[bc-gnso] Elections

Rick Anderson RAnderson at interborder.ca
Thu Sep 3 12:11:30 UTC 2009

Hello everyone.

I have a great deal of sympathy for the points Liz raises.  It is quite important to the BC's legitimacy and our effectiveness that we take our governance seriously and that we go about our processes in an even-handed and transparent manner.  This is not exactly how I, at least, perceive the BC to be operating these last few years.

Just to address one factual point which Liz mentions, in last year's election it was not quite so simple as Rick "not having his nomination in on time".  Without regurgitating the tedious details, what actually occurred was that the officers announced there would be an election and my nomination was promptly submitted - but it was deemed to be "too early" as the nomination period was not yet formally commenced.  I was in the process of changing jobs, homes and moving 2000 miles cross- country. While my new membership was pending, I was briefly removed from the list for a few weeks whilst the membership application of my new company (yes, a large business) was submitted, processed and accepted. I was quite surprised to find that in the interregnum my "too early" nomination had simply been ignored, thinking then (and now) that this is a rather shoddy way to treat longstanding members who are expressing an interest to volunteer our time for roles. Once my new firm's membership was processed, it was then "too late" to resubmit that nomination. On that basis I was excluded from running: one nomination too early and the other too late. The members were informed there were not enough candidates to hold an election, and an acclamation proceeded. It would not have any effort at all to confirm the interest of another candidate known to be willing to stand, and known also to be in the process of a membership transition, but no such effort was made.

I did perceive a certain capriciousness in all of that, as does Liz today, and said so at the time in my objection.

With respect to today, I am seeking no special treatment.  There is a vacancy for the position of our BC's large business rep on the NomCom.  I have indicated my willingness to fill that position, and am qualified to do so.  If there are others who are also willing and qualified, the obvious solution would seem to be for the members to have an election and for the members to choose our large business rep, as Liz and others have stated.

Best wishes.


Rick Anderson
EVP, InterBorder Holdings Ltd
email: randerson at interborder.ca
cell: (403) 830-1798

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Subject: [bc-gnso] Elections


I am very disappointed with the conduct (not the results) of the  
elections and have set out below my suggestions for a way forward.   
The problems with the election illustrate again, despite months of  
discussion about accountability, transparency, charter improvements  
and policy development processes that we still haven't got things right.

I preface my remarks by saying how delighted I am that Mike Roberts  
has been encouraged to join our efforts -- the test for him will be  
whether he actually joins the constituency and takes an active role in  
its operations.

I am most concerned about the way in which the election process was run.

1.  No nominee for the large business representative was received.   
Three nominations were received for the small business  
representative.  There was no plan from the Councillors to address  
that - either through an appointment process or whatever that was made  
PUBLIC before the elections took place.  I was asked for and I  
submitted a note to the Councillors expressing my interest in  
volunteering for the Large Business representative seat, should no  
other nominees be received.  I don't know whether Waudo was given that  

2.  We are now in a situation where two candidates have lost the  
election who could have been selected for the position as runners-up.   
There is nothing in the By-laws that would have prevented that  
happening, except that the nominees may not have wanted to.

3.  We now have a presumptive nominee (Rick Anderson) sending in his  
nomination AFTER the fact with a statement as to why he should be  
elected when there isn't even a nomination period open.  He didn't  
nominate in the first place and shouldn't be given preferential  
treatment in any "second" round, especially where other candidates  
have spent time and effort finding nominees, submitting statements of  
suitability, going through an election where they have to seek support  
for their candidature.  Members will recall the fuss and bother last  
year, over exactly this issue, when Rick protested about not having  
his nomination in on time and he was excluded from running.

Waudo and I have been significantly disadvantaged in the choices open  
to us -- as a representative of WITSA Waudo is qualified to represent  
large business interests; having worked for large corporations I am  
qualified to do the same.  Indeed employment with a large organisation  
is not a requirement of this post -- sensitivity to the various needs  
of large businesses is much more important.

Having said that, I would support Rick's candidacy because he is able,  
highly critical of the constituency and may have some influence on  
making positive changes.  My issue is that the process was not public  
beforehand and candidates have not been treated equitably.

4.  With respect to Mike Roberts' nomination, it was very unfair that  
neither Waudo or I were given the chance to have a detailed statement  
of support from our nominees, in exactly the way that Marilyn did for  
Mike.  This was a decision taken by the Secretariat which, for perhaps  
uninformed and disinterested voters, was the information that they  
needed to sway their vote.  My argument is not that the statement  
shouldn't have been distributed but that each candidate would have had  
the same opportunity.  We are now in exactly the same situation with  
Rick Anderson receiving letters of support -- what other potential  
candidate would be silly enough to stand in the face of a self- 
nomination in a pseudo election by default?

If we are to be taken seriously as representatives of business  
interests, we need to smarten up immediately -- not sometime in the  
future, not when a notional charter is completed, not when we get  
around to it but immediately in every action we take.   I say this  
across the board in our operations -- from working on the Credentials  
Committee assessing new member applications & being involved in  
disciplining members; in my work on developing the new charter and  
encouraging a deliberate move to a new and broader mode of operation  
and in our work on policy development process improvements.  On the  
latter, no BC representative has been present on the Working Group on  
PDP improvements for many months.

I am also making an official request that the results of the election  
are made public showing who voted for whom and how the weighted votes  
were applied.



Liz Williams
+44 1963 364 380
+44 7824 877757

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