Who's the Boss?

House of Commons

Lost in Translation or Just Lost?

Samara's report on the function of the House of Commons  

Real Outsiders

Democracy is great, it's the politics I hate

Read Samara's latest report, The Real Outsiders.

Current Research

Samara Democracy Reports

Since 2011, Samara has undertaken research into the state of our political process, which we're presenting in a series of reports. These Samara Democracy Reports are designed to increase Canadians’ understanding of politics, investigate commonly held assumptions, provoke questions and elevate the discussion on the health of Canadian political and democratic participation in Canada.

The latest report "By Invitation Only: Canadians' Perceptions of Political Parties" is available to read here.

Previous reports include:

Our research will culminate in a yearly Samara Index, which we envision as a tool to help illuminate how politics works, specifically focusing on the relationship between citizens and the political process.

  • January 30, 2015

    Friday Fill(ibuster): Fresh air in green spaces

    With the House of Commons getting back to business this week, there's plenty of news in our democracy roundup. We make our way around the country, too, with content drawn from Hello Dartmouth to the Queen's Journal and St. Albert Gazette.
  • January 27, 2015

    From the archives: Diversity in the 41st Parliament, part 2

    Today's blog is part two of a series by former Samara Research and Communications Intern Kyle Crawford on diversity in the current Parliament.
  • January 26, 2015

    Legislative lowdown, 2015

    As Parliament boots back up and the election clock ticks down, it’s a good time to take a look at the House of Commons as a legislative assembly, as a place where bills and motions are passed and laws are made. What will Parliament be considering—and not considering—in the coming months?