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  • April 21, 2014

    The Plane Has Landed

    Democracy Talks hit the road last week, joining House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer at the kickoff of an exciting initiative to get Members of Parliament into classrooms across the country.
  • April 18, 2014

    Weekly Fill(ibuster): Tragedy in the Commons edition

    It's been a busy week with the launch of our book "Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada's Failing Democracy." Today we take over the Weekly Fill(ibuster) to share some of the great news coverage around its release.
  • April 16, 2014

    Samara heads west!

    We're really excited to be heading to Alberta and British Columbia on the next leg of our book tour. Read more about our upcoming events!
  • April 16, 2014

    How’d you get that job? Samara talks to the President of the NDP

    Rebecca Blaikie has worked for many years on a side of politics that doesn't always make the news. She currently serves as the member-elected President of the NDP and previously served as the party's Treasurer and the Executive Director of their Quebec wing. Find out how she got those behind-the-scenes political jobs and the steps she thinks it takes to get there.
  • April 15, 2014

    "Tragedy in the Commons" is in bookstores near you!

    The long awaited book is here! "Tragedy in the Commons" is now available to purchase in bookstores across the country. Read more it, attend a book event, watch our book trailer (yes, a trailer!) and check out the infographic about the MPs interviewed.
  • April 11, 2014

    Your Weekly Fill(ibuster)

    It was a big week in Canadian politics. Find out what happened and what's coming up.
  • April 10, 2014

    How an MP’s open-door policy welcomed me to the world of politics

    Sometimes it just takes an invitation to get someone excited about politics. Read about Everyday Political Citizen Gabriela Gonzalez who's entry into politics came thanks to an MP who made an effort to get young people involved.
  • April 08, 2014

    How being a geek in high school paid off

    What makes some people so passionate about politics? Sometimes it’s as simple as an invitation, or an extracurricular activity. We reached out to this year’s Everyday Political Citizens to learn how they ended up at the political table. Throughout March and April we’ll be sharing their stories. Today’s blog post is written by Jennifer Hollett, an award-winning journalist, politician, and the nominator of one of our shortlisted Everyday Political Citizens.
  • April 04, 2014

    Weekly Fill(ibuster) Special Edition: Samara Notebook

    From books to babies, we've been up to so much over the past season we're taking over this week's Weekly Fill(ibuster).

Canadian politics: What do you care about?

Political Participation


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Political System


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  • A video that explains the Speech from the Throne: Video
  • A report on how the House of Commons works and what’s discussed there: Lost in Translation
  • An infographic of the different times in the House of Commons calendar day
  • An infographic on debate in the House of Commons, divided by gender, age and party lines: House of Words
  • 50 ways to fix our political system: Redesigning Parliament

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Current Research

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to increase Canadians'
understanding of politics            
and to examine assumptions
about political and
democratic participation.

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Teachers & Students

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MP Exit Interviews

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former Members of Parliament.

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About Samara

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with democracy through innovative research and education.

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