This is the text of the constitutional motion proposing an automatic leadership review following elections. The original is found on pages 8-9 of the constitutional motions package for the 2008 AGM [PDF].

Whereas Alberta’s Provincial general elections are only called once every four or five years, and

Whereas a general election provides both new and veteran party members an opportunity to evaluate and re- evaluate both the party’s performance and the party leader’s performance, and

Whereas a leadership review is a common practice after general elections in numerous democratic jurisdictions, and

Whereas decentralized decision-making and participatory grass-roots democracy are core principles of the Alberta Greens, and

Whereas it is the job of the Party leader to inspire the members of the party and the public to move towards a greener vision of the future, and

Whereas reality necessitates that Party Leaders maintain the confidence of the majority of the party’s membership in order to lead their organizations and advance the party’s platform, policies, values and basis of unity, and

Whereas a political party will not function effectively in the absence of a qualified leader or a leader who does not command the confidence of the majority of the membership, and

Whereas the two leading Alberta Greens’ candidates, of the 2008 general election saw fit to formally request a meeting with the Party’s Leadership to express concerns over the future of the party’s leadership, and

Whereas meetings were convened in Airdrie with the Party Leader on June 26. 2008, and again with the Party Leader and Deputy Leader South on July 13. 2008, and failed to alleviate the concerns brought forward, and

Whereas the Alberta Greens’ constitution, Section X, establishes that the constitution can be amended by two thirds vote at a General Meeting, therefore:

BE lT RESOLVED, with regard for the general election conducted March 3, 2008, and coming into force on proclamation, I move the Constitution of the Alberta Greens Sec VIII be amended to include the following:

  1. The Alberta Greens shall conduct a leadership review of its leader at the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) following a general provincial election or
    1. at a General Meeting, convened to conduct a leadership review, approved by the Alberta Greens Executive, which shall be convened prior to the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) following a general provincial election. For the purpose of this section:
      1. General Meetings, convened for the purpose of conducting a leadership review, shall be subject to the same rules, practices, and regulations governing membership notifications of Annual General Meetings.
      2. General Meetings, convened for the purpose of conducting a leadership review, are prohibited after the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) following a general provincial election, unless otherwise demanded by a legitimate petition brought forward by 2/3’d majority, or greater, of the Alberta Greens active membership.
  2. Notwithstanding Sec "A", a leadership review at the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) following a general provincial election, is not required when:
    1. the leadership review at an AGM is waived by unanimous consent
    2. a General Meeting was convened in accordance with Sec "A(1)(a)"
    3. a duly authorized leadership election (race) is in progress
  3. In accordance with paragraph "A", sections: "A(1)(a)" and "A(1)(b)", a successful leadership review requires a simple majority of the votes cast, equal to or greater than, (50o/o + 1) of the quorum and/or membership eligible to vote.
  4. In accordance with paragraph "A", sections: "A(1Xa)" and "A(1)(b)", a Party Leader who fails to obtain a simple majority vote of the votes cast, less than (50o/o + 1), of the quorum and/or membership eligible to vote, the position of Party Leader shall be vacated upon announcement of the vote, and the general membership shall immediately proceed to a process of nominating candidates for the position of interim Party Leader. The membership shall then elect a new interim Party Leader prior to the conclusion and before proceeding with the current AGM or General Meeting, pursuant to applicable Party rules.
  5. The newly elected interim Party Leader shall assume the position immediately and serve the remaining term of office of the leadership concurrently.

This section prevails to the extent of any inconsistency or uncertainty between this section and any other section, motion or agreement before or after coming into force.

Motion moved and presented by: Edwin Erickson, Box 29, Buck Lake, AB

original signed by Edwin F. Erickson