Citizen's Assembly on Electoral Reform UPDATED
In an attempt to improve the electoral system in Ontario, the government has selected at random 103 individuals -- 52 female, 51 male (and at least one member will be Aboriginal) -- to talk about and debate the current electoral system in Ontario. The individuals selected were all from the Permanent Register of Electors of Ontario list.
Letters were sent out to 120, 000 individuals throughout the province asking them is they would be willing to participate in the assembly. Those who choose to participate will have their names placed in a random draw. The draw is to determine who will be the primary candidate and two alternates.
The assembly will recommend either to keep the current system or change it. The assembly is not to go without leadership. Former judge and deputy minister, George Thompson will head it up, bringing the total number of members to 104. If changes are recommend by the assembly, a referendum will be held to determine whether or not to implement those changes.
Apparently, no knowledge of the electoral system is necessary and, "members will learn about different electoral models during an extensive learning process," according to the assembly website.
The assembly will meet twice a month, mostly weekends and usually in Toronto, for eight months beginning in September. The assembly will also host public meetings across the province. Participation is voluntary, but apparently we will be compensated $150 per work day and are eligible for travel expenses. It seems sort of like jury duty, but a whole lot cooler.
The selection process is scheduled to be completed in July.