The Alberta Blue Committee (ABC) consists of a network of politically interested Albertans working together to promote the Committee’s Guiding Principles. The ABC is not, and never can become, a political party. Its members promote the Guiding Principles within in various public and private arenas – including through existing political parties. Membership is open to interested Albertans who agree to promote the ABC Guiding Principles.
A politically interested Albertan who agrees to promote the Guiding Principles of the ABC.
An ABC Member or other group designated by 2/3 vote of the Steering Committee to communicate on behalf of the ABC consistent with the Founding Principles of the ABC, coordinate ABC meetings and social media, maintain ABC Member profile information, and serve as an administrative distribution point for the ABC.
A group of individuals responsible for general operating policy, procedures, and related matters affecting the ABC as a whole.
A group of individuals providing strategic guidance and advice to the members of the Steering Committee.
The Alberta Blue Committee (ABC) is established to promote the following four Founding Principles:
- Alberta needs a single right of centre political alternative.
- Alberta should balance the budget and keep taxes low through reductions in spending and improvements in service delivery.
- Alberta’s resource sector is the most ethical, innovative and clean in the world.
- Alberta needs strong families working and living in vibrant communities.
The Guiding Principles will be reviewed annually by the Steering Committee. Any proposed changes and / or amendments to the Guiding Principles must be approved by a 2/3 majority of the Steering Committee. The proposed changes and amendments must then be on the agenda at either the next Annual General Meeting or any Special or Additional Meeting for approval by the membership. Changes and amendments to the Vision and Mission Statement must be approved by a 2/3 vote of the members present at a General Meeting or Special or Additional Meeting, provided a quorum is present.
Initial ABC Members
Members of the initial Steering committee are designated as the Founding Members of the ABC.
New ABC Members
Membership is open to all individuals of voting age who live in Alberta.
A participant may voluntarily resign from the ABC at any time.
Suspension and Revocation
The Steering Committee will initiate membership revocation steps if any of the following conditions apply:
- lack of cooperation
- failure to contribute to the purposes and goals of the ABC
Suspension or revocation shall require a 2/3 vote of all members of the Steering Committee. The participant shall be provided an opportunity for written rebuttal prior to revocation.
Lifting suspension and restoration of access to ABC rights and facilities shall require a 2/3 vote of all members of the Steering Committee.
General Coordination and Organization
The general coordination of the ABC activities will be provided by the Steering Committee, designated committees, and the Secretariat.
The Steering Committee may establish an Advisory Board to seek strategic guidance and advice.
The Steering Committee shall be responsible for overall policy, procedures, and related matters affecting the ABC as a whole.
Steering Committee Membership
The initial Steering Committee shall consist of sixteen individuals invited by the initial Chair to serve. Eight of those original Steering Committee members will be chosen at random to serve until the second General Meeting; the remaining members will serve until the first General Meeting. After the first General Meeting, the Steering Committee shall comprise sixteen individuals serving two-year terms. Elected politicians may not be members of the Steering Committee.
Nomination and Election
Individuals for one-half (eight) of the Steering Committee positions shall be elected at each annual General Meeting. A candidate must be nominated by written petition of at least twenty (20) ABC Members. An ABC Member may vote for no more than the number of open positions. The eight candidates receiving the most votes shall become members of the Steering Committee. Ties shall be broken by random selection.
The Steering Committee shall elect from its membership a chair to serve a term of one year. A person may not serve as Chair for more than two consecutive one-year terms. The Chair shall appoint a Treasurer and secretary from the Steering Committee Membership.
A vacancy shall occur when a Steering Committee member resigns or is removed. A Steering Committee member may be removed for cause by a unanimous vote of the remaining Steering Committee Members. The Steering Committee Chair shall nominate a person to complete the remaining term. The nominee must be approved by a 2/3 vote of the remaining Steering Committee.
Steering Committee Proxies
The Steering Committee may establish rules for the use of proxies for Steering Committee meetings. Adoption of rules by the Steering Committee shall require approval by a 2/3 vote.
Standing and Ad Hoc Committees
The Steering Committee will establish, as necessary, standing and ad hoc committees. The Steering Committee shall appoint the membership and chair of such committees and shall determine their operating procedures. Any committee must be approved by a 2/3 vote of the Steering Committee.
A Secretariat can be designated by the Steering Committee under the direction of the Chair. The responsibilities of the Secretariat shall include communicating on behalf of the ABC consistent with the Founding Principles of the ABC, coordinating ABC meetings and social media, maintaining ABC Member profile information, and serving as an administrative distribution point for the ABC.
The Steering Committee will establish, as necessary, an advisory board. The Steering Committee shall appoint the membership and chair of such advisory board and shall determine their operating procedures. The establishment and membership of an Advisory Board must be approved by a 2/3 vote of the Steering Committee. Steering Committee members are not eligible to serve on the advisory board. Membership in the advisory board is otherwise open and does not require any prior involvement with the ABC.
There will be a Founding Meeting of the ABC that will be made up of members of the initial Steering Committee. The first General Meeting with take place within fourteen months of the Founding Meeting. General Meetings will take place annually following the first General Meeting.
Conduct of General Meeting
The chair of the Steering Committee shall preside at the General Meeting. All business shall be conducted in accordance with Roberts’ Rules of Order, latest revision.
Voting and Conduct of General Meetings
Each ABC Member shall have one vote. A quorum shall be a twenty percent of all members of the ABC. A two thirds vote of the steering committee shall override the quorum requirement. All matters except as described elsewhere in this Operational Framework shall be decided by a simple majority vote of the quorum.
The Chair of the Steering Committee may, upon formal approval of the Steering Committee, call a Special Meeting of the ABC, to address a specific topic. Additionally such a call for a Special Meeting shall necessarily be issued within seven (7) days should the Chair receive written application for such a meeting, including the specific topic to be addressed, from one quarter of the ABC members.
Calling a Special Meeting
The call for a Special Meeting shall include the venue, date, time and time-zone, purpose, and agenda for the meeting; and the call shall be issued via normal channels to the ABC membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the date set for the meeting.
Conduct of Special Meetings
Special Meetings may be conducted either face-to-face, as in the Annual General Meeting, or on-line, via a ABC mailing list or similar mechanism. The technical procedure and time constraints for conducting on-line meetings shall be adopted by the Steering Committee and announced as part of the call for each Special Meeting, and shall include means for certifying attendance, and the presence or absence of a “quorum”; how to authenticate agendas, motions, parliamentary rulings, and votes; how discussions will be conducted, how moderated, and how recorded; the amount of time allowed for each stage of making, discussing, and voting on motions; how each such stage will be synchronized; and how the minutes of such meetings will be recorded, kept appropriately confidential, and approved.
Voting at Special Meetings
Voting at Special Meetings follows the same rules as apply to General Meetings.
The Steering Committee shall designate the manner and form for proxies and shall establish a submission deadline as is necessary for proper validation of proxies prior to meetings. Questions concerning the validity of proxies shall be resolved by the Steering Committee in such a manner that they deem to be fair and appropriate.
Steering Committee Meetings
The Steering Committee shall meet at least semi-annually. A quorum shall comprise at least six (9) members. All matters shall be decided by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the quorum except as described elsewhere in this Operational Framework. Minutes of meetings shall be taken and distributed to all Members and Liaisons.
The Steering Committee may call working meetings to deal with specific subjects. Participation may be limited due to the nature of the subject being addressed.
All participants must provide their own funding and support for their participation in ABC activities.
Additional Funding and Support
The Steering Committee or Secretariat may accept funding or other support for ABC activities.
The ABC may be dissolved when approved by a 2/3 vote of all ABC Members. In addition, any motion to turn the ABC into a political party, as defined by the Alberta Elections Act, will, if passed, result in the immediate dissolution of the ABC.