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 Samara's Democracy 360, a tool to help illuminate how politics works, specifically focusing on the relationship between citizens and the political process.

  • April 20, 2015

    Empowerment & connection in North York

    In this Democracy 360 blog post, North York teacher Marilyn Kleiman digs into the reasons why Canadians don’t participate in politics before painting a picture of political conversation in action.
  • April 17, 2015

    Friday Fill(ibuster): Democracy dig digest

    Our roundup digs deep into the week's democracy and politics news and unearths everything from job opportunities to lost archaeological fragments from Parliament Hill.
  • April 16, 2015

    The Active Citizen Papers

    Under the instruction of Gordon DiGiacomo, one University of Ottawa class decided to do something about lack of political participation in Canada, with each student completing and reporting back on at least seven political activities. A sample of the results is collected here from three students, including their reflections on political participation.