Wednesday, June 22, 2016

#ERRE - Special Committee on Electoral Reform - membership

Name Role Subcommittee(s) Email Twitter Background Party
John Aldag John.Aldag@parl.gc.ca @jwaldag Master or Business Administration (Royal Roads University)
Bachelor of Business Administration (BC’s Open University)
Diploma in Public Sector Management (University of Victoria)
long career at Parks Canada
from http://www.johnaldagmp.ca/about/#john-aldag
Alexandre Boulerice Alexandre.Boulerice@parl.gc.ca @alexboulerice baccalauréat en sociologie à l'Université de Montréal
des études en science politique à l'UQAM
entame une scolarité de maîtrise à l'Université McGill
Nathan Cullen Vice-Chair (there are two vice-chairs) Agenda and Procedure nathan.cullen@parl.gc.ca @nathancullen graduate of the Comparative Development Studies Program at Trent University
from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Cullen#Early_life
Matt DeCourcey Matt.DeCourcey@parl.gc.ca @MattDeCourcey Master of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University
Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University (STU)
from http://mdecourcey.liberal.ca/biography/
Gérard Deltell Gerard.Deltell@parl.gc.ca @gerarddeltell studied social science at Cégep de Sainte-Foy, graduating in 1984
majored in history at Université Laval and graduated in 1989
from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A9rard_Deltell#Background
Jason Kenney
replaced on committee by Blake Richards
jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca @jkenney did undergraduate studies in philosophy at the University of San Francisco
left university to begin work for the Saskatchewan Liberal Party
from http://www.jasonkenney.ca/meet_jason and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Kenney#Early_life_and_career
Elizabeth May Agenda and Procedure Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca @ElizabethMay a graduate of Dalhousie Law School
was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario
from http://elizabethmaymp.ca/home/meet-elizabeth-widget/meet-elizabeth-may/
Scott Reid Vice-Chair (there are two vice-chairs) Agenda and Procedure scott.reid@parl.gc.ca @ScottReidCPC Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Carleton University
Master of Arts degree in Russian History from Carleton University
from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Reid_(politician)#Personal_life
Blake Richards

(replaced Jason Kenney)
blake.richards@parl.gc.ca @BlakeRichardsMP Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Calgary
from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blake_Richards#Early_life_and_career
Sherry Romanado Agenda and Procedure Sherry.Romanado@parl.gc.ca @SherryRomanado MBA, Concordia University, 2011
Certificate in Public Relations Management, McGill, 2005
from https://www.mcgill.ca/continuingstudies/instructors/biographies/romanado-sherry and https://ca.linkedin.com/in/sherryromanado
Ruby Sahota Ruby.Sahota@parl.gc.ca @MPRubySahota combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Peace Studies from McMaster University
J.D. with a concentration in Litigation from Thomas M. Cooley Law School
from http://rsahota.liberal.ca/biography/
Francis Scarpaleggia Chair Chair, Agenda and Procedure francis.scarpaleggia@parl.gc.ca @ScarpaleggiaLSL undergraduate [degree] in economics from McGill University
master’s degree in economics from Columbia University in New York
MBA from Concordia University
from http://francisscarpaleggia.parl.liberal.ca/biography/
Luc Thériault Agenda and Procedure Luc.Theriault@parl.gc.ca @LucTerjo1 Titulaire d’un baccalauréat et d’une maîtrise de l’UQAM en philosophie
Bloc Québécois

Mark Holland, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions is also present at the committee, but as an observer (does not have a vote).

None of the committee members has a technical background; this is not unusual for Canada's otherwise fairly diverse parliament.

I've made a Twitter list of all members https://twitter.com/papervote/lists/erre

The hashtag for the committee is #ERRE

UPDATE 2016-06-26: I've added membership in the Agenda and Procedure subcommittee, for which the shortcode appears to be SERR.  ENDUPDATE

The committee home page is http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ERRE (or short link http://parl.gc.ca/ERRE-e )

You can email the committee directly at ERRE@parl.gc.ca

The committee contact page lists the following additional staff membership
  • Christine Lafrance, Committee Clerk
  • Danielle Widmer, Committee Clerk
  • Ariann Bouchard, Committee Assistant
  • Dara Lithwick, Analyst, Library of Parliament
  • Erin Virgint, Analyst, Library of Parliament
Lithwick and Virgint, along with Andre Barnes have written a Library of Parliament Background Paper - 2016-06-E - Electoral Systems and Electoral Reform in Canada and Elsewhere: An Overview.  I have written a blog post about the background paper.

The Minister of Democratic Institutions is Maryam Monsef.
There is a web page for Democratic Institutions at http://www.democraticinstitutions.gc.ca/ but it doesn't (yet?) link to the committee.  Shortlink is http://canada.ca/democracy
The Twitter for Democratic Institutions is @CdnDemocracy and the hashtag is mostly #CdnDemocracy

I've made a Twitter list of the Minister, Parl. Sec. and Twitter account for Democratic Institutions https://twitter.com/papervote/lists/democratic-institutions

It's not yet clear how best to interact with the committee (I'm not an expert in how committees work).  For the time being, including for witness recommendations, I would say probably through contacting Minister Monsef, the committee members, and your local MP.  Witness lists appear to be prepared by each party and submitted.  There was talk at the first meeting of allowing questions to be submitted to committee meetings online.

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