A027: GWG-2 Section 3 of the Constitution—President and Chair of General Synod (carried)
Governance Working Group -2
Subject: Section 3 of the Constitution—President and Chair of General Synod
Moved by: Mr. David Jones, Diocese of Edmonton
Seconded by: The Rt. Rev. Sue Moxley, Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Be it resolved that this General Synod amend section 3 of the Constitution to read as follows:
3. President and Chairperson of the General Synod
a) The President of the General Synod shall be the Primate of The Anglican Church of Canada, who shall be elected and hold office under, and have such privileges, powers, authority and duties as are defined by the Constitution, Canons and Rules enacted by the Synod.
b) In case of the absence of the Primate for any cause, the archbishop senior by appointment or election, or if no archbishop be present the bishop senior by appointment or election, shall be and act as President of the Synod.
c) The President shall be chairperson of the General Synod.
d) In the absence, or at the request, of the President, the Prolocutor shall be the chairperson of the synod.
EXPLANATORY NOTE/BACKGROUND INFORMATION
This resolution clarifies the current provision, and moves the reference to the fact that the Primate is elected pursuant to the Constitution, Canons and Rules from section 4 of the Declaration of Principles to this provision in the Constitution.
PROCEDURE REQUIRED FOR ADOPTION
In accordance with section 11(b) of the Declaration of Principles, this resolution must be approved by two-thirds majority in each Order voting at one session of General Synod.