Wednesday, September 26, 2007

REMINDER: Two big Toronto forums on referendum

On Thursday, Sept 27th, York University in Toronto is hosting 'Change The System: A panel on MMP'. The tagline for the event is "Three perspectives on why we need change!"

The panelists will be former federal NDP Leader Ed Broadbent, Conservative Senator Hugh Segal and Ontario Liberal candidate (and Liberals For MMP co-founder) Kate Holloway (pictured). As the only panelist actually running in this Ontario election, we wish Kate all the best as she shares the podium with these political veterans on this important issue. The panel takes place Thursday from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at the Recital Hall - Accolade East on the York campus at 4700 Keele Street in Toronto.

On Friday, Sept 28th at 7 pm, the Queen's University Centre for the Study of Democracy is staging a major referendum debate at the MaRS Complex at 101 College Street in Toronto.

The National Post's political affairs columnist Andrew Coyne and former Ontario minister Marilyn Churley will make the case for adopting the new Mixed Member Proportional electoral system proposed by Ontario's Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform. They will square off against Toronto Sun Queen's Park columnist Christina Blizzard and former Ontario minister Charles Harnick who will defend Ontario's existing First-Past-The-Post electoral system.

The debate will be hosted by the Centre's director Thomas Axworthy and will include introductory remarks by George Thomson, Chair of the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform. The audience will be asked to cast a vote before and after the debate to see whether the debaters succeed in making their case. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.


Scott Tribe said...

There are actually 3 big forums on MMP that day; the 2 you've mentioned, and then TVO is doing a live show from the Munk Centre at the U of T at 8 pm also discussing the 2 choices.

Matt Guerin said...

Ah yes, that is right, Scott, thanks. I'll post a reminder about that tomorrow morning.

Anonymous said...

As promised, there is another forum held Thursday evening at the U of T on MMP.

On Thursday September 27th, 2007 from 6 to 8 PM OPA Lecture Hall, room B-150 (144 College St.) featuring Catherine Baquero from the Citizens’ Assembly, Patrick Boyer, former PC MP, Ed Broadbent, former NDP leader and others. Moderated by Larry LeDuc. _________________