it resolved that the Green Party of Saskatchewan and
the Saskatchewan division of the Green Party of Canada, meeting
at the EcoCentre at Craik, Saskatchewan, on September 24, 2005,
the International Day of Protest against the war in Iraq:
(1) Declares our support for and commitment to the establishment of a demilitarized
society based on mutual co-operation and non-violent conflict resolution amongst
all people and nations, and
(2) reaffirms our support for the United Nations as the only legitimate structure
to intervene in national and international conflicts; and
(3) calls on the government of Canada to withdraw all support for the U.S. and
British-led invasion of Iraq.
Fall .2 The GPS and its relations with the GPC
Be it resolved
[a] A committee be selected to draft and circulate a statement of concern that
Saskatchewan Greens have about the policy direction and the mode of operation
of the GPC under its present leadership. The draft statement will be prepared
by October 1, 2005.
[b] The draft statement will be circulated around the Saskatchewan Green networks
and posted on the GPS web site for one month, until the end of October 31, 2005.
All members are encouraged to make their views known on this draft statement.
At the end of October the executive of the GPS will review the draft and the
comments and come up with a consensus position.
[c] In early November the GPS will send this statement to the GPC, other provincial
Green groups, members of the GPC and the GPS, and the mass media. This statement
will be signed by the members of the executive of both the GPS and the GPC Sask
The drafting committee,
chosen by volunteer: Neil Sinclair, Dave Greenfield, Victor Lau and
Parity within the GPS
Be it resolved
that all proceedings within the party and all actions that the party
takes will reflect gender equity.
Parity added as 10th Core Principle of GPS
Be it resolved
that a tenth core principle on gender equity be added to the party's
list as follows:
Core principle #10: Gender equity
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.
a Platform Committee
Be it resolved
that this annual convention create a Green Party of Saskatchewan
2022.3.1 to consist of the GPS Leader and
no fewer than three additional GPS members to be selected by
resolution at this convention.
review all resolutions adopted by the GPS since its founding as the
New Green Alliance in 1998 and to determine the core positions of
the GPS as expressed in those resolutions as they apply to the Platform
Issues to be identified by a separate resolution at this convention.
create a draft of both concise and more detailed statements articulating
these GPS positions for presentation to the Saskatchewan electorate
as the GPS Platform for the next general election.
present these draft platform statements for ratification by the membership
of the GPS at a special General Membership Platform Ratification
Meeting, or by some other democratic process to be determined by
the GPS executive if an early election call makes a general membership
an election readiness and election campaign commitee
it resolved that this convention authorize the GPS executive to appoint
an Election Campaign Readiness Committee consisting of representation
from the GPS Executive, the GPS Platform Committee and other GPS
members or GPS supporters with recognized competence to plan and
execute a pre-election readiness process, and who would also co-ordinate
the provincial campaign during a general election.
to recruite 58 election candidates
it resolved that the primary objective of the new executive elected
at Convention 2006 be to recruit 58 GPS candidates as soon as possible,
for the next general election, and to involve these candidates in
pre-election formation experiences using the experience and support
of former GPS and GPC candidates.
issues for 2007
it resolved that the GPS positions on the following issues constitute
the GPS Election Platform for the next general election:
2022.6.2 A Saskatchewan-owned sustainable energy
2022.6.3 Taxation Reform
2022.6.4 Agriculture, land use, food production
and food processing
2022.6.5 Food security strategies for all citizens
2022.6.6 Abolish poverty and establish economic
and social justice for all
2022.6.7 Promote treaty education for all citizens
and actively ensure the respect for both the letter and spirit
of treaties with Aboriginal Peoples
2022.6.8 Actively engage Aboriginal communities
in planning strategies to ensure that Aboriginal Peoples receive
the full benefits of being Saskatchewan citizens
2022.6.9 Promote an addictions-free and healthy
2022.6.10 Support a preventative health model
and educate health professionals according to this model
2022.6.11 Reform Crown Corporations structures
and strategies to ensure they serve Saskatchewan people and support
a sound and sustainable environment
2022.6.12 Electoral Reforms, especially to establish
a proportional representation system
2022.6.13 Expand support for early childhood
education and better support for post-secondary education and
2022.6.14 Limit and phase out the nuclear industry
2022.6.15 Create a comprehensive natural resources
strategy for the whole province to focus on healthy land in forest,
parkland and grassland areas, ground and surface water systems
and clean air.
2022.6.16 Promote arts, culture and tourism
as important aspects of Saskatchewan life and Saskatchewanâ€™s
2022.6.17 Support and improve the quality of
life of Saskatchewan citizens who are affected by mental or physical
difficulties and provide better support for in home and in-community
2022.6.18 Recognize the contributions of Seniors
and provide the supports that will enable them to continue to
be valued and contributing members of the community.
2022.6.19 Re-evaluate social and justice practices
to ensure that children and youth are able to develop their full
potentials in safe and emotionally supportive environments
2022.6.20 Promote gender equity measures in
all areas of Saskatchewan life
2022.6.21 Reform the Saskatchewan Justice system
in both civil and criminal areas introducing a “Restorative
Justice”model and provide education in this model to people
working in prevention, enforcement and rehabilitation, and bring
necessary reforms to the areas of child protection and family
2022.6.22 Revise legislation to ensure that
private and corporate ownership rights do not infringe on the
common good and long-term health of the environment
2022.6.23 Immediately limit the spread of Intensive
Livestock operations and enforce effective safeguards for the
quality of life of people and the health of the environment.
Be it further
resolved that the list may be refined by additions or
deletions as suggested by the platform committee, to be ratified
by convention or special general meeting of the members.
CCPA Sask Alternative Budget
Be it resolved
that the GPS supports “Getting the Balance Right: Saskatchewan
Alternative Budget, 2006 - 07", prepared by the Canadian
Centre for Policy Alternatives, Saskatchewan Office, and that
a GPS government
would introduce such a budget and enact other legislation to
advance the social and economic and environmental goals contained
Alternative Budget document.
(See background Information of Alternative Budget Highlights provided below)
From the Canadian
Centre for Policy Alternatives- Saskatchewan
Getting the Balance Right:
2006 Alternative Provincial Budget Highlights
Total new spending:
Increased revenue from resource royalties: $1.04 billion
Projected Budget Surplus: $833 million
No more corporate tax give-aways
Reconsider the findings of the Business Tax Review Commission;
Undergo a comprehensive review of resource royalties with view to substantially
increasing these rates.
•New tax credit program for people who, after gaining employment, are in
a transition period between social assistance and total independence;
•Additional resources to municipalities to offset regressive education
Measures to Address
-- Increase Social Assistance rates by $70 to a total of $275/month and disability
allowance by $50/month to $100/month;
-Eliminating the Transition to Employment Assistance (TEA) program and
the Call Centre;
End National Child Benefit clawback and redistribute to Social Assistance recipients
-- Increase quantity and quality of government social housing units;
--Increase funding to Community-Based Organizations;
Money for a collaborative research project to investigate Basic Income Program
for unconditional and universal assurance of an adequate income to every adult
and re-investment in Health Care
Increase total Health budget by 10% for investments in primary health care
and health prevention;
system that provides incentives for high-volume turnaround instead
of health promotion and disease prevention by:
-- Expanding number of community health centres that employ salaried doctors;
-- Revising payment schedule for fee-for-service schedules to increase fees
for services needed in the primary care model which emphasizes health
promotion and prevention; and reducing some specialist fees;
for the promotion of healthy living and preventing chronic disease
including more money for mental health services, programs to increase
physical activity and access to nutritious food, and decrease substance
Workplaces Strategy to address conditions in the workplace before
they create chronic health problems;
Increase the number
of full-time health care positions.
Early Childhood Education
•Increase to Provincial Day care subsidies
•Investment in day care training and education
•Additional resources for special needs grants for day cares, day care
•Increased funding for nutrition Programs and Staffing in the Community
tax offset to bring provincial funding of education up to 60%
Increase in Foundation Operating Grants of $39 million
Increase of $36.9 million for additional capital expenditures
$9.2 million to community schools, plus an additional $600,000 for adequate
nutrition costs; for a total of $9.8 million
$4.8 million for curriculum development
Tuition fees at universities, regional colleges and SIAST be cut in half over
five years, beginning this year with a reduction of ten per cent;
Grants to defray cost of living expenses for low-income students and for rural
post-secondary students who must live away from home are introduced; Co-op
and other employment opportunities for students are expanded;
Funding for significantly more students to enroll in targeted SIAST programs
is planned over the next five years;
Increase the maximum loan amount from $9,350 to $14,000 and reduce parental
contributions to more realistic levels and have options to meet contribution
expectations from future income;
Increase the funding to the Apprenticeship and Trade Certificate Program.
Support for local food systems, organic agriculture and environmental stewardship;
Strategies to address gender inequality and violence against women;
Initiatives that address problems in our Justice system; Measures to address
inequality faced by Aboriginal people and people with disabilities;
Important initiatives in the cultural sector.
terminator gene plants
it resolved that plants that have the genetically engineered terminator
gene be banned from Saskatchewan.
precautionary principle to nano-technology
it resolved that before the release or introduction of any nano-particles
into consumer products or nature, a full environmental / health
impact assessment be conducted on each nanotechnology creation to
if it could have negative impacts.
in Principle a Green Energy Plan Statement
it resolved that the “Policy Proposal: A Green Energy Program
for Saskatchewan”prepared by John Warnock be adopted in principle
as a general GPS policy paper: (Draft Policy follows)
Draft Policy Proposal:
A Green Energy Program for Saskatchewan
While the New Green
Alliance/Green Party of Saskatchewan has developed an alternative
energy proposal for the province, there is a need for a broad overall
strategy. With the rise in gasoline prices and natural gas for home
heating, the general public is finally becoming aware of some of
the issues. Given that the three major political parties are stuck
in the business as usual strategy, this is a good time for the Greens
to set forth a real alternative. It will allow the Greens to establish
a policy position that is clearly different from the so-called “green”NDP
government in the next provincial election.
Why should we be
concerned about energy in energy-rich Saskatchewan?
of conventional oil in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB)
peaked in 1971 and is in decline. This is very evident in Saskatchewan.
Natural gas reserves
peaked in 1984 in the WCSB, and the production “treadmill”has
set in. More wells have to be drilled every year just to maintain
a steady production.The Shackleton basin in Saskatchewan is only
a small blip in this general trend.
Under the Canada-U.S.
Free Trade Agreement (1989) and NAFTA (1994), the United States has
guaranteed access to a fixed share of Canadaâ€™s oil and gas
Since Brian Mulroneyâ€™s
government deregulated the National Energy Board, private corporations
in the oil and gas industry have been shipping these non-renewable
resources to the United States as fast as they can. At the Western
Premiers conference in 2003, the four western premiers (including
Lorne Calvert) endorsed George W. Bushâ€™s call for a new continental
energy pact to increase Canadian energy exports to the United States.
Recently Lorne Calvert and Eric Cline went to Washington to promote
and climate change are a reality, and scientists predict that the
North American plains area will be one of the hardest hit. This is
already evident in Saskatchewan. .
The Kyoto Accord on Climate Change was strongly opposed by the NDP government
in Saskatchewan and the two opposition political parties. Since 1990 the
province has produced the highest increase in greenhouse gas emissions
Since 1982 Saskatchewan
governments have been steadily reducing the royalties and taxes paid
by the corporations for the extraction and sale of the provinceâ€™s
oil and natural gas.
The present Saskatchewan
NDP governmentâ€™s policy is to assist the owners of the oil
and gas corporations in their quest to maximize profits. This policy
is supported by the two main opposition parties. There is no policy
in place to protect the energy needs of the present Saskatchewan
population, let alone future generations. There is no planning for
the end of affordable natural gas for heating homes.
An Alternate Green
All the following
proposals for a new direction in energy policy would be implemented
within the context of the broad Green principles of open decision
making, government transparency, participatory democracy, democratization
of public enterprises, and decentralization where feasible. All citizens
have a right to a direct involvement in decision making. Green principles
reject the dominant government view that only “stakeholders”have
any right to participate in decision making. Greens are also committed
to full cost pricing of all energy sources and ending all subsidies
to the fossil fuel and nuclear industries.
(1) Policy on oil
and natural gas.
must strive to gain control over these industries in order to put
a priority on the needs of present and future generations of Saskatchewan
As a first step,
the government would create a provincial energy conservation board
to cover these industries. All corporate sales would have to be made
to the government agency, which would control further sales, prices,
profits and resource rents going to the provincial government. Alberta
has such a board at presented, and B.C. has had one to control the
natural gas industry. We have the model of Canpotex in Saskatchewan,
which markets all potash sales.
would re-establish Sask Oil as a Crown corporation. The long term
goal would be to gain ownership and control over the provincial oil
and gas resources.
The general principles
which were in the Saskatchewan Mining and Development Corporation
Act would be re-installed: all new oil and gas developments in the
province would be open to 50% ownership by Sask Oil. This policy
works well in the oil and gas industry in Norway.
The province would
raise the royalty rates on oil up to the average level that they
were during the government of Allan Blakeney (1971-82), or 50% of
sales. With the dramatic increase in the world price of oil, unrelated
to costs of extraction, this is a reasonable royalty rate.
The province would
raise the royalty rates on natural gas up to the levels that existed
in Saskatchewan in the past. Royalties should rise with the price
of natural gas so that windfall economic rents (excess profits) go
to the general public.
government would phase out the export of oil and natural gas to the
United States and retain our rapidly dwindling resources for the
use of the province and its population.
The province would
re-establish the Saskatchewan Heritage Fund to capture some (perhaps
one-half) of the royalties from the depletion of oil and natural
gas for future Saskatchewan generations. This policy works well today
in Alaska and Norway. Capital collected in this fund would be invested
in renewable energy development, as in Norway.
The province would
merge Sask Power and Sask Energy and give the Crown corporation control
over natural gas development and distribution within the province.
Priority would be to conserve natural gas for home heating and local
business needs, and this would require the phasing out of exports
to the United States.
The province would
progressively move to reduce the use of coal for the generation of
electricity. This would involve a broad and diversified approach
which would include those alternatives that have been identified
by the Saskatchewan Energy Conservation and Development Agency (SECDA),
abolished by the NDP government. Whereas the oil and gas industries
are highly capital intensive and employ relatively few, the alternate
energy industries are highly labour intensive. A shift from the fossil
fuel industries would result in a major increase in employment.
be a first priority, including the retrofitting of residences and
businesses, financed by borrowing by Sask Power. This would include
retrofitting all older housing in the inner cities as well as good
appropriate housing in Northern and rural Saskatchewan. New housing
standards would require R-2000 levels of insulation.
Greens would greatly
expand wind power, at least up to the level of 1500 megawatts as
proposed by SECDA. Decentralization and private wind generators would
The province would
actively promote a major investment in passive and active solar energy,
one of the major Saskatchewan advantages that remains undeveloped
by the business-as-usual approach of recent provincial governments.
must be developed. SECDA identified a potential of 850 MW from crop
residues and 1600 MW from forest product wastes. Fast growing trees
and switchgrass can be developed for substitution for coal.
Given the threat of climate change, and the need to shift to alternative energy
sources, the present system operated by Sask Power would have to be decentralized.
programs, in existence across North America, would be implemented
to encourage energy conservation, including progressively pricing
The Green approach
would reject nuclear power as too dangerous and too expensive. It
cannot exist without major government subsidies.
The province would
actively promote good, affordable public transportation, in urban
and in rural areas. Using full cost pricing, the province would encourage
people to reduce their reliance on private automobiles for personal
transportation and pleasure. The province would actively encourage
the re-development of a railway system.
The province would
provide major incentives to end urban sprawl development and shift
to Smart Growth strategies. This would require some re-development
in many suburban areas.
Drafted by John
to Uranium/ Nuclear in Saskatchewan
it resolved that the GPS executive prepare and issue a press release
reaffirming our position to strongly oppose the development of
the uranium mining and nuclear industry in Saskatchewan.
to form a Communictions Committee
it resolved that the executive of the GPS form a communiction team
at this convention to be incharge of drafting and putting out press
releases in accordance with GPS policy
gender parity for election candidates
it resolved that the GPS make a serious effort to achieve gender
parity among candidates for political office.
Dual Leadership for GPS
Be it resolved
that the GPS will engage in a period of research (from October
14, 2006 to the date of the 2007 AGM) to review the practice of
and to present an in depth report to be published in the Weaver within 30 days
of the 2007 AGM. The report will provide the necessary background information
for members to make an informed decision at the 2007 AGM. This engagement will
include the commitment to vote without further delay on the practice of dual
leadership at this same AGM. The resolution to be voted on subject to amendments
by the research committee is presently the following: and
" Be it further resolved that the GPS will elect dual leaders (one man and
one woman) as a first step in the practice of gender parity. If passed, this
go into effect immediately, initiating the party's first election of dual leaders.
In the event that two candidates cannot be found, the party will attempt to fill
the vacant position at the next general meeting. "
2007.1 Greener Green Memberships
Be it resolved that the Green Party of Saskatchewan will offer “Greener
where by a member may pay 200 dollars to remain as a member in good standing
without annual membership renewal, and have sections 2.1.2 and 2.5.3 of the Green
Party of Saskatchewanâ€™s bylaws not apply to their membership.
2007.2 Membership Fee Change
Be it resolved that the membership fee be set at $10.00
2007.3 Changes to
how GPS memberships are processed (Note: numbering of sections refers to
numbering sequence prior to changes that are made to the Constitution
and Bylaws by resolutions passed at the GPS AGM)
Be it resolved to insert Item 2.1 "Processing of Memberships" (as
follows) and renumber
the other items under 2.0 accordingly.
2.1.0 Processing of Memberships
2.1.1 Applications for new and renewed membership flow from existing members,
web-site, meetings and events to the Treasurer of the Green Party of Saskatchewan.
2.1.2 Membership Application forms for the Green Party of Saskatchewan present
option to simultaneously join the Green Party of Canada.
2.1.3 One cheque and one form are used.
2.1.4 The Treasurer deposits all membership fees and donations in the Provincial
2.1.5 The Treasurer writes one cheque to the Green Party of Canada for accumulated
monies belonging to them. The cheque is forwarded along with photo-copies of
related individual membership application forms to the Ottawa office.
Be it further resolved to add items 2.2 to 2.6. 2.2.0 Expiry of Membership
2.2.1 Memberships expire at the beginning of the Annual General Meeting, if
purchased more than three months prior to the AGM.
2.3.0 Issuance of Membership Cards
2.3.1 Membership cards are issued at the same time as the application and fees
received, if possible. A box on the application form tracks issuance of the
2.3.2 Membership cards are mailed out by the Treasurer if the box on the application
form has not been checked off.
2.3.3 When the GPS and when the Provincial Division of the GPC are processing
memberships, they will receipt the member with both the GPS and the GPC membership
cards, if both membership fees have been paid.
2.4.0 Printing of Membership Cards
2.4.1 One member designated by the President maintains and distributes the
2.5.0 Maintenance of Membership Lists
2.5.1 One member designated by the President maintains the membership list.
2.5.2 Membership applications are processed by the Treasurer and then forwarded
this Membership Chairperson.
2.6 Provincial Memberships that Originate within the Federal Party
2.6.1 The process is the same, but in reverse.
Add 2.3.3 Provincial
party memberships have a box that allows us to share information
with the GPC and have the wording of this option on the membership form be
as the GPC's membership form.
Add sentence to end of 2.2.1 that says "this does not apply to Greener
Main Motion Carried as Amended.
2007.4 Annual Convention
Be it resolved that Section 10 be changed as follows:
Under Item 10.0 Annual Convention:
(1) Preceding "Resolutions", insert a heading "Committees for
(2) Move item 10.7 out from under "Resolutions" to the new heading "Committees
Convention". ("The Convention shall have committees, some of which
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
(3) Move items 10.9, 10.10 and 10.11 in the same fashion. ("10.9. The
Committee shall be responsible for conducting nominations, determining the
those being nominated, be responsible for preparing ballots, be responsible
explaining election procedures to the Convention and shall be
responsible for counting of the ballots, reporting of numbers of votes for
destroying the ballots, all of which shall be subject to the decision of the
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. 10.10 Other
which may be required during the course of the Convention shall be elected
10.11 All Convention committees shall have a non-voting member of the Provincial
(4) Renumber to make "Committees for Convention" item 10. Item 10.7
will be 10.1. Item
10.11 will be 10.2. Item 10.9 becomes 10.3 and 10.10 becomes 10.4
(5) Change the heading "Resolutions" to "Procedure for Resolutions".
(6) Re-number the resolutions section to "11".
2007.5 Use of Election Signs
Be it resolved that the Green Party of Saskatchewan use the Green Party of
signs in provincial elections, if approval is obtained by the Green Party of
(Note: A charge for the use of the logo will be worked out through the memorandum
to Membership Application Form
Be it resolved that The GPS Membership Application Form be changed so that
applications for membership be mailed to the GPS Provincial Treasurer only
and not to
Regional addresses and that a new section be added to record when membership
and donation receipts have been issued.
to accept GPC logo if this receives approved by GPC.
That the GPS accept the Green Party federal logo as the official logo of the
Green Party of Saskatchewan, contingent upon approval from the Green Party
Canada through a memorandum of understanding.
GPS Membership Card
Be it resolved that the executive finalize the selection of a membership card
designs made available at the Convention on April 14th.
2007.9 To recognize that
both parents need access to their children at separation of parents
Be It Resolved that the Green Party of Saskatchewan will lobby the provincial
government in recognizing that both parents should have the fundamental right
to equal access to their children at the time of separation.
role regarding improper use of uranium
Be It Resolved, that the Green Party of Saskatchewan will lobby the federal
government to enforce the non-proliferation treaty and discontinue the illegal
sale of uranium to any country that uses it for nuclear weapons or depleted
of Agreement between GPC and GPS
Be it resolved that:
2021.11.1 The Annual Convention direct the Executive of the Green Party of
(GPS) to work toward finalization of a Memorandum of Understanding between
and the Green Party of Canada (GPC).
2021.11.2 Members of the Green Party in Saskatchewan who have email, be kept
progress through copies of the email communications between the GPS and the
the negotiation of the MOU.
Be it resolved that the green party oppose the adoption of the TILMA agreement
everything in its power to educate the public about its danger to democracy.
Be it resolved that the green party calls for a moratorium to be put on all
future oil development until a cumulative impact statement has been done that
will put some kind of parameters on future
developments that take place. This would include tar sands, conventional oil,
methane field development and whatever else is going on out there.
2007 Highlights approved
Be it resolved
that the 2007 Election Platform Highlights as printed in the WEAVER
be adopted with the addition to the "New Energy Policy" that
the GPS will promote alternative energy resources while strengthening
regulations over depleting oil and gas reserves, and that the GPS
will oppose nuclear power and uranium refining, and phase out coal-burning
an Elections-Preparedness Committee
That the executive create an election preparedness committee that will prepare
a package for all potential candidates to help them in preparing for elections.
to Create a Position of Deputy Leader:
Be it resolved:
2007.16.1 That the GPS create the constitutional position of Deputy Leader,
2007.16.2. That the Deputy Leader be an elected voting member of the GPS Executive,
2007.16.3 That the Deputy Leader be elected annually at the annual general
meeting of the
GPS, concurrent with the election of the other members of the GPS Executive,
2007.16.4 That the vote for the election of Deputy Leader be held after the
vote for the election
for Party Leader, and that members be encouraged, when possible, to fill the
Leader position with someone of the opposite gender to the Leader,
2007.16.5 That in the event of the death or resignation of the Deputy Leader,
a replacement for
the Deputy Leader shall be chosen by the GPS Executive at the next meeting
the GPS Executive,
2007.16.6 That in the event of the death or resignation of the Leader, the
Deputy Leader shall
automatically become the interim leader until the next meeting of the GPS
Executive, at which time the GPS Executive may either confirm the interim leader
Party Leader, and choose a new Deputy Leader or, alternately, choose someone
else to be Party Leader, returning the interim leader to the position of Deputy
2007.16.7 This resolution shall come into effect as of the opening of the 2008
annual general meeting.
2007.17 Rail Transport
Be it resolved that the Green Party of Saskatchewan will work to maintain and
preserve the rail road track between Saskatoon and Regina, specifically the
portion that is planned to be demolished between Davidson and Regina.