Constitution of the New Democratic Youth of Alberta
Article I – Name
The name of the organization shall be the New Democratic Youth of Alberta (NDYA).
Article II – Purpose
1. To promote the participation of young people in the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) and the Alberta New Democratic Party (ANDP).
- To act as an advocate for young people within the NDP, the ANDP, and in the community at large.
3. To promote the principles of democratic socialism and social democracy to Alberta’s young people.
- To support and actively engage in movements of vital importance, including farmer, labour, LGBTQ, co-operative, feminist, human rights, environmental, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and student movements.
- To provide constructive criticism of the NDP policies, programs and organization.
Article III – Authority
1. The Authority of the NDYA derives from the constitution of the ANDP.
- Where the constitution of the NDYA is silent, the constitution of the ANDP shall prevail.
3. The constitution of the NDYA shall be interpreted by the NDYA executive, subject to the decisions of NDYA Council or NDYA Convention.
4. The NDYA recognizes and affirms its affiliation to and membership in the Young New Democrats of Canada, hereinafter referred to as the YND, but in a conflict between the constitution and the constitution of the YND, this constitution shall prevail.
Article IV – Membership
Every member in good standing of the ANDP between fourteen (14) and thirty (30) years of age inclusive is a full member of the NDYA.
Article V – NDYA Executive
1. The NDYA Executive shall consist of the following officers elected at the Annual NDYA Convention:
1) Two (2) Co-Chairs
a) Act jointly as the Chief Executive Officers of the organization and shall chair all meetings;
b) Cooperatively oversee planning of one (1) yearly NDYA Convention and two (2) NDYA councils.
c) Act as the NDYA representatives of the ANDP Policy Review Committee;
d) Ex-official members on all NDYA Executive Committees;
a) Act as Chief Administrative Officer, alternate for the NDYA Co-Chairs, and sit on all NDcétablissementsYA Executive Committees;
b) Take Minutes at all NDYA meetings and post them on the NDYA website;
c) Maintain an updated physical and online version of the NDYA constitution;
d) Maintain a “Handbook” containing the NDYA’s bylaws, past policy submissions, and public statements;
e) Coordinate with the ANDP Party Office to maintain an updated youth membership list;
a) Act as the official Financial Officer for the NDYA;
b) Prepare annual budget;
c) Oversee NDYA fundraising operations in coordination with the Outreach Officer;
d) Submit a year end financial statement to Party Office for the purpose of complying with the requirements of the Chief Electoral Officer of Alberta;
e) Monthly budget updates to the NDYA Executive.
4) Federal Youth Liaison Officer
a) Maintain the lines of communication with other Provincial sections of the YND;
b) to co-ordinate with youth in federal riding’s, YND and the NDP;
c) Help the NDYA with coordinating any campaigns or fundraising initiated by the YND or the NDP;
d) Maintain correspondence with the acting Federal Youth Organizer of the NDP to make sure the perspective of the NDYA is represented on the Federal youth level.
5) Outreach Officer
a) Oversee NDYA outreach, at the direction of the NDYA executive;
b) Co-ordinate and/or assist with campus club and regional youth organization;
c) Make sure all regional concerns within Alberta expressed by NDYA membership is represented on the Executive;
d) Oversee NDYA efforts to develop new chartered clubs in Alberta and strengthen existing chartered clubs;
e) Oversee NDYA fundraising operations in coordination with the Treasurer.
6) Communications Director
a) Maintain NDYA social media accounts, and oversee the NDYA’s online presence;
b) Facilitate content development for, and update of, the NDYA website;
c) Issuing and Developing press releases at the direction of the NDYA executive;
d) Liaise with media, and provided comment availability.
7) Editorial Director
a) Oversee the development of the NDYA publication, The Catalyst, as frequently as the NDYA executive sees fit, but no less than one (1) time per year;
b) Chair the Catalyst Editorial Board;
c) Provide recommendations to the NDYA Executive for membership to the Catalyst Editorial Board;
d) Oversee the structure of the Catalyst Editorial Board;
e) Provide a monthly report on the Catalyst.
2. Each of the affiliated clubs and caucuses will receive one (1) executive position, to be filled by their chair or by an elected executive representative.
- Eligibility to serve as an officer of the NDYA requires membership in the ANDP, and to be between fourteen (14) and thirty (30) years of age inclusive, at the time of election.
4. Co-Chairs must maintain Gender parity in all situations. Non-Caucus Executive positions must consist of no more than one half (1/2) self-identified women or more than one half (1/2) self-identified men, except in the case of an odd number of non-Caucus elected officials. In the case of an odd number, the one position violating parity will be ignored.
1) In the event that there is insufficient Nominees of a particular gender identity who are willing and able to hold executive positions, the NDYA may choose to create an executive which operates normally until gender parity can be reached.
5. The NDYA Executive shall choose an officer to be the Youth Representative on the ANDP Executive.
6. In any election of the Executive members due regard shall also be paid to regional representation and representation of disenfranchised groups, and these provisions shall be brought to the attention of delegates prior to the commencement of elections.
7. Should any elected Executive positions fall vacant between NDYA Conventions, the Executive shall appoint one of its current members to act as that officer, excepting as otherwise specified in the constitution, until the next NDYA Council meeting, where the post shall be filled by election.
8. The NDYA Executive shall conduct and administer the affairs and business of the organization between NDYA Council meetings, submission of policy resolutions in the name of the NDYA to the ANDP Provincial Convention, the YND Convention or the Federal NDP Convention.
9. The NDYA Executive may issue statements in the name of the organization in accordance with decisions made by the Executive, Council, and Convention of the NDYA and the principles of the Party;
10. The NDYA Executive may establish Executive Committees to carry out the work of the organization.
11. Quorum atNDYA Executive meetings shall be fifty percent (50%) of the total voting executive membership.
12. Membership on the NDYA Executive shall be terminated in the following manner:
1) If any Executive member resigns their position. A member will be deemed to have resigned if they miss two (2) consecutive meetings without notice.
2) The NDYA Council may remove an Executive Member from office if it deems there to be just cause for doing so.
13. Any decision of the NDYA Executive may be appealed to the NDYA Council or NDYA Convention.
14. All meetings of the NDYA Executive shall be open to any NDYA member to attend as an observer.
15. The NDYA Co-Chairs will act as the sole representatives for the NDYA on the ANDP Executive, one with voice, one with vote, based on the Co-Chairs’ decision. The NDYA Secretary will act as the alternate should (1) Co-Chair be unable to attend.
Article VI – Affiliate Groups
1) Any group within the NDYA may organize a constituent group or caucus for the purpose of improving the participation of members of that group in the activities of the NDYA. The development of constituency groups or caucuses is an organic process that allows members to organize around their common issues and identities if they so choose.
2) If willing, these groups are entitled to organize according to their own organization, rules, procedures, and/or constitution in any areas where this constitution is silent. At NDYA Convention any active constituency or caucus group with 2 or more members may elect one of their members as a representative with voting power to sit on the NDYA Executive. Caucus Executive positions are not subject to gender parity.
3) Members of constituency groups within the NDYA are not required to be members of the NDP, but representatives of these groups voting at an NDYA Council, NDYA Convention or NDYA Executive Meeting must be members.
1) The NDYA Council or Convention shall have the authority to grant a club charter to any group of at least five (5) NDYA members in any locality which requests such a charter.
2) The NDYA Council or Convention shall have the authority to withdraw a club charter under the following circumstances:
a) Should the club disband;
b) Should the club become inactive for a period of one year or more;
c) Should the club undertake any activity which violates the constitution or bylaws of the NDYA or the ANDP.
Article VII – NDYA Council
- The Council shall be governing body of the NDYA between NDYA conventions and shall have the capacity to review the activities of the NDYA Executive and shall be held twice (2) a year.
2. Written notice of the date and place of a Provincial Council shall be provided to the membership at least thirty (30) days normally, fifteen (15) days in an emergency, prior to the date of that council.
3. Decisions of the NDYA Council may be appealed to the NDYA Convention.
4. The NDYA Council is empowered to submit resolutions in the name of the NDYA to the ANDP Provincial Convention, the YND Convention, or the Convention of the New Democratic Party of Canada, or to create committees empowered to do so.
5 The Council shall have the exclusive authority to adopt whatever bylaws its membership deems necessary for the efficient administration of NDYA business.
Article VIII – NDYA Convention
1. The NDYA shall hold a Convention at least once (1) per calendar year.
1) The NDYA Convention shall be the highest governing body of the NDYA.
2) The date and place for NDYA Convention shall be chosen by the NDYA Executive. Should the original date chosen fall during a Federal or Provincial election campaign, the convention may be postponed for up to sixty (60) days. Even if the new date falls within the next calendar year, a NDYA Convention for each year must be held separately.
3) At least forty-five (45) days written notice of the date and place of the NDYA Convention shall be given to each NDYA member.
4) Resolutions for submission to a NDYA Convention may be submitted by any NDYA member in good standing.
5) The order of debate of resolutions shall be determined by the NDYA Executive subject to the approval of Convention.
6) Any member in good standing shall be entitled to attend NDYA Convention as a voting delegate.
7) Each delegate of the NDYA Convention shall have only one vote: proxy voting shall not be allowed.
8) At NDYA Convention, quorum shall consist or one-half (1/2) of those registered as delegates at the commencement of Convention
9) Anyone may register as an observer at NDYA Convention. Observers shall have neither voice nor vote.
2. Business at Provincial Convention
1) Business at the NDYA convention shall include but not be restricted to receiving and voting upon the reports of the
d) Federal Youth Liaison Officer
e) Outreach Officer
f) Communications Director
g) Editorial Director
h) Caucus and Club Chairs
2) Business may also include consideration of and voting upon:
a) Proposed amendments to the constitution;
b) Resolutions binding on the NDYA;
c) Resolutions to be submitted in the name of the NDYA to the ANDP Provincial Convention, the YND Convention or the Convention of the New Democratic Party of Canada;
d) The creation of committees for any purpose.
3) All positions on the NDYA Executive will be open for election at each Convention.
Article IV – Accreditation to NDP Councils and Conventions
1. The following NDYA members shall receive accreditation to ANDP Provincial Councils:
1) Up to five (5) members of the NDYA chosen by the NDYA Council or Convention;
2) Any NDYA members on the ANDP Executive shall be automatic delegates from that body.
2. Members of the NDYA shall receive accreditation to the ANDP Provincial Conventions in the following manner:
1) Up to seven (7) members of the NDYA chosen by NDYA Council or Convention;
2) Any NDYA members of the ANDP Executive shall be automatic delegates from that body;
3) From each NDYA club chartered no less than six (6) months prior to the ANDP Convention, one delegate for every fifteen (15) members or major portion thereof, to be elected by those clubs.
3. Members of the NDYA shall receive accreditation to the NDP Federal Convention in the following manner:
1) The Co-chairs shall be delegates;
2) Any NDYA members who serve on the Federal NDP Council or the YND Executive shall be automatic delegates from that body.
3) Other NDYA delegates, up to the maximum numbers specified by the Federal NDP Constitution, chosen by NDYA Council or Convention.
Article V – Amendments
This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of all delegates present and voting at any NDYA Convention.
Article VI – Discipline
1. All matters in which the NDYA Council or Convention determines that disciplinary action against an individual or group is required shall be forwarded to the Co-Chairs.
2. The NDYA Council or Convention shall be said to have determined disciplinary action to be necessary when three fourths (3/4) of the voting members have voted in concurrence with such action.
Article VII – Rules of Order
1. The rules of order shall be the current Robert’s Rules of Order, except where otherwise specified by this constitution.