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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.