Friday, September 21, 2007
Two big Toronto forums on referendum next week
York University in Toronto is hosting 'Change The System: A panel on MMP' next Thursday, September 27, 2007. 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 will take place next Thursday from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at the Recital Hall - Accolade East on the York campus at 4700 Keele Street in Toronto.
Next Friday, the Queen's University Centre for the Study of Democracy is staging a major referendum debate on Friday September 28th at 7pm 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.
Posted by Matt Guerin at 9:13 AM