#SamaraChat XIV Recap: The Culture of Debate in the House of Commons

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#SamaraChat XIV Recap: The Culture of Debate in the House of Commons

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In spring 2017, Samara surveyed Members of the 42nd Parliament to explore the state of debate and decorum from the perspective of those in the House of Commons. Our report, entitled “No One Is Listening”, revealed that incivility remains a problem. While MPs don’t like heckling in Parliament, they don't want to get rid of it entirely either.

To get fresh perspectives on this apparent paradox and other findings, we took to Twitter on February 21st to ask Canadians what they thought about the culture of parliamentary debate in our fourteenth #SamaraChat.

During the chat, we asked questions such as whether the current culture of debate in Parliament would discourage citizens from serving as MPs, how we can create a harassment-free environment for all elected officials, and when debate in the House has been most constructive.   

In case you missed it, here are some highlights from the conversation:

In all, the chat sparked over 300 tweets from 50 contributors! We were thrilled to have public leaders like Senator Ratna Omidvar, MPs Erin O’Toole and Sheila Malcolmson, and MPP Bob Bailey take part in the discussion as well as engaged citizens like Everyday Political Citizen winner Janelle Hinds, Jusoor founder Leen Al Zaibak, and WelcomeHomeTO co-founder Craig Carter-Edwards.

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A big thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts on our research and ideas on the tools and approaches that can be most effective in driving culture change. To check out the full conversation (or to read past #SamaraChats), head to our hashtag on Twitter.

We hope to see you at the next one!

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