Media Advisory - Ontario Citizens' Assembly to hold final vote on recommendation for province's electoral system



    - Technical Briefing and Media Conference -

    TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - The Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral
Reform will meet on April 14th and 15th to debate and decide on what they
believe to be the best electoral system for Ontario: our current First Past
the Post system or a new Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system.
    An initial vote to choose between the two systems will be held after the
debate on Saturday at approx. 4:30 p.m.
    Should the Assembly vote for the MMP system on Saturday, a second vote
will be held at approx. 11:30 a.m. on Sunday to determine whether the members
would like to put their recommendation forward to the people of Ontario.
    Dr. Jonathan Rose, associate professor of political science at Queen's
University and the academic director for the Citizens' Assembly will conduct a
closed technical briefing for the media on the Assembly's recommendation at
10:30 a.m. on Sunday in the Ontario Room at 900 Bay Street, prior to the
second vote.
    Following the vote there will be a media conference to announce the
Assembly's decision featuring Dr. Rose, Assembly Chair George Thomson, and a
group of Assembly members from across the province who will speak to the
recommendation.
    The Assembly's final report is due to the government on May 15, 2007. If
the Assembly proposes a change to Ontario's electoral system, the government
has introduced legislation to hold a referendum on that alternative in
conjunction with the next provincial election on October 10, 2007.

    
    Location:       900 Bay Street (Queen's Park Complex) Ontario Room,
                    MacDonald Block

    Date:           Saturday, April 14 and Sunday April 15, 2007 (half day)

    Meeting Times:  Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. and Sunday, 9:15 a.m. -
                    12:00 p.m.

    Media Events:   Sunday: Tech Briefing at 10:30 a.m. Media Conference at
                    12:15 p.m.

    PLEASE NOTE: OPP requires media credentials or photo ID to enter a
government building during off-hours

    Disponible en français

          For more information visit www.citizensassembly.gov.on.ca


    A detailed schedule for the weekend follows:

    April 14, 2007
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    9:30 - 10:00       Plenary Session:
                       Open Forum
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    10:00 - 11:00      Plenary Session:
                       Decision on Outstanding MMP Design Issue
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    11:15 - 12:15      Plenary Session:
                       SMP or MMP: Making a Final Decision
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    1:15 - 3:00        Group Sessions:
                       Weighing SMP and MMP
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    3:15 - 4:30        Plenary Session:
                       Weighing SMP and MMP
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    4:30 - 4:45        Plenary Session:
                       Choosing Between SMP and MMP (vote)
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    April 15, 2007
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    9:15 - 10:00       Plenary Session:
                       Approach to Final Report & Ancillary Issues
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    10:00 - 11:15      Group Sessions:
                       Workshops on Final Report
                       Note: these sessions are closed to public and media
                       Instead, a technical briefing will be available for
                       media and a question and answer session for the public
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    11:35 - 12:00      Plenary Session:
                       Deciding on Recommendation to People of Ontario (vote)
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For further information:

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

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