2015 Annual Report – Resolutions
National Chairperson of Resolutions
2015 Annual Report
Research and preparation of resolutions and briefs
Provincial councils reported on the research and preparation of resolutions. Many resolutions were directed towards the federal government, and the ultimate direction was through national council, but there were also many that had topics fall under provincial jurisdictions and, as such, were directed toward provincial governments by provincial councils. Workshops were held throughout Canada to help members learn how to research and prepare resolutions.
Five resolutions were adopted at the 95th annual national convention in 2015:
- 2015.01 Increased Early Intervention and Access to Children and Youth Mental Health Services
- 2015.02 Ban the Use of Plastic Microbeads in Personal Care Products
- 2015.03 Banning the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides
- 2015.04 Invoke Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the case of Carter v. Canada
- 2015.05 Reinstatement of the Mandatory Long-Form Census
Study and implementation of resolutions adopted by other levels
Councils reported that letter writing still played an important cornerstone in their activities and their contact with provincial and federal governments. It remained one of the most effective ways for members to take action and engage government officials. Some councils provided sample letters as a guide for members to use, and others kept track of responses received. One council reported a letter writing campaign to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). One provincial executive researched resolutions adopted by other provincial councils, and learned about an issue and what happened in its own province.
Members strove to study and implement ideas put forth in resolutions adopted by other levels. They attended public meetings, listened to speakers, organized and attended information nights and workshops and took part in online polls and petitions. Members educated themselves and others by hosting guest speakers and by visiting provincial and federal government representatives
Meetings with provincial governments
Many provincial chairpersons of resolutions reported they were able to secure meetings with government officials, and each had its own unique approach for these meetings. One provincial executive was fortunate enough to meet with its premier and the entire cabinet not once, but twice—an excellent way to continue to share resolutions and concerns of the League with the entire provincial caucus. Some provincial delegations met with individual government ministers and this allowed for very detailed and specific conversations to occur around issues of concern and interest to the League.
Meetings with federal governments
Three days of meetings were held in March with many government officials, including a meeting with the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada. The national delegation shared the League’s 2014 resolutions adopted in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and discussed the issue of the Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding Carter v. Canada and the need for more equal availability of palliative care across Canada. The delegation met with Bishop Paul-André Durocher (Gatineau), past president of the CCCB, as well as Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, apostolic nuncio to Canada, to share information about the League, its resolutions and its role within parishes and the country.
As I read the reports it was evident that members embraced the call to action through resolutions. Action was taken on issues in all parts of Canada by researching and writing new resolutions, following the suggestions in the action plans of existing resolutions and meeting with provincial government officials.
Thank you for the hard work done on the topic of resolutions. In spite of the fact that so many find resolutions an intimidating task, many took on that challenge and effected real change in themselves and the country. The League is blessed to have such women as members.