Citizen Round Table - The Call for Applications

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

Citizen participation and democratic life are important to you? Do you have proposals for improving current public consultation mechanisms or new ideas for promoting citizen participation at the National Assembly?

We want to hear you!

What is the Citizen Round Table?

The Citizen Round Table is a consultation on how to facilitate the participation of Québec citizens in parliamentary work and activities.

Virtual focus groups will be held between June 14 and 17, 2021. Participants will have the opportunity to express themselves on the difficulties that hinder their participation at the National Assembly and propose concrete ways to improve existing consultation mechanisms or to implement new ones.

The Citizen Round Table is part of a parliamentary reform process. The report of the consultation will be submitted to the MNAs in order to fuel their reflection on the reform. The highlights will be made public in the autumn of 2021.

A random draw will be made from among the eligible applications, taking into account demographic representation targets of the Québec population.

The persons selected will participate in a focus group lasting approximately two and a half hours between June 14 and 17, 2021. The National Assembly is committed to preserving the anonymity of the participants.

Taking part in the Citizen Round Table is a unique opportunity to contribute to the reflection on citizen participation at the heart of Québec's first democratic institution. Do not miss this chance and submit your application now!

Important dates

  • April 19 to May 19, 2021: Call for applications
  • May 19, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.: Deadline for applications
  • May 25 to 28, 2021: Random draw and contact of the selected persons
  • June 14 to 17, 2021: Holding focus groups (allow about two and a half hours)
  • Autumn 2021: Presentation of results to the parliamentarians and publication of highlights

What is the Citizen Round Table?

The Citizen Round Table is a consultation on how to facilitate the participation of Québec citizens in parliamentary work and activities.

Virtual focus groups will be held between June 14 and 17, 2021. Participants will have the opportunity to express themselves on the difficulties that hinder their participation at the National Assembly and propose concrete ways to improve existing consultation mechanisms or to implement new ones.

The Citizen Round Table is part of a parliamentary reform process. The report of the consultation will be submitted to the MNAs in order to fuel their reflection on the reform. The highlights will be made public in the autumn of 2021.

A random draw will be made from among the eligible applications, taking into account demographic representation targets of the Québec population.

The persons selected will participate in a focus group lasting approximately two and a half hours between June 14 and 17, 2021. The National Assembly is committed to preserving the anonymity of the participants.

Taking part in the Citizen Round Table is a unique opportunity to contribute to the reflection on citizen participation at the heart of Québec's first democratic institution. Do not miss this chance and submit your application now!

Important dates

  • April 19 to May 19, 2021: Call for applications
  • May 19, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.: Deadline for applications
  • May 25 to 28, 2021: Random draw and contact of the selected persons
  • June 14 to 17, 2021: Holding focus groups (allow about two and a half hours)
  • Autumn 2021: Presentation of results to the parliamentarians and publication of highlights

Would you like to participate?

Consultation topics

The National Assembly wishes to better understand the needs of citizens and gather their suggestions for improving their participation in parliamentary proceedings. The participants of the Citizen Round Table will express their views on how to:

  • launch, sign and consult petitions;
  • participate in public consultations in parliamentary committees (tabling briefs and hearings);
  • send comments to MNAs on a bill or other issue under consideration;
  • obtain information on parliamentary proceedings and on how to participate in them;
  • promote citizen participation at the National Assembly through new initiatives.

No prior knowledge or experience is required. The National Assembly wishes to bring together citizens with varying degrees of knowledge and experience in political and parliamentary matters.

Information on these different topics will be provided to participants prior to the focus groups. No preparation is necessary.

Want to know more about current public participation mechanisms? Visit the Voice Your Opinion section of the National Assembly website.

Consultation topics

The National Assembly wishes to better understand the needs of citizens and gather their suggestions for improving their participation in parliamentary proceedings. The participants of the Citizen Round Table will express their views on how to:

  • launch, sign and consult petitions;
  • participate in public consultations in parliamentary committees (tabling briefs and hearings);
  • send comments to MNAs on a bill or other issue under consideration;
  • obtain information on parliamentary proceedings and on how to participate in them;
  • promote citizen participation at the National Assembly through new initiatives.

No prior knowledge or experience is required. The National Assembly wishes to bring together citizens with varying degrees of knowledge and experience in political and parliamentary matters.

Information on these different topics will be provided to participants prior to the focus groups. No preparation is necessary.

Want to know more about current public participation mechanisms? Visit the Voice Your Opinion section of the National Assembly website.

How to submit your application

Send your completed application form before May 19, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

Submit your application
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To take part in the Citizen Round Table, you must:

  • be available to join a focus group between June 14 and 17, 2021;
  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • have resided in Québec for at least six months;
  • be able to express yourself in French OR English;
  • have access to a computer, a video camera and an Internet network OR be able to travel by your own means and at your own expense to the National Assembly (Québec City);
  • submit your online application form by May 19, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

The following persons are not eligible:

  • elected officials (federal, provincial, municipal, school);
  • paid staff of a political party or elected official (federal, provincial, municipal, school);
  • the administrative staff of the National Assembly of Québec;
  • the spouse, children and family members living in the same household as the ineligible persons mentioned above.

Interested parties must commit to participating in the discussions on an individual basis, to maintaining partisan neutrality and to respecting a participation charter for the proper conduct of the focus groups.

Stages of the consultation process

Stage 1

Submit your application by filling in the online form between April 19 and May 19, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

Stage 2

The Citizen Round Table will seek to reflect the diversity of Québec today. A random draw will be made from among the eligible applications received, taking into account sociodemographic representation targets of the Québec population. The selected persons will be contacted no later than May 28, 2021, to confirm their participation. The National Assembly will contact only those candidates selected.

Stage 3

Additional information will be sent to participants in early June. National Assembly staff will be available to provide support to those who wish to receive it. This will be an opportunity to answer your questions regarding the holding of the focus groups and to check that your computer resources are working properly.

Stage 4

The Citizen Round Table will take place from Monday, June 14 to Thursday, June 17, 2021. You will be invited to choose a time slot that suits you, either in the morning, afternoon or evening. The focus groups will take place virtually and will last approximately two and a half hours, including a short introductory presentation. One meeting will take place in English. A group could meet in person at the Parliament in Québec City, if the health context allows it.

Stage 5

The consultation report will be presented to the MNAs and the highlights will be published in the autumn of 2021. The information gathered will contribute to the Members’ reflection during the parliamentary reform process.

Approach and methodology

Random draw

A random draw by stratified sampling will be carried out. This selection method allows for the random selection of individuals, while aiming for a certain sociodemographic representation of the population. The following variables will be considered in the draw:

  • Gender identity (female, male, non-binary)
  • Age groups
  • Indigenous identity
  • Ethnocultural diversity
  • Language diversity (French, English)
  • Regional diversity (17 administrative regions of Québec)

Establishment of the focus groups

A minimum of 48 participants will be chosen by random draw.  Alternates will be added to this number. The National Assembly reserves the right to increase the number of participants if it deems it appropriate.

The focus groups will be carried out online using the Teams platform. At least one group will be hosted in English. National Assembly staff will contact participants in advance to ensure that the computer resources are working properly.

Are you unable to attend a virtual meeting? A focus group could be held in person at the National Assembly, if the health context allows it (French group only). Costs and transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.

Data processing and publication of results

The information gathered in the focus groups will be analyzed and compiled by the National Assembly's neutral and qualified administrative staff.

The National Assembly is committed to protecting personal information and preserving the anonymity of participants. The comments will be anonymized in the documents that will be presented to the parliamentarians and made public in the fall of 2021.

Frequently asked questions

A focus group is a research method that consists of bringing together about ten people to discuss a chosen theme. The aim of the discussion is not to establish a consensus. Rather, it is an open discussion that allows participants to express their own opinions and points of view. The meeting is moderated by a facilitator.

Plan to spend about two and a half hours in the focus group, including a short introductory presentation. Indicate the time that suits you best by filling in the application form (morning, afternoon, evening).

Depending on your needs, the National Assembly staff is available before the event to answer your questions and ensure that your computer resources are working properly.

Of course you can! No previous experience or knowledge is required. The National Assembly wants to bring together people with different profiles and different levels of knowledge about politics and parliamentarianism. Anyone can join the Citizen Round Table!

Yes, if you have access to a computer, a video camera and an adequate Internet connection. The majority of the focus groups will take place virtually. This means that you can participate from wherever you are.

Yes. At least one focus group will be held in English. Choose this option in the application form.

Yes. Certain focus groups will be held in the evening to accommodate people in your situation. Choose the times that suit you best in the application form.

Possibly. The National Assembly will hold an in-person focus group at the Parliament to accommodate those who are unable to participate virtually. This meeting will only take place if the health context allows it. If you choose this option, please note that you will be responsible for the costs and arrangements for transportation to the National Assembly (Québec City).

Yes, but you will need to commit to being party neutral when participating in the focus group.

No, you will not. No financial compensation will be paid to participants. However, the Citizen Round Table offers you a unique opportunity to share your opinions and proposals on public participation at the National Assembly.

Yes. The information collected will be processed by a small team of neutral and qualified administrative staff of the National Assembly. The information will be anonymized before being presented to parliamentarians and published in the highlights of the consultation process. Participants will also be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

No. In addition to the citizens selected, only the administrative staff of the National Assembly will be present to facilitate the meetings and ensure that the focus groups run smoothly. Moreover, elected officials from the federal, provincial, municipal and school levels are not eligible to participate.

Yes. A report of the consultation will be provided to parliamentarians. Highlights will be made public in the autumn of 2021.

Parliamentary reform is a long and complex process that aims to make changes to the functioning of the institution and the organization of parliamentary work (rules, parliamentary procedure, etc.). Several elements have to be considered and are discussed among MNAs.

The information gathered in the Citizen Round Table focus groups will be used to help MNAs reflect on the changes that could be made to the National Assembly's public participation mechanisms.

Would you like to participate?