At the November 1976 meeting of the National Executive Council assignment was given to a Task Force to review Section 5 of the Canon on the Primacy and the role of the General Secretary and other Officers of General Synod and senior Executive Staff and their relationship to the responsibilities of the Chief Executive Officer and his Secretariat.
"5.1 The Task Force recommends that the Organization Committee be asked to consider and report to the National Executive Council on the advisability of making constitutional provision for the appointment of a Chancellor for General Synod who will be a legal advisor to the Primate. We suggest that his duties include those of the Registrar, and that the office of Registrar be abolished."
That this report be received and referred to the incoming Organization Committee for consideration and action, with the exception of 5.1. CARRIED
Moved by Naylor, seconded by Leadbeater,
That 5.1 be referred to the Handbook Task Force with the request that it draft the appropriate legislation for presentation to General Synod. CARRIED
Planning for the agenda of the 25th Session of General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada at Niagara Falls, Ontario, from January 25th to February 2nd, 1971, has moved into its final phase under the direction of the General Secretary, the Venerable E.S. Light.
Archdeacon Light and his staff, are assisted in their work by two task forces of the Church's Organization Committee: the Program Task Force which plans the agenda; and the Arrangements Task Force which looks after the physical arrangements of General Synod. Each of these task forces has representatives from across the country, and the local members have met frequently over the past six months.
General Synod will convene at 9:30 am, Monday, January 25th, in the Sheraton-Brock Hotel, with the opening Eucharist and the opening address, to be given by the senior Metropolitan and Acting Primate, the Most Reverend W.L. Wright. That afternoon, the Lower House of the Synod (clergy and lay delegates) will reconvene in Christ Church, Niagara Falls, as an Electoral College to elect a new Primate. At the same time, the Upper House of Synod (the Bishops) will meet at the Church and nominate candidates from amongst their number to submit to the Electoral College. When a new Primate has been elected by a majority vote from both clerical and lay delegates, the delegates will return to the Sheraton-Foxhead Inn, where the meetings of General Synod will begin that evening. It is expected that there will be approximately 270 delegates in both Houses.
For the first time in the history of the Anglican Church of Canada, the meetings of the regular sessions of General Synod will be presided over by a woman. Her title is Deputy Prolocutor, and she will be acting in the place of the Prolocutor elected at the last General Synod, who has since been made a Bishop. The Prolocutor fulfills the same functions as the Speaker in the House of Commons, and is elected by the Lower House (clergy and lay delegates) at each General Synod. The Deputy Prolocutor is Miss Betty Graham, who has been prominent in the affairs of the Church in the Toronto area. Since 1966, Miss Graham has been the Director of Child Welfare, in the Province of Ontario Department of Social and Family Services.
The last General Synod met at Laurentian University in Sudbury, in 1969, from August 18-26. At that General Synod, a new Canon on the Primacy was passed releasing the Primate from particular diocesan responsibilities, and locating his office in Toronto. The election in January will be the first one under this Canon. Other work at the Sudbury General Synod concerned a report on Theological Education across the country, and a report on Manpower in the Church, from which came resolutions establishing a national office for Personnel Resources. The General Synod also accepted new guidelines for Inter-Communion.
Under the general theme of "change," the General Synod heard reports on the Changing World, the Changing Church and the Changing Ministry.
Perhaps the single, most significant action taken by the 1969 General Synod, was the acceptance of the Hendry Report which redirected the Church's attitude towards the Native Peoples of Canada. A report on the implementation of this report will be one of the most interesting features at the General Synod to be held at Niagara Falls.
Moved by The Hon. R. Stevenson, seconded by Archdeacon J. Boyles,
That the Canons be amended by:
a) Canon II - Section 3 - Deleting references to Administration and Finance Committee and replacing with Financial Management and Development Committee.
b) Canon III, Section 13 - Deleting references to Administration and Finance Committee and replacing with Financial Management and Development Committee.
c) deleting the words Administration and Finance Committee wherever they appear in the Canons and substituting the words Financial Management and Development Committee.
d) deleting Section 3e) of Canon VIII and substituting therefor:
"e) The members of the committee may elect one of their number to be vice-chairperson of the committee."
e) deleting the words Committee on Ministry in section 4(a) of Canon XII and substituting the words Pension Committee.
That, in reference to item d)e) above, Section 3e) of Canon VIII be printed in the Handbook of the General Synod as follows:
Notwithstanding Section 41k) of the Constitution, at the first meeting, the ex-officio, elected and appointed members may elect one of their number as chairperson and may elect another as vice-chairperson. CARRIED Act 35
The amended motion was then put and CARRIED. Act 36
That Section 2 Electoral College (Handbook, p.66) of Canon III reading as follows: "The Primate shall be elected by the General Synod, acting through an Electoral College, as hereinafter provided," be repealed, and the following be substituted therefor:
"2. The Primate shall be elected by the Synod, acting as an Electoral College, as hereinafter provided." CARRIED in both Houses.
That Section 3 of the said Canon (Handbook, p.66) reading as follows: "3. The Electoral College shall consist of the Bishops of the Upper House and the other members of the Executive Council elected or appointed under the provisions of the Constitution of General Synod," be repealed. CARRIED in both Houses.
That Section 4 of the said Canon (Handbook, p.66) now reading as follows:
"1. On a vacancy occurring in the office of Primate, within twelve months before the next meeting of the General Synod, a meeting of the Electoral College shall be held for the election of a Primate, either during the next ensuing meeting of the General Synod and after the election of the Executive Council, or immediately following said Synod, at a time and place to be fixed by the Senior Metropolitan.
2. On a vacancy occurring at any other time, the Senior Metropolitan shall summon a meeting of the Electoral College to elect a Primate, such meeting to be held immediately prior to the next annual meeting of the Executive Council," be repealed, and the following substituted therefor:
"1. On a vacancy occurring in the office of Primate within twelve months before the next regular session of the Synod a meeting of the Electoral College shall be held for the election of a Primate either during such Session or immediately following such Session at a time and place to be fixed by the Senior Metropolitan.
2. On a vacancy occurring at any other time, the Senior Metropolitan, following consultation with the Executive Council, shall summon a Special Session of the Synod to act as an Electoral College at a time and place to be fixed by him for the election of a Primate, unless the Executive Council determines that such Special Session should not be called." CARRIED in both Houses.
That section 14 or Canon III - The Primacy - be amended to read as follows:
14. The financial needs of the Primacy shall be met first from the income of any capital fund designated for such purpose and, second, from the proportional gifts made by the Dioceses. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 12
That section 4 of Canon III - The Primacy - be repealed and the following substituted therefor:
4. Duties of the Primate
a) The Primate shall
i) exercise pastoral and spiritual leadership throughout The Anglican Church of Canada,
ii) function as the President of the General Synod, the Chair of the Council of the General Synod, the Chair of the meetings of Metropolitans and the Chair of the meetings of the House of Bishops,
iii) function as the Chief Executive Officer of the staff of the General Synod and shall delegate such duties of that office as the Primate deems appropriate, to the General Secretary and other executive members of the staff of the General Synod,
iv) give leadership in developing the policies and strategies of The Anglican Church of Canada,
v) oversee the implementation of the decisions of the General Synod and the Council of the General Synod,
vi) report to each meeting of the Council of the General Synod and to the General Synod,
vii) speak in the name of The Anglican Church of Canada after consultation with, or in accordance with the policies set by, the Council of the General Synod or the General Synod,
viii) be, ex officio, a member of all committees, councils, boards and commissions, standing or special, appointed under any provision of the Constitution or any Canon enacted by the General Synod, or under any resolution of the General Synod, or of the Council of the General Synod,
ix) visit every diocese of The Anglican Church of Canada,
x) represent The Anglican Church of Canada internationally and ecumenically.
b) The Primate may, after consultation with the Provincial Metropolitans and the Chapter of the Anglican Military Ordinariate and subject to the provision of financial requirements, appoint a Bishop Ordinary who shall have episcopal jurisdiction over the chaplains of The Anglican Church of Canada on duty with the Canadian Forces. CARRIED Act 11
That section 7 of Canon III - The Primacy - be repealed and the following substituted therefor:
7. Resignation from Office
a) The Primate may submit notice of intention to resign from the office of Primate to the Provincial Metropolitan senior by election.
b) The senior Metropolitan shall, after consultation with the other Metropolitans and with the Prolocutor and Deputy Prolocutor of the General Synod, jointly with the Primate determine the date on which the Primate's resignation should take effect.
c) The Primate shall then submit to the senior Metropolitan, and the senior Metropolitan shall accept, a resignation to take effect on the date determined pursuant to section 7 b).
d) The senior Metropolitan shall report the resignation to the Council of the General Synod and to the Order of Bishops of the General Synod.
e) The title of the Primate after ceasing to hold office shall continue to be "Archbishop". CARRIED Act 9