#SamaraChat XI: Electoral Reform
RSVP to our next Twitter chat: #SamaraChat XI: Electoral Reform on Wednesday, April 13th at 12pm EST to receive a reminder and advance access to the questions.
In the recent Speech from the Throne, the new government made it clear that it intends to prioritize electoral reform and consultations to go with it. While organizations and individuals are proposing alternative electoral systems, Samara wants to hear from our community about the values that should guide this important discussion. We're partnering with our friends at the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair, University of Ottawa, to delve into electoral reform. Join us online using #SamaraChat to tell us how you feel about electoral reform.
During the #SamaraChat we'll ask:
- What is the problem that electoral reform is meant to solve? What’s wrong with our current system?
- Different voting systems prioritize different (and sometimes competing) values, such as simplicity, representation, group power or individual power. What values should we prioritize when designing a new voting system?
- We know most Canadians have historically not been interested in electoral reform—although they do recognize that our democracy is not working for them. How can a consultative process produce interest in the conversation?
- If you could sit down with parliamentarians including Minister Monsef tomorrow, what advice would you give them about undertaking electoral reform?
- Samara’s focus is on everyday democracy and empowerment of citizens. Electoral reform might be part of the solution but are there also other ideas that should be on the democratic reform agenda?
This Twitter chat will set the stage for a panel the following day at the University of Ottawa. The event will feature the Hon. Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef, Nik Nanos (Nanos Research), Heather Scoffield (Canadian Press), Mike Pal (University of Ottawa), Jonathan Rose (Queen's University), Henry Milner (Université de Montréal), Tom Flanagan (University of Calgary), Nathalie Des Rosiers (University of Ottawa) plus sitting Members of Parliament, including Scott Reid (CPC), Nathan Cullen (NDP), Elizabeth May (Green Party). Click here to read about this event.
First time participating in a Twitter chat? Here's what to do:
- Follow @SamaraCDA and tweet to let us know you're coming to the chat
- Beginning at 12pm EST on Wednesday, April 13th, type #SamaraChat into the search bar to read our questions and read other participants' responses
- In your response, remember to use #SamaraChat to participate in the conversation