NDP Convention Resolution Prioritization

Not all resolutions that are submitted to Convention will be debated, mainly due to time constraints.  Provincial Council has established a Convention Resolution Committee and set responsibilities and procedures for the work of the Committee. 

Following the advice offered below on the preparation of resolutions will help give your resolutions a better chance of reaching the convention floor to debate. 

The Resolutions Committee prioritizes resolutions for discussion at convention according to their merits and importance and based on the following procedures:

When prioritizing resolutions, the following will be considered:

a)  Acceptability – Resolutions that express hatred, intolerance, discrimination, racism, sexism, or anything in contradiction of the Party’s Statement of Principles shall be given no

Relevance – the following criteria are used in descending order of importance:

a)  PROVINCIAL JURISDICTION

The resolution deals with a matter falling within provincial rather than federal competence and jurisdiction.

b)  NEW POLICY STATEMENT

The resolution states new policy rather than merely reaffirming existing policy.  Repeat resolutions may, however, receive higher priority where circumstances warrant - for example, in the case of a major new development.

c)  URGENT AND PRESSING CONCERN

The resolution deals with a major current issue and has high political merit.

d)  MULTIPLE CONSTITUENCIES

The same or substantially the same resolution has been submitted by more than one constituency or affiliate.

e)  REGIONAL BALANCE

Resolution helps to achieve a balance between the difference regions of the province.

Sufficiency – the following receive higher priority:

a)  INCLUSIVENESS

The most complete and all-encompassing of two or more resolutions, that are otherwise of equal merit.

b)  CLARITY

The most clearly drafted resolution among resolutions that are inclusive and otherwise equal in merit.