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Special Committee on Electoral Reform
House of Commons / Chambre des communes
Comité spécial sur la réforme électorale

For immediate release


NEWS RELEASE


Special Committee on Electoral Reform to travel across Canada

Ottawa, August 19, 2016 -

With a mandate to broadly consult Canadians from all walks of life, the Special Committee on Electoral Reform will criss-cross Canada this coming September and October. The Committee will use this opportunity to hold formal hearings and public sessions where members of the public may share their views on electoral reform, online voting and mandatory voting. For the open-mic sessions, it will be first come, first served. The format for these public sessions and the specific locations for the sessions remain to be determined. A press release providing further details will be issued at a later date.

The Committee’s mandate was set out in the motion adopted by the House of Commons on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. The Committee must present its report to the House of Commons no later than December 1, 2016.

Committee’s Travel Schedule (Tentative)

Monday, September 19

Regina, Saskatchewan

Tuesday, September 20

St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Wednesday, September 21

Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, September 22

Québec, Québec

Friday, September 23

Joliette, Québec

Monday, September 26

Whitehorse, Yukon

Tuesday, September 27

Site visit (to be determined)

Victoria, British Columbia

Wednesday, September 28

Vancouver, British Columbia

Thursday, September 29

Leduc, Alberta

Friday, September 30

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Monday, October 3

Montréal, Québec

Tuesday, October 4

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Wednesday, October 5

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Thursday, October 6

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Friday, October 7

Fredericton, New Brunswick

To be determined

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Those wishing to contribute to the Committee’s discussions may do so in the following ways.

-TWITTER: Committee members will consult TWITTER (#ERRE #Q) to review comments and questions posted by members of the public. Committee members may in turn relay these to the witnesses in real time.

-REQUEST TO APPEAR: Requests to appear may be directed to the Committee by email (erre@parl.gc.ca) or by using the appropriate button on the Committee’s website. Please note that the Committee clerks will contact only those persons selected by Committee members to appear. Requests to appear must be submitted to the Committee by no later than 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on October 7, 2016.

-SUBMIT A BRIEF: Any person or organization may submit a brief to the Committee. To be accepted, the brief must not exceed 3,000 words (including summary and footnotes) and must be submitted to the Committee no later than 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, October 7, 2016. It is recommended that the recommendations be underlined and linked with the principles set out in the motion. Briefs may be submitted to the Committee by email (erre@parl.gc.ca), or by using the appropriate button on the Committee website. Once they are translated, the briefs will be distributed to the Committee members and posted on the Committee website.

Interested parties may follow the Committee’s work on its website. (http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ERRE/About).

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For more information, please contact:
Christine Lafrance, Clerk of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform Tel: 613-943-5365
Danielle Widmer, Clerk of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform Tel: 613-943-5135
E-mail: ERRE@parl.gc.ca