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M-76 Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform

44th Parliament, 1st Session

Motion Text

That:

(a) the House recognize that,

(i) representative democracy is a fundamental part of Canadian society,

(ii) in Canada’s current electoral system, the majority of voters cast ballots for a candidate who does not get elected, and many voters feel that election results do not accurately reflect their views,

(iii) many Canadians are concerned with the health of Canada’s democracy, including voter distrust and disengagement, low voter turnout, and the polarization of politics,

(iv) all politicians, and all parties, are widely perceived by the public to have a vested interest in the design of the electoral system,

(v) citizens' assemblies have considerable legitimacy and public trust because they are independent, non-partisan, representative bodies of citizens,

(vi) citizens’ assemblies have been used successfully in Canada, Australia, Belgium, France, Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom to tackle difficult issues through nuanced public deliberation,

(vii) a citizens' assembly on electoral reform would give citizens a leadership role in building consensus on a specific model for electoral reform for Canada; and

(b) in the opinion of the House, the government should create a Canadian citizens’ assembly on electoral reform, which would,

(i) consist of citizens selected by sortition, an impartial selection process to ensure the Assembly’s independence and non-partisanship,

(ii) reflect the diversity of the Canadian population, including a representation of age groups, genders, ethnicities, languages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and geographic regions, along with meaningful participation from First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples,

(iii) determine if electoral reform is recommended for Canada, and if so, recommend specific measures that would foster a healthier democracy.


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January 30, 2023
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History

January 30, 2023
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Joint Seconders (20)

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