The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship and the Research Chair in Electoral Studies at the Université de Montréal will be hosting a public forum on the Canadian electoral reform. The forum will take place on October 20, 2016, from 19h30 to 21h30, at the McGill New Residence Hall (3625 Av du Parc, Montréal). A livestream of the event will be available nation-wide on CPAC’s website (cpac.ca).
The forum will take the form of a debate between four electoral systems: (1) first-past-the-post (FPTP); (2) alternative vote (AV); (3) mixed-member proportional (MMP); (4) small district open list proportional representation (SOP). Four political scientists will each be debating in favour of one system. The debate will begin with a short overview of the four voting systems by Professor André Blais. Each debater will then be given 12 minutes to make their case. This will be followed by an open debate as well as a question period. In-room and remote audience members will be invited to ask questions through the use of the mobile platform Pigeonhole Live. A link will be given to audience members at the forum.
Using this same interactive mobile platform, the public forum will conclude with a live vote, where audience members will get to vote for their two preferred options.
We are also delighted to welcome our special guest Maryam Monsef, Canadian Minister of Democratic Institutions, who will be present at the forum and who will speak before the start of the debate.
Peter Loewen will be arguing in favour of First-Past-the-Post (FPTP). Peter Loewen is the Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He works on questions of elite and citizen behaviour and the role of technology in improving governance and representation. He has published in leading journals of political science, economics, and general science.
Marc André Bodet will be arguing in favor of the alternative vote (AV). Marc André Bodet is an assistant professor of political science at Université Laval where he specializes in Canadian and comparative politics, with a focus on electoral studies. He is also a member of the Chaire de recherche sur la démocratie et les institutions parlementaires.
Laura Stephenson will be arguing in favor of small district open list proportional representation (SOP). Laura Stephenson is an associate professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario where she specializes in political behaviour, both Canadian and comparative. Her research focuses on understanding how institutions and context influence attitudes, electoral preferences and engagement with politics.
Sven-Oliver Proksch will be arguing in favor of mixed member proportional (MMP). Sven-Oliver Proksch is an associate professor at the department of political science at McGill University. His research interests include political representation, democratic political institutions, party politics, parliamentary debates, political text analysis, and European politics.
Registration – The event is free and open to the public, however, places in the conference room are limited and registration is therefore required. You can register here: https://electrefo.eventbrite.com
Livestreaming – The conference will be streamed live by CPAC here: https://www.cpac.ca/
Live vote and Q&A – The Pigeonhole Live interactive platform is accessible to anyone who has access to a smartphone, a tablet or a computer. A simple web address will be given to the audience during the event. For in-room participants who do not have access to such a device to ask a question, tablets will be available on the spot.
Twitter – You can live-tweet using #ElectRefo and @CSDC_CECD
McGill New Residence Hall (Prince Arthur Room)
3625 Av du Parc, Montréal