Leadership Contest Announcement

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2022 Leadership Contest

Green Party of Canada Leadership Race Officially Opens for Applications

AUGUST 11, 2022-- RULE CHANGE NOTICE: EXTENSION TO APPLICATION PERIOD FOR EQUITY-SEEKING APPLICANTS

Extended Application Period for Applicants belonging to an Equity-Seeking Group:

This extension represents an additional 9 days to prepare, complete, and submit an application between August 5, 2022 (11:59 PM Pacific Time) and August 14, 2022 (11:59 PM Pacific Time).

All Approved Applicants who are certified by the GPC and registered with Elections Canada as Leadership Contestants with Elections Canada by August 30, 2022 will be announced at the start of Campaign Round One on August 31, 2022.

Qualifying for the extension:

Applicants seeking the extension will be required to self-disclose to which equity-seeking group(s) they belong to on the Leadership Contest Application Form

Section 22: Equity Extension
Rule 22.1 Members of equity-seeking groups, who choose to self-disclose on their Leadership Contest Application Form, may submit applications after the Leadership Contest application period, held from June 28, 2022 (12:00 AM Pacific Time) to August 5, 2022 (11:59 PM Pacific Time), closes. Members of equity seeking groups are eligible for an extension to the application period and may submit their application between June 28, 2022 (12:00 AM Pacific Time) and August 14, 2022 (11:59 PM Pacific Time). This extension represents an additional 9 days to prepare, complete, and submit their application between August 5, 2022 (11:59 PM Pacific Time) and August 14, 2022 (11:59 PM Pacific Time).

The rules for this contest were developed by the Leadership Contest Committee (“LCC”) and officially approved by Federal Council. The Green Party membership has had an opportunity to review and comment on the rules for this contest through an online process. We have incorporated many of their suggestions.

JUNE 28, 2022-- Today, the Green Party of Canada officially opens the application process for the Party’s 2022 Leadership Contest. Members have expressed a lot of anticipation about this race which has been designed to be the most transparent and accessible contest in the history of GPC. Selecting a new leader is an exciting opportunity for renewal and this contest will showcase and highlight some of our best party members.

The rules for this contest were developed by the Leadership Contest Committee (“LCC”) and officially approved by Federal Council. The Green Party membership has had an opportunity to review and comment on the rules for this contest through an online process. We have incorporated many of their suggestions.

The LCC will now begin accepting official applications from candidates for the leadership. We are excited to welcome all contestants who are encouraged to apply. Candidate applications and nominations will be reviewed by the LCC. Please apply before 11:59 PM Pacific Time on August 5th, 2022 to be considered. All approved Leadership Contest Contestants will be announced on August 31, 2022.

If you are interested in this position, please see the Leader’s Job Description and the draft leaders contract.

If you are keen to vote in Campaign Round One of this contest you must be a registered member of the Green Party of Canada as of September 14th, 2022. Voting for Campaign Round One of this contest will open October 7th, 2022 and end on October 14th, 2022. There will be subsequent campaign and voting rounds (see the Important Dates below) leading up to a final announcement of the new leader on November 19th, 2022.

GPC will create Common Campaign Events that set a welcoming atmosphere. These events will provide a platform to connect all of the Leadership Contestants with Canada’s communities. The Leadership Contestants will have an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of, and leadership on advancing issues of importance to all communities. The Leadership Contest Committee will host in-person and virtual events that are accessible and have an accommodation process. Stay tuned for the exact dates of these events!

Please note that potential contestants are required to follow Elections Canada Act rules governing leadership contests prior to and during the campaign, as well as the Green Party of Canada Leadership Contest Rules. Candidates are also required to abide by the GPC Constitution and the GPC Members Code of Conduct.

We also advise EDAs not to promote individual Contestants as this may violate rules regarding use of party resources.

We are also looking for volunteers to assist with this contest, please apply if you are able to volunteer.

Federal Council has appointed Leadership Contest Arbiters to provide clarification on the Leadership Contest Rules and they can be reached by email here: lca.contest@greenparty.ca. They also make decisions on any concerns regarding alleged violations of the contest rules. Suspected violations of the Leadership Contest Rules can be submitted here.

We have posted a Leader’s Contest Guide and will be posting regular updates on the Green Party Website to keep you informed.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Pre-Campaign Phase

Application Period: June 28, 2022 - August 5, 2022 (11:59 PM Pacific Time)
GPC Announces All Leadership Contestants: August 31, 2022

Campaign Round One

Campaign Round One: August 31, 2022
Mail-in ballot Requests Open: August 31, 2022
Deadline to Become a Member and Vote in Campaign Round One: September 14, 2022
GPC Publishes Contestants Profiles on the GPC Website: September 2, 2022
Mail-in ballot Requests Close: October 5, 2022
Campaign Round One Vote Starts: 12:00 PM Eastern Time on October 7, 2022
Campaign Round One Vote Ends: 3:30 PM Eastern Time on October 14, 2022.
Campaign Round One Vote Results: 8:00 PM Eastern Time on October 14, 2022.

Campaign Round Two

Campaign Round Two: October 14, 2022
Deadline to Become a Member and Vote in Campaign Round Two: October 19, 2022 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Mail-in ballot Requests Open: October 14, 2022
Mail-in ballot Requests Close: November 10, 2022
Campaign Round Two Online Voting Starts: 12:00 PM Eastern Time on November 12, 2022
Campaign Round Two Online Voting Ends: 3:30 PM Eastern Time on November 19, 2022.
Campaign Round Two Vote Results: 8:00 PM Eastern Time on November 19, 2022.

Announcement

Announcing New Leader: 8:00 PM Eastern Time on November 19, 2022.

- Lorraine Rekmans President, Green Party of Canada
- Natalie Odd Chair of the Leadership Contest Committee

For more information: leadership.contest@greenparty.ca


Leadership Contest Committee Members

Adrian Currie (member at large)
Amita Kuttner (Interim Leader)
Dana Taylor (Interim Executive Director)
John Willson (GPC Fund Co-President)
Kim Bell (Nfld & Lab Rep)
Lorraine Rekmans (President)
Michael MacLean (PEI Rep)
Natalie Odd, Chair (AB Rep)
Thomas Boysen (Sask. Rep)

Leadership Contest Arbiters

Krystal Brooks (Ontario Rep)
Lenore Morris (Territories Rep)
Stuart Hunter (Youth Rep)