On October 1st 2016, I along with the six other Mississauga Members of Parliament hosted an Electoral Reform Consultation. Parliamentary Secretary to the minister of Democratic Institutions, Mark Holland was also present as the special guest. PS Holland commenced the morning with a presentation on the various types of electoral system options including: Alternative Vote, List Proportional Representation, Single Transferable Vote, First Past the Post, Mixed Member Proportional as well as online voting and mandatory voting.
Following the presentation, the 220 attendees broke into smaller groups to engage in a constructive round table discussion. An overwhelming majority of them supported reforming our electoral system to ensure greater representation. The discussion was thoughtful and inclusive. It was incredible to see how engaged the residents of Mississauga are about electoral reform.
In addition to the feedback collected at town hall, a multi-partisan Parliamentary Committee is in place conducting its own consultation and will be reporting its own findings to Parliament. To learn more about what the committee is currently doing, please click here (https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/electoral-reform/learn-about-canadian-federal-electoral-reform.html).
Lastly, if you were not able to attend the consultation, you can still take part in the discussion by addressing your thoughts by joining the online consultation or by submitting a brief (http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ERRE/StudyActivity?studyActivityId=9013025).