Young Greens Council

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 25th 2018

8:00-10:00 pm EDT via Zoom


We would like to acknowledge that the lands on which we meet are the ancestral lands of many Indigenous people. Some are ceded others are not. We would equally like to remember that Indigenous peoples have been caring for this land long before the creation of Canada.


Apologies/Absentees:

Moody, Tracey

Tarabey, Grace

Stronge, Max


Attendees:

Crawford, Delaney

Hayward, Alexandra

Hunter, Stuart (Facilitator)

Lamoureux, Bryanne (Note taker)

Leite, Jeremy

Macpherson, Karyn

Velez, Avery (Facilitator)

Williams, Jonathan

Woznow, Joel


Staff:

Coleman, Mary Ann


8:00

Motion to open the meeting and adopt the agenda

Mover: Bryanne Lamoureux

Seconder: Jeremy Leite

8:05

1. To Discuss:


  1. Territories Rep

Motion: To request that the National Youth Coordinator reach out to potential representatives in the North to develop a pool of candidates

Motion passed by consensus

           Note: This person would be an official non-voting representative


Motion: To form a subgroup of YGC Councillors to review this pool of candidates and recommend a representative to the YGC at the next meeting

Motion passed by consensus

ACTION: Subgroup created. Members of this subgroup:

    • Joel Woznow

    • Bryanne Lamoureux

    • Alex Hayward

    • Avery Velez

    • Stuart Hunter


  1. Youth Candidates

    • Clarification: not responsibility of YGC

    • No direct feedback from members of council


  1. YGs to Most Winnable Ridings

Description: YGC endorses idea that YGs (preferably during the summer), work on campaigns where candidates are most likely to be successful in order to gain valuable campaigning experience.

    • Future Action: Create a subgroup to write up a document (Stuart showed interest)


  1. Youth Rep on CWG
    Motion: To recommend that Federal Council appoint a Youth Representative to the Campaign Working Group

Discussion:

    • CWG: Group of people who discuss strategy for upcoming campaigns

    • Clarification: Does YGC requirement to have one member on each council apply to this? No, because it’s outside of the federal council.

    • Note: Youth perspective on the CWG would help reach goal of reaching “Youth” in the next election. Does not have to be a YGC member.

Motion passed by consensus

ACTION: Create ad hoc committee to write up recommendation

    • Avery Velez

    • Jeremy Leite


  1. Campaign Working Group (CWG) Goals (Added to agenda during meeting)

Motion: To adopt the CWG goals as the YGC’s overarching goals for 2019

Mover: Karyn MacPherson

Seconder: Delaney Crawford

Motion passed by consensus

Note: Goals are intentionally omitted from notes due to uncertainty of whether the CWG has made their goals public.

8:40

2. Goal Setting: Election year priorities

Three priorities were identified to reach the CWG goals, and were discussed both at the Vancouver convention and amongst YGC members


  1. Educate students that they can vote in their university riding

(Amended. Original: Get students to vote in their university riding)

Description: Certain universities have a large residence population. We can use this to focus that youth vote in one riding instead of having them spread out in the various ridings of their parents.


  • Is this a priority? Not our top priority.

  • How do we achieve it?

  • Educating students about their ability to vote in their University riding

→ Ask Elections Canada to make sure this is a priority for them

→ Through social media campaigns

→ Education through Green campus clubs (Isabella?)

  • Target Universities that have campus clubs, even in ridings that aren’t most winnable.

To consider: Ridings where Greens get more than 10% of vote get some money back. In order to reach this, condense youth vote in specific ridings

In order to avoid taking votes away from MWRs that might have constituents studying elsewhere: Focus on educating students that they have the option.

  • Note: By-election in Outremont, QC. Use as a pilot for implementing more booths in universities.

ACTION: YGC agrees to endorse letter that Daniel Green etc. will send to Elections Canada.

9:00

  1. High school outreach

Description: Those who are 12 are allowed to be a Green Party member (14 to vote). Those who are currently 17 will be able to vote in the next Federal election. This demographic is a resource of potential future Green Party members and voters.


  • Is this a priority? Yes.

  • How do we achieve it?

  • Note: Some provinces require volunteer hours in order to receive diploma. Could utilize this to get people involved in campaigns.

  • Young Greens School: a potential tool?

  • Future Action: YGC could recommend to candidates/ EDAs (and potentially campus clubs) to speak to high schools in spring semester, and also in fall semester, where they could recruit students to volunteer on campaign.

  • Note: This could also be an opportunity to educate about the platform (next point)

9:20

  1. Education about the platform

Description: Educate that Greens are not a one issue party.


  • Is this a priority? Yes, a top priority, it’s fundamental to achieving our larger goals.

  • How do we achieve it?

  • Social media as an outreach tool

  • Ads/videos that quickly talk about a Green policy: “Did you know…”

→ Would have to focus on non-environmental policies

  • Educate about Global Greens movement and about the successes of Greens in other locations

→ Chlöe Swarbrick, Greens in BC at the municipal level, etc…


9:40

3. Working Groups/ Council Committees

    • How do we want to organize ourselves?

  • Subgroups of council members who work on priorities

→ Education about Green Party policies (platform) a large part of this

  • Chair Young Greens committees on separate issues

- Committee structure of Federal Council: HR, Finance, Governance (most applicable to YGs). Though supposed to mimic Federal Council structure, Governance is the only committee relevant to the YGC

ACTION: Send out an email to to the YGC to make a recommendation for member to be on Shadow Cabinet

ACTION: Mary Ann Coleman to research how YGC could have more of an impact on the platform


  • Subgroups suggestions:

  • High school outreach

ACTION: Ad hoc committee to send recommendation to staff that University students be educated about their ability to vote in their university riding

- Jonathan Williams

- Delaney Crawford

Deadline: November 15th

  • Platform Education


  • Committee suggestions

  • Policy committee

ACTION: Stuart and Avery will discuss and set a list of potential subgroups

Deadline: Next YGC meeting

9:55

Summarize action items/ next steps


  • ACTION: Subgroup of YGC Councillors created to review pool of candidates for a territories representative and recommend a representative to the YGC at the next meeting.

Members: Joel Woznow, Bryanne Lamoureux, Alexandra Hayward, Avery Velez, Stuart Hunter


  • ACTION: Created ad hoc committee to recommend that Federal Council appoint a Youth Representative to the Campaign Working Group. Members will write this recommendation.

Members: Avery Velez, Jeremy Leite


  • ACTION: YGC agrees to endorse letter for Elections Canada to use the  Outremont, QC by-election as a pilot for implementing more voting booths at universities. Avery Velez will send out letter to YGC tomorrow.


  • ACTION: Send out an email to the YGC to make a recommendation for a  Shadow Cabinet member.


  • ACTION: Mary Ann to research how YGC could have more of an impact on the Green Party platform.


  • ACTION: Created ad hoc committee that will send a recommendation to staff that university students should be educated about their ability to vote in their university riding.

Members: Jonathan Williams, Delaney Crawford

Deadline: November 15th


  • ACTION: Stuart and Avery will discuss/create a list of potential subgroups

Deadline: Next YGC meeting


  • ACTION: Avery and Stuart will send notice to representatives of QC and SK about YGC rules concerning missing meetings, as well as include an offer to resign from YGC.


  • ACTION: Thank Chlöe and Jordon for speaking to us


10:00

Motion to close the meeting

Mover: Jonathan Williams

Seconder: Avery Velez