Interview with Marie-Hélène Lyonnais

Why did you choose to be a member of the Citizen round table?

“I chose to be a member of the Citizen round table because I wanted to take part in discussions about electoral reform, such as how to bring the election system more up to date technology-wise and make it more accessible. Truly, modern concerns. Making it universal, more accessible, and having people who are representative of the population, as well. So they can have access to institutions and be part of the discussion. Of course, I am especially interested in the involvement of women in politics and in democracy in general. For me, having a voice at this table is a way to put forward these issues.”

What are you left with following your experience as a member of the Citizen round table?

“I’m left with knowing there is a wider diversity of opinions than I thought on certain issues. I saw this, for example, when I saw my own opinions change from before meeting the other members of the Table. For example, I thought I was completely in favour of online voting. Our discussions, however, opened my eyes to privacy concerns and risks that I was not aware of prior to being on the Table with people having different experiences and perspectives. Otherwise, what I’m left with is knowing there’s truly a place for citizen initiatives in electoral change. Élections Québec is very open to our proposals.”

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