Are political parties contributing to a healthy and vibrant Canadian Democracy?
A panel discussion presented by Spark!
Spark, a new organization and movement that seeks to increase and revitalize civic literacy and democratic participation in the Canadian political process, is proud to present our first in a series of events examining the state and future of Canadian democracy. The topic for the evening, featuring a panel discussion, asks the question: Are Political Parties contributing to a healthy Canadian democracy? The topic is especially relevant in era where less and less Canadians are politically involved and voter turnout shows a decreasing segment of our society consistently participating in the political process.
Moderated by the Winnipeg Free Press’s political columnist, Dan Lett, the panel will feature University of Winnipeg political science professor Dr. Joan Grace (an expert in the Canadian political process and the roles of political parties in Canada), Member of Parliament Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay-Superior North) and Member of Parliament Brent Rathgeber (Edmonton- St Albert). Of note, both Members of Parliament have recently left their respective caucuses (New Democratic and Conservative) over a perceived lack of personal direction to represent their constituents. The panelists will provide their own vision and critique of the current party system and how it affects the democratic process and will also be taking questions from audience members.
The panel will convene on Thursday, September 19th at the University of Winnipeg Faculty Club (4th floor Wesley Hall, 515 Portage), with doors opening at 7pm and the panel commencing at 7:30pm sharp. Beverage service will also be available at the event.
Spark is a new organization and movement that seeks to increase and revitalize civic literacy and democratic participation in the Canadian process, through a wide ranging means of engagement, active participation and education.