On September 12, 2016 I was pleased to welcome the federal Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, for a community town hall discussion on the issue of electoral reform. The evening gave us a chance to pose several important questions regarding the future of Canada’s election process to over 200 participants, including:
- What do you think about the current system for electing Members of Parliament (benefits/flaws)? Do you feel that votes are fairly translated?
- Do you have a preferred alternative to the current system? What specific features are important to you in an electoral system (for example local representation, proportionality, simplicity, legitimacy etc.)?
- Why do you think many Canadians choose not to engage in the democratic process? How would you encourage participation?
- Do you feel that it should it be mandatory to cast a ballot? (Can include spoiling a ballot)
- Should Canadians be able to vote online? Would you prefer to maintain current voting practices? (i.e. presenting oneself at a polling station, vote secrecy etc.)
The Minister and I were impressed by the thoughtful and considered responses from all those in attendance. I am so proud to represent a riding whose residents show such passion and engagement towards democracy and the future of our country. Those who were unable to attend and are interested in contributing their views on the matter can visit www.canada.ca/democracy for more information.