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.


 
 
  • October 24, 2014

    Friday Fill(ibuster): "a great place, our best place"

    Wednesday saw an unprecedented attack on Canada’s capital; the murder of one man at the National War Memorial and a shocking storming of Parliament’s Centre Block which police and journalists are still trying to piece together. But let’s take a cue from Wherry and the Globe editorial board—let’s not throw our routines out the window too much in the wake of the attack. Lots besides went on this week in democracy news and much of it deserves another look. So let’s get back to business.
  • October 23, 2014

    Making the grade: EPCitizens hand out marks to mayoral candidates

    With a week left to submit a nomination for EPCitizen and a few days left before the Toronto municipal election, we thought we'd share a neat piece of work from a current nominee for 2014 EPCitizen, Toronto's Devon Ostrom. The "Mayoral Report Card", produced by Manifesto, Grassroots Youth Collaborative and BeautifulCity.ca, seeks to evaluate the Toronto mayoral candidates on issues related to youth, hopefully empowering Toronto's young people to get out, vote and make informed choices while they are at it.
  • October 23, 2014

    How Canadians negotiate security, protests, privilege and public access on Parliament Hill

    In light of yesterday's violence in Ottawa, the coming days will bring passionate conversation about the way Parliament Hill is kept secure and the extent to which it remains a public space. Guest blogger Anne Dance frames this discussion with insight about the way Canadians ought to negotiate security, protests, privilege and public access on Parliament Hill.