Thursday, September 27, 2007

Elections Ontario Encourages Media to Increase Discussion of Ontario's Referendum on Electoral Reform

Elections Ontario sent out this news release this afternoon, perhaps acknowledging that the non-partisan agency needs more help from the media in educating voters about their choices in the referendum.

Elections Ontario Encourages Media to Increase Discussion of Ontario's Referendum on Electoral Reform

TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - Elections Ontario is encouraging Ontario media to increase the conversation and debate regarding the provincial referendum on electoral reform on October 10.

"Ontario Voters need to be both aware and educated regarding their choices in order to make an informed decision on October 10," said John Hollins, Chief Electoral Officer, and head of Elections Ontario. "Media are important partners with Elections Ontario in helping to educate Ontario voters. We are very appreciative of the strong media interest to date and encourage Ontario media to continue their attention."

On Thursday, September 27th at 8:00 p.m., TVO's "The Agenda with Steve Paikin" will be hosting a live taping on First-Past-The-Post vs. Mixed Member Proportional, from the Munk Centre for International Studies on the campus of the University of Toronto. The episode will look at Ontario's upcoming referendum on electoral reform and both systems on the ballot. Elections Ontario encourages Ontario voters to watch the broadcast debate.

"Media initiatives like Thursday's edition of 'The Agenda' are an important part of fostering voter engagement and debate regarding the October referendum," says Hollins. "We are appreciative to TVO and look forward to other media leading similar formal debates and dialogue."

For further information: Matt Roth, GCI Group for Elections Ontario, (416) 486-5911, mroth@gcigroup.com

2 comments:

Neale Gifford said...

Agenda with rude and mouthy Churley screaming over everyone else was a complete waste of time. I know less after than I did before. So frrustrating with her on the show.

Matt Guerin said...

Neale, if you have any questions re: MMP or the referendum, please feel free to leave them here in the comments field and I or others will attempt to answer them.