Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform got it right: Ontario voters urged to go directly to the source for the facts



    Media urged to print text of "One Ballot - Two Votes"

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Today, the VoteForMMP.ca campaign and several
prominent Ontarians from differing political backgrounds backed a Citizens'
Assembly on Electoral Reform call to Ontarians to take charge of their own
learning process for the upcoming referendum. The group also called on the
Ontario media to step forward and provide more substantive information on the
Citizens' Assembly's proposal for electoral reform.

    
    Joining Catherine Baquero, Patrick Heenan and other members of the
Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform on the steps of the Ontario Legislature
were:

    -   Rick Anderson, Campaign Chair, VoteforMMP.ca
    -   Ed Broadbent, former NDP leader
    -   Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario
    -   Senator Hugh Segal
    -   Judy Rebick, CAW - Sam Gindin Chair for Social Justice and Democracy
    -   Jim Harris, former leader, Green Party of Canada
    -   Rosemary Speirs, Co-founder, Equal Voice
    -   Kate Holloway, Liberal candidate, Trinity-Spadina
    

    "We urge all Ontarians to take personal responsibility for casting an
informed vote on the proposed mixed member proportional (MMP) voting system in
the Ontario 10 electoral reform referendum," said Anderson. "Elections
Ontario's information campaign does not adequately inform voters why the
Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform - after eight months of work -
recommended the MMP system. We strongly urge all Ontarians to go right to the
source - www.citizensassembly.gov.on.ca - and learn why this Assembly of
103 Ontario voters, from all backgrounds, all regions of the province and with
no axe to grind, proposed MMP as best for Ontario."
    Media coverage on how and why the Assembly proposed the new system has
been lacking.
    "Unfortunately, instead of informed public discussion, we're seeing
extensive misinformation being presented as fact, and emotional debate
crowding out thoughtful learning and deliberation," said Anderson.
    "Before this referendum is held on October 10, at the very least, every
voter should have read Citizens' Assembly's summary leaflet "One Ballot - Two
Votes". The content of that leaflet - explaining why the Assembly chose MMP -
has information not being provided by Elections Ontario," said Anderson.
"Today we are calling on Ontario's media to make an extraordinary commitment
to fill that gap. We are calling on every daily and community paper to print
the contents of this 800 word leaflet from the Citizens' Assembly so that
everyone who casts a vote on October 10 has had opportunity to read exactly
what the Assembly recommended and why."
    Anderson stated that those who have more time should read the full
27 page report from the Citizens' Assembly, available at
www.citizensassembly.gov.on.ca.

    VoteforMMP.ca is a multi-partisan citizens' campaign supporting the mixed
member proportional (MMP) voting system proposed by the Ontario Citizens'
Assembly on Electoral Reform.





For further information:

For further information: Larry Gordon, (647) 519-7585 or
larry.gordon@fairvote.ca; Rick Anderson, Campaign Chair, VoteForMMP.ca,
rick@asci.ca, www.VoteForMMP.ca

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