OTTAWA, Sept. 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Canada's Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef, continues to make her way across Canada engaging Canadians in the national dialogue on electoral reform. This week, the Minister will be making multiple stops in Ontario and Quebec as the next leg of her cross-country tour gets underway.
At each stop along the tour, Minister Monsef is meeting with Canadians and asking them to consider and discuss the values and expectations they feel should be reflected in Canada's electoral system.
Over the next five days the Minister will have met with Canadians in Thunder Bay, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal and Shawinigan. Venue and time information for these public events can be found at Federal electoral reform community dialogue tour.
All Canadians are invited to attend meetings or hold their own gatherings and share their ideas about the future of Canada's democracy either in person or online. For those not able to attend in person, many of the Minister's dialogue events are being broadcast online from the Canadian Democracy twitter account.
Canadians are urged to get #EngagedinER and join in the national dialogue on electoral reform as the debates, votes and laws that result from our electoral processes affect all aspects of the daily lives of Canadians.
In the past week Minister Monsef hosted large public consultations in Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina and Winnipeg. In addition to her own electoral reform dialogue events she also took the opportunity to join in several town halls hosted by local Members of Parliament as well as roundtable discussions with local community representatives and stakeholder groups, some of which are underrepresented in Canada's electoral system.
I am ecstatic to see this level of interest and engagement among Canadians. With each stop it is more and more apparent that Canadians have a multitude of thoughts and unique perspectives on how Canada's electoral system can be improved. I want to thank those who have attended these events and encourage all Canadians to continue to get involved in this important national dialogue.
-Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions
- An all-party parliamentary committee has also been established to consult Canadians, study federal electoral reform and submit a report and recommendations to Parliament by December 1, 2016.
- Members of Parliament have been encouraged to hold their own discussions with their constituents.
- Additional details for the date, time and locations of events held with the Minister, Members of Parliament or other groups are available at Attend a Canadian federal electoral reform event, on the Canada.ca/democracy site.
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