2021 GPC Policy and Motion Development Process
Editing and refining policy, amendment, and directive ideas
What is a Process?
A participatory process is a timed-out sequence of participatory activities (e.g. first filling out a survey, then making proposals, discussing them in face-to-face or virtual meetings, and finally prioritizing them) with the aim of defining and making a collective decision on a specific topic.
Examples of participatory processes:
- a process of electing committee members (where candidatures are first presented, then debated and finally a candidacy is chosen)
- participatory budgets (where proposals are made, valued economically and voted on with the money available)
- a strategic planning process
- the collaborative drafting of a regulation, policy or norm
- the ongoing improvement of our motion development process.
The 2020/21 Policy Process is now in the Review and Comment phase.
You are invited to review and provide input to motions, by clicking on the "Policy and Motion Proposals" tab, above.
This space is dedicated to policy and motion development.
There are three types of proposals:
- Policy Proposals - Public Policy planks to add to or amend our policy book and/or public platform.
- Constitutional and Bylaw Amendments - proposals to add, delete, or amend clauses of the GPC Constitution or Bylaws.
- Directives to Council - Specific operational or internal policy suggestions to be considered by Federal Council and/or recommended to the Executive Director.
The policy development process has six main phases:
1. Submission and development of proposals:
The Policy Development Process Committee (PDPC) provided support, to help members develop principle-based, research-supported proposals that comply with the GPC’s Policy Proposal Submission Rules.
The Policy Development Process Committee works with individual authors to fine tune their proposal according to published drafting guidelines.
3. Review & Comment <- Current phase
All members will have time to review and comment upon any and all proposals. Members may also "endorse" proposals to indicate general support prior to voting.
Commenting will be frozen and the membership will be able to vote on the proposals using the Bonser method.
The proposals go to the General Meeting. Red and Green proposals are passed via omnibus, while the Convention focuses on further wordsmithing and debate of Yellow proposals.
Shadow Cabinet will provide commentary on each proposal, which will be made available to members as part of the prioritization vote.
6. Post-Convention Final Deciding Vote:
Following the GM, all proposals will go to the members for a final vote. The results of the GM vote and the opinion of Shadow Cabinet will be provided to members as part of this final step.