Roundtable on the Democratic Deficit: Citizen Engagement and Consultation

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.

CityScapes Roundtable No.2: Citizen Voices

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.

The Citizen Engagement Round Table: Technology, Democracy, and the Development of Public Policy

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.

The Citizen Engagement Round Table: Media and Citizen Engagement – Civic Journalism

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.

The Citizen Engagement Round Table: Revitalizing the Political Process

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.

The Citizen Engagement Round Table: Royal Commissions and Task Forces

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.

The Citizen Engagement Round Table: Deliberative Polling

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.

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