NEWS RELEASE · 15th October 2012
BC Conservative Board votes to expel some members, censure others, and establish "Unity Committee"
After several meetings over the weekend, the Board of the BC Conservative Party has settled the issue of internal Party discipline by voting to send out a total of 15 disciplinary letters, including terminations of membership and letters of censure.
The discipline is being meted out to these 15 individuals for their ongoing and public calls for a leadership review in violation of the clear processes outlined in Section 11.04 of the Party's Bylaws.
The affected Party members will be receiving notification of the disciplinary proceedings by mail this week.
Out of respect for the privacy of those involved, we will not be releasing the names of the individuals in question, and neither the Party President, the Leader, nor any member of the Board will be making any further public comment on these internal matters.
The Board also passed two other motions.
One of them will create a new "Unity Committee".
"We recognize that there are things which can be done to improve our internal processes," said Party Leader John Cummins. "The motion was clear when it said that we are looking for ways to engage our members, Constituency Association Presidents and Boards, and improve communications within our Party."
Party President Al Siebring added: "We're a forward-looking Party, and we recognize we need to do more to engage our membership. There's always room for improvement."
The Committee will be chaired by Director Daniel Brooks, and will also include Vice-President Christine Clarke and Director Dennis Belliveau, who is an experienced mediator in his professional life.
The Board also passed a motion to express "its full confidence and support for John Cummins as the Leader of the BC Conservative Party heading into the May 2013 election."