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.

  • September 17, 2014

    Book Contest! Win the Hilary Weston Prize Shortlist

    Nominees of the Hilary Weston Prize for Non-fiction were announced today! In association with the Writers' Trust, we are exicted to bring you our annual "Guess the Winner" contest.
  • September 15, 2014

    Welcome Back to Parliament!

    For some, the first day of school signals the official end of summer. For us, it’s the first day the House of Commons is back in session. That’s today! For democracy watchers, what does the coming session have in store?
  • September 12, 2014

    Friday Fill(ibuster): Parliamentary Perusal

    With the sitting of the House of Commons resuming next week, we've got links and content about the Reform Act, party discipline, opposition leaders and so much more great parliamentary stuff!