Elections Ontario Encourages Media to Increase Discussion of Ontario's Referendum on Electoral Reform



    TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - Elections Ontario is encouraging Ontario media
to increase the conversation and debate regarding the provincial referendum on
electoral reform on October 10.
    "Ontario Voters need to be both aware and educated regarding their
choices in order to make an informed decision on October 10," said John
Hollins, Chief Electoral Officer, and head of Elections Ontario. "Media are
important partners with Elections Ontario in helping to educate Ontario
voters. We are very appreciative of the strong media interest to date and
encourage Ontario media to continue their attention."
    On Thursday, September 27th at 8:00 p.m., TVO's "The Agenda with Steve
Paikin" will be hosting a live taping on First-Past-The-Post vs. Mixed Member
Proportional, from the Munk Centre for International Studies on the campus of
the University of Toronto. The episode will look at Ontario's upcoming
referendum on electoral reform and both systems on the ballot. Elections
Ontario encourages Ontario voters to watch the broadcast debate.
    "Media initiatives like Thursday's edition of 'The Agenda' are an
important part of fostering voter engagement and debate regarding the October
referendum," says Hollins. "We are appreciative to TVO and look forward to
other media leading similar formal debates and dialogue."

    About the Referendum

    At the same time as the provincial general election on October 10,
Ontario electors will also receive a referendum ballot to choose whether to
continue the existing electoral system, known as First-Past-the-Post (FPTP),
or adopt the alternative Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) electoral system
proposed by the Citizens' Assembly. The referendum will mark the first time
since 1792 that electors are being asked to consider a change to the way that
Ontario's provincial representatives are elected.
    In June 2005, the Ontario Legislature began a process to review electoral
systems. In March 2006, the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform, an
independent body representing the electors in Ontario was created. They were
asked to assess Ontario's current electoral system and different electoral
systems, and recommend whether Ontario should retain its current system or
adopt a different one. The Citizens' Assembly's proposal has resulted in this
Referendum.

    About Elections Ontario

    Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for
administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda in the Province
of Ontario.





For further information:

For further information: Matt Roth, GCI Group for Elections Ontario,
(416) 486-5911, mroth@gcigroup.com


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