Attention News/Assignment Editors:
Media Advisory - Innaugural meeting of the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on electoral reform
TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - The Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform will meet to launch Ontario's unprecedented exercise in direct democracy in Toronto on Saturday, September 9.
During the next eight months, the Assembly, comprising 103 randomly-selected Ontarians and their Chair, George Thomson, will examine the province's current electoral system and other systems. Based on what the Assembly learns and what it hears from fellow Ontarians, it will recommend whether Ontario should keep its current electoral system or change to a new one.
This Assembly process gives average citizens a direct voice in determining the options we have when we vote and how our votes are translated into seats for Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs).
If the Assembly proposes an alternative electoral system for the province, the Ontario government will hold a referendum on that alternative, on or before the next provincial election on October 4, 2007.
Location: Moot Court, Room 101, Osgoode Hall, York University (Keele campus) 4700 Keele Street, Toronto
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2006
Time: 9:15 a.m.
Meeting schedules, member profiles, and useful educational resources about the Citizens' Assembly and electoral systems are available on-line at www.citizensassembly.gov.on.ca.
For more information visit www.citizensassembly.gov.on.ca
For further information: Media Contact: Barry Koen-Butt, Executive Lead, Communications, Citizens' Assembly Secretariat, (416) 325-0752, (416) 993-2415