This report summarizes a roundtable discussion, which was commissioned by the Minister responsible for Democratic Reform, the Honourable Mauril Bélanger, to examine the challenges of improving democracy in Canada. Held in Toronto in March 2005, the session was led by the IOG and attended by several senior-level public servants, as well as representatives from academe, industry, the media and the non-profit sector.
The second session of CityScapes Roundtable Program featured Carolyn Lukensmeyer, President of AmericaSpeaks. She presented some ideas on the strengths and weaknesses of North American democracy, and explained how she has used town hall meetings to help address these problems. In the discussion that followed, participants discussed some of the challenges facing civil servants in the course of citizen engagement, and looked at the current opportunities for creating non-partisan public dialogue.
A summary of the Institute’s conference on citizen engagement, featuring keynote addresses by the Honourable Andy Scott, Ms. Jocelyne Bourgon, and Dr. Benjamin Barber.
Part of the Citizen Engagement Round Table Series. Using the experience of this provincial government as a case study, former DM of Health, Dan Perrins, provides insights into key attributes and potential pitfalls of government-led consultation campaigns.
Part of the Citizen Engagement Round Table Series. Roberto Gualtieri, former ADM Science & Technology at Industry Canada reports on his recent survey of European and North American countries which investigated the impact of technology on various players in the policy process. The summary report focusses on how the relationship between citizens and their governments is changing.
Part of the Citizen Engagement Round Table Series. Peter Calamai (Ottawa Citizen), Peter Kent (Global TV) and Art Charity explore the objectives of the civic journalism movement in Canada and how these contrast with those of conventional media. The discussion focusses on how citizens can be involved more deeply in public policy issues through the media.
Part of the Citizen Engagement Round Table Series. Three MPs–Philippe Paré (BQ), Monte Solberg (Reform) and Paddy Torsney (Liberal) — and University Professor Sharon Sutherland discuss the current state of Westminster government. This session led to the occasional paper by Dr. Sutherland also published by the Institute.
Part of the Citizen Engagement Round Table Series. Using the experiences of the Ontario Tax Commission, presenter Monica Townson leads a provocative discussion on this favourite tool of Canadian governments. Additional viewpoints are provided by Laurier Lapierre (on the Spicer Commission) and Dr. Frances Abele, Research Director of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
Part of the Citizen Engagement Round Table Series. Dr. James Fishkin outlines his specialized approach to citizen engagement drawing on experiences in the United Kingdom and the U.S.A. The summary incorporates discussion points and comments from special guests Bill Blaikie and Hugh Winsor.