April 27 2018

Policy & Governance Development Process

We have come a long way since the unity referendums that saw agreement to amalgamate the legacy parties into the United Conservative Party. We have made amazing strides in the last several months and now we must focus our attention on developing the guiding documents on which members will vote at our Founding Annual General Meeting and Convention May 4 – 6 in Red Deer.

When members of both legacy parties voted in favour of the Agreement in Principle, we agreed to the creation of the Policy Committee to accomplish the following:

  • Develop founding policies to be considered by members at the first convention and general meeting
  • Review the bylaws and provide members the opportunity to amend them at the founding meeting
  • Develop proposed constitutional documents for members to review, amend and ratify at the founding general meeting

The Policy Committee has created a process to involve all party members and constituency associations in all aspects of the development of our new party's policy and governance documents. 

Phase 1 - Develop the Process - COMPLETE

Phase 2 - Develop Initial Proposals, Surveys and Proposal Submissions - COMPLETE

Phase 3 - Regional Conferences and 2nd Online Survey – COMPLETE

Phase 4 - Ratification at Founding Annual General Meeting and Convention - May 4 to 6 in Red Deer – IN PROGRESS

The final phase of the process will be the debate, voting and ratification of policy and governance documents at the UCP's Founding Annual General Meeting and Convention on May 4-6, 2018. A full package containing the Special Resolutions and the resolutions to create the Association’s constitutional documents (including the Policy Declaration) will be provided to all registered members at the start of the AGM.

The process and rules of order for this General Meeting will be determined after the final regional conference and will depend on the number of proposals receiving a high level of agreement among members through the regional conferences and surveys. Proposals will be handled at the Founding AGM based on the results of the second survey as follows:

Proposals receiving >85% will be considered to have the overwhelming support of the membership and grouped together by topic for debate as one motion at the Founding AGM.

  • This step is intended to allow the members to rapidly pass those items upon which we agree and allow the plenary time to focus on hearing new proposals and debating items where the members indicate they wish to do so. 
  • At the discretion of the Policy Committee, if there is strong support among obvious alternative/similar statements, the motion will be voted on separately.
  • Should the vote for the group motion “fail” for any topic, those items will be debated individually.

Proposals receiving <50% will not be debated at the Founding AGM

Proposals receiving between 50% and 85% will be debated and voted upon at the Founding AGM in descending order of survey % support as time permits.

  • If multiple similar/alternative proposals receive this level of support, the proposal receiving the most support will be heard first, and if “passed”, the remaining similar items will not be debated.
  • The Policy Committee will identify what items, if any, are considered “similar/alternative” before such vote is taken.

If you have questions or feedback regarding this process, feel free to reach out to us. We can be reached at policy@unitedconservative.ca


UCP Policy Committee

Jason Copping (Co-Chair)

Tim Dyck (Co-Chair)

Clyde Corser

Margitta Dziwenka

Peter McCaffrey

Steven McLeod

Bettina Pierre-Gilles

David Price

Trevor Shelley

Jason West