Government Documents on Citizens Assemblies
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Completed Citizen Assemblies

 

British Columbia Citizens Assembly

Official Site: Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform

 

Government Proposal to Establish a Citizens Assembly, December 23, 2002, 39 pages: Report on the Constitution of the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform

 

Summary Final Report, December 10, 2004, 20 pages:  Making Every Vote Count: The Case for Electoral Reform in British Columbia

 

Detailed Final Report, December 10, 2004, 280 pages: Making Every Vote Count: The Case for Electoral Reform in British Columbia

 

Short Brochure: Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform

 

Netherlands Citizens Assembly

Official Site: Burgerforum Kiesstelsel

 

Final Recommendations Report, December 14, 2006, 26 pages: The Electoral System Civic Forum's Recommendations*

 

Final Process Report, December 14, 2006, 54 pages: Process Report of the Electoral System Civic Forum

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Ontario Citizens Assembly

Official Site: Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform

 

Video Archive of the Proceedings: Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform

 

Summary Final Report, issued May 15, 2007: One Ballot - Two Votes: A New Way to Vote in Ontario

 

Detailed Final Report, issued May 15, 2007: Democracy at Work: The Ontario Citizens' Assembly On Electoral Reform (280 Pages)

 

Official Site of the Students' Assembly on Electoral Reform: Students' Assembly on Electoral Reform

 

Report of the Students' Assembly on Electoral Reform: Students' Assembly on Electoral Reform


Bill 155, Introduced on October 24, 2006 and approved on April 18, 2007: Electoral System Referendum Act of 2007 (to set October 10 referendum date): N.A.

 

Electoral System Referendum Act, 2007, S.O. 2007, Chapter 1
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_07e01_e.htm

 

Ontario Regulation 211/07 made under the Electoral System Referendum Act, 2007
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_070211_e.htm

 

Elections Ontario Referendum Website: Referendum Ontario (also advertised as http://yourbigdecision.ca )

 

Proposed Citizen Assemblies

 

California

Bill A.C.A. No. 28, introduced on January 25, 2006: Citizens Assembly on Electoral Systems Act of 2006

 

New Zealand

Amendment: Supplemenatory Order Paper Number 170, introduced December 5, 2007

 

United Kingdom

Bill 88, introduced November 15, 2005; to require the Electoral Commission to establish a Citizen's Assembly to perform functions in relation to referendums

Vote on Bill 88, June 14, 2006:  Floor Debate and Vote: 72 Ayes and 168 Noes

House of Lords--Developments Since January 2004, Parliament and Constitution Centre, House of Commons Library, Research Paper 07/82, December 3, 2007

 

Robert Hazell, Towards a New Constitutional Settlement – An Agenda for Gordon Brown’s First 100 Days and Beyond, June 2007


Robert Hazell, Constitution Unit response to Cm 7170: The Governance of Britain, July 2007