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February 3, 2016—Electoral Reform

February 3, 2016—Electoral Reform

In the spring of 2014, the Senate Liberals began our Open Caucus initiative. The goal of these meetings was to foster nonpartisan discussion on issues facing our country. We invited all parliamentarians as well as the public to take part in the discussion with a panel of experts on any given topic, and focused on informing ourselves and others on matters that would be important to Canadians in the coming years.


During the recent federal election, the Liberal party pledged that it would be the last election held under the first-past-the-post electoral system. Now in government, Prime Minister Trudeau has announced that he intends to deliver on this pledge, and will usher in legislation to this effect.

In light of this coming legislation, we invited a panel of witnesses to discuss Electoral Reform and what it could look like in Canada.

Our Panel:

  • Mark Holland, MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions
  • Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer from 1990 to 2007
  • Dennis Pilon, Department of Political Science at York University , Author of “Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the 20th Century”
  • Kelly Carmichael, Executive Director at Fair Vote Canada

Our discussion is not only open to all parliamentarians, but also to the public, who are welcome to attend in person or follow along and contribute via social media at @LibSenate on Twitter.

This meeting took place:
Wednesday, February 3rd
9:30am – 11:30am
Room 160-S, Centre Block

To listen to the audio of this meeting please choose one of the options below:

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