Political Council

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The Political Board was created as a result of a new Pirate Party Constitution that was accepted on December 18th, 2011. This page will serve as an entry-page to board agendas, minutes, transcripts, vote logs, developed protocols and procedures. It will also contain any relevant sections of the constitution that govern the election & duties of the Policital Council.

Current Political Council Members

Councillor Name Elected to Council Position
Edward Martins-Berki Mar 07 2016 Party Leader
Shawn Vulliez Mar 07 2016 Deputy Leader
Eric Adriaans Mar 07 2016
Ryan Bromsgrove Mar 07 2016
Travis McCrea Mar 07 2016
Cory Svensson Mar 07 2016

Past Political Council Members & Terms

2015

Councillor Name Elected to Council Position
Ric Lim Mar 18 2015 Party Leader
Shawn Vulliez Mar 18 2015 Deputy Leader
James Wilson Mar 18 2015
Bob Trower Mar 18 2015
Martin Pennock Mar 18 2015
Frederic Trottier-Hebert Mar 18 2015
Edward Martins-Berki Mar 18 2015

2014

Councillor Name Elected to Council Position
James Wilson Jan 25 2014 Party Leader
Craig Nobbs Jan 25 2014 Deputy Leader
Adrian Pappas Jan 25 2014
Frederic Trottier-Hebert Jan 25 2014
Bob Trower Jan 25 2014
Scott Elcomb Jan 25 2014
Chad Kohalyk Jan 25 2014
2014 Council (Resignations)
Councillor Name Date Reason for Resignation
Shawn Vulliez 14 May 2014 "need to be fully non-partisan for the next period of my political life."

2013

2013 Council
Councillor Name Elected to Council Position
James Wilson Oct 11, 2013 Party Leader
Vacant - Deputy Leader
Jimmy Chen Feb 20, 2013 SysAdmin
Rob McGrath Feb 20, 2013
Leonard Parker Feb 20, 2013
Adrian Pappas Feb 20, 2013
2013 Council (Resignations)
Councillor Name Reason for Resignation
Travis McCrea Health reasons
Patrick Fitzgerald
Craig Nobbs Became Party Vice-President*
Shawn Vulliez Wanted time to focus on activism
Steve Henderson Health reasons
*Constitution does not allow the occupation of both positions

2012

2012 Council
Councillor Name Elected to Council Position
Shawn Vulliez Feb 29, 2012 Party Leader
Travis McCrea Feb 29, 2012 Deputy Leader
Jake Daynes Feb 29, 2012
Johann Weissgerber Feb 29, 2012
Sean Hunt Feb 29, 2012
James Wilson Sept 2, 2012 Deputy Leader*
Steve Henderson Sept 2, 2012
Madison Wozni Sept 2, 2012
Jesse Gaudet Sept 2, 2012
Patrick Fitzgerald Sept 2, 2012
*succeeded the Deputy Leader who resigned

Interim Council

Interim Council
Councillor Name From To Position
Mikkel Paulson Dec 19, 2011 Feb 29, 2012 Party Leader
Shawn Gray Dec 19, 2011 Jan 18, 2012 Deputy Leader
Stephane Bakhos Dec 19, 2011 Feb 29, 2012
Shawn Vulliez Dec 19, 2011 Feb 29, 2012
Mike Bleskie Dec 19, 2011 Feb 15, 2012

Federal Council

Prior to Dec 19, 2011, the PPCA was governed by the Federal Council. Past terms & positions are included here as reference.

Name From To Portfolio
Mikkel Paulson September 2010 December 18, 2011 Leader
Mike Bleskie September 2010 December 18, 2011 International and Interpartisan Relations (February 2011–present)

Public Relations (September 2010–February 2011

Stephane Bakhos October 2009 December 18, 2011 IT Admin
Shawn Gray February 2011 December 18, 2011 Volunteer Coordinator
Shawn Vulliez February 2011 December 18, 2011 Public Relations
Daniel Lasalle October 2009 February 2011 Local Relations (September 2010–February 2011)

Public Relations (October 2009–August 2010)

Jake Daynes October 2009 December 2010 Spokesman (September–December 2010)

Interim Leader (October 2009–August 2010)

Agendas, Minutes & Transcripts

Policies and Protocols

PPCA Constitution

Please find below the relevant sections of the new PPCA Constitution that establish the duties and operations of the political council, as well as the relevant provisios determining initial meetings and members.

Article VII - Political Council

VII.1 Composition

The Political Council shall be chaired by the Leader. Its members, including the Leader and the Deputy Leader, shall be chosen by election and serve until their successors are elected. There is no maximum number of members of the Council, although it must have at least five. The election must take place by all-party ballot. Members of the Political Council must be members of the Party.

VII.2 Elections Generally

Elections for the Political Council may be held only when authorized by this document. An election shall occur for the Political Council at the second regular general meeting following each federal general election. An election shall also occur at the regular general meeting in November unless an election was held during or after May of that year, or is scheduled to be held before the end of that year. Elections may be called by the Political Council with a two-thirds vote, or by a general meeting with a two-thirds vote taken by all-party ballot with notice.

A candidate may decline the offices of Leader or Deputy Leader together before or immediately after being informed of the result. A candidate may not decline the office of Leader without also declining the office of Deputy Leader. Declining office does not affect whether or not the candidate can be elected to the Political Council in another capacity.

Approval voting shall be used, and only nominees shall be eligible for election. To determine the winners, first, every candidate with less than two-fifths support is removed from consideration and cannot be selected, the rest of this paragraph notwithstanding. Then, if the Leader received at least three-fifths support and does not decline offce, he or she is re-elected. Otherwise, the candidate with the most support who does not decline offce is elected Leader. The candidate other than the newly-elected Leader with the most support who does not decline offce is elected Deputy Leader. Every other candidate with at least three-fifths support is elected to the Political Council, and if this results in fewer than five members of the Political Council, then as many other candidates as are necessary to bring the total to five are also elected, preferring candidates in order of support.

Candidates are individually responsible for complying with the financial administration requirements for leadership contestants set out in the Canada Elections Act.

VII.3 Vacancies

In case of a vacancy in the offce of Leader, the Deputy Leader shall succeed the Leader automat- ically. In case of a vacancy in the offce of Deputy Leader, a replacement shall be elected by and from the Political Council. In case of a vacancy in both offices, replacements shall be elected by and from the Political Council.

If ever there are fewer than five members of Political Council except immediately after an election or by-election, then a by-election shall be held to find additional members. Current members of Poliical Council shall not be affected by or be candidates in this by-election. In particular, the Leader and Deputy Leader shall retain office. A by-election may additionally be called by the Political Council with a two-thirds vote. If, immediately after an election or by-election, there are still fewer than five members, then Political Council shall appoint additional members until there are five.

VII.4 Powers & Duties

The Political Council is a board responsible for the general public interface of the Party. The Political Council has the power and authority to speak on behalf of the Party, to set out Party policy, and to approve external communications. The Political Council's actions are subject to change by, and shall not conflict with decisions of a general meeting.

The Political Council has the power to delegate its authority to the Executive Board as well as to members and committees of the Party, the Executive Board, and/or the Political Council as it sees fit. The Political Council has the power to adopt its own special rules of order.

VII.5 Meetings

The Political Council shall regularly meet at least biweekly at a time and place fixed by special rule of order of the Council. Special meetings may be called with two days notice by the Leader or by any three members of the Council.

Article A - Provisos

A.3 Political Council Meetings

The following will be enacted as a special rule of order of the Political Council: "The Political Council shall meet weekly at 9:30 PM Eastern time each Thursday in the #council channel on irc://irc.pirateparty.ca/ ."

A.4 Selection of Officers

Sean Hunt shall become President, Shawn Vulliez shall become Vice-President, and Ric Lim shall become Secretary, with term to the election of their successors. Elections for these offices shall be held at the first opportunity.

Mikkel Paulson shall remain Leader of the Party and Shawn Gray shall become Deputy Leader. The members of the old Federal Council shall become the new Political Council. An election of the Political Board shall be held at the first opportunity after the remaining offcers are elected.



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