Ontario Citizens Assembly Monument - supporters

(What was the Citizen's Assembly?)

We the undersigned agree:

The Ontario Citizens' Assembly was an exceptional example of a legitimately democratic public policy development process.

"I am a great admirer of the BC and Ontario processes. This is as good as deliberative democracy gets"
Professor Richard Simeon, PhD.
William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA USA.
Professor of Political Science and Law, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

"The Ontario Citizens' Assembly serves as an excellent example of how ordinary voters can bring intelligence and sound understanding of issues to bear when given an opportunity for deliberation."
John Cartwright, PhD.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario

"I was very impressed with the serious attention the Assembly gave to its mandate, and the thoroughness with which they studied the options before coming to a conclusion."
Jon H. Pammett, PhD.
Professor of Political Science, Carleton University. Served on the Assembly's academic advisory panel.

"The Assembly process should not have been confined by such limited terms of reference. That having been said, the OCA represents an important step toward effective citizen participation in the public policy process and future governments should be encouraged to build on its model."
Karen Lochead, PhD.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University
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"The Ontario Citizens' Assembly process was done in an extremely competent and timely manner. My congratulations to the Minister of Democratic Renewal, Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, the Deputy Minister, Dr. Matthew Mendelsohn, the Senior Policy Advisor, Tamara Levy, all other staff and outside consultants and most especially to the members of the Ontario Citizens' Assembly. They all gave up a great deal of their personal time and deliberated carefully so that our political democracy here in Ontario could be renewed and strenghten."
Henry J. Jacek, PhD.
Professor of Political Science (Canadian Public Policy), McMaster university and Director, Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP).

"The Ontario Citizens' Assembly should be a model for future democratic policy initiatives in Ontario and Canada."
Peter Malachy Ryan, PhD Candidate
Instructor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University.

Peter H. Russell
Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Garth Stevenson. PhD.
Professor of Political Science and former Chairman of the Department at Brock University.

Carol Agocs, PhD.
Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Western Ontario.

Judith I. McKenzie, PhD. MCIP
Associate Professor, Co-Ordinator, The Criminal Justice and Public Policy (CJPP) Program, University of Guelph. Contributed to the Assembly's learning materials.

Peter Andree, PhD.
Assistant Professor, Department of Poliltical Science, Carleton University.

Martin Horak, PhD.
Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Western Ontario.

Nick Garside, PhD.
Contract Academic Staff, Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University.

"The citizens' assembly is a model we can trust to represent out best interests. We need more empowered citizens' assemblies."
Jason Diceman
Independent stakeholder engagement consultant and deliberative democracy researcher in Toronto.

 

(What was the Citizen's Assembly?)