Last Day For Written Comments To The Government-Appointed Citizens Reviewing Ontario's Voting System



    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - January 31, 2007 is the last day to provide the
Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform with written comments before
they enter their final deliberations.
    After hosting more than 40 meetings around the province, members of the
Assembly have heard from thousands of Ontarians regarding what's important to
them when it comes to voting MPPs to Queen's Park.
    "You don't have to write a 30-page paper," said Assembly Chair George
Thomson, "You can just send us a few sentences explaining what's important to
you."
    Many hundreds of written submissions have already been received but
everyone is encouraged to have their opinions heard by visiting the web site
at www.citizensassembly.gov.on.ca and following the links to an online form.
Comments and suggestions may also be sent to the Citizens' Assembly through
the mail to: Citizens' Assembly Secretariat, Suite 830, 1075 Bay Street,
Toronto, ON M5S 2B1 (submissions should be postmarked no later than
January 31).
    The Assembly is made up of citizens randomly selected from the voters'
list - one from each of Ontario's 103 electoral districts - plus the Chair,
former judge and deputy minister, George Thomson. Their mandate is to
recommend whether Ontario should keep its current electoral system or change
to a new one.
    The electoral system affects what choices we have when we vote and who
gets elected. Ontario's current first-past-the-post system has been used since
our first parliament was elected in 1792. Since that time our electoral system
has never been publicly debated or evaluated - until now.
    If the Assembly recommends a new system for the province, the Ontario
government has promised to put the proposal to a referendum at the next
provincial election on October 4, 2007.
    Assembly meeting schedules, member profiles, and other useful resources
about the Citizens' Assembly and electoral systems are available on-line at
www.citizensassembly.gov.on.ca.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Barry Koen-Butt, Executive Lead,
Communications, Citizens' Assembly Secretariat, (416) 325-0752, (416)
993-2415

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