Young Greens of Canada
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|Jeunes Verts du Canada|
|Abbreviation||YGC / JVC|
|Green Party of Canada|
|Affiliations||Global Young Greens|
The Young Greens of Canada are the youth wing of the Green Party of Canada and were formed at the 2006 leadership convention. The Young Greens of Canada's membership consists of youth aged 14 to 29 years of age. All Green Party of Canada members in good standing, between the ages of 14 and 29, are eligible to vote on Young Greens Council elections every year. The Young Greens have campus clubs and regional clubs established across Canada.
The Young Greens of Canada were formed at the 2006 national convention in Ottawa. A constitutional resolution moving that two Youth Co-Chairs seat be created on Federal Council (Section 7.3.13), and the second, a directive resolution moving that a standing committee on youth involvement in the party be created.
The standing committee on youth involvement had their first meeting in a packed corner of an Elephant and Castle pub and restaurant; during which it was decided that a Youth Caucus Development Committee (YCDC) would best meet the need of developing an appropriate Constitution, job descriptions for Council positions, and means of electing the members of a Young Greens Council.
The first Young Greens Council elections were held for 2007. The Young Greens Council announced a binding constitutional referendum to amend their constitution for the first time on November 26, 2008. Young Greens voted on this constitutional reform online between December 27 and 29, 2008. In the case of a constitutional referendum, approval must be made by 66% of voters for amendments to come into effect.
The Young Greens of Canada follows the Green Party of Canada and Global Greens' six key principles, which were adopted at the 2002 convention of the Global Greens. These principles are:
- ecological wisdom
- social justice
- participatory democracy
- respect for diversity
Young Greens Executive Council
The Young Greens of Canada are represented by an Executive Council of Young Greens who are elected each year by Green Party of Canada members who are under 30. The Young Greens Council is governed by the Constitution of the Young Greens of Canada. The Young Greens Council are mandated to meet at least once a month, the meeting minutes of every meeting is uploaded onto their website.
Executive Council 2016~2017
Co-Chairs: Cherie Wong & Ian Soutar (Interim)
Communications Chair: Ian Soutar
Campaign & External Chair: William Gagnon
Finance Chair: Jesse Langlier
Campus & Regional Clubs
- University of Victoria
- University of Ottawa
- Concordia University
- Simon Fraser University
- Nipissing University
- University of New Brunswick-Fredericton
- University of the Fraser Valley
- Université Laval
- University of Toronto
- Vancouver Island University
- "Young Greens' Council". Young Greens. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
- "Constitution & By-laws". Young Greens. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
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