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  • September 22, 2014

    Reform Act: opening a window on democratic reform

    Although there's been much buzz about the Reform Act, we should put it back in the wider context of democratic reform in Canada. Guest blogger Brodie Conlie argues that when we do that, the momentum behind the Reform Act can be seen as signaling the opening of a policy window on democratic reform.
  • September 22, 2014

    #SamaraChat: Michael Chong's Reform Act

    We had a #SamaraChat this past Friday about Michael Chong’s Reform Act, featuring none other than MP Michael Chong. If you missed it, check out this account for some of the highlights!
  • September 19, 2014

    Friday Fill(ibuster): New session, new MPs, new UK

    There's been mayoral melodrama and reform ruckus this week. But with many great political and democratic issues churning this week, we begin our democracy news roundup with news from the freshly united Kingdom.

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