We value women and men equally. We therefore support active and equal
involvement of women in politics and encourage women in politics to
assume positions of power.
objectives of the GPS shall be:
to run candidates and contest provincial elections,
to inspire and educate people in the principles of ecology
and democratic socialism,
to promote a society where environmental and social concerns
are given precedence over short-term economic gain.
to stimulate thought and discussion between members about
the future of democratic socialism and ecology, and to translate
these discussions into positive action,
to meet with and support environmentalists and democratic
socialists in Canada and around the world,
to advance the right of all citizens to be well informed,
and have easy access to a wide range of public policy options, by
means of an open, democratically controlled media.
to work toward a society where all citizens are encouraged
to share fully in a democratic process that is inclusive and transparent.
The GPS is composed of its members as a whole.
The Group is the basic organizational unit of the Green Party
of Saskatchewan. A Group is a collective of people who have a sufficient
sense of identity and community to be able to work together to achieve
the aims of the
GPS. A Group may be people working together in a neighbourbood, constituency,
at a place of work, with a community or popular organization, or
around a particular issue.
A Regional Steering Committee is a committee struck to
coordinate the activities of several Groups within a geographic area.
The Provincial Council is a committee composed of members
from each Regional Steering Committee and coordinates the activities
of Groups on a provincial level.
The Provincial Executive, including the Party Leader is
elected at Convention and is charged with managing Party affairs
between Conventions. The Provincial Executive fulfills the requirements
Election Act of Saskatchewan.
Use of Feminine/Masculine Words
Words in the Constitution denoting the female or
male gender shall be deemed to include the other.
Democratic Control - Responsibility
The highest authority resides and comes from the membership
Under ordinary circumstances, this highest authority will
be exercised by the members acting at the Annual Convention
of the Green Party of Saskatchewan.
The Annual Convention will elect the Party Leader, and
Provincial Executive members in whom authority and responsibility
will be entrusted between Annual conventions, in accordance with
the terms of the
The Green Party of Saskatchewan Premier shall appoint Cabinet
Ministers from a list of MLAs provided by the membership.
The elected officers and Party representatives at all levels
shall apply, in performance of their duties the policies laid down
and dictated by the members through Annual Convention or referendum
In order to facilitate the continual development of new
ideas, and discourage the creation of a managerial elite, all elected
positions shall be limited to a maximum of three years, followed
by a hiatus from office for a period of at least one year. The provisions
of this article
may be waived for a individual by a two thirds majority vote at Annual
For similar reasons, an GPS candidate who has served
continuously as an elected MLA for eight years or more shall not
be eligible for nomination in the immediately following election.
The provisions of this
article may be waived for a individual by a two thirds majority vote
at Annual Convention.
Eligibility for Membership
Membership shall be open to every Saskatchewan resident who
subscribes to the Constitution and Principles of the Party, provided
she is not a member of any other provincial political party registered
Saskatchewan Election Act.
Every applicant for membership shall sign an application,
the contents of which shall be prescribed by the Bylaws of the Party.
Applications for membership shall be made to the Regional Steering
Committee. Members shall be in good standing provided they pay
their annual membership
fees as prescribed in the Bylaws of the Party.
Rights and Duties of Members
All members of the GPS enjoy equal rights without
A member, who is in good standing may:
attend and speak at all meetings of the GPS,
attend, speak and vote at Annual Convention,
vote on GPS referenda,
hold office in the GPS,
exercise any other rights afforded under the Constitution
and Bylaws of the GPS.
Each member shall declare their commitment to the Party's
principles, and agree to abide by the Party's Constitution and Bylaws.
Amendments to the Constitution and Provincial Bylaws
amendments to the Constitution, at least two-thirds of the members
present at an Annual Convention or Special General Meeting called
for such a vote must
agree with the changes.
amendments to the Provincial Bylaws, at least one half plus one of
the members present at an Annual Convention or Special General Meeting
such a vote must agree with the changes.
Provincial Bylaws of the Green Party of Saskatchewan
The minimum number for a Group shall be five members.
Any Group may join with other Groups or divide itself to
form project or interest Groups. Groups within a region may form
Every Group shall inform a Regional Steering Committee of
the nature of the Group, and the name of a contact person, in order
to coordinate the activities of Groups and allow other members of
to become involved in their activities.
The internal organization of the Group is the responsibility
of the Group members, provided always that the highest authority
in the group shall be the membership in a duly constituted meeting.
Funds raised by a Group shall be split with the provincial
party, according to guidelines or bylaws set by Convention.
When a Provincial or Municipal election is called Groups
shall work together on an electoral constituency basis.
All decisions in GPS Groups shall be made by consensus.
This means by the agreement of most participants, with dissenters
agreeing to recognize the majority opinion as the Groups decision.
If those who do not agree do not give their consent, a 75% vote
for or against shall
be necessary to produce a Group decision. Those who do not agree
with the decision may have their objections included in any minutes
All advertising and promotional material produced by groups
within the Green Party of Saskatchewan shall clearly indicate
the name of the group that authorised its production and/or publication.
The name "Green Party of Saskatchewan" shall not be
itself for any materials which
have not been approved by groups representing the entire membership,
such as the provincial Executive, Council, or a General Meeting of
Loss of Status of Member in Good Standing and
A member shall no longer be a member in good standing of the
such member has been suspended from membership in accordance
with the provisions of Article 3,
such member is in arrears of six months or more in the
payment of yearly membership fees.
The loss of member in good standing in accordance with the
preceding section is automatic.
A member may be reinstated as a member in good standing
the suspension imposed has ended,
such member has paid all arrears in membership fees.
A member who wishes to be reinstated as a member in good
standing shall notify the Regional Steering Committee. The Regional
Steering Committee shall ensure that the conditions provided for
in the preceding
section have been fulfilled. When they have been fulfilled, the member
is reinstated as a member in good standing.
Loss of Membership and Readmission
A person shall no longer be a member of the GPS when:
such member resigns from the GPS
such member is expelled from the GPS in accordance with
the provisions of Article 3,
such member is in arrears of 12 months or more in payment
of membership fees.
Any person who has been expelled from the GPS may be
readmitted as a member in good standing provided such member complies
with the provisions of Section 7.1 of the Constitution, Section 2.4
Provincial Bylaws and fulfills the other conditions which may be
required by the Discipline Committee.
Notwithstanding Section 2.1 upon written request of a
member, the Regional Steering Committee may allow a member who is
in arrears in the payment of membership fees to remain a member in
good standing when
the member is in financial difficulty.
may be imposed on a member or officer if he has committed any of
the following offences:
committed a fraudulent or dishonest act against the Party,
obtained membership through fraudulent means or
having fraudulently received or misappropriated any assets
or money belonging to the Party,
having published or circulated, either verbally or
otherwise, false reports or misrepresentation concerning any member
or officer of the Party in respect to any matter connected with the
having furnished without proper authority to do so, a
complete or partial list of the Party membership to any person or
persons other than those whose official positions entitles them to
have such a list,
having published or circulated either verbally or otherwise,
reports which were designed or calculated to injure the Party,
having repeatedly brought unsubstantiated or frivolous
charges against other members.
following penalties may be imposed on a member or officer of the
removal from office
suspension from membership for a specified period of time,
expulsion from the Party.
aforesaid penalties may be enacted pursuant to the following rules
and procedures in the following sections.
Steering Committee shall constitute a Disciplinary Committee composed
of three members. These members shall be randomly selected
from a pool of
members in the Region willing to sit on the Disciplinary Committee.
3.5 On receipt of a
charge against a member or officer, the Disciplinary Committee shall
convene a hearing as soon as possible and the plaintiff and accused
shall be given
not less than seven days notice of the date, time and place of the
3.6 The Disciplinary
Committee shall hear the charge with impartiality and equity and
it shall give the accused and the plaintiff the opportunity to present
arguments. It shall ensure that the accused and plaintiff are allowed
to be represented by witnesses presented by the adversary. It shall
during the hearing. In every case, the onus of proof is upon the
plaintiff and she shall present her evidence first.
3.7. The Disciplinary
Committee shall determine its own rule of procedure for the hearing
and may in particular:
decide where and when the hearing will be held,
grant postponements and adjournments,
intervene in the hearing and ask questions,
proceed in the absence of the plaintiff or accused if they
have been duly notified about the hearing.
3.8 If the
Disciplinary Committee comes to the conclusion that the accused is
guilty of the offence as charged, it shall decide on the penalty
to be imposed. The
decision shall be rendered in writing and forwarded to the accused,
the plaintiff and the Provincial Executive in strict confidence.
The decision of
the Disciplinary Committee shall be implemented immediately.
3.9 The accused or
the plaintiff shall have the right to appeal the decision of the
Disciplinary Committee to a general membership meeting. The person
who wishes to appeal
shall advise the Regional Steering committee in writing of their
desire to appeal not later than 30 days after the decision of the
3.10. In the context
of the appeal procedure to the general meeting, the Disciplinary
Committee will present the reasons for their decision and the person
present their evidence and argument to support the appeal. Following
the presentation, a vote will be taken on the appeal. The decision
of the meeting
will be final and binding on the Party.
General Rules Concerning Charges
Subject to the other provisions of this article, any member
in good standing who considers that another member, officer or representative
has committed an offense pursuant to sections 7.1 may lay a charge
against this member, officer or representative. The Provincial
Steering Committee Executive and Constituency Executive may also
lay a charge against a member, an officer or a representative.
No charge can be laid later than 90 days after the day the
member who is filing the charge became aware of the offence.
4.1. In an electoral
district where there is an Constituency Association, selection may
be conducted by the Association, subject to approval by the Regional
4.2. In an electoral
district where there is no Constituency Association but where there
are Party members, selection will be conducted by a meeting or other
by general meeting or the Provincial Executive.
4.3 In an electoral
district where there is no Constituency Association and there
are no Party members, selection will be made by general meeting,
by some procedure or committee mandated by one of these bodies.
shall be nine types of meetings - Annual Convention, General Membership,
Provincial Executive, Provincial Council, Regional Steering Committee,
Committee, Constituency, Group and Nomination.
shall be at least one Annual Convention held every fiscal year It
shall be held no later than six months after the end of the previous
will hold meeting at the call of the chairperson of the Committee.
There shall be at least four Provincial Executive meetings annually.
decision making will attempt to be made by consensus. This procedure
will attempt to include sufficient time for effective discussion
consensus is not attainable, a vote shall be held.
decision making on changes to the Constitution, Bylaws, or major
policies, shall include a 30 day preview period to encourage full
discussion and provide the opportunity for tools like study circles
to be utilized.
secret ballot on any vote at any meeting shall be required if three
members present request the secret ballot.
general meetings, a vote shall be called on all decisions.
meeting shall have an agenda, a chairperson and a secretary.
Special General Meeting shall be by petition in writing of the lesser
of one-third of the membership or 50 members to the Provincial Executive.
Provincial Executive shall have the power to call, at any time, a
Special General Meeting of the members.
for the Annual Convention and General Meeting shall be one-third
of the membership or 20 members whichever is less and a majority
of the Provincial
for the Provincial Executive, Regional Steering Committees, and other
committees shall be at least half of the committee members.
for a constituency Nomination meeting shall be at least five members
within the constituency in question.
Provincial Executive Officers
Election of Provincial Executive Officers
Party Leader is a member of the Provincial Executive.
Provincial Executive officers shall be elected by vote at the Annual
nomination and election of Provincial Executive officers shall take
place on the last day of the Annual Convention and shall be a special
business until completed.
order of election shall be as follows:
8.4.1 Party Leader
- To be responsible as the external/public voice of the Green Party of Saskatchewan
- To respond in a timely fashion, contact requests from the public, media,
and organizations primarily based in Saskatchewan.
- To ensure that the passed resolutions of the Green Party of Saskatchewan
are effectively communicated to the public.
8.4.2 Party President
- To be responsible for the internal/member voice and
direction of the Green Party of Saskatchewan
- To ENSURE Executive, Annual, and Special Meetings of
the Green Party of Saskatchewan are properly constituted and called when necessary.
- To support the President in his/her duties
- To be the acting President when the President is unable to fulfill his/her
duties for a short period of time between the Annual General Meeting
- To record minutes of each Executive, Annual, and Special Meeting of the Green
Party of Saskatchewan.
Treasurer/Chief Official Agent
- To be responsible for the Provincial Accounts of the Green Party of Saskatchewan
- To be the main contact of the Green Party of Saskatchewan with Elections
- To ensure the Green Party of Saskatchewan fulfills it's obligations as set
out in the Saskatchewan Elections Act.
Provincial Executive Officers shall:
- Act pro-actively to ensure the orderly functioning of the party within the
framework and spirit of the Constitution of the Green Party of Saskatchewan,
- Ensure that all functionary positions are filled, - Ensure that all functionary
responsibilities are undertaken in a timely and expeditious manner Engage in
long term planning.
- Ensure all passed resolutions of theGreen Party of Saskatchewan are acted
upon in a timely and expedient manner.
- Be the voice of the general membership in-between annual general meetings.
for positions on the Provincial Executive shall take place
on the Convention floor and the nominees are elected by
a vote of the membership.
nominations to an office are closed, the nominator will
be allowed up to three minutes to speak in favour of her nominee.
nominee will be permitted up to three minutes in which to
make an acceptance speech to the Convention.
there are more than two contestants for an office and no
candidate has received a majority of those voting, the candidate
with the least votes shall
be eliminated and another vote shall be held to ascertain
whether a majority of those voting favour one of the remaining
candidates. This shall continue
until a majority of those voting cast ballots in favour on one candidate.
installation of Provincial Executive officers shall take
place at the last meeting prior to adjournment of the Convention
and the Provincial Executive
officers shall assume their offices immediately after such installation.
term of office for Party Leader and other members of the
Provincial Executive officers shall be for one year.
Vacancy in a Position on the Provincial
The Vice-President shall automatically become President
should this position become vacant during a term of office.
If a position other than Party Leader or President should
become vacant on the Provincial Executive during a term of
office, the Provincial Executive shall have the right to appoint
another party member to
the vacant position.
Vacancy in the Position of Party Leader
If the position of Party Leader should become vacant during
a term in office, the Provincial Executive shall have the
authority to appoint an interim Leader until a new Party Leader
is elected at a Special
Party Leadership election. The Special Party Leadership Election
shall take place no later than 60 days after the position of Party
vacant. The Special Party Leadership Election shall be open
to all members in good standing.
9.1 The fiscal year
of the GPS shall be from January 1st to December 31st.
Salaries of Staff and Representatives
The maximum yearly salary of staff, officers and
representatives shall be no greater than the average yearly
provincial unionized wage. Fringe benefits will be similar to that
attained by unionized
workers in the province.
Political Contributions and Annual Membership
Political contributions to the GPS shall be limited to
a yearly maximum of $3500.
Political contributions will only be accepted from private
No financial contribution will be accepted from any
organisation except the Green Party of Canada.
The annual membership fee shall be set at the Annual
All funds raised by a Regional Steering Committee,
Constituency Assocation, or other Group within the GPS shall
be allocated in the following proportions:
8% of all funds for which a federal tax receipt is to be
issued shall be returned to the head office of the Green Party of
All GPS membership fees, plus 12% of all donations shall
be allocated for use by the provincial party generally, and administered
The remaining 80% of contributions (or 88% in the case of
non-tax-receiptable donations made directly to the Party)
shall be allocated for use by the Committee or Group that raised
may choose to redesignate funds available to them to
other Groups within the GPS, as deemed necessary.
All money raised shall be deposited in a financial
institution (preferably a Credit Union) and/or invested in
accordance with the laws of the provinces dealing with the investment
of monies by trustees,
the whole as determined and decided by the Provincial Executive.
The Party funds must be used for Party purposes only.
the case where a donation is for a candidates deposit
to allow that person to run for the GPS in a provincial election,
receive the full 100% of the donation back. The provincial
party will not subtract the 12% in the situation of it
timing of the Annual Convention shall be as specified
in Article 5 of the Constitution, and shall be open to all
members in good standing.
10.2 Should the
scheduled timing of Annual Convention conflict
with other party activities, the Provincial Executive is empowered
to bring forward or delay the date of
such Annual Convention by no more than two months.
Such action shall require a two-thirds majority support
the Provincial Executive.
10.3 The Provincial
Executive shall issue the official call to such Annual
Convention at least two months prior to the date of the Convention.
10.4 The general
purposes of the Annual Convention are:
to receive reports from the Provincial Executive officers
in order to respond to the members on how they have carried out
responsibilities during the year and their opinions
on the tasks of the GPS in the period ahead,
to discuss and adopt resolutions involving solutions to
members common needs and concerns,
to decide on the policies of the GPS for the period
ahead, following democratic debate and a vote on resolutions
duly submitted to the Convention,
to deal with any other issue, duly submitted to the
Convention, concerning the common good and welfare
of the Party and the public generally,
to deal with any proposed changes in the Constitution or
to elect the officers who will comprise the Provincial
Executive from the time they have taken the oath of
office after such election.
Members, Groups, Regional Steering Committees, and the
Provincial Executive may submit resolutions for action
at the Annual Convention.
Such resolutions shall be sent to the Provincial Secretary
at least two months prior to the date of the Annual
Convention. The Provincial Secretary shall ensure that copies of
all resolutions submitted in
writing to her for consideration at the Annual Convention
are made available to all members at least six weeks prior to the
opening of the Convention.
The Convention shall have committees, some of which will
commence work in advance of the Convention to assure
the most democratic and efficient functioning of the Convention.
These committees shall be open to
all members in good standing.
The Resolutions and Bylaws Committee shall review all
resolutions which have been duly submitted before the
Convention, group them by subject matter or amalgamate them according
to the intent of the
resolutions. The Committee shall review the resolutions
to amend the Constitution or Bylaws, draft the constitutional text,
determine the order of
presentation to the Convention in accordance with the
order of priority outlined in section 14.12 and make recommendations
to the Convention
regarding the purpose of the resolution taking into
account, where need be, the present Constitution.
The Election Committee shall be responsible for conducting
nominations, determining the eligibility of those being
nominated, be responsible for preparing ballots, be responsible
for explaining election
procedures to the Convention and shall be responsible
for counting of the ballots, reporting of numbers of votes for
each candidate, destroying the
ballots, all of which shall be subject to the decision
of the Convention. No member may be on the Election Committee who
is an Elected Legislated
Representative. No member may be on the Election Committee
who is a candidate for Party Leader or the Provincial Executive.
Other committees which may be required during the course
of the Convention shall be elected by the Convention.
All Convention committees shall have a non-voting member
of the Provincial Executive.
Resolutions for which adequate notice has not been given
may only be considered if this is acceptable to a two-thirds majority
attending the Convention.
Agenda and Vote
A Convention Planning Committee shall prepare the agenda
and schedule for the various matters coming before the Convention.
Agenda should normally include:
report of the Provincial Executive,
written reports of Officers who are members of the
report of the Resolutions and Bylaws Committee,
Reports of other committees in the order determined by the
Election of the Party Leader
Election of other Provincial Executive Officers
Other Business as determined by the Convention.