Marc Mayrand to recommend best route to electoral reform

Canada’s chief electoral officer has outlined his plan to revamp the federal voting regime.

Marc Mayrand has outlined his recommendations to Parliament on how to “improve and modernize” Canada’s electoral framework. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised that last fall’s general election will be the last under the current “first-past-the-post” system.

Maryam Monsef, minister for democratic institutions, has been consulting with Canadians across the country, and said recently there is no consensus on what model should replace the current one.

Her spokesman said so far she has visited 20 cities, town and communities and participated in about 40 events, with more to come. This weekend Monsef will travel to Newfoundland and Labrador. 

“Before she’s done she will have visited every province and territory and is very excited to hear from Canadians of all views on electoral reform,” said Jean-Bruno Villeneuve.

She said most Canadians want changes to include more of who have historically been on the sidelines during elections.

Voter turnout for the Oct. 19 election was 68.3 per cent, the highest since 1993.

MPs are to report by Oct. 14 to an all-party committee studying electoral reform options. The committee spent the summer hearing from experts and is expected to submit its final report by Dec. 1.