I call the meeting to order.
This is meeting number 46 of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform.
We finished our witness hearings; last night we had our last set of witnesses. Tonight is our big open-mic evening here in Ottawa. We've had open-mic sessions all over the country. We spent about three and a half weeks travelling the country.
We have crossed the country and visited the three territories and 10 provinces. At each stop, we heard from witnesses but also set aside time to listen to comments from the public.
We will do the same thing today.
We're going to basically use the formula we used on the road when we had public open-mic sessions.
Those of you who wish to speak have registered, which is great. Essentially, each person at the mic has two minutes. I know it doesn't sound like much, but it has worked very well everywhere we've gone.
I'll call two people up to the mic. At any given time we'll have two people at the mics, the person speaking and the person waiting to speak. The person waiting to speak can gather their thoughts, and when the person speaking is finished, we'll go to the person who's waiting. Then we'll call another person up to the mic that's free, and they can wait for their turn.
We have, to start off, Ms. Helen Johansen and Mr. Mark Batten-Carew.
Go ahead, Ms. Johansen, please, for two minutes.