Citizen engagement: From everyday citizenship to electoral participation

Voting is a key way citizens engage with their political system but participation is not even across demographic groups. This session examines which groups vote and which do not, which groups are invited to participate and which are not, and what might be done to encourage increased voting across the board. Particular attention is paid to existing get out the vote efforts in order to understand what is working and what can be improved.

Lead Discussants:

  • Mark Blevis, President and digital public affairs strategist, Fullduplex Ltd.
  • Mark Coffin, Executive Director & Founder, Springtide Collective
  • Tara Mahoney, West-Coast Project Coordinator, Apathy is Boring
  • John Beebe, Manager of Outreach, Samara Canada

Moderator: Elections Canada


For the first half hour, 2-3 experts and session leads will outline key issues and knowledge gaps and identify a number of key issues to be discussed. Afterwards, the room will break into smaller groups for facilitated discussions about the various key issues before re-convening as a whole to exchange ideas.

Citizen Engagement

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This Canada 150: Conneted Canada conference was supported by a Canada 150 Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


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