Communique #10 – Resolutions
National Chairperson of Resolutions Cathy Bouchard, September 16, 2020.
A resolution is a profound statement from the League consistent with its Objects. When looking at current resolutions, it is necessary to ask—has it been accomplished? If not, is the topic current and/or does it need to be updated with new information?
When a resolution is archived, it is because the League will no longer be working on it. A resolution may need to be updated through research even though the subject has not been resolved. The timeliness of resolutions should also be considered. When the subject of a resolution is still relevant but the time of construction dated, the resolution can be archived. Following this, a new resolution can be written with fresh information.
The national resolutions committee met August 6th to consider resolutions suggested for archiving by the national standing committee chairpersons. Sixty-six resolutions were presented for consideration. For 11 of these resolutions, the action(s) requested of the federal government or national organization had been addressed. Some resolutions were courtesy resolutions in which the League commended the federal government for doing something members wanted. Other resolutions were archived because they covered actions that could only be taken by members (e.g. awareness on health and safety issues). In these situations, members’ awareness continues through the standing committee chairperson to which the resolution pertains. If members were going to become aware of the issue and take action, this should have been sufficient time. The topic was relevant in many resolutions, but information, terminology used and scientific processes have changed since they were written.
Now that these resolutions are archived, a council at any level can write a new resolution on the topic. If the information is available, the provincial council that gifted the resolutions will be given the opportunity to update the information by writing a new resolution on the same topic. This will not preclude others from researching and writing a resolution on the topic.
New resolutions can now be written that are relevant to today’s concerns: protection of human life in all areas from conception to natural death, hospice and palliative care, abuse at all stages of life, human trafficking, water issues, environmental concerns and health issues such as the environment, renewable energy, funding for health issues, national Pharmacare program, genetically engineered foods, advance directives for health care, and suicide issues. Invite your diocesan counterparts to encourage parish councils to create new resolutions.
This downtime created by COVID-19 gives members an opportunity to work on new resolutions, especially in light of issues that may have risen during this time of pandemic. This time also gives members the opportunity to share the topics of resolutions being worked on at the parish council level with the next level and solicit assistance. Please ask your diocesan counterparts to encourage parish councils to share these topics now. Members can also spend this time gathering a committee to discuss and work on a resolution.
The resolution process will continue—a resolution is presented at the parish level and, if adopted, at the diocesan convention in 2021 (God willing), the provincial convention, and, if directed to the national level, brought to next year’s national convention.
Many members think that once national takes the adopted resolution to government, the work is done. Members need to be aware that communicating with their elected representative, with the elected official in charge of that portfolio and the critic for that portfolio puts weight behind a resolution. Communicating can be done in person with a group visiting the elected representative. Members can telephone, e-mail or write letters to the people that a resolution is directed. Suggest to your diocesan counterparts that they share this information with members.
Provincial, diocesan and parish councils and all members should continue to work on adopted resolutions following the action plans given until satisfied the request has been met. The councils that developed a resolution that has been adopted at the highest level it is directed are the BEST prepared to write letters. The different provincial chairpersons have shared their suggested letters with the other provincial chairpersons of resolutions through the national chairperson.
This time also gives members a chance to look at the resolution action plans and take action right now. Ask your diocesan counterparts to encourage members to write letters, make telephone calls and have a socially distanced visit with their elected officials.
Enclosed with this communique is the chart of resolutions that have been archived and the reason for archiving. If you would like a more in-depth explanation, please contact me.
“Resolutions of today become law tomorrow!
Through the CWL, you can be part of the voice that speaks to government!”
“For God and Canada,”
National Chairperson of Resolutions