The 4th day of Convention commenced with the President Bourque acknowledging, as a guest, Randy Howard, the President of the Government Services Union (GSU).
The Credentials Committee was then invited to provide their Report before co-chair Fabienne Jean-François and committee member Trish Martin continued with the Report of the By-Laws Committee.
Resolution A-59, titled National Call Centres Advisory Committee – one delegate per region, which the committee recommended as concurrence was the 1st resolution up for debate for the day and was adopted by the delegates.
Resolution A-26, titled National Standing Committees in the By-Laws, which the committee recommended as concurrence was defeated by the delegates.
Composite resolution A-62A, titled National Young Workers’ Committee – Meetings, which the committee recommended as concurrence was adopted by the delegates.
A tally sheet was provided on screen for the participants after each resolution that had a costing showing the remaining monies from the ongoing resolutions budget line.
With the top 10 priorities of the By-Laws Committee dealt with, President Bourque asked the By-Laws Committee to step down and invited the co-chairs of the General/PSAC Resolutions Committee, Lyne Cartier, and Debbie Morris to present their Report. With only fifteen (15) minutes left before the 45-minute recess, co-chair Lyne Cartier read the introduction part of the General/PSAC Resolutions Committee Report only.
After the 45-minute recess, President Bourque invited the Credentials Committee to provide their Report before he stepped down to allow Jeannette Meunier-McKay, the Nominations and Elections Chairperson to chair the elections for the positions of National President, National Executive Vice-President, and Alternate National Executive Vice-President.
Only three (3) nominations had been received for the position of National President prior to Chairperson Meunier-McKay calling for nominations from the floor, once, twice, and a third and final time. No candidates were nominated from the floor.
The Chairperson continued by asked each of the three (3) candidates, if they accepted the nomination; if they accepted to relocate to the Ottawa region if elected, and if they would speak on their own behalf or if someone else would speak on their behalf. All three (3) candidates spoke on their own behalf, and all agreed to accepting their nomination and agreeing to relocate, if elected.
To ensure everyone would be able to vote, the Chairperson provided a ‘test vote’ prior to calling for the real vote to elect the National President.
The results of the vote for the position of CEIU National President were as follows:
Todd Johnson 5
Eddy Bourque 90
Fabienne Jean-François 56
The Nominations and Elections Chairperson declared Eddy Bourque elected as the CEIU National President.
The next election to be held was for the position of National Executive Vice-President (NEVP). The Chairperson advised that she had received four (4) nominations and proceeded to call for nominations from the floor three (3) times. No nominations were received from the floor.
The Chairperson asked each of the four (4) candidates, if they accepted the nomination, if they accepted to relocate to the Ottawa region if elected, and if they would speak on their own behalf or if someone else would speak on their behalf. Three (3) of the four (4) candidates agreed to accept their nomination and agreed to relocate, if elected. All three (3) spoke on their own behalf. Todd Johnson withdrew his nomination.
The Chairperson then ask the delegates to vote for their NEVP. The results of the vote for the position of NEVP were as follows:
Linda Delaney 6
Lisa Prescott 61
Crystal Warner 84
Crystal Warner was declared elected as the CEIU NEVP by Chairperson Meunier-McKay.
The Chairperson then continue with the election for the position of Alternate NEVP and indicated that she had received two (2) nominations – Todd Johnson and Chris Gardiner.
She then proceeded to call for nominations from the floor. On her first call, both Sargy Chima and Lisa Prescott were nominated and seconded.
On her second call for nominations from the floor, Brenda Todd was nominated and seconded. No new nominations were received when the Chairperson call the 3rd and last call for nominations from the floor.
Brenda Todd and Lisa Prescott both declined their nominations but thanked their nominator and seconder.
All three (3), Sargy Chima, Chris Gardiner and Todd Johnson accepted their nomination and to relocate if they were elected and needed to accept the position of NEVP if it became vacant for any reason. All three (3) spoke on their own behalf.
The delegates were asked to vote for their Alternate NEVP. The results of the vote for the position of A/NEVP were as follows:
Sargy Chima 82
Chris Gardiner 60
Todd Johnson 6
The Chairperson declared Sargy Chima elected as the Alternate National Executive Vice-President.
The National President elect, the NEVP elect and the A/NEVP elect were all sworn in by the Nominations and Elections Chairperson.
After a five (5) minute break, President Bourque returned as the Chair of Convention. He proceeded to ask all the incoming NVPs to be shown on screen so that they could all be sworn in by him as National President.
Delegate Rod Cunningham was the lucky winner of the day’s $100 Visa card, compliments of Coughlin Insurance.
The 4th day of convention ended at 4:00 p.m.