All Liberals are included

Members + Supporters –> Ridings –> PTAs –> Biennial Convention

Members + Supporters –> Clubs –> Prov. / Terr. Commission –> Nat’l Commission –> Biennial Convention

Caucus –> Biennial Convention

NPEP Committee (emerging resolutions if need be) –> Biennial Convention

Local: In-person
Local: Online
Provincial / Territorial National
Propose Members and Supporters meet to propose and discuss various ideas on issues of importance. Members and Supporters login to the LPC Community and propose and discuss various ideas on issues of importance. Policy resolutions submitted by riding associations and clubs are presented at a policy convention. Policy resolutions submitted by Provincial / Territorial associations, Commissions, and Caucus (and NPEP if need be) are posted by topic on the convention website prior to the biennial convention to enable members to review and discuss them. The priority resolutions are posted as information only since these are automatically going to the convention floor.Members review, study and discuss the resolutions in preparation for the biennial convention’s policy workshops and policy plenary.
Debate Members and Supporters refine their ideas and prepare formal policy resolutions in accordance with the Have Your Say Guide. Interesting policy ideas move from the LPC Community to one of the 15 policy groups where they are further debated and refined. From here, a riding or club can sponsor an idea and collaborate with Liberal Members across the country in the online Policy Lab to develop a formal policy resolution in accordance with the Have Your Say Guide. Policy resolutions are debated by delegates. One resolution from each policy workshop must be identified a “priority” resolution in order to join the original priority resolutions at the policy plenary. I.e. there might be 5-10 resolutions in the “energy” category but only one of these can be identified as the priority in order to move to the plenary. All priority resolutions are then debated at the biennial convention’s policy plenary.
Adopt Members of the riding associations and clubs adopt policy resolutions for submission to their provincial / territorial policy convention. The number of resolutions to be submitted is determined by the provincial / territorial association. Members of the riding associations and clubs adopt policy resolutions for submission to their provincial / territorial policy convention. The number of resolutions to be submitted is determined by the provincial / territorial association. 10 policy resolutions are selected with one being identified as the “priority resolution”. The priority resolution moves directly to the biennial convention’s policy plenary. The remaining nine resolutions move to the biennial convention’s policy workshops. Final debate and adoption occurs at the biennial convention’s policy plenary. Only priority resolutions are debated at this point. These were submitted by the Provincial / Territorial associations, Commissions, and Caucus (and NPEP if need be) and selected at policy workshops by convention delegates. Policy resolutions adopted by convention delegates officially become “Party policies” and inspire the next electoral platform. At the next Biennial Convention, the Party will report back to delegates to follow-up on the previous convention’s policy resolutions.

 

 

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