The Pollcast: The summer of electoral reform is over

The summer's hearings on electoral reform in Ottawa are over. After listening to the experts, it's now time for MPs to hear directly from Canadians. But is the committee any closer to reaching a consensus on changing how Canadians vote? The CBC's Aaron Wherry and the Ottawa Citizen's Kady O'Malley join podcast host Éric Grenier to break it down.

Host Éric Grenier is joined by the Ottawa Citizen's Kady O'Malley and the CBC's Aaron Wherry

MPs have been hearing from experts all summer about changing the way Canadians vote. But were any minds changed? (The Canadian Press / Peter Power)

The CBC Pollcast, hosted by CBC poll analyst Éric Grenier, explores the world of electoral politics, political polls and the trends they reveal.

All summer, the special committee on electoral reform has been hearing from expert witnesses on how Canada's voting system should (or should not) change. Soon it will be hitting the road and meeting with Canadians directly before submitting its final recommendations.

But after hours of discussion, is the committee any closer to a consensus on what Canada's electoral system should be?

Joining host Éric Grenier to parse through what MPs heard all summer, are the CBC's Aaron Wherry and the Ottawa Citizen's Kady O'Malley.

This is the last instalment in a summer series of podcasts focusing on electoral reform. Past episodes featured interviews with MPs from all five parties:

How likely are the committee members to come to an agreement on electoral reform? Has a referendum on any changes become more or less likely after weeks of hearings? And will the Liberal government — which has the final say — follow the recommendations that the committee makes?

Kady O'Malley from the Ottawa Citizen and the CBC's Aaron Wherry join us to discuss the work of the electoral reform committee and whether we're getting closer to a consensus.

Listen to the full discussion above — or subscribe to the CBC Pollcast and listen to past episodes.

Follow Éric Grenier, Aaron Wherry, and Kady O'Malley on Twitter.


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