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GPO President

The GPO President position is up for election in fall 2005. Candidates include:

Both candidates agree to oppose Bill Hulet's omnibus resolution and to prevent Frank De Jong from abusing his position of trust to damage GPO CAs and internal administrative and operational functions. These are minimal qualifications for the position, which would be pointless and powerless if Hulet and De Jong got their way.

The primary duty of the GPO President is to convince GPO Members not to pursue rights or issues to the maximum extent allowed in the constitution, so as to facilitate the party's business. Obviously, this is impossible if there is a rogue leader running a single command hierarchy that routinely tramples on people's rights "to get things done" or whatever.

A secondary duty is to run the GPO agenda protocol and chair GPO Council meetings. This is not possible if participatory democracy is so disabled as to lead to constant protests and point of order objections. This would be the result of an attempt to impose majority rule on a party which expects consensus decision making.

A tertiary duty is to state the Party's official position on administrative matters such as Elections Ontario rules. This is not possible if the Leader reserves the right to undo these positions on a whim, making it hard or impossible for the President to negotiate with EO itself.

It is also a duty of the GPO President to oppose the GPC stealing resources from the GPO or gaining help on false premises, e.g. Jim Harris' wilful lying about the GPC Revenue Sharing agreement, and attacks on GPO members and officers. The Green Party of Ontario, legally, can have NOTHING TO DO WITH the Green Party of Canada, and it must uphold the rights of all members to openly support or hold membership in another federal political party.

Retiring GPO President is Gabriel Draven, who had succeeded Jim Harris, Michael Pilling, Greg Bonser and Tom Salsberg - the latter three of which had the older title GPO Operations Coordinator. The President post did not exist prior to 1999. Disagreements on racked the provincial council for many years in late 1990s. Tom Salsberg was attacked and pushed aside for his process focus, making it impossible for him to perform his job. This was one major impetus to beefing up the title and job description in the GPO Constitution. The role of GPO Operations Chair has evolved since then and is a different role.''