The Samara Centre for Democracy

Party Favours

Party Favours

Our newest report pries open the “black box” of nomination contests in Canada to examine how political parties select candidates.

Samara Becomes a Lobbyist

Blog: The Samara Centre Becomes a Lobbyist

This Canada Day, we're pleased to announce that we've registered as federal lobbyists to help fight for a stronger democracy.

Don't Blame "The People"

Don't Blame "The People"

This report uses new data to answer the question: Is Canada having a populist moment? And if so, why is that a problem?

2019 Democracy 360

2019 Democracy 360

The third report card on how Canadians communicate, participate, and lead in politics.


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The Samara Centre for Democracy is a non-partisan charity dedicated to strengthening Canada’s democracy. The Samara Centre produces innovative, action-oriented research that illuminates the evidence and reforms needed to make Canadian politics more accessible, responsive, and inclusive. Through original engagement programming, we provide active citizens and public leaders with tools and resources designed to engage Canadians in their democracy.





Globe and Mail op-ed


Is Canada Having a Populist Moment?




Is Canada having a populist moment? 
Watch as our Research Director and Program Manager unpack the findings from our latest report.


Is Canada Having a Populist Moment?


Rick Mercer





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