Constitution

Originally Adopted May 23, 2015 in Nanaimo, BC at the 2015 AGM and Convention; Revised June 3, 2018 in Kamloops, BC at the 2018 AGM and Convention; Further Revised June 9, 2019 in New Westminster, BC at the 2019 AGM and Convention.

Bylaws of the Green Party Political Association of BC

Table of Contents

  1. Interpretation
  2. Admission of Members
  3. When Membership Ceases and Expulsion of Members
  4. General Meetings
  5. Voting Rights & Proceedings at General Meetings
  6. Election, Appointment, Remuneration and Removal of Provincial Councillors
  7. Duties and Responsibilities of Provincial Councillors
  8. Election of Leader
  9. Regional Councillors at Large
  10. Riding Associations and Regional Riding Associations
  11. Ombuds
  12. Rules, Codes of Conduct and Policies
  13. General
  14. Privacy
  15. Amending these Bylaws

1. Interpretation

1.1. In these Bylaws:

“Bylaws” means the bylaws of the Party.

 “Codes of Conduct” means any code of conduct or ethics passed by Provincial Council under section 12 of these Bylaws.

“Councillors” means the directors of the Party elected or appointed to Provincial Council;

"Electoral District" means an electoral district referred to in section 18 of the Constitution Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 66;

"Elections BC" refers to the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer of British Columbia;

“Executive Director” means the Executive Director of the Party.

“General Meeting” means a meeting of the Members;

“Member” has the same meaning as in the Societies Act [SBC 2015] Part 6, Division 1 [“Societies Act”] and refers to a Member of the Party;

"Ordinary Resolution" means a resolution passed at a General Meeting of the Party by a majority of the votes cast in respect of the resolution;

"Party" refers to the Green Party Political Association of British Columbia;

 “Policies” mean any policies, including privacy policies, passed by Provincial Council under section 12 of these Bylaws.

"Provincial Council" refers to the board of directors of the Party;

"Provincial Office" refers to the location where the official records of the Party, including Provincial Council minutes, financial records and Membership lists are kept;

"Registered Address" of a Member means the Member's postal address as provided by the Member and, when provided by the Member, their email address as recorded in the Party's register of Members;

 “Riding Association” means Members in a British Columbia Electoral District with a minimum of 25 Members who have entered into a Riding Association Agreement with the Party.

“Regional Riding Association means” Members in adjacent British Columbia Electoral Districts each with a minimum of 25 Members who have entered into a  Regional Riding Association Agreement with the Party.

"Rules" means any rules passed by Provincial Council under section 12 of these Bylaws.

"Special Resolution" means a resolution passed by at least 75% of the votes cast in respect of the resolution.

 

2. Admission of Members

2.1. A person who is a resident of British Columbia may apply to become a Member by applying online via the Party website or in writing to the Provincial Office and upon acceptance of the application, that person shall be a Member. The Provincial Council may set, from time to time, an annual fee (“Annual Fee”) for membership in the Party.

2.2. Every Member must strive to uphold the Constitution and must comply with the Bylaws, Rules, Codes of Conduct and Policies.

2.3. A Member shall not belong to another provincial political party.

2.4. On being admitted to Membership, each Member is entitled to and upon request shall be provided with access to copies of the Constitution, Bylaws, Rules, Codes of Conduct and Policies of the Party without charge.

3. When Membership Ceases and Expulsion of Members

3.1. A person shall cease to be a Member of the Party on:

3.1.1. delivering their resignation in writing to the Party or by mailing or otherwise delivering it to the Provincial Office;

3.1.2. their death;

3.1.3 having failed to pay any current Annual Fee for 3 consecutive months following the due date; or

3.1.4. being expelled by a Special Resolution of Provincial Council.

3.2. A Member is  not in good standing when they have failed to pay any debt due and owing by the Member to the Party for a period of three consecutive months, or the Member has otherwise acted in a manner that is not compliant with the Bylaws, Rules, Codes of Conduct and/or Policies (“Member Not in Good Standing”).

3.3. A Member Not in Good Standing may be expelled from the Party by a special resolution of the Provincial Council provided that the Member:

3.3.1. is given thirty days written notice of a proposed vote for expulsion;

3.3.2. is provided in writing with the reasons for the expulsion that will be presented in support of the vote for expulsion; and

3.3.3. is given an opportunity to be heard at the meeting before the vote for expulsion.

4. General Meetings

4.1. Every General Meeting, other than an annual general meeting (“Annual General Meeting”) is an “Extraordinary General Meeting”.

4.2. Special business (“Special Business”) is:

4.2.1. all business conducted at an Extraordinary General Meeting; and

4.2.2. all business that is transacted at an Annual General Meeting except for;

4.2.2.1. the consideration of the financial statements;

4.2.2.2. the reports of any standing committee;

4.2.2.3. the report of the Party’s the auditor;

4.2.2.4. the election of Councillors;

4.2.2.5. the vote on whether or not to initiate a leadership contest;

4.2.2.6. the appointment of the Party’s auditor; and

4.2.2.7. such other business as the Provincial Council has scheduled for consideration by the Members provided that a description of the said business and wording of any proposed resolution are included in the notice convening the Annual General Meeting.

4.3. Notice of a General Meeting shall specify the place, the day and the hour of meeting and, in case of Special Business, the general nature of that Special Business and the full text of all Special Resolutions being considered at that General Meeting.

4.4. Notice of a General Meeting shall be issued to all Members and any auditor no less than 30 days prior to a General Meeting and not more than 60 days prior to the General Meeting.

4.5. The inadvertent failure to give notice of a General Meeting to, or the non-receipt of a notice by, any of the Members entitled to receive notice does not invalidate proceedings at that General Meeting.

4.6. The Provincial Council shall, unless the Societies Act permits otherwise, schedule each Annual General Meeting of the Party to be held at least once in every calendar year.

4.7. Notice of an Annual General Meeting shall include ballots or directions for voting on the Councillor positions up for election and on whether or not to initiate a leadership contest before adjournment of the following Annual General Meeting.

4.8. A notice of call for resolutions and nominations for Councillor positions shall be issued to all Members of the Party no less than 60 days prior to an Annual General Meeting.

4.9. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened by:

4.9.1. a petition presented to the Provincial Council bearing the signatures of at least ten per cent of the Members in good standing of the Party;

4.9.2. an ordinary resolution of the Provincial Council; or

4.9.3. an ordinary resolution of a General Meeting.

4.10 A matter requested by 5% of voting Members of the Party may be included in the notice and considered at the General Meeting provided that the requirements of the Societies Act and in particular section 81 have been met.  

4.11. Notice must be issued to a Member by e-mail or by mail to the Member's Registered Address.

5. Voting Rights & Proceedings at General Meetings

5.1. Meetings of Members shall be regulated according to the Rules of Order.

5.2. The quorum of a General Meeting is one percent of the Members in good standing. A quorum will never be less than 50 members.

5.3. No business, other than the choosing of the Chair (defined in section 6.1), of the Party and the adjournment of the meeting, shall be conducted at a General Meeting at a time when the quorum is not present.

5.4. If at any time during a General Meeting there ceases to be a quorum present, business then in progress shall be suspended until there is a quorum present or until the meeting is adjourned to a later date.

5.5. If within 30 minutes from the time appointed for a General Meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting shall be adjourned to a later date.

5.6 If a General Meeting is adjourned until a later date because a quorum is not present, and if, at the continuation of the adjourned General Meeting, a quorum is again not present; the voting members present constitute a quorum for the purposes of that General Meeting.

5.7. A General Meeting may be adjourned to a different time and place, but only unfinished business shall be dealt with at the General Meeting when it is reconvened.

5.8. The Chair of the Party shall act as chair at a General Meeting. If the Chair is not present or wishes temporarily to step down from the chair position, the Vice Chair (defined in s. 6.1) shall chair the meeting. If the Vice Chair is not present or wishes temporarily to step down from the chair position, the Members present shall choose from amongst themselves someone to chair the General Meeting.

5.9. Those individuals entitled to nominate, propose motions, and vote at a general meeting shall be only those Members who:

5.9.1. were accepted as Members at least 60 days prior to the meeting;

5.9.2. are 14 years of age or older; and

5.9.3. are Members whose current Annual Fee is not in arrears.

5.10. A Member whose current Annual Fee is in arrears may pay their Annual Fee 30 days prior to the General Meeting and regain their good standing for the purposes of that meeting.

5.11. Each Member is entitled to one vote.

5.12. Votes for Councillor positions, for whether or not to initiate a leadership contest before adjournment of the following Annual General Meeting and for the leader if there is a leadership contest, may be cast in person at the Annual General Meeting, by mail or by electronic means in conformance with the election rules (“Election Rules”) referred to in section 13.

5.13. Voting by proxy is not permitted.

6. Election, Appointment, Remuneration and Removal of Provincial Councillors

6.1. There shall be a minimum of 3 and a maximum of seven Councillors, and a maximum of six Regional Councillors at Large.

6.2. The Councillor roles will be set out in the Rules, and elected for two years as follows:

6.2.1. The party leader (the “Party Leader”), who will be elected and retired as provided for in Part 8;

6.2.2. The chair (the “Chair”), who will be elected in even years;

6.2.3. The vice chair (“Vice Chair”), who will be elected in odd years;

6.2.4. The secretary (“Secretary”), who will be elected in odd years;

6.2.5. The treasurer (“Treasurer”), who will be elected in even years; and

6.2.6. Two councillors-at-large (“Councillors-at-Large”), one who will be elected in odd years and one who will be elected in even years.

6.2.7 The Regional Councillor at Large roles will be set out in the Rules, and elected for two years with three Regional Councillors at Large being elected in even years, and 3 Regional Councillors at Large being elected in odd years.

6.3 The following persons or Members are not eligible to run for Provincial Council or serve or continue to serve as Councillors on Provincial Council:

6.3.1 any member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), except for the Party Leader or a Deputy Leader appointed by the Party Leader to act as Party Leader’s representative on Provincial Council;

6.3.2 any family members of an MLA or the Party Leader, which family members shall include:

6.3.2.1 any spouse or common-law-partner of an MLA or the Party Leader;

6.3.2.2 any parent or any parent-in-law of an MLA or the Party Leader;

6.3.2.3 any sibling or sibling-in-law of an MLA or the Party Leader; and

6.3.2.4 any biological or adopted child of an MLA or the Party Leader

(Collectively, “Family Members”);  

6.3.3 any paid employee of the Party, including the Executive Director or Family Members of paid employees of the Party, including the Executive Director;

6.3.4 any paid employee of the legislative or constituency offices of an MLA or the Party Leader. 

6.4. Nomination and election of Councillors shall conform to the Rules referred to in section 13.

6.5 With the exception of the position of Deputy Leader, which shall be defined in the Rules, if a Councillor position is vacant the Provincial Council may appoint a Member in good standing to fill the position until elections are held either at the next Annual General Meeting.

6.6. A Councillor who fails to attend three or more consecutive Provincial Council meetings without due notice or fails to comply with their duties and responsibilities as defined in the Bylaws, Rules, Codes of Conduct and Policies may be removed by a Special Resolution of the Provincial Council provided that the Councillor:

6.6.1. is given thirty days written notice of a proposed vote for expulsion;

6.6.2. is provided in writing with the reasons for the expulsion that will be presented in support of the vote for expulsion; and

6.6.3. is given an opportunity to be heard at the meeting before the vote for expulsion.

6.7 A Councillor, other than the Party Leader or Deputy Leader, who becomes a nominee of the Party shall take a leave of absence from Provincial Council and refrain from participating in the business of Provincial Council from 90 days prior to the date of next scheduled general election or 24 hours after the date of their acceptance as a candidate in the event of an unscheduled general election or by-election until 24 hours after the return of the writ.    

6.8 A Councillor who is elected as an MLA or the Party Leader must resign from their position as Councillor within 24 hours of the return of the writ, barring which Provincial Council must vote to remove the said Councillor at the next Provincial Council meeting. For greater clarity, this bylaw does not eliminate the Party Leaders designated position on Provincial Council, nor does it eliminate the Party Leader’s right to appoint a Deputy Leader to act as Party Leader’s representative on Provincial Council.

6.9 In the event that a person or Member is elected as an MLA or the Party Leader, any Family Members of the newly elected MLA or Party Leader who hold positions on Provincial Council must resign from their position as Councillor within 24 hours of the return of the writ, barring which Provincial Council must vote to remove the said Family Members as Councillors at the next Provincial Council meeting.

6.10. No Councillor except the Leader or Deputy Leader may be remunerated for being or acting as a Councillor.

6.11. A Councillor, Leader or Deputy Leader may, at the discretion of Executive Director of the Party, be reimbursed for expenses necessarily and reasonably incurred in carrying out their duties. All expenses must be pre-authorized in writing by the Executive Director.

7. Duties and Responsibilities of Provincial Councillors

7.1. The Provincial Council may exercise all the powers of the Party except those powers that must be exercised at a General Meeting, subject to:

7.1.1. any legislation and associated regulations affecting the Party;

7.1.2. the Bylaws; and

7.1.3. the Rules;

7.1.4 the Codes of Conduct; and

7.1.5 Policies.

7.2. No resolution passed by the Party in a General Meeting shall invalidate retroactively a prior act of Provincial Council.

7.3. Councillors shall:

7.3.1. ensure that they are qualified to act as Councillors as set out at sections 43 and 44 of the Societies Act, associated regulations and the Bylaws;

7.3.2 strive to fulfil the duties set out for them in the Bylaws, Rules, Codes of Conduct, and Policies;

7.3.3. act honestly and in good faith in the best interests of the Party;

7.3.4. maintain their membership in good standing;

7.3.5. exercise the care, diligence and skill of a reasonable and prudent person in exercising their powers and performing their functions as a Councillors; and

7.3.6  exercise the care, diligence and skill of a reasonable and prudent person in supervising the powers and functions which Provincial Council has delegated to the Executive Director.

7.4. A Councillor who has a direct or indirect material interest in (a) a contract or transaction, or a proposed contract or transaction, of the Party, or (b) a matter that is or is to be the subject of consideration by the Councillors, if that interest could result in the creation of a duty or interest that materially conflicts with that Councillor's duty or interest as a Councillor of the Party must:

7.4.1 disclose fully and promptly to the Councillors the nature and extent of the Councillor's interest,

7.4.2 abstain from voting on a Provincial Council resolution or consenting to a consent resolution of Councillors in respect of the contract, transaction or matter referred to in subsection (1),

7.4.3 leave the Provincial Council meeting, if any, 

7.4.3.1 when the contract, transaction or matter is discussed, unless asked by the other Councillors to be present to provide information, and 

7.4.3.2 when the other Councillors vote on the contract, transaction or matter, and

7.4.4 refrain from any action intended to influence the discussion or vote.

7.5 Where Provincial Council determines, by Extraordinary Resolution, that a Councillor has a direct or indirect material interest in (a) a contract or transaction, or a proposed contract or transaction, of the Party, or (b) a matter that is or is to be the subject of consideration by Provincial Council, if that interest could result in the creation of a duty or interest that materially conflicts with that director's duty or interest as a director of the society, Provincial Council may, by Extraordinary Resolution, direct that:

7.5.1 the nature and extent of the Councillor's interest be fully disclosed, 

7.5.2 the Councillor abstain from voting on a Provincial Council resolution or consenting to a consent resolution of Councillors in respect of the contract, transaction or matter referred to in subsection (1),

7.5.3 the Councillor leave the Provincial Council meeting, if any,

7.4.3.1 when the contract, transaction or matter is discussed, unless asked by the other Councillors to be present to provide information, and

7.4.3.2 when the other Councillors vote on the contract, transaction or matter, and

7.5.4 the Councillor refrain from any action intended to influence the discussion or vote.

7.6. A Councillor resigning in mid-term shall give a written notice of resignation to the Chair.

7.7. A Councillor who leaves or is removed from office shall remit to the Chair all Party information and materials gathered in the course of acting as a Councillor that are not part of the public record.

7.8. Provincial Council shall meet at least four times a year, either in person or by other means, at such times and places as they think fit and regulate their meeting and proceedings according to the Roberts Rules of Order.

7.9. The quorum of Provincial Council shall be a majority of the Councillors.

7.10. If the Chair is not present or wishes to temporarily step down from the Chair position, the Vice Chair shall chair the meeting. If the Vice Chair is not present or wishes temporarily to step down from the chair position, the Councillors present shall choose someone from amongst the Councillors present to chair the meeting.

7.11. The Chair may vote only once.

7.12. The Secretary shall, at the request of the Chair, give notice of and convene meetings of Provincial Council.

7.13. A Provincial Council meeting held immediately following the appointment or election of new Councillors shall not be invalid because notice was not given to the new Councillors.

7.14. Provincial Council may create standing committees particulars of which shall be set out in the Rules in order to assist with monitoring Party operations and making recommendations for decision-making by Provincial Council. 

7.15 A standing committee of Provincial Council shall:

7.15.1. meet either in person or by other means, at such times and places as it sees fit; and

7.15.2. regulate its meetings and proceedings as it sees fit.

7.16. No act or proceeding of the Councillors is invalid only by reason of there being less than the prescribed number of Councillors in office.

7.17. Provincial Council may establish guidelines and/or criteria whereby the Executive Director may borrow, invest or raise money in such a manner as they see fit in order to carry out the purposes of the Party, subject to any debt restrictions imposed by a special resolution of the Members at an Annual General Meeting and subject to the financing provisions contained within the Election Act as amended from time to time.

7.18. Roles and duties of the Provincial Council are defined in the Rules.

8. Election of the Leader

8.1. A leadership contest shall conform to the Rules.

8.2. The office of the Party Leader shall be vacated by:

8.2.1. the resignation or death of the Party Leader; or

8.2.2. a special resolution of Provincial Council to remove the Party Leader.

8.3. When the office of the Party Leader becomes vacant, the Provincial Council shall appoint an interim leader (“Interim Leader”), who will act as the Party Leader until a new one is duly elected, and determine the date of the leadership contest.

8.4. An Interim Leader is not eligible for the position of Party Leader, but an Interim Leader may resign 90 days prior to a leadership vote in order to be eligible.

8.5. Where the Members vote in favour of a leadership contest as part of an Annual General Meeting the office of Party Leader is not vacated and the contest shall be held before the end of the following Annual General Meeting or earlier as determined by Provincial Council.

9. Regional Councillors at Large

9.1. Provincial Council shall, from time to time in the Rules, define or amend the boundaries of contiguous Regions based upon Electoral District boundaries.

9.2. There shall be no more than 6 Regions, and these Regions together shall cover the whole province.

9.3. Regional Councillors at Large shall be elected in accordance with the Rules and by a process that allows for participation by all Members in the region.

9.4. The Party shall make all necessary information and/or services available to the members in a Region for the purpose of electing a Regional Councillors at Large.

10. Riding Associations and Regional Riding Associations

10.1. The Members in a British Columbia Electoral District with 25 or more Members in good standing may, by majority vote at a meeting of the local Members for which every Member received at least ten days’ notice, seek the permission of the Provincial Council to establish a Green Party Riding Association.

10.2. Membership in the Riding Association is limited to Members who ordinarily reside in the Riding as it is defined from time to time by the Government of British Columbia. All Party Members who ordinarily reside in the Riding are members of the Riding Association.

10.3. The Riding Association coordination teams (“Riding Coordination Teams”) require a minimum of 4 Members, and shall include:

10.3.1.President, who shall supervise and have the responsibility for the management of the affairs and business of the Riding Association as required by the Riding Association Agreement;

10.3.2. Communications Coordinator, who shall perform the duties as required by the Riding Association agreement;

10.3.3. Financial Coordinator, who shall perform the duties as required by the Riding Association Agreement;

10.3.4. Database Coordinator, as required by the Riding Association Agreement; and

10.3.5. Other Positions as may be noted in the Riding Association Agreement.

10.4. The Members in adjacent British Columbia Electoral District each with 25 or more Members in good standing may, by majority vote at a meeting of the local Members for which every Member received at least ten days’ notice, seek the permission of the Provincial Council to establish a Green Party Regional Riding Association.

10.5. Membership in the Regional Riding Association is limited to Members who ordinarily reside in adjacent Ridings defined from time to time by the Government of British Columbia. All Party Members who ordinarily reside in the adjacent Ridings are members of the Regional Riding Association.

10.6. The Regional Riding Association coordination teams (Regional Riding Coordination Teams”) require a minimum of 4 Members, and shall include:

10.6.1.President, who shall supervise and have the responsibility for the management of the affairs and business of the Regional Riding Association as required by the Regional Riding Association Agreement;

10.6.2. Communications Coordinator, who shall perform the duties as required by the Regional Riding Association agreement;

10.6.3. Financial Coordinator, who shall perform the duties as required by the Regional Riding Association Agreement;

10.6.4. Database Coordinator, as required by the Regional Riding Association Agreement; and

10.6.5. Other Positions, including Riding Representatives or Riding Committees, as may be noted in the Regional Riding Association Agreement.

11. Ombuds

11.1. There shall be a two ombuds of different genders (“Ombuds”).

11.2. The Ombuds shall be elected in the same manner and according to the same Rules as Councillors, but remain independent from Provincial Council.

11.3. One Ombuds shall be elected in odd years and one Ombuds shall be elected in even years.

11.4. If either Ombud position becomes vacant, the remaining ombuds shall appoint an individual to fill the position within two months. If no appointment is made within the allotted time, Provincial Council may appoint an individual to fill the position.

11.5. The Ombuds shall follow the procedures as stipulated in the Bylaws, Rules and Code of Conduct, Policies and any resolutions of the Members in dealing with complaints against Party Members and report on these cases to Provincial Council.

11.6. The Ombuds shall report to the Annual General Meeting.

12. Rules, Codes of Conduct and Policies

12.1. Provincial Council may approve Rules, Codes of Conduct and Policies including without limitation, Rules, Codes of Conduct and Policies addressing:

12.1.1. the roles and duties of the Provincial Council and Councillors

12.1.2. the roles and duties of Provincial Council committees and committee members;

12.1.3. the roles and duties of Riding Associations or Regional Riding Associations;  

12.1.4. standards of conduct for Councillors, committee members, Riding Association or Regional Riding Association Members, Party candidates and Members of the Party;

12.1.5. disciplinary proceedings;

12.1.6. Party elections;

12.1.7. nomination contests;

12.1.8. leadership contests; and

12.1.9. privacy policies.

12.2. The Rules, Codes of Conduct and Policies must be:

12.2.1. consistent with any legislation and associated regulations affecting the Party;

12.2.2. consistent with the Constitution and Bylaws; and

12.2.3. binding upon all Members.

13. General

13.1. At each Annual General Meeting the Party shall appoint an auditor in accordance with requirements established by Elections BC to hold office until the next Annual General Meeting. The auditor:

13.1.1. may be removed by ordinary resolution;

13.1.2. shall be informed forthwith in writing of appointment or removal; and

13.1.3. may attend General Meetings.

13.2. A Councillor or employee of the Party shall not serve as auditor.

14. Privacy

14.1 The Party shall only collect, use and disclose personal information in a manner consistent with the Personal Information Protection Act [SBC 2003] Chapter 63 (“PIPA”), the Societies Act, and the Privacy Policy of the Party, as those statutes and associated regulations and documents are amended from time to time.

14.2 A person, corporation or firm that is not a Member of the Party may not inspect a record of the Party.

14.3 The Party shall not disclose the register of members and supporters and their associated contact information to a Member of the Party except as set out in these Bylaws.

14.4 A Member may apply to the Party to inspect the register of members and supporters for the limited purposes of:

14.4.1 requisitioning or calling of a general meeting under section 75 [requisition of general meeting],

14.4.2 submitting a proposal under section 81 [members' proposals],

14.4.3 calling of a general meeting under section 138 [filling vacancy in office of liquidator], or

14.4.4 influencing the voting of Members in regards to a matter which is the subject of a vote at an Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting.

14.5 A Member who applies to inspect the register of members and supporters pursuant to bylaw 14.4 must:

14.5.1 comply with all the requirements of section 25 of the Societies Act;

14.5.2 comply with such further and other requirements as the Provincial Council may impose having regard to PIPA, the Societies Act, and the Privacy Policy of the Party;

14.5.3 refrain from using the register of members and supporters for any purpose other than as set out in bylaw 14.4; and

14.5.4 destroy the list of members and supporters following completion of the Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General meeting for which the list was obtained and refrain from contacting Members and supporters about any other matter.

14.6 A Member who belongs to a Riding Coordination Team or Regional Riding Coordination Team may from time to time apply to the Party to inspect an abridged register of Members and supporters from the British Columbia Electoral District or adjacent British Columbia Electoral Districts which form the Riding Association or Regional Riding Association for the limited purposes of communicating with those Members and supporters about matters pertaining to the Riding Association or Regional Riding Association, including with limitation Riding Association or Regional Riding Association Fundraising.

14.7 A Party candidate in a general election or by-election, may from time to time apply to the Party to inspect an abridged register of Members and supporters from the British Columbia Electoral District in which the Party candidate is running for office for the limited purposes of communicating with those Members and supporters about matters pertaining to the Party candidate and the general election or by-election.

14.8 A nomination candidate in a Party nomination contest, may from time to time apply to the Party to inspect an abridged register of Members and supporters from the British Columbia Electoral District in which the nomination candidate is running to be the party candidate for the limited purposes of communicating with those Members and supporters about matters pertaining to the Party candidate and the general election or by-election.

14.9 A Member, Party candidate, or nomination candidate who applies to inspect an abridged register of members and supporters pursuant to bylaw 14.6, 14.7 or 14.8 must:

14.9.1 comply with such requirements as the Provincial Council may impose having regard to PIPA, the Societies Act, and the Privacy Policy of the Party; and

14.9.3 refrain from using the abridged register of members and supporters for any purpose other than as set out in bylaws 14.6, 14.7 or 14.8 respectively.

14.10 The Party may disclose the register of members and supporters in circumstances it considers appropriate provided that such disclosure complies with PIPA, the Societies Act, and the Privacy Policy of the Party, as those statutes and associated regulations and documents are amended from time to time.

14.11 Nothing stated herein is intended to preclude an individual’s right to access their own personal information under section 23 of PIPA.

15. Amending these Bylaws

15.1. These Bylaws shall not be altered or added to except by a Special Resolution of the Members at a General Meeting.

Originally Adopted May 23, 2015 in Nanaimo, BC at the 2015 AGM and Convention; Revised June 3, 2018 in Kamloops, BC at the 2018 AGM and Convention; Further Revised June 9, 2019 in New Westminster, BC at the 2019 AGM and Convention.

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