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commit verb

A commit verb is a control verb that is not a command verb but which signals some contract term?s have been agreed or disagreed by multiple parties. Most people know these from dealings in the market:

market verbs


  • to accept?
  • to negotiate? - including renegotiation
  • to request?
  • to offer
  • to bid and ask? in price?-only negotiations

debate verbs


Some related commit verbs which apply in politics as usual and which signal serious political disagreement are (with examples from actual GPC Council debates:
  • to lie?, e.g. "calling the Chief Agent a liar", "lying" about the Incorporation Committee?" - see Green Rules of Order
  • to reprimand?: "reprimanding a staff member" - see reprimand staff? and the GPC Governance debates - to say flatly that someone isn't doing their job has serious implications.
  • to flame?: "flaming Council Chair" - that is, to reprimand in relatively strong colourful terms
  • to denigrate?:"denigrating the position of Francophone Secretary", that is, to say that someone is working beyond their skills or mandate
  • to derogate?: that is, to imply that something is a person not process issue, that the ultimately issue is one of competence and capacity or ability to carry out a task
  • to resign: to quit a post, possibly due to accepting derogation.
  • to troll: to advocate tirelessly for extremely strict protocols and standards, without limit, see also to filibuster?.

campaign verbs


The very highest commitments are of course found in the electoral process?:
  • nominate? and refuse to sign nomination? papers of a nominee - a power the Canada Elections Act? grants to the GPC Leader
  • accept nomination? and resign - starting and ending a run for office?
  • lobby and campaign - the biggest things the GPC does

It is the ability to carry out the campaign verbs that makes the GPC differ from a typical NGO?. There are many implications to this difference: GPC Governance may not for instance be able to be conducted the same as any non-campaigning nonprofit org.


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