ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Saturday October 22, 9:30 AM—4:30 PM
Monte Carlo Inn—Toronto-Markham
8900 Woodbine Avenue, Markham
Register online at www.libertarian.on.ca/AGM
Fees—before October 17, 2016, $50.00
At the door, $60.00
(Since this is a business meeting, the registration fee is treated as a donation to the Party, eligible for a provincial tax credit. It will also be treated as a renewal of your membership to the end of next October. )
9:30—Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00—Welcome and Reports of Officers
11:00—Libertarian Party of Canada GTA and Ontario Caucus Meetings
1:00—Election Platform Development
3:00—Party Business and Elections
This year we will be having a combined meeting with the Libertarian Party of Canada. They held their convention in July and now they need to hold Caucus Meetings to elect Regional Coordinators for the GTA and the rest of Ontario. This will follow the Reports of Officers. Read more about it on page 4.
After lunch we will discuss the Platform we plan to use in the 2018 Election. We are working hard to develop a great platform that both resonates well with Ontario voters while still being completely consistent with libertarian principles. A Platform describes what we would do if elected for a 4 year mandate. This is different from our "Statement of Ultimate Goals" that you can refer to on our website. Most people believe that adjusting to a libertarian society would take more than a 4 year time-frame.
Sometimes we have focused on items around the edges. What we have found is if we focus on items people care a lot about, we can attract more attention. Today, in 2016, the top issues are Hydro, Health Care, Education, Jobs and Taxation. So we are tackling these issues head on!
At our annual meeting on October 22, 2016, we will be presenting our Platform ideas to the members assembled. We will discuss the issues, listen to feedback, and adjust our ideas. Our final platform proposal will go to our "caucus" for approval according to our party rules.
During the business portion of the meeting we will hold elections. According to our Constitution, any positions filled by the Executive are to be considered vacant at the next AGM or Convention and must be filled by election. In April the Chairman, Phillip Richards, resigned due to family and work related issues. As a result, the Executive Committee assigned Mark Wrzesniewski as Chairman, Damien Wilson replaced Mark as Vice-Chair, and Ron White resigned from the Ethics Committee to replace Damien as Member at Large. The two Members at Large are elected for a one-year term so four positions on the Executive are up for grabs, so to speak. We also need to elect two members to the 6-member Ethics Committee. If you are interested in helping the Party, this is your opportunity.
I hope to see as many of you as possible at our upcoming AGM. Your input into our party Platform development will make us better. See you then!