Minister Monsef Kicks off Month-Long National Tour on Electoral Reform

Ottawa, Ontario, August 26, 2016 – This Sunday in Iqaluit, the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, will kick off a national tour on electoral reform that will take her from coast to coast to coast. During this tour, Minister Monsef will engage Canadians on electoral reform and how we can all work together to make Canadian democracy even stronger.

Minister Monsef will travel to every province and territory across our great nation, and is undertaking these gatherings to reach out and hear first-hand from Canadians from across the country about what they expect from the electoral process and the core values it should reflect. Ultimately, Canada’s electoral system is the foundation of our democracy. It is how we elect representatives, hold them accountable and ultimately influence our future.

Participants at events across Canada will have the opportunity to openly share the values; needs and aspirations they feel should be reflected in Canada’s electoral system.

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.

Venue and time of events can be found at Federal electoral reform community dialogue tour.

Quotes

I am truly grateful for the tremendous opportunity to go and meet with Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast and, most importantly, listen to their views on democracy. I am especially looking forward to hearing from Canadians who have not voted in the past, because our electoral system should work for each and every one of us. I want to express my gratitude to the committee members who are spending their summer away from family and their constituents to pursue this important work. I encourage individuals as well as groups and organizations across the country to get involved in helping shape the future of Canada’s democracy.

Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions

Quick Facts

  • 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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Contacts

For further information (media only):

  • Jean-Bruno Villeneuve
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Democratic Institutions
    (613) 995-0238

  • Media Relations
    Privy Council Office
    613-957-5420