The Samara Centre for Democracy

Parliament Under Pressure

Parliament Under Pressure: Evaluating Parliament’s response to COVID-19

Our analysis of Parliament’s first two rounds of emergency lawmaking, highlighting what our national legislature and leaders got right and what they got wrong.

A Special Message from our Executive Director

COVID-19: A Special Message from our Executive Director

Read about how we're working to monitor democracy, understand democratic representation, and support civic education.

Real House Lives

Real House Lives: Former MPs on How to Reclaim Democratic Leadership

Based on our latest round of MP exit interviews, this book uses the stories and experiences of past parliamentarians to examine our national politics.

House Inspection

House Inspection: A retrospective of the 42nd Parliament

The Samara Centre conducts the first in-depth, objective examination of the 42nd Parliament (2015-2019).


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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.



Do your kids have questions about how governments are handling COVID-19? 
Watch this informative conversation between our Research Director and a 5th grader.


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