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Will The Citizens’ Assembly Change Ontario Politics Forever?

by NationTalk on January 24, 2007698 Views

Watch The Agenda with Steve Paikin this Wednesday to find out.

TORONTO, Jan. 23 – Should Ontario keep its current electoral system, or adopt a new one? This is the complex issue that a group of ordinary citizens are grappling with in the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. And Wednesday on TVO, The Agenda with Steve Paikin has invited a special panel of experts to discuss and debate the potential impact on how we vote in Ontario.

<> Comprised of 103 randomly selected volunteers by Elections Ontario, The Citizens’ Assembly initiative has sparked much heated debate on editorial pages of Ontario newspapers. The Agenda, TVO’s flagship current affairs program, will be examining the Assembly process and what it means for all of us as citizens. The special broadcast airs at 8pm this Wednesday (January 24) on TVO.

“The Agenda with Steve Paikin engages our audience in the important issues facing us today,” says Executive Producer Dan Dunsky. “There are significant questions about the first-past-the-post electoral system, and this Citizens’ Assembly is quite an interesting way of addressing the consequences of how we vote.”

As the official media partner of the Citizens’ Assembly, TVO has created a special web site (www.tvo.org/citizensassembly) to allow all Ontarians to learn about The Assembly, and to join in the discussion. Visitors to the site will find video coverage, regional blog reports, and detailed background information on the various stages of the Assembly, plus forums where they can add comments, or join on-line discussions.

As Ontario’s public educational media organization, TVO creates safe, enriching and fun learning experiences for children, offers support to their parents, and encourages active citizenship through a range of media platforms that allow for interaction and participation in our province. For information
visit www.tvo.org.

For further information: Jeff Dunk, Telephone: (416) 484-2735, jdunk@tvontario.org

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