Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night: “Citizens’ Assemblies: How and Why They Work”

“Citizens’ Assemblies: How and Why They Work”.

When: 26 February 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Civic Hub Waterloo Region
23 Water Street North, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Or Online: When you register, you will be sent a link to join the webinar.

NOTE: You may have to install Zoom software on your system if you haven’t already (You will automatically be taken to the download page for the correct software for your system when you register for the webinar above).

Everyone is welcome to come to the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night to sit in on the Webinar, no additional registration required!

Thank you for coming to our webinar on Wed Feb 26 at 7 PM EST.

After the presenters are done, attendees can write questions in the Q+A box and we will answer as many as we can! Questions are often the best part of the webinar!

If you would like to send us your question ahead of time, feel free to email us at office@fairvote.ca.

This webinar is specifically on Citizens’ Assemblies. Fair Vote Canada is calling for a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform (find out more at http://www.nationalcitizensassembly.ca ).

If you have questions related to proportional systems, we will be having another webinar in March on a theme of PR 101 and a special topic about “ranked ballots”. Watch your inbox early March to register 🙂

Thank you so much for joining us and supporting the campaign to Make Every Vote Count!



A surging number Canadians agree – our electoral system is failing us.

Federally, our minority government, elected with 33% of the vote, has the lowest popular support in history.

In Ontario, citizens are trapped in a cycle of protesting unpopular policies made by a majority government elected by 41% of voters.

In the US and the UK, the consequences of winner-take-all elections have led to catastrophic consequences.

We need a process we can trust to move forward on electoral reform! Fair Vote Canada is calling for a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.

Around the world, citizens’ assemblies are taking on complex challenges – from climate change to the future direction of a country — crucial issues where elected representatives are stuck.

Join us for a webinar about Citizens’ Assemblies with three special guests!

A few minutes before the webinar starts on February 26, just log in online to watch and listen. You do not need a microphone or webcam. After the presentations, we will respond to questions you can type into a Question and Answer box. If you’d like to email us a question in advance, send it to office@fairvote.ca.

Special Guests:

We are very excited to be joined by our special guests:

Shoni Field was a member of the BC Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform, and actively campaigned for STV during the 2005 and 2009 referendums. She has been a Fair Voting BC director, president of Fair Vote Canada, and was co-founder of Unlock Democracy. She chaired Vancouver’s Independent Election Task Force. By day, Shoni is a Chief Development Officer.

Steve Morgan is a health economist, Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, and has represented Canada on pharmaceutical policy committees of the World Health Organization. Steve was the Research Lead for the Citizens’ Reference Panel on Pharmacare in Canada, a process that followed the same principles as a Citizens’ Assembly.

David Moscrop is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa and a columnist for the Washington Post and Maclean’s. His first book, Too Dumb for Democracy? Why We Make Bad Political Decisions and How We Can Make Better Ones, is out now.

We hope you can join us on February 26 to learn more about the power of Citizens’ Assemblies.

Thank you for supporting the campaign to Make Every Vote Count!

Sincerely,

Anita Nickerson
Executive Director, Fair Vote Canada