Liberal Party Canada Constitution
The Liberal Party of Canada is a national political party registered with Elections Canada. Our party is founded on certain core values. As stated in our party’s constitution,
“The Liberal Party of Canada is committed to the view that the dignity of each individual man and woman is the cardinal principle of democratic society and the primary purpose of all political organization and activity in such a society.
“The Liberal Party of Canada is dedicated to the principles that have historically sustained the Party: individual freedom, responsibility and human dignity in the framework of a just society, and political freedom in the framework of meaningful participation by all persons.”
In addition to the laws of the land, the Liberal Party of Canada’s operations are governed by the party’s constitution. You can find an English version of the Party Constitution at The French version is located at www.liberal.ca/files/2012/04/Parti-Libéral-du-Canada-Constitution-2012-français.pdf.
The Liberal Party of Canada’s web site is located at liberal.ca. You can find more information about the party’s stance on various issues at liberal.ca/what-we-stand-for.
The Liberal Party of Canada operates as a federation. The National Board of Directors and the employees and volunteers at the party’s head office are responsible for party operations at the national level. Delegates at the party’s biennial conventions elect the members of the National Board of Directors.
Provincial and Territorial Associations (PTAs) assume responsibility for field organization and election readiness within their province or territory. The Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario), the Ontario PTA, maintains a web site at ontario.liberal.ca.
Note: The PTAs of the Liberal Party of Canada and the provincial and territorial Liberal parties are separate organizations. Many people choose to be members of both the Liberal Party of Canada and their province’s or territory’s Liberal party, but membership in one does not confer membership in the other.
In some provinces and territories, including Ontario, a PTA may share some resources, such as office space, with the provincial/territorial Liberal party in their province or territory, but if so, it is as part of an agreement reached between two independent organizations.
Electoral District Associations (EDAs, also called Riding Associations) are the most local-level organization within the Liberal Party of Canada. EDAs must register with and be certified by Elections Canada. Elections Canada can decertify an EDA for failing to meet requirements set out in the Canada Elections Act.
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