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Meeting Summary – Annual General Meeting – October 11–12, 2012

9) ACPP Forward Agenda, Engagement Calendar and Open Forum

In light of the number of new meeting participants, the ACPP Terms of Reference were distributed and Belaineh Deguefé (Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Policy, Planning and Public Affairs) explained how Elections Canada communicates with ACPP:

Mr. Deguefé also referred to the engagement calendar distributed to members, which summarizes the draft timelines for ACPP engagement and consultation. Attention was drawn to the tight time frames of some of the activities, in part driven by parliamentary commitments. Initiatives where ACPP engagement is planned include the Compliance Review Technical Expert Group, the Issues Arising from Improper Telecommunications with Electors discussion paper and the Candidates' Handbook. Engagement around initiatives for 2015 may also take place; however, the timing and nature are to be determined, as many initiatives are still in the exploratory stages. The list of follow-up items from the meeting was reviewed with participants.

Open Forum

Several members commented and enquired about a case involving allegations of improper contributions. As this is the subject of an ongoing investigation, Elections Canada could not comment.

The removal of the quarterly subsidies to parties was seen by one member as a mistake, as voters should be able to directly influence the disbursement of public funds as a form of public participation, to show their support. It was felt that more funding should be provided in this manner.

ACPP members were invited to provide input on the ACPP's forward agenda. The following topics were suggested: