That section 3 of Canon III - The Primacy - be repealed and the following substituted therefor:
3. Term of Office
a) The term of office of the Primate shall commence upon election to the office.
b) The Primate shall, as soon as practicable and not more than 90 days after being elected, resign from the episcopal or metropolitical offices held at the time of election.
c) The Primate shall cease to hold office
- i) when he or she has held office for nine years or, if the term has been extended under section 3 d), when he or she has held office for 12 years,
- ii) when he or she attains the age of 70 years,
- iii) on the effective date of a resignation submitted and accepted under section 7, or
iv) when a resolution is adopted under section 8 d) declaring the Primacy vacant,
whichever first occurs.
4) [sic i.e. d)] The Primate may, no earlier than 18 months before, and no later than 12 months before the ninth anniversary of the Primate's election, submit to the Council of the General Synod and to the Order of Bishops a request for an extension of his or her term of office to the twelfth anniversary of that election. If both the Council of the General Synod and the Order of Bishops accede to the Primate's request within six months, the Primate's term of office shall be extended as requested; otherwise it shall expire on the ninth anniversary of the Primate's election.
Moved by: Archbishop Terrence [sic i.e. Terence] Finlay
Seconded by: Mrs. Dorothy Davies-Flindall
That the motion be amended by deleting the word "election" in subsection a) and replacing it with the word "installation". CARRIED
The amended resolution was then put and DEFEATED Act 10
The Acting Primate confirmed that the resolution had received the requisite 2/3 majority in the Orders of Clergy and Laity voting together, but was carried in the Order of Bishops.
Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has announced that he will retire next year following General Synod and the election of a successor.
Archbishop Hutchison, who was elected Primate at the last General Synod in St. Catharines, Ont., in 2004 made the announcement at a meeting of the Canadian House of Bishops in Niagara Falls, Ont., after privately notifying the four Canadian Metropolitan Archbishops of his decision.
He reminded the bishops that he had said right after his election in June, 2004, that his would be a one-triennium primacy. (General Synod meets every three three years.) Since then, he said, there have been discussions about whether or not that term of office should be extended. But "despite a good deal of urging for me to do so, I believe the best answer is for me to stick to my original statement," he said.
Archbishop Hutchison, former Archbishop of Montreal and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada, had been ready to retire at the time he was elected Primate.
He told the Niagara Falls gathering of bishops that his decision was based primarily on personal and family reasons.
The announcement means that the next General Synod, which convenes in Winnipeg next summer [19-25 June 2007], will elect a successor. The process for that election is that the House of Bishops submits a list of no more than five nominees to General Synod, where clergy and lay members elect a Primate.
Archbishop Hutchison noted that this timing will allow a new Primate time to prepare for the next meeting of the Lambeth Conference of all Anglican bishops in the world, which will be held in 2008.
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Bishop Michael Ingham, Chair of the Primatial Role Task Force, presented the report. He noted that a friendly amendment had been receivd and accept subsequent to the resolution's inclusion in the Convening Circular.
Committee of the Whole
Moved by: The Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham
Seconded by: The Rt. Rev. Linda Nicholls
That this General Synod move into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the report of the Primacy Taskforce. CARRIED
Following a brief discussion, it was
That this General Synod move out of Committee of the Whole. CARRIED
That this General Synod amend Canon III as indicated in Appendix A to this Resolution (additions are in bold, deletions are in strikeout). [In electronic database bold indicated by pointed brackets i.e. ; strikeout indicated by double pointed brackets i.e.>]
CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE IN ALL ORDERS Act 27
The text of the amendments to Canon III, presented as Appendix A to the resolution, follows:
- The Primacy
1. The Primacy
a) There shall be a Primate who shall be the presiding bishop of The Anglican Church of Canada.
b) The Primate, upon assuming office, shall be the Senior Metropolitan of The Anglican Church of Canada.
c) The Primate shall have the title .Archbishop.
2. Election to the Primacy
The Primate shall be elected in accordance with the procedures established in part II of this Canon.
> . Term of Office
a) The term of office of the Primate shall commence upon installation to the office.
b) As soon as practicable following election, but in any case not more than 90 days after the date of election, the Primate shall resign the any Episcopal or and Metropolitical offices held at the time of election to the Primacy.
c) The Primate shall hold office until:
i) attaining 70 years of age, or
ii) the effective date of a resignation accepted pursuant to section > b) of this Canon, or
iii) the adoption of a resolution declaring the Primacy vacant pursuant to section > d) of this Canon.
b) The Primate may, after consultation with the Provincial Metropolitans and the Chapter of the Anglican Military Ordinariate and subject to the provisions 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
> . The Office of the Primate
a) The Primate shall maintain an office at the headquarters of the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada.
b) The Primate may retain personal assistants after appropriate financial arrangements have been made pursuant to sections > c) and > d) of this Canon.
c) The Financial Management > Committee shall, in accordance with its budgeting procedures, determine the financial needs of the Primacy, including all salaries, office expenses, living allowances, travel expenses, entertainment allowances and other expenses.
d) 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 that are made by the dioceses.
> . Acting Primate
During a vacancy in the Primacy or during the incapacity of the Primate, the Provincial Metropolitan senior by election, able and willing to act, shall have authority to perform all the duties of the Primacy and shall be styled .Acting Primate.
> . 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 > 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 > Metropolitan , and the > Metropolitan shall accept, a resignation to take effect on the date determined pursuant to section 9 b).
d) The > 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.
> . Incapacity of the Primate
a) The incapacity of the Primate to carry out the functions of the Primacy for reason of illness or otherwise shall be established:
- i) by the deed of the Primate to that effect addressed to the Provincial Metropolitan senior by election, or
- ii) by a Certificate of Incapacity addressed to the Provincial Metropolitan senior by election, and signed by four Diocesan Bishops of The Anglican Church of Canada and one of:
--a) The Provincial Metropolitans,
-- b) The Chancellor of the General Synod, or
-- c) The Prolocutor of the General Synod.
b) Where the incapacity of the Primate has been established by the deed of the Primate to that effect, the Primate may resume the functions of the Primacy by giving notice of intention to do so to the Acting Primate.
c) Where the incapacity of the Primate has been established by a Certificate of Incapacity, the Primate may resume the functions of the Primacy by giving to the Acting Primate notice of intention to do so, and
- i) a certificate establishing the capacity of the Primate to resume the functions of the Primacy, signed by the persons who signed the Certificate of Incapacity, or their successors in office, or
- ii) a certified copy of a resolution of the Council of the General Synod, or of the General Synod, directing that the Primate may resume the functions of the Primacy.
d) After the incapacity of the Primate to carry out the functions of the Primacy, has been established under section 8 10 a) of this Canon, the Primacy may be declared vacant:
- i) by special resolution of each of the Council of the General Synod and the Order of Bishops, or
- ii) by special resolution of the General Synod.
II - Election Procedures
> . Procedural Guidelines
The Council of the General Synod shall establish procedural guidelines for the conduct of the election of a Primate but this Canon shall have precedence over anything contained in the guidelines as established.
> . Eligibility
All bishops of The Anglican Church of Canada who are members of the Order of Bishops of the General Synod in accordance with the Constitution of the General Synod shall be eligible for election to the Primacy.
> 13. General Synod to Elect
The Primate shall be nominated and elected by the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada in accordance with this Canon.
> . Time of Election
a) Where a vacancy in the Primacy occurs less than 12 months before a regular session of the General Synod, the General Synod shall elect a Primate during such regular session at a time fixed by the Acting Primate.
b) Where a vacancy occurs more than 12 months before a regular session of the General Synod, unless the Council of the General Synod directs otherwise, the General Synod shall elect a Primate at a special session held at a time and place fixed by the Acting Primate in consultation with the Council of the General Synod.
> . Meeting of the Order of Bishops
The Order of Bishops shall meet not earlier than one hundred and twenty days and not later than thirty days before the date fixed for the election of the Primate and shall nominate three or more bishops for the office of Primate.
> . Notice to the Orders of Clergy and Laity
Immediately following the meeting of the Order of Bishops, the General Secretary of the General Synod shall send to all members of the Orders of Clergy and Laity the names of the nominees together with such biographical information about each nominee as is required by the guidelines established under section 9 11.
> . President
The Prolocutor of the General Synod or, in the absence of the Prolocutor, the Deputy Prolocutor shall preside during the election of the Primate by the General Synod.
> . Celebration of Holy Communion
On the day appointed for the election, the General Synod shall convene for a celebration of Holy Communion.
> . Report of the Credentials Committee
Upon conclusion of the celebration of Holy Communion, the Credentials Committee shall report as to the standing of all persons present and as to the presence of a quorum of the General Synod.
> . Withdrawal of the Order of Bishops
A quorum of the General Synod being present, the Order of Bishops shall withdraw and sit apart from the other Orders.
> . Voting and Election in the Orders of Clergy and Laity
a) When the Order of Bishops has withdrawn, the Orders of Clergy and Laity shall proceed immediately to vote by ballot on the nominations made by the Order of Bishops.
b) Votes shall be taken by Orders and, subject to sections > and > , shall continue until there is an election.
c) After the second and each subsequent vote:
i) the name of any nominee who has received fewer than 10 per cent of the votes cats in the Order of Clergy and fewer than 10 per cent of the votes cast in the Order of Laity, or
ii) if all nominees have received at least 10 per cent of the votes in both Orders, the name of the nominee who received the fewest votes in the aggregate, shall be removed from the ballot before the next vote, until only two nominees remain.
d) An election occurs when a nominee receives a majority of the votes of:
i) the members of the Order of Clergy present, and
ii) the members of the Order of Laity present.
e) Upon an election occurring, the Order of Bishops shall be notified.
> . Further Nominations
a) Either the Order of Clergy or the Order of Laity may, at any time after the second vote is taken, by resolution request further nominations from the Order of Bishops.
b) Upon receipt of such a request, the Order of Bishops shall submit one or more additional nominations.
> . Resolutions
a) resolutions shall be presented in writing to the President.
b) No debate shall be permitted on any resolution or ballot.
> . Failure of Orders of Clergy and Laity to Elect
a) When, after the number of nominees has been reduced to two,
i) an election has not occurred after three successive votes, and
ii) no request for additional nominations has been made, the Order of Bishops shall be notified that the Orders of Clergy and Laity are unable to elect.
b) When the Order of Bishops is notified that the Orders of Clergy and Laity are unable to elect, the members of the order of Bishops shall proceed to vote on the two remaining nominees and an election occurs when one of the nominees receives a majority of the votes of the members of the Order of Bishops present.
> . Declaration of Election
When an election occurs, the Order of Bishops shall return and sit with the Order of Clergy and Laity and >