News Releases

Empowering Canadians to Have Their Say About Our Democracy

Ottawa, December 5, 2016The Government of Canada wants to hear from as many Canadians as possible in a national conversation about electoral reform.

Strengthening Democracy by Making Voting Easier

Ottawa, November 24, 2016 The Government of Canada is introducing legislation that proposes 7 changes to the Canadian electoral system. Bill C-33, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act, was introduced today in the House of Commons by the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions. If passed, the bill will increase voter participation by breaking down barriers to voting while enhancing the efficiency and integrity of Canada’s elections.

Don’t Miss the Deadline to Submit Comments on Electoral Reform

Ottawa, September 30, 2016 – It is vital that Canadians contribute their opinions on Canada’s electoral processes. The choice of an electoral system should be based on the values and objectives of the people it serves. The way that we elect our Members of Parliament has a direct impact on our daily lives through the debates and votes they participate in and the laws that they enact.

Electoral Reform Tour Pivots to Atlantic Canada

Ottawa, September 22, 2016 – Canada’s Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef is in Atlantic Canada this week to kick off the next leg of the Federal electoral reform community dialogue tour.

Over the next ten days the Minister will stop in Charlottetown, Halifax, Moncton, Gander, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. At each stop along the national tour, Minister Monsef is asking Canadians from all walks of life to get #EngagedinER through discussing the values and expectations they feel should be reflected in Canada’s electoral system.

Electoral Reform Tour Has Canadians Getting #EngagedinER

Ottawa, September 14, 2016 – Canada’s Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef, continues to make her way across Canada engaging Canadians in the national dialogue on electoral reform. This week, the Minister will be making multiple stops in Ontario and Quebec as the next leg of her cross-country tour gets underway.

At each stop along the tour, Minister Monsef is meeting with Canadians and asking them to consider and discuss the values and expectations they feel should be reflected in Canada’s electoral system.

Minister Monsef Urging Canadians to get #EngagedinER

Ottawa, ON, September 6, 2016 – Building on several productive stops in Canada’s north, the Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef, continues her tour in Western Canada this week to promote a national dialogue on electoral reform.

The Western leg of the tour will see the Minister stop in four provinces in six days for multiple public events, MP town halls and important meetings with groups traditionally underrepresented in Canada’s electoral process.

Minister Monsef Kicks off Month-Long National Tour on Electoral Reform

Ottawa, Ontario, August 26, 2016 – This Sunday in Iqaluit, the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, will kick off a national tour on electoral reform that will take her from coast to coast to coast. During this tour, Minister Monsef will engage Canadians on electoral reform and how we can all work together to make Canadian democracy even stronger.

Minister of Democratic Institutions Announces Launch of the Permanent Phase of the Independent Senate Appointments Process

Ottawa, Ontario, July 7, 2016 - The Government of Canada remains committed to reforming the Senate, restoring public trust, and bringing an end to partisanship in the appointments process.

Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, launched the permanent phase of the independent Senate appointments process – which features an application process that is open to all Canadians. The four-week period during which applications will be accepted is now open until August 4, 2016.

Minister Monsef Announces Launch of Federal Electoral Reform Dialogue Guide, Tools and Resources

Ottawa, Ontario, July 6, 2016 - The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, today announced the launch of a comprehensive set of resources to help Canadians engage in the national dialogue on electoral reform.

A detailed dialogue guide, as well as educational and logistical resources, are now available on Canada.ca/Democracy. This website will also serve as a place where all Canadians can go to stay informed on electoral reform and upcoming engagement activities in their communities.

Minister of Democratic Institutions Announces Establishment of the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments

Ottawa, Ontario, January 19, 2016 - The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, today announced the establishment of the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments (Advisory Board).

The Advisory Board will be an independent and non-partisan body whose mandate is to provide the Prime Minister with merit-based recommendations on Senate nominations.

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