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

For immediate release


House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform to hold a public hearing in Iqaluit

Ottawa, October 12, 2016 -

As part of its mandate to consult broadly with Canadians to identify viable alternate voting systems to replace the first-past-the-post system, as well as to examine mandatory voting and online voting, the Special Committee on Electoral Reform is holding formal meetings and public sessions across Canada. For the final stop in the national consultation process, the Special Committee will visit the following city:

Monday October 17, 2016

Iqaluit, Nunavut

1:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.* Witness Panel(s)

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.* Open mic session

6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.* Witness Panel(s)

7:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.* Open mic session

Frobisher Inn and Conference Centre, Astro Hill Complex, 505 Astro Hill, Iqaluit, Nunavut Koojesse Room North

*Please note that the schedule is approximate and subject to change.

The meeting will be open to the public and open mic sessions will be held during the public sessions to provide Canadians the opportunity to speak to the Committee and to present their views on electoral reform. Members of the public who wish to speak at these open mic sessions must register on-site at least 30 minutes before the start of the public session. The list of speakers will be determined on a first-come-first served basis. At the discretion of the Chair, each speaker will be allotted approximately two minutes.

Canadian who are unable to attend the public sessions when the Committee travels, can still participate in the study. 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.

Live audio feeds of the Committee’s meetings across Canada will be available through the Committee’s website. Interested parties may follow the Committee’s work on its website (

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For more information, please contact:
Danielle Widmer, Clerk of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform Tel: 613-943-5135
Christine Lafrance, Clerk of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform Tel: 613-943-5365