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Electoral Reform Committee must hear from women this fall

By Nancy Peckford, Grace Lore      

It heard this summer from nearly five times as many men as women.

PCO official Isabelle Mondou and Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef were among the 20 per cent of female witnesses at the Electoral Reform Committee this summer. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

In 2016, the days of parliamentary committee meetings dominated by often well-meaning but largely male experts and organizations that often speak for only half of the population should be long gone. This should be especially true for the special committee convened by Parliament this past June to consider the fundamental question of viable alternatives to Canada’s current first-past-the-post electoral system.

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