OTTAWA, July 6, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, today announced the launch of a comprehensive set of resources to help Canadians engage in the national dialogue on electoral reform.
A detailed dialogue guide, as well as educational and logistical resources, are now available on Canada.ca/Democracy. This website will also serve as a place where all Canadians can go to stay informed on electoral reform and upcoming engagement activities in their communities.
The dialogue guide and the website are intended to help support every day Canadians, communities and organizations to plan, host and share the results of their own dialogue on electoral reform with the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. This will ensure their voices are also heard as part of this process.
This non-partisan values-based dialogue guide will help encourage and enhance the national dialogue of electoral reform.
"It is important to foster broad engagement from Canadians in this national dialogue on electoral reform. I know many Canadians are eager to share their ideas on the future of our democracy. I hope that these new tools will inspire even more Canadians to become active participants in the democratic process—both during and in between elections. I strongly encourage all Canadians to visit the website and use the guide, tools and resources at their disposal to host a dialogue on the future of their electoral system. These tools are for Canadians of all ages and backgrounds, including Canadians who are not yet of voting age."
- Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions
- The Government of Canada has committed that 2015 would be the last election under the first-past-the-post system.
- An all-party parliamentary committee has been established to consult Canadians, study electoral reform and submit a report and recommendations to Parliament by December 1, 2016.
- The Minister of Democratic Institutions, along with her Parliamentary Secretary, will conduct outreach activities to complement the work of the parliamentary committee.
SOURCE Government of Canada
For further information: Jean-Bruno Villeneuve, Issues Manager and Press Secretary, Office of the Minister for Democratic Institutions, Tel: (613) 301-7541