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party protocol

A party protocol is any organization protocol defined in a party constitution, by which party officer?s are held to account.

It defines what steps must happen, and in what order, in the operations of a political party. It abstracts the tasks and processes beyond the power structure so that party leaders in particular do not wholly redefine or redirect the party on a whim.



[+] formal and de facto requirements

monitoring candidate and leader activities


Because their selection and the words they speak during elections results in changing the power structure of the country or province, there are also restrictions in law, in custom, and in fact, on how a candidate or leader is selected and what they or their supporters can say.

Most significantly, the Criminal Code? makes it a federal crime to knowingly utter any false statement? during elections to change the outcome - a reasonable restriction on freedom of speech? as there is not always time to respond to that statement. Accordingly a minimal position protocol applies to all parties, that being, "do not make statements that it be proven that you know are not true."

[+] standardizing candidate and leader races

[+] forcing accountability for public position statements

[+] detailed protocols for very predictable parties

typical list


"X.1 a candidate protocol to specify the exact steps taken by a person seeking to become a candidate for the GPNS in election, and the rules regarding nominations or refusals of nomination (per Article regarding powers of Leader)

X.2 a member protocol to specify how members may be recruited, contacted, invited to events, asked for donations, or expelled

X.3 an officer protocol covering nomination, review, elections to posts within the party or its bioregional/district or constituency units, handling of resignations, and other matters. (per Article regarding structure of party).

X.4 a position protocol establishing what is and is not a genuine Green Party of Nova Scotia position, what is a promise, or a "plank", or a "platform", or a legitimate answer to a citizen survey or question.

X.5 a press protocol establishing how, exactly, press releases are to be proposed, drafted, edited, ultimately approved and posted to any internal party forum, external party publication, or the mass media.

X.6 an election protocol specifying exactly what must occur in what order from the moment the writ drops to the post-election wrapups; to establish as soon as possible an anticipated timing for any election and to determine what other events will be relevant around that timing

X.7 an audit protocol clarifying (preferably in ISO 19011 terms), exactly how the party's ecological impact, performance to its own protocols and job description?s, and financial decisions are audited

X.8 a fund protocol? clarifying how funding protocols are approved and repudiated/rejected, how out-of-process complaints are handled, and how members who use legal terms inappropriately in this context are to be disciplined or their actions or statements to be disavowed

X.9 a school protocol? for dealing with inquiries from campus or other (secondary or private) school groups and briefing them on any matters that are directly relevant to Green positions on issues in their communities; handling all requests in a timely polite manner

X.10 a local protocol? to provide a consistent interface for responding to invitations from citizens' groups, ensuring they reach the bioregional or other body that can reliably send someone to address them on Green positions, and to determine what local issues need addressing

X.11 a global protocol? to monitor world events and statements by world figures and propose responses to them, whether or not these are noted by the mass media in Nova Scotia, with reference to Green positions; this includes outreach to any and all federal figures and parties - it precludes favouring the Green Party of Canada or the ruling party, and requires equal treatment of all persons in a position of global power or seeking the power to assume the position to deal with those in a position of global power, e.g. foreign affairs critics of every party.

X.12 a municipal protocol to assist candidates for municipal office and school boards to learn and convey Green policies into their races - a function that must be shared with local Green and other parties, within the bounds of laws regarding parties in municipalities"

not much progress


The above model is ambitious, and it should be noted that no political party in Canada has specified its protocols to such a deep degree. It may not be possible to distribute power effectively in such a way given the Canadian electoral system. See however democratic renewal? and electoral reform for a broad array of efforts underway in just this regard.

There is no university or agency of government that studies quality management in government although efforts in e-government sometimes state this as a goal.


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