Media and News Coverage

Media Coverage

Below is a selection of media coverage that mentions our work.



SAMbot and online toxicity

Executive Director Sabreena Delhon speaks to Global News about the problem of online toxicity during the federal election campaign:

"Green Leader Annamie Paul points out online threats, calls for accountability," by Maan Alhmidi in the Globe and Mail.

"Torrent of online 'toxicity,' including hate, targeting election candidates: study," by Maan Alhmidi in the Toronto Star.

"Racialized, female candidates more likely to face online abuse during campaign, analysis finds," by Brooke Taylor for CTV News.

"La cheffe du Parti vert dénonce les menaces en ligne contre les politiciens," by Maan Alhmidi in Le Devoir (French only).

Hostility on the 2021 campaign trail: Defaced campaign signs, toxic tweets and disrupted events,” by Taylor Blewett in the Ottawa Citizen.

‘Toxic’ online posts having negative impact on federal election voters,” by Cormac Mac Sweeney and Michael Ranger for CityNews Toronto.

"A new project is tracking toxic tweets aimed at candidates and political parties during the Federal election," an interview with CBC's Information Radio - MB.

Tracking toxic tweets during the federal election,” an interview on Edmonton AM.

Other Coverage

Appearing on Global News, Executive Director Sabreena Delhon encourages young women and girls to get involved in politics, while calling on political parties and others to ensure they’re safe at work:

The N.S. election, the pandemic and a tide of plummeting voter turnout in Canada" by Rebecca Lau for Global News. 

"Politicos worry snap election, short campaign a barrier to nominating women in key ridings" by Zainab Al-Mehdar in the Hill Times.

"Supporters irked as parties eschew competition amid tight deadline to fill candidate slots" by Neil Moss in the Hill Times

"A last word" by Manon Cornellier in Le Devoir. (In French only.)

"Online hate speech could result in attacks on politicians, MP Angus warns" by Elizabeth Thompson in CBC News.

"MPs say hate speech is constraining public discourse" by Rachel Emmanuel in iPolitics.

"Online incivility and abuse in Canadian politics" by Reedah Hayder in New Canadian Media.

"Weaponing Science: Effort to misuse evidence to drive anti-abortion policy fails" by Sabreena Delhon and Susitha Wanigaratne in Healthy Debate.

House of unCommons: Participating in Canada's democracy has been turned inside out over the past 13 months” by Dylan Robertson in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Opinion: The Conservative riding ‘coup’ that was anything but” by Dale Smith in the Globe and Mail.

Opinion: The pandemic has highlighted a fundamental flaw in Canada’s democracy” by David Moscrop in the Washington Post.

Digital disruption: how heckling has changed in a hybrid Parliament” by Alice Chen in the Hill Times.

Where are the candidates? As nominations deadline nears, some seats still empty" by Clara Pasieka in the Telegraph-Journal.

A seat at the table: inside efforts to boost diversity, Black representation in federal candidate nominations" by Laura Ryckewaert in the Hill Times.



Temperature Check

Political dysfunction in the United States is a warning for Canada: don't take democracy for granted” by Aaron Wherry in CBC News.

Is COVID-19 the antidote to Trump-style populism in Canada?” by Susan Delacourt in the Toronto Star.

Canada a ‘civic moment,’ says Samara researcher, urging consideration of citizen assemblies in bid to 'build back better'” by Palak Mangat in The Hill Times.

Report author Mike Morden was interviewed on The News Forum’s Forum Daily by host Sheldon Neil.

Mike was also interviewed on CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning by host Alex Pierson.

House Inspection  

"Memo to MPs: You really can do better" by Editor in the Toronto Star. [PDF]

"Report finds MPs vote with their party 99.6 per cent of the time, warns of unhealthy partisanship" by Bill Curry in the Globe and Mail. [PDF]

"Even MPs are cynical about Parliament" by Editor in the Chronicle Herald. [PDF]

"PM touts ‘Common Ground’ As Report Warns Partisanship At ‘Unhealthy’ Levels" by Zi-Ann Lum in the Huffington Post. [PDF]

"Omnibus bills could be new normal, says Samara researcher" by Palak Mangat in The Hill Times. [PDF]

"Attention, new MPs: Don't be robots" by Susan Delacourt in the Toronto Star. [PDF]

Other Coverage

Why Canada Doesn’t Have The Same Partisan Supreme Court Fights As The U.S.” by Althia Raj in HuffPost Canada.

How has Trump’s presidency changed social justice in Canada?” by Brennan Doherty in Future of Good.

Following the US presidential election, we offered politically-themed reading suggestions for CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning weekly book column. (Segment begins at 40:11.)

Liberal MP Lamoureux continues prolific speaking record, raising opposition ire” by Laura Ryckewaert in The Hill Times.

Hope for our democracy, if we are willing to fight for it” by Kareem Bardeesy, Ana Serrano, and Chris Cowperthwaite in the Toronto Star.

Partisan volunteers, almost invisible but 'busier than ever'” by Clara Pasieka in the Telegraph-Journal.

Une voix pour tous” by Manon Cornellier in Le Devoir. (Only available in French.) 

Unanimous consent motion can restore committees in one swoop, but Trudeau Liberals could ‘monkey wrench’ effort, says NDP” by Beatrice Paez in The Hill Times.

What does it mean to prorogue Parliament? Here’s what you need to know about Trudeau’s halting parliamentary session” by Johanna Chisholm in the Toronto Star

The push for a new kind of (virtual) Parliament -” by Marie-Danielle Smith in Maclean’s.

Trudeau's appearance before committee may not shed new light on WE controversy, experts say | CBC News” by Kathleen Harris in CBC News. 

Do Canada’s most powerful federal posts reflect the country’s diversity?” by Jerome H. Black and Andrew Griffith in Policy Options. 

This just in: it's time to strengthen our parliamentary system, now more than ever” by David Crane in The Hill Times.

Editorial: Canada needs a fully operating House of Commons” in The Ottawa Citizen.

Remote voting using video is best option, tech, cybersecurity experts tell PROC” by Palak Mangat in The Hill Times.

The COVID-19 crisis has neutered Canada’s already weakened Parliament” by John Ibbitson in The Globe and Mail.

House suspension deal offers 'insufficient' scrutiny of feds' spending amid COVID, say politicos” by Samantha Wright Allen in The Hill Times.

Free rein over the public purse” by Dylan Robertson in Winnipeg Free Press.

B.C. legislature leads pack in transition to virtual sittings, says Samara report” by Beatrice Paez in The Hill Times.

Relocating to more spacious venue for House sittings impractical, some MPs say” by Beatrice Paez and Palak Mangat in The Hill Times.

Canada 'middle of the pack' among constitutional cousins in push to go virtual, says Samara researcher” by Palak Mangat in The Hill Times.

Virtual Parliament amid coronavirus pandemic won’t be easy. Here are the biggest challenges" by Amanda Connolly in Global News.

Presence of backbench MPs, cross-Canada representation restricted during in-person House sittings amidst physical distancing” by Neil Moss in The Hill Times.

Manitoba's fickle internet frustrates MPs" by Dylan Robertson in Winnipeg Free Press.

Pandemic crisis tests durability of MPs' parliamentary privileges, say MPs, experts" by Beatrice Paez in The Hill Times.

"ANALYSIS: Is COVID-19 good or bad for political engagement?" by Clara Pasieka in Telegraph-Journal.

Challenges to virtual sittings not insurmountable, say MPs, experts, but reforms should reflect House’s diversity" by Beatrice Paez in The Hill Times.

Democratic institutions ‘stretched to limits’" by Jim Vibert in The Chronicle Herald.

"COVID-19 can’t end parliamentary scrutiny, say experts" by Neil Moss and Peter Mazereeuw in The Hill Times.

Auditor general says 'too early' to tell if request for audit on COVID-19 special warrants demands funding boost" by Beatrice Paez in The Hill Times.

Women in politics — are we there yet?" by Stephanie Mackendrick in Global News.

"Can TVO's 'Political Blind Date' help soften partisanship in Canada?" by Jason Markusoff in Macleans. [PDF]


2019 Federal Election 

Print and Online

“Many writs, no 'dropping': What the election call actually means” in CBC News. [PDF]

"Young voters reversed a 40-year trend in 2015 by showing up to vote. Will they do it again?” in over 40 outlets, including the Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen, and Calgary Herald[PDF]

“Limited gains for diverse candidates prompt calls for changes to nomination process” in the The Globe and Mail. [PDF]

“Life after losing: electoral defeat brings whole new set of challenges” in over 100 outlets, including the National Post, Toronto Star, Global News, and CTV News. [PDF]

"Does Canada's Gen X election matter?" in Policy Options. [PDF]

"Party vs. candidate: When it comes to Toronto, does it matter who knocks at your door?" in CBC News [PDF]

 “Ahead of election, Canadian youth want their concerns addressed” in the Winnipeg Free Press. [PDF]

“How online abuse and hate could be hurting our democracy” in CTV News. 

 “Young Canadians are getting out the vote - even if they can't cast a ballot themselves” in CBC News. [PDF]

“A mission to matter” in the Winnipeg Free Press.

“Candidate nominations in Canada are a mess – let’s fix that” in the Toronto Sun. [PDF]

“Should party with most seats get first crack at forming government? Here’s how minorities work” in Global News. [PDF]

“What happens if no party wins a majority of seats? Minority possibilities, explained” in CTV News.

“Split opposition means stronger minority for Liberals, experts say” in CTV News. 

“Is Canada Broken?” in The Walrus. [PDF]

Radio and Podcasts 

We were interviewed about our Stronger Democracy Platform on 24 radio shows across the country for CBC syndication (Sept. 11).

We discussed voter engagement and turnout on 17 radio shows across the country for CBC syndication (Sept. 26).

We shared information about how to vote on election day on 15 radio shows across the country for CBC syndication (Oct. 21).

“How will populist politics shape Canada's federal election?” on CBC Radio’s Day 6.

“Free from party line, Jane Philpott campaigns on her version of the truth” on CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup.

Our Research Director shared his favourite recent political books on CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning.

“Running for office? It'll cost all your money, friends and free time” on CBC Radio’s Cost of Living.

Our Senior Research Associate appeared on episodes “House Leaders – The Good And The Bad” and “Political Action Thriller” of the iPolitics podcast Minority Report. 


Our Executive Director appeared on CP24 for a panel on voter engagement.

Our Research Director appeared on a CTV National News segment concerning attacks and abuse directed at female parliamentarians.

Our Senior Research Associate was interviewed about the nature and potential of minority governments on Global NewsCTV Power Play (also airing on CTV National News), CTV Morning Live (also airing on CTV News Ottawa), and again on CTV Morning Live.

Candidate Profiles

During the election, the Samara Centre collaborated with The Hill Times and researchers Jerome Black and Andrew Griffiths to complete demographic profiles of the candidates for all six major political parties.

This research formed the basis of several stories, including:

“More candidates could drop out after Sept. 30 deadline, PPC, Greens lead pack so far” in The Hill Times.

“Nearly 100 new MPs offer new face of Parliament, including 60 in flipped seats” in The Hill Times. 

“‘Modest’ progress sees more women elected to the House, but researchers call 2019 the ‘status quo’” in The Hill Times. 

“Parties must work between elections to improve diversity, say MPs, candidates” in The Hill Times. 

"Business tops experience among 2019 candidates, one-third have run for office before" in The Hill Times. 

"House of Commons becoming more reflective of diverse population"in Policy Options.

Field Guide to Online Political Conversations

 “How to handle hot-potato election issues at Thanksgiving dinner” for the Canadian Press and published in 150 news outlets across the country, including the Toronto Star and CTV News. [PDF]

“A Field Guide to Online Political Conversations” in The Walrus.

“Justin Trudeau is testing Canadians’ capacity, and readiness, to forgive” in The Hamilton Spectator. [PDF]

Episode 10 of the Attention Control podcast, hosted by CTV’s Kevin Newman.

Party Favours

Opinion: A pandemic shouldn’t mean short-circuiting grassroots democracy” by Dale Smith in The Globe and Mail.

"Nomination process for federal election candidates 'uncompetitive' and 'biased': report" by Catharine Tunney for CBC News. [PDF]

"Green, Liberal nominations hottest ticket in B.C. politics" by Randy Shore in the Vancouver Sun. [PDF]

"12 years. 6,600 federal candidates. Only 17% faced competitive nomination races: study" by Christian Paas-Lang for the Canadian Press (via Global News). [PDF]

"Jim Vibert: Party nominations a 'weak link' in democracy" by Jim Vibert in the Halifax Chronicle Herald. [PDF]

"Too much party control in 'highly uncompetitive' candidate selection: Samara study" by Samantha Wright Allen in The Hill Times. [PDF]

"Power to the party? Report raises questions about federal nominations" by Zak Vescera in the Vancouver Sun. [PDF]

"Less than 1 in 5 federal candidates chosen in competitive races since 2004, Samara report finds" by Jolson Lim in iPolitics. [PDF]

"Study reveals undemocratic federal candidate nomination process" by Andrea Gunn in the Halifax Chronicle Herald. [PDF]

"Andrew Coyne: Reforming Canadian democracy starts by reforming candidate nomination process" by Andrew Coyne in the National Post. [PDF]

"83% of federal election candidates since 2004 faces no competition to run: Samara report" by Sima Shakeri in the Huffington Post. [PDF]

"We need to reclaim party nominations" by Dale Smith in Loonie Politics. [PDF]

"Want to get into politics? Always good to know someone" by Terry Haig for Radio-Canada International. [PDF]

"Why is it virtually impossible to be an independent in Canada's Parliament?" by J.J. McCullough for the Washington Post. [PDF]

Don't Blame "The People"

"Did Doug Ford just kill populism?" by Enzo DiMatteo for Now Toronto. [PDF]

"Politicians warned against arousing populism" by Lynn Desjardins for Radio-Canada International. [PDF]

"Power has moderated the CAQ's populism" by Martin Patriquin in the Montreal Gazette. [PDF]

"Canadian politicians who flirt with populism are playing with fire", editorial in the Globe and Mail. [PDF]

"Populism in Canada is muted. But it's still a threat" by David Moscrop in the Washington Post. [PDF]

"Populism isn't going up in Canada, Samara report suggests" by Sima Shakeri in the Huffington Post. [PDF]

"Some say anti-elitist populism is sweeping Canada. Don't believe them." by Terry Glavin in Maclean's. [PDF]

"Populist forces have not found home to roost in Canada, report says" by Beatrice Paez in the Hill Times. [PDF]

"Appetite for populism on the decline in Canada - except among politicians" by Marie-Danielle Smith in the National Post. [PDF]

"It's a little rich for MPs to criticize the affluent" by Susan Delacourt for the Toronto Star. [PDF]

Mike Morden appeared on the CBC television program Power & Politics with Vassy Kapelos.

Mike Morden appeared on the CPAC program PrimeTime Politics with Peter Van Dusen.

Mike Morden and Kendall Anderson were interviewed on 27 CBC radio programs across Canada, from Cape Breton and Quebec City to Regina and Whitehorse.

Mike Morden appeared on Global News Radio in Toronto, 1310 News in Ottawa, and 680 CJOB in Winnipeg, among other programs.

2019 Democracy 360

Mike Morden appeared on Primetime Politics with Peter Van Dusen for CPAC. Segment begins at 50 minutes.

Mike Morden appeared on Power Play with Don Martin for CTV. Segment begins at 35 minutes.

Mike Morden and Kendall Anderson were interviewed on Global News Radio with Geoff Currier for 680 CJOB Winnipeg.

Other Coverage

"Justin Trudeau's Feminist Brand Is Imploding", by Katherine Laidlaw in The Atlantic. [PDF]

"8 Young Canadians on What Keeps Them From Voting" by Rachel Chen in Flare Magazine. [PDF]

"Two House chambers? Time to consider it, MPs say" by Emily Haws in The Hill Times. [PDF]



The Real House Lives

"Canadian Politics Has Entered Era Of Extreme Partisanship" by Zi-Ann Lum for the Huffington Post. [PDF]

Jane Hilderman and Paul Thomas appeared on 15 nationally syndicated radio programs for CBC Radio.

Jane Hilderman appeared on the Morning Show for 640 Toronto.

Jane Hilderman appeared on the Rick Gibbons Show for 1310 News.

Jane Hilderman appeared on PrimeTime Politics with Peter Van Dusen for CPAC.

Jane Hilderman appeared on the Maritime Noon Show for CBC Radio.

Jane Hilderman appeared on the Afternoon Show for 900CHML.

"Can politics survive even more partisanship?" by John Michael McGrath for TVO. [PDF]

"'Kids in short pants' rule all, says new Samara report" by Emily Haws for The Hill Times. [PDF]

Jane Hilderman appeared on The Mike Farwell Show for 570 NEWS Kitchener.

2018 Member of Parliament Survey

"MPs sick of state of debate in Parliament, but divided on how to fix it: Samara report" by Samantha Wright Allen in The Hill Times. [PDF]

Jane Hilderman appeared on PrimeTime Politics with Peter Van Dusen (interview starts at 50 mins).

"Trudeau pleads for more decorum as debate in House of Commons reaches new lows" by Teresa Wright for National Newswatch (via the Canadian Press). [PDF]

Mike Morden appeared on The Sheldon MacLeod Show, interviewed by Sheldon McLeod for NEWS 957 Halifax.

Mike Morden appeared on The Morning Edition for CBC Radio Kitchener-Waterloo.

Beyond the Barbecue

"MP representation is a complex task" by Royce Koop in the Winnipeg Free Press. [PDF]

Free overburdened constituency offices from bureaucratic casework, Samara report says” by Beatrice Paez in The Hill Times. [PDF

MPs increasingly overwhelmed by mountain of constituency demands, survey finds ” by Bill Curry in The Globe and Mail. [PDF]

MPs spend too much time on constituents' problems—and they like it just fine ” by Murad Hemmadi for MacLean's. [PDF]

"From BBQs to basketball camp: What MPs have been up to this summer" by Rachel Aiello for CTV News. [PDF]

The Samara Centre appeared on CBC Radio, interviewed by Jennifer Clibbon.

The Samara Centre appeared on the Morning Show, interviewed by James Sebastian-Scott for 570 NEWS Kitchener.

Flip The Script

Loosen parties’ grip on backbenchers, say former MPs in sweeping, new Samara report” by Beatrice Paez in The Hill Times. [PDF

‘Show business for ugly people’: ex-MPs look back at days on Hill” by Sabrina Nanji in The Toronto Star. [PDF]

Party control on Parliament Hill worsened in final Harper government, former MPs warn” by Bill Curry in The Globe and Mail. [PDF]

Outgoing MPs say they’re reduced to scripted echoes of leaders’” by Jim Vibert in the Chronicle Herald. [PDF]

MP exit interviews from Samara - Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan”, reported by Julia Sisler for CBC Radio Ottawa

‘Something has to give:’ MPs across party lines push to reform Parliament, loosen party control” by Samantha Wright Allen in The Hill Times. [PDF]

Reforming Parliament: Time to hear from all the players” by John Milloy in National Newswatch. [PDF]

Jane Hilderman appeared on The Problems with Parliament - The Agenda with Steve Paikin, interviewed by Harrison Lowman.

The Samara Centre on the Danielle Smith Show, reported on by Kristin Fong for Global News Radio 770 CHQR Calgary.

The Samara Centre appeared on The Morning Show, interviewed by Dave Woodard for Global News Radio 640 Toronto.

The Samara Centre appeared on The Morning News with Gord Gillies, interviewed by Andrea Montgomery for Global News Radio 770 CHQR Calgary.

Other Coverage

"Tougher workplace harassment rules would help protect political staffers: Hajdu" by Joanna Smith in The National Post. (PDF)



2017 Everyday Political Citizens

Vancouver youth-in-care leader gets award nod” by David P. Ball in Metro Vancouver. [PDF

Butterflies in Spirit founder shortlisted for national award” by David P. Ball in Metro Vancouver. [PDF]

Hilltop teacher earns award nomination” by Peter Shokeir in the Whitecourt Star. [PDF]

Charity celebrates impact of five ‘everyday political citizens’” by Sabrina Nanji in the Toronto Star. [PDF]

Dancing for the forgotten: Activist wins award for missing, murdered Indigenous women advocacy work” by Marsha Lederman in the Globe and Mail. [PDF]

Advocates for mental health, Indigenous rights, and environment among latest ‘Everyday Political Citizens’ winners” by Maura Forrest in the National Post. [PDF]

Young Calgary engineer honoured for making a difference in renewable energy” by Chris Nelson in the Calgary Herald. [PDF]

Homework club founder up for national award” in CBC News Ottawa. [PDF]

Guelph teenager receives national award for his suicide prevention plan” by Kenneth Armstrong in Timmins Today. [PDF]

Indigenous women's advocate lands national citizenship prize” by David P. Ball in Metro Vancouver. [PDF]

Yukon First Nations woman receives award for tackling ‘lateral violence’” in CBC News North. [PDF]

24-year-old Calgarian named Everyday Political Citizen by Samara Canada” by Sarah Rieger in CBC News Calgary. [PDF]

Guelph’s Noah Irvine, 17, wins national award for mental health advocacy” in CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo. [PDF]

Indigenous activist an unsung hero no longer” by Daphne Bramham in the Vancouver Sun. [PDF]

No One Is Listening

"Survey finds most MPs think heckling in the House is a problem — and most MPs are guilty of it" by Sabrina Nanji in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Rookie MPs more likely to want heckling abolished, consider it ‘a form of harassment’: report" by Marie-Danielle Smith in the National Post. (PDF)

"Amid the heckling, question period can sound like so much noise" by Aaron Wherry in CBC News. (PDF)

"The unruliness of Members of Parliament" by Marc Montgomery in Radio Canada International. (PDF)

"How to silence heckling MPs in the animal House" by Vicky Mochama in Metro News. (PDF)

"More than half of MPs surveyed say heckling a problem, two-thirds admit doing it anyway" by Rachel Aiello in CTV News. (PDF)

"What do MPs really think of heckling? Most won't say" by Beatrice Britneff in iPolitics.

"Why heckling during Question Period can get ugly, especially for women MPs" by Sadiya Ansari in Maclean's. (PDF)

"'Shame!': Stamping out heckling in the House of Commons" by Monique Scott in Global News. (PDF)

"'I participate, but I'm not very proud of that': MPs on heckling" by Rachel Aiello in CTV News. (PDF)

"Ten Reasons to Keep Heckling In the House of Commons" by Premila D'Sa in VICE. (PDF)

"Survey says politicians are behaving badly" by Jim Vibert in the Chronicle Herald. (PDF)

Mike Morden was interviewed by Peter Van Dusen on CPAC's PrimeTime Politics on October 24, 2017 (starting at 58:00)

Jane Hilderman was interviewed by Don Martin on CTV's Power Play with Don Martin on October 25, 2017.

Mike Morden was interviewed by Vassy Kapelos on Global TV's The West Block on October 29, 2017.

The hosts of CTV's The Social debated "Heckling in the HOC" on October 25, 2017.

MPs Matthew Dube, Elizabeth May, Steve McKinnon, and Karen Vecchio joined Catherine Cullen to discuss Samara's heckling survey on CBC's Power and Politics on October 27, 2017.

CPAC aired Samara's report launch on Parliament Hill in its entirety on multiple occasions, including PrimeTime Politics on October 25, 2017 (starting at 1:40:30). The event featured Jane Hilderman, Speaker Geoff Regan, Senator Ratna Omidvar, Former Speaker Peter Milliken, MP Greg Fergus, and Equal Voice's Nancy Peckford.

Jane Hilderman and Mike Morden were interviewed on CBC radio programs in 19 cities across Canada on October 25, 2017.

Jane Hilderman was interviewed on Radio Canada International on October 25, 2017.

Jane Hilderman was interviewed by Adam Stirling on Victoria's CFAX 1070 on October 25, 2017.

Mike Morden was interviewed by Sheldon MacLeod on Halifax's News 957 on October 30, 2017.

Vote PopUp B.C.

"B.C. group aims to raise riding turnout with Chinese immigrants" by Xiao Xu in The Globe and Mail. [PDF]

"Vote PopUp simulates the voting experience to make it easier for first-time voters" by Amy Logan in Metro Vancouver. [PDF]

"Ballot box test drive aims to ‘demystify’ democracy" by Jeremy Shepherd in North Shore News. [PDF]

Samara Vote PopUp Coordinator Andrew Phillips was featured in a Global News segment (starting at 1:36) on May 2, 2017.

2017 Democracy 360

"Democracy's strong foundation is citizen engagement" by Royce Koop in the Winnipeg Free Press. [PDF]

Samara Canada holds panel on democracy at Isabel Bader Theatre” by Josie Kao in The Varsity. [PDF]

"Potential parliamentary reforms would strike a blow to democracy: Editorial" by Star Editorial Board in the Toronto Star. [PDF]

"New survey suggests Canadians may avoid a ‘democratic recession' a la the U.S. and U.K." by Terry Haig in Radio Canada International. [PDF]

"Canada's democracy gets a better grade in 2017" by Ryan Tumilty in Metro Ottawa. [PDF]

"Think-tank Samara gives Canadian democracy a higher grade in 2017" by BJ Siekierski in iPolitics. [PDF]

"Canadians’ satisfaction with MPs and political parties on the upswing: new report" by Marie-Danielle Smith in the National Post. [PDF]

"Health of Canadian democracy improving, but concerns remain, poll suggests" by Aaron Wherry in CBC News. [PDF]

Samara Executive Director Jane Hilderman and Managing Director Kendall Anderson were interviewed on several CBC Radio programs across Canada on March 29, 2017.

Samara Executive Director Jane Hilderman discussed the Democracy 360 report on CTV’s Power Play with Don Martin on March 28, 2017.



2016 Everyday Political Citizens

"Canada's everyday political citizen award winners" on CTV Your Morning. [Video stream]

"Three young indigenous women honoured as ‘Everyday Political Citizens’ by Samara Canada" by Ashley Csanady in The National Post. [PDF]

"Teen who has sent thousands of books to Indigenous communities up for major award" in CBC News. [PDF]

"Out of tragedy, super-volunteer emerges" by Aaron Epp in Winnipeg Free Press. [PDF]

"Everyday Political Citizens: Harpreet Gill on getting out the vote in Jane and Finch" by Luke Simcoe in Metro News. [PDF]

"Yukoner on short list for political citizen award" by Sidney Cohen in Whitehorse Daily Star. [PDF]

"Everyday Political Citizens: Emma Mogus is on a mission to export literacy" by Luke Simcoe in Metro News. [PDF]

"Everyday Political Citizens: Meet Dr. Samantha Green, fighting poverty through healthcare" by Luke Simcoe in Metro News. [PDF]

"The power of ‘accidental’ advocacy" by Luke Simcoe in Metro News. [PDF]

"The data that we deserve" by Luke Simcoe in Metro News. [PDF]

"Everyday Political Citizens: Meet Erin Kang, empowering Toronto communities through storytelling" by Luke Simcoe in Metro News. [PDF]

"Winnipeg teen up for political award after nod from Rick Mercer" in CBC News. [PDF]

"Amanda Todd’s mother gets civic award nod for anti-bullying crusade" by David P. Ball in Metro News. [PDF]

Can You Hear Me Now?

"The youth vote doesn't belong to Trudeau — or anyone else" by Ilona Dougherty in iPolitics. [PDF]

"Millennials want to talk politics, but politicians won’t call" by Emma Teitel in The Toronto Star. [PDF]

"Youth turned up in droves for the 2015 Canadian federal election" by Ryan Tumilty in Metro Ottawa. [PDF]

"Youth study shows parties may have it wrong" by Susan Delacourt in The Toronto Star. [PDF]

"Can you hear me now? Young people and the 2015 federal election" by Jane Hilderman and Laura Anthony in Policy Options. [PDF]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Electoral Reform

"Five priorities for Trudeau this fall" by John Ibbitson in The Globe and Mail. [PNG]

"Electoral reform: Moving beyond first-past-the-post voting system" on The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

Cheering or Jeering? 

"Let's make the political personal – by getting off social media and talking face-to-face" by Brigitte Pellerin in The Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

"What do you think about heckling in the House? Should there be some, just not the nasty sort?" by Laura Ryckewaert in The Hill Times 

"It's time to show you what really happens in the Commons" by Tim Harper in The Toronto Star 

CBC At Issue Panel, January 29 2016, with Peter Mansbridge, Chantal Herbet, Rosemary Barton, and Paul Wells. Starts at 6:55

"To reform Parliament, MPs might start by holding their applause" by Aaron Wherry on CBC News 

"Conservative MPs heckling despite pledge to set new tone" by Tim Naumetz in The Hill Times

Canadaland Commons Episode #37, Jane Hilderman and Michelle Rempel discuss heckling in the House of Commons. 

"Verbal Jabs are one thing, heckling is another" in Peterborough Examiner

“Politics This Morning: Most common hecklers male, veteran MPs who sit on government backbench, says new report” by Bea Vongdouangchanh in The Hill Times

“What if MPs put their money where their mouths are? Question period could make cents”  by Ashley Csanady in the National Post 

“MPs hate heckling but heckle anyway: report”  by Leslie Young on Global News

“Note to returning MPs: Think before you heckle” by Selina Chignall in iPolitics 

“How heckling in the House affects women MPs”
 by Sarah Boesveld in Chatelaine 

"MPs return to House, including 197 rookies, promise better tone" by Rachel Aiello in The Hill Times

"New Parliament a chance to make Hill life more like real life" by Susan Delacourt in The Toronto Star

"Question Period heckling has greater impact on women MPs: survey" by Aviva West in Yahoo! News

Message Not Delivered

"Youth aren't apathetic, and StatsCan has the proof" by Allison Jane Smith in The Ottawa Citizen

"Don't call it slacktivism" by Vjosa Isai, National Post (PDF)

"Hey Canada! It's Your Future Calling; We Need to Talk" by Tari Ajadi in The Tyee 

"Political apathy crosses all generations" by Nancy Revie in the Guelph Mercury (PDF)

"Politicians would do good by genuinely appealing to youth"
by Andrew McWhinney in The Gateway Online. 

"How young non-voters embraced the ballot" by Carla Lucchetta on 

"#YoungPeopleDontVote" by Charelle Evelyn in The Prince George Citizen

"Young voters' apathy has few valid excuses" Postmedia Network Editorial on

"New Report: Young Canadians Are More Engaged Than We Thought" on

"Candidates advised to go back to school to pick up key votes" by Simona Chiose in The Globe and Mail and on

"The Youth Vote," Samara's Jane Hilderman joins a panel on youth engagement on CBC's Power & Politics

"Young voters have the power to own this election -- if they want it" by Linda Nazareth on

"Study shows youth engaged in political process" Samara's Research Manager Laura Anthony talks to CBC Radio Yukon

"Be a Voter" by Morgan Baskin on

"Only old souls at the polls?" by Teodora Pasca on

"Getting Millenials, New Citizens to the Polls" by Maryam Mirza on

"To call this generation apathetic I think is a disservice’: Millennials totally care about politics" by Ashley Csanady in the National Post, also published in Saskatoon's The StarPhoenix (PDF)

Jane Hilderman on CPAC's Prime Time Politics with Peter van Dusen (starts at 23:30)

"New report debunks myths about youth apathy toward politics" by Michelle Zilio on

"Interested but not voting?" Jane Hilderman on CTV with Marcia MacMillan

"Samara Canada report: dispelling myths about youth, apathy and politics" by Selina Chignall on

"Young voters an untapped resource for political parties, report says" by CBC News on

"Young Canadians Aren't Apathetic, They're Ignored by Political Parties" by Emma Gilchrist on

"Samara report: Politicians need to court the younger generation" by Sara Cain on, Hamilton Newstalk

"Citizen Spark No. 11: Your First Time" by Postmedia News on

"The young are not restless. Here's proof in one chart." by Amanda Shendruk on

Other Coverage

"Comedy Reveals Challenges of Canadian Democracy" by Danica Samuel in New Canadian Media. (PDF)



2015 Federal Election

"Perfect political storm sent youth voters to the polls in 2015 election, say experts" profiles Samara and UBC Press's electronic publication. 

A mention of Samara's "Election 2015" blog series in the Winnipeg Free Press's "Politics 204". 

"Muslim Canadian federal election turnout driven by fact 'so much was at stake'" by Shanifa Nasser on CBC News. 
"'Unprecedented' surge in Muslim vote in federal election: poll" by Noor Javed in the Toronto Star 

"'Nothing like it has been tried before'" by Jim Coyle in the Toronto Star (PDF)

"Politics This Morning: Election 2015 ushered in 'database,' microtargeting politics" by Bea Vongdouangchang in The Hill Times (PDF)

"Samara, UBC Press bring together 66 thinkers to dissect election in e-book" by Mark Burgess in The Hill Times' "Heard on the Hill" (PDF)

"Voters, it's time to talk turkey" by Vjosa Isai in the National Post (PDF)

"One group's effort to pop (up) the vote" by Vjosa Isai in the National Post

"A Guide for First-Time Voters" by the NCM Mentoring Program on

"Many students confused about Fair Elections Act voter ID requirements" by Kelvin Gawley in The Voice. 

"Vote PopUp: Getting the vote out among non-voters" by Selina Chignall on 
"Why the voting selfie is a wonderful thing" by Emma Teitel in the Toronto Star

"A vote for the futureImagine a City speaks with Retchel Morales, a Vote PopUp participant

"Honing the fine art of voting" by Carl Hnatyshyn in Sarnia This Week

"Voting troubles abound" Wendy Elliott discusses Vote PopUp in the King County News

"Want to engage non-voters? Don't bully them, says civic-action groups" by Andre Mayer on CBC News online

"New ID requirements for voters on Oct. 19" by Charelle Evelyn in the Prince George Citizen

"Public libraries encouraging citizens to get out and vote" by Teresa Workman in South Shore Breaker

"Courting the 'Ethnic Vote'" by the NCM Election Desk on

"Students are University of Regina encouraged to vote" on CBC News. 

"Program encourages voting, democracy" Paul Morden covers Vote PopUp in the Sarnia Observer

"Election 2015: who says young people won't vote?" U of T News on Samara's Vote PopUp

"Mock election used to encourage homeless Calgarians to vote" James Wood writes about Vote PopUp in the Calgary Herald

"Learn How to Vote at Your Local Library" Samara's Vote PopUp on

"Is Politics Broken?" Samara's Democracy 360 research frames a discussion on CBC's The National

"Have Your Say: How can we encourage more young Canadians to vote?" by Craig and Marc Kielburger in The Globe and Mail

"Let's Use the Syrian Refugee Crisis to Reconnect Politics with Purpose" by Reva Seth on

"Here's to the people who make our democracy work" by Ilona Dougherty on

"Table holds mock election as part of voter education drive" by Desmond Devoy in the Perth Courier

"How Canada's 42nd federal election all adds up" by Alex Boutilier in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

Samara's own Jane Hilderman and David Campbell wrote about "A chance to change the culture in Ottawa" in the National Post. (PDF)

2015 Everyday Political Citizens

"On the Bright Side - Everyday Political Citizen" hosted by Heather Seaman on CPAC.

"Ramp maker receives Everyday Political Citizen honour" by Sandra Bolan in Stouffville Sun-Tribune

"Cree man from Saddlelake Cree Nation is having a heck of a year" featuring Cory Nicotine on APTN National News.

"Founder of Stopgap Foundation wins award, talks accessibility gaps in Toronto" by Katrina Clarke in the Toronto Star

2015 Everyday Political Citizen 30+ winner Luke Anderson on CBC Radio’s As It Happens with Carol Off and Jeff Douglas (starts at 08:10 of part 3). 

"Cory Nicotine recognized for youth work with iHuman" by Gareth Hampshire on CBC News online. 

"Toronto engineer honoured for building accessible ramps" on by CBC News on CBC Toronto online. 

"Samara honours Canadians committed to civic engagement" by Kyle Duggan on 

"Canadian activists honoured with awards for civic engagement" by Jennifer Ditchburn for The Canadian Press

"Three who made a difference honoured with Everyday Political Citizen award" by Douglas Quan in the National Post

"Aboriginal youth leader wins national award for civic engagement initiative" by Otiena Ellwand in the Edmonton Journal

"Edmonton community leader nominated for prestigious award" by Gareth Hampshire on CBC News Edmonton. 

"Two Regina citizens nominated for the Everyday Political Citizen project" video
in the Regina Leader-Post

"Nominee thinks of other first" by Stewart Burnett in Nunavut News

"A former at risk youth from Botwood has turned her life around for the better" by Samantha Gardiner in the Grand Falls Advertiser. 

"Ramps stopping the gap" by Luke Simcoe in Metro News Toronto. (PDF)

"'I want them to be empowered'" by Luke Simcoe in Metro News Toronto. (PDF)

"Ottawa residents shortlisted for Everyday Political Citizen of the Year" by Eric Elliott in the Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

"'People will underestimate you'" by Luke Simcoe in Metro News Toronto (PDF)

"A call to motivate the marginalized" by Luke Simcoe in Metro News Toronto. (PDF)

"National recognition for Botwood native" on The Telegram.

"Former Saskatoon gang member Jorgina Sunn nominated for national award" by CBC News on CBC Saskatoon online. 

"Two Regina citizens nominated for The Everyday Political Citizen project" by Alec Salloum in the Regina Leader-Post. (PDF)

"Calgarian among those shortlisted for Everyday Political Citizen Award" by Eva Ferguson in the Calgary Herald. (PDF)
"Samara contest to highlight political engagement of millennials" by Selina Chignall on (PDF

"Hunt on in Saskatchewan for 'Canada's everyday political citizens'" by  CBC News on CBC Saskatchewan online.

"Meet the Young Urbanists League, the Toronto Facebook group growing grassroots civic engagement" by Luke Simcoe in Metro News. 

"CitizenSparks: Postmedia partners with Samara Canada and Twitter to engage public in political debate" by Postmedia in the National Post.  

"Senate scandals may reaffirm Canadian distrust in political leaders" by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing for Yahoo! News. (PDF)

2015 Democracy 360

"Free Liberal memberships! (Conditions may apply.)" by Tasha Kheiriddin in iPolitics. (PDF)

"A reboot proposal for Canada's Parliament" by Aaron Hutchins in Maclean's. (PDF)

"POLITICAL EXCHANGE: Nova Scotians among the most engaged, most dissatisfied with politics" by Mark Coffin in the King's County News. (PDF)

"Making politics matter to the next generation" by Celine Cooper in the Montreal Gazette. (PDF)

"Why don't Canadians talk about politics?: Gwyn" by Richard Gwyn in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Is politics broken? Let's vote on it -- or not" by Elizabeth Renzetti in The Globe and Mail. (PDF)

"#CBC Asks: Is Politics Broken?" on CBC News. Watch the entire debate featuring Samara's Alison Loat 

"Why Canada's democracy rates a sad 'C' grade: Hepburn" by Bob Hepburn in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"At last, encouraging news about democracy" by Susan Delacourt in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Is our democracy on crutches? Canada gets only a 'C' grade from watchdog" by Mia Rabson in the Winnipeg Free Press

Jane Hilderman on CTV News Channel with Dan Matheson

The women on CTV's The Social chat about Samara's report and political interest

Jane Hilderman on CPAC's Primetime Politics with Peter Van Dusen (starts at 26:34)

"Disinterest in government a threat to democracy" by David Edward Tabachnick in the North Bay Nugget

"NL Residents Among Least Engaged: Study" on

"Report card on politics: Welcome to N.L., Canada's 'most disengaged' province" on CBC News. (PDF)

Samara Research Director Jane Hilderman on NTV National Newshour

Jane Hilderman on The Ryan Jespersen Show on AM360 CHED in Edmonton

"Many Canadians distrustful of federal politics, poll indicates" on CBC News. (PDF)

"Canadian democracy rates a mediocre 'C' in new report" by Mark Kennedy in the Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

"Study finds 'highly concerning' trend: Politics so repels young Canadians they are not voting as they grow older" by Mark Kennedy in the National Post. (PDF)

"Politics this Morning: Canada's democracy gets C grade" by Bea Vongdouangchanh in The Hill Times (subscription required)

"Electoral Engagement" by Leah Wong in NRU

Other Coverage

Samara's Executive Director Jane Hilderman was interviewed for a report by Global News on bringing youth into the political process. (PDF)

Jane also joined CBC's Cross Country Checkup to talk about the Federal Election, MP Exit Interviews and Everyday Political Citizen.

"Parliament: Does it get any worse than it just got?" by Aaron Wherry in Maclean's

"The Right Dose of Party Discipline" The Hon. Stèphane Dion mentions Samara's research in his address to the Quebec National Assembly.

"Ontario imams urging muslims to vote in federal election" by Shanifa Nasser on CBC News . (PDF)

"Alison Loat of Samara on Leadership + Technology" with Groundforce Digital on (PDF)

"CBC Asks: Is politics broken? Yes, say's Alison Loat" by Alison Loat on CBC News. (PDF)

Samara's Michael MacMillan on Global Halifax's Morning Show.

"Devoted to Democracy: A Q&A with Alison Loat about her book Tragedy in the Commons and Canadian politics" by Emily Miller in Queen's University's The Journal. (PDF)

Research Manager and Acting Director Jane Hilderman joins a panel on CBC's The 180 to discuss the highlights from their Democracy Hacks series



2014 Analysis of MP Websites

"New Democrats dominate list of best MP websites" by Don Butler in the Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

Our Research Manager and Acting Director Jane Hilderman on CPAC's Primetime Politics (starting at 41:30)

2014 Everyday Political Citizens

"AJOI co-founder recognized for civic engagement" by Anthony Abbondanza in The West Island Chronicle. (PDF)

"AJOI CEO places second on EPCitizen award roster" by Kathryn Greenaway in the Montreal Gazette. (PDF)

"An Everyday Political Citizen" is a profile of youth runner-up Wes Prankard by Alison Langley in the St. Catharines Standard

MPP Michael Mantha stands in the Ontario Legislature to talk about the Everyday Political Citizen project.

"Politically engaged residents say giving Torontonians a voice is key" by Alex Ballingall in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Dartmouth teacher garners Everyday Political Citizen of the Year award" in the Halifax Chronicle Herald. (PDF)

"Edmonton youth wins national award for political engagement" by Ryan Tumilty in Metro Edmonton. (PDF)

"Edmonton teacher among 12 finalists for Everyday Political Citizen award" by Gordon Kent in the Edmonton Journal (PDF)

Vancouver Shortlisted Everyday Political Citizen Eddie Tang is featured on Vancouver CBC's On the Coast. Listen here

"Calgarian nominated for national citizen award" by Reid Southwick in the Calgary Herald. (PDF)

"Pierrefonds man nominated for national award for citizen engagement" by Kathryn Greenaway in the Montreal Gazette. (PDF)

"Sydney teacher nominated for national award" in The Chronicle Herald and Cape Breton Post. (PDF)

"Finding the good news in Canadian Politics" by Ashley Csanady on (PDF)

"Guelph's Tia Carey, 12, up for political citizen award" by Jackie Sharkey on (PDF)

EPCitizen Neeta Kumar-Britten on CBC Radio's Mainstreet Cape Breton

"Wanted: Engaged 'everyday' political citizens" by Gordon Kent in the Edmonton Journal

"Edmonton wants you to nominate an Everyday Political Citizen" by Dave Lazzarino in the Edmonton Sun. (PDF)

"Michael MacMillan wants your nomination" by Judy Gerstel on (PDF)

Tragedy in the Commons

"Jim Hillyer's death underscores health challenges other MPs face" by Tonda Macharles in Toronto Star. 

"Why MPs can't wait to get out of Ottawa" by Paul Wells in Maclean's. (PDF)

"A must-read this summer" by Randy Simms in The Telegram. (PDF)

"Candidate, educate thyself" by Dale Smith in the Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

"Why parties matter" by Dale Smith on (PDF)

"The case for abolishing political parties" by Susan Delacourt in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

An excerpt of Tragedy in the Commons in Policy Options.

"Tragedy in the Commons" a review in The Canadian Taxpayer (starts on page 7)

"Canada's Politicians Don't Want Us to Know They're Politicians" Alison Loat sits down with Michael Bolen at Huffington Post Canada.

"Heather Menzies: Reclaiming the commons in Canadian Politics" in the Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

"Politicians should reclaim themselves, say authors of new book Tragedy in the Commons" by Kate Malloy in the Hill Times.

"How do MPs really feel about their job and the work they do?" Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan on CanadaAM (video).

"When MPs hate politics, it's time for change" by Liz Renzetti in the Globe and Mail. (PDF)

"5 Reasons You Should Read Tragedy in the Commons" by Terry Fallis on Retreat by Random House. (PDF)

"MPs speak out in Tragedy in the Commons" Alison and Michael speak on the CBC Radio show, Q

Kevin Newman said "I learned a lot from this book and I've been covering politics my whole life." See Alison on CTV's Kevin Newman Live (interview was from April 15th's episode and starts at 29:20).

"The tragedy of the House of Commons: A new book explores the lives and frustrations of our MPs" by Aaron Wherry in Maclean's. (PDF)

"Former MPs look back at House in 'exit interviews'" by Mark McNeil in the Hamilton Spectator. (PDF)

Alison and Michael shared some great stories on an hour-long call-in show with Bill Good on CKNW in Vancouver. 

Michael shares some of his reactions to the exit interviews on Dale Goldhawk's AM740 show and on CBC's Ontario Today with Rita Celli. 

Alison talks about open nominations and other lessons from the interviews with Tencer and Grose on CHED AM 630 in Edmonton .

For a longer conversation check out these podcasts with Mark Blevis and this one with Joseph Planta. 

Alison sat down with Calgary’s Breakfast Television to talk about nominations processes and the state of Question Period. 

Alison talks about the “surprising truths” of the book on Global Calgary’s Morning News Edition.

Alison and Michael on CPAC’s Primetime Politics. To watch, search for April 28th (interview starts at 40:00).

Tragedy in the Commons: through the eyes of MPs. Alison discusses the book on The West Block. (PDF)

“Why have members of Parliament allowed their power to be siphoned away as they have?” Get a sneak peek at the book from this excerpt in the Ottawa Citizen.

Anthony Furey reports in Sun News that Tragedy in the Commons holds an optimistic message for Canadian politics (we think so too). (PDF)

 “The truth is that we have a system designed to be controlled by the centre.” Great interview with  Alison and Michael in The Tyee. (PDFThe Tyee also ran an excerpt from the book.

Samara in the society pages. If you missed our Ottawa book launch, check out these great pictures from iPolitics.

Aaron Wherry referred to Tragedy in the Commons in this moving article on the humanity of politicians. (PDF)

Two great op-eds on the experiences of women in Parliament cite Tragedy in the Commons:

Parliament is still Mad Men territory for women, and that’s bad news for democracy. (PDF)

Respect for women in the House of Commons matters. (PDF)

“Disillusioned with party politics,” Alison speaks to David Gray on The Calgary Eye Opener.

An appearance on the Michael and Dave Taylor show, on 770 AM in Calgary.

Riding Associations Website Analysis

"Samara report: Riding association websites shortchanging potential candidates" by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing in iPolitics

"Political riding association websites not serving grassroots, study finds" by Susan Delacourt in The Toronto Star. (PDF)

By Invitation Only

"Political parties failing Canadians: survey" by Don Butler in The Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

"Canadian poltical parties not doing their job: survey" by Susan Delacourt in The Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Samara survey: Canadians give political parties failing grades" by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing on

"Canadians give political parties failing grades", Jane Hilderman on RCI Radio

"Being likeable is nasty business" Straight Talk by John Robson on Sun News Network. (PDF

"Mandryck: Poll shows Tories driving cynicism" by Murray Mandryck in the Leader-Post

"The real reason political parties are failing: Delacourt" by Susan Delacourt in The Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Parties Failed", Alison Loat on CBC Metro Morning

Other Coverage

"Engaging citizens by talking about democracy" by Carl Hnatyshyn in Sarnia and Lambton County This Week.

Alison Loat on Metro Morning talking about voter engagement in the 2014 Ontario Election as it kicked off in May. And again the day after Election Day

"Ontario electoral dysfunction: Award for most apathetic riding goes to..." by Erica Vella on (PDF)



2013 Everyday Political Citizens

"Samara announces Everyday Political Citizen winners" by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing

"National recognition keeps fight alive for Nunavut food activist" by David Murphy on (PDF)

"Saskatoon activist nominated for political citizen award" on News Talk 650. (PDF)

"Edith Perry humbled by nomination for community activism" by Luke Arbuckle on

"Marc Laferriere nominated for Everyday Political Citizen Project" by Victoria Gray in Brant News. (PDF)

"Everyday Political Citizen project recognizes Canada's unsung heroes"  by Rachel Aiello and Brad Fougere on and originally in the Ottawa Citizen, The Montreal Gazette and The Vancouver Sun. (PDF)

"Rob Ford scandal may lead to better democracy" by Bob Hepburn in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Local Woman Makes Shortlist for 'Everyday Political Citizen'" by EFN Staff in the Eagle Feather News. (PDF)

Alison Loat and Jane Hilderman spoke about cynicism in the wake of political scandals and Samara’s antidote - Everyday Political Citizens - on 22 CBC morning shows. Recordings are available fromToronto’s Metro MorningOntario Morning and Radio Canada International

 "Cognitive Surplus and Appreciation in Civic Life" by Jane Purvis in Spacing Magazine. (PDF)

"FTW Friday: Everyday Political Citizen" by Joe Thomson in this magazine, (PDF)

MP Websites Analysis

"MPs doing poor job of connecting with citizens online: Samara Report" by Dan Misener on (PDF)

"New Report Says Canadian Politicians' 'Digital Offices' Need a Makeover" by Elisabeth Fraser on (PDF)

"Most MPs websites don't connect with public, study finds" by Susan Delacourt in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"MPs falling short in online engagement: study" by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing on

"Five MPs lack functioning websites, group's analysis shows" by Don Butler in the Ottawa Citizen and on (PDF)

"Want to get involved in politics? MPs' websites not a good place to start, study shows" by staff on (PDF)

"Who passed, who failed? Websites of Canadian MPs compared in study" by Canadian Press in the Vancouver Sun, The Province and The Globe and Mail. (PDF)

"Yes, your MP's website (probably) does suck" by Stephen Hui in The Georgia Straight. (PDF)

"Most politicians' websites fail to engage: charity" and link to radio interview by Lynn Desjardins at Radio Canada International

"All MPs need to do better with their websites, study says" by Colin MacLean in the Journal Pioneer. (PDF)

Samara Research Manager Jane Hilderman talks about the MP Website Analysis on CPAC's Primetime Politics (interview starts at 36 minutes). 

"Windsor MP tops list of Internet-savvy politicians" by Luke Simcoe on (PDF)

" recognized by Samara Canada in the MP Website Analysis Project" on MP Don Davies' website. (PDF)

"Canada: Most MPs fail online" by Gene Kosowan on (PDF)

Alison Loat appeared on Guelph's "Beyond the Ballot Box" radio show, CFRU 93.3 FM.

"Are you being served?"  Samara Executive Director Alison Loat on The Agenda

 (April 11, 2013)


"Canadians aren't apathetic, we're just sick of the political status quo" by Adam Kingsmith on (PDF)

"Why Canadians have no time for politics" by Alex Himelfarb in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Why you should get involved in politics" an op-ed by Catherine McKenna in the Ottawa Citizen and on (PDF)

"Don't worry, politics could make you happy" by Douglas Todd in The Vancouver Sun. (PDF)

"Is there ever an excuse for not voting?" by Liz Renzetti in The Globe and Mail. (PDF)

"Canadians not that politically active, study finds" by Susan Delacourt in The Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Politics ‘a dirty word’ for Canadians, finds new study of engagement between elections" by Misty Harris in (also appeared in Leader Post, The Province, The Vancouver Sun, The Star Pheonix, The Calgary Herald, and The Edmonton Journal). (PDF)

"How politically engaged are you? Take the quiz." A web extra by Misty Harris in The Calgary Herald, The Edmonton Journal and The Montreal Gazette. (PDF)

"Are Canadians Political lightweights?" by Andrew Dreschel in The Hamilton Spectator. (PDF)

"Not even twitter can save us now" by Dan Lett in The Winnipeg Free Press.

"Don’t blame the young" by Chris Selley in The National Post. (PDF)

"The hunt for an honest man lands candidate" by Pete McMartin in The Vancouver Sun.

"Canadians civic minded but not political: study" by Maryse Zeidler in The Tyee. (PDF)

'The Unengaged Majority" by Greg Fingas on his blog, “Accidental Deliberations”. (PDF)

"Measuring Political Engagement" on Thought Undermined. (PDF)

Samara's Executive Director spoke on CBC's Metro Morning.

"Study Shows Canadians Least Interested in Politics" by Sam Dixon in the Oye!Times. (PDF)

"Woeful participation in party politics" by Greg Fingas in The Leader-Post.

MPs by the Books & House of Words

"The number of words MPs speak in House counts" by The Guelph Mercury in the Winnipeg Free Press

"Think-tank breaks down debate in Commons" by Allison Cross in the National Post. (PDF)

"B.C. MP Peter Julian has biggest mouth in Parliament, study finds" by Luke Simcoe in Metro News. (PDF)

"Mouthy and not-so-mouthy: how Manitoba MPs stack up" by Mia Rabson in the Winnipeg Free Press. (PDF)

"Political word count: MPs range from windy to nearly mute in House of Commons" by Don Butler on (originally in the Ottawa Citizen, The Province, The Edmonton Journal, The Calgary Herald and The StarPhoenix). (PDF)

"Stacking up who's talking (or not) on Parliament Hill" by CBC News. (PDF)

"Parliamentary Word Count Reveals who the Commons talkers and non-talkers are" by Susan Delacourt, in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Who has the biggest mouth in Parliament?" by Laura Stone, on (PDF)

"Penashue's 'strong voice' rarely heard in the House: study" by Colin Horgan, on 

Lost in Translation or Just Lost? Canadians' Priorities and the House of Commons (Published February 2013)

 "Watching the Watchdog: What Should Democracy Look Like?" by Tim Knight on (PDF)

"Backbenchers point to less party discipline as a fix for Parliament" by Rebecca Lindell, on Global News. (PDF)

"Don't disparage democracy if you're not doing your part" by Daniel D. Veniez, on (PDF)

"Democracy the big loser in Canada's Parliament: Hepburn" by Bob Hepburn, in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"We don't need politicians in charge. With technology, it's time to put citizens first" by John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail. (PDF)

"Parliament is broken. How do we fix it?" Sarama's op-ed on

"Tom's take: the sad state of Parliament" by Tom Clark on

"MPs fail to represent issues important to Canadians: report", Alison on the West Block with Tom Clark

"Are Canadians and Parliamentarians speaking the same language?" by Colin Horgan on

"Do MPs talk about your priorities in Parliament? Turns out, they do" by Chris Hannay in the Globe and Mail. (PDF)

"Parliament needs a democracy check-up, says new report" by Bea Vongdouangchanh in the Hill Times

"Ignatieff: Too much executive power is harming democracy" John Ibbitson sits down with Michael Ignatieff to discuss whether it's time to Redesign Parliament. Featured in the Globe and Mail Focus section. (PDF)

"MPs reflect voter priorities more often than expected" by Laura Payton on (PDF)

"Watching the Watchdog: Democracy Is Lost in Translation" by Tim Knight on The Huffington Post. (PDF)

"House out of balance?", Alison spoke on CTV News

Grassroots Online video podcast discussion of MP Websites Analysis (begins at around 8 minutes)

Other Coverage

"GUEST COLUMNIST: Don't let democracy slip away" by Samara volunteer Bob Sutton in The Sarnia Journal. (PDF)

"Would a Merger with Canada Save U.S. from Ourselves," by Rick Cohen on Nonprofit Quarterly. (PDF)

"Balance of power: MP Michael Chong on fixing the relationship between MPs and their leaders" by Andrew Coyne on (PDF)

"Time and cash strapped Gen X and Y? Join the club" by Misty Harris on (PDF)

"MPs need authority, yes. And clear responsibilities" by David McLaughlin in the Globe and Mail. (PDF)

"The young will inherit and future they see as a sham" by Michael Valpy in The Toronto Star. (PDF)

"The merits and drawbacks of heckling," Alison Loat joined a panel to discuss heckling on CBC Radio's The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.

"Rathgeber challenges party dominance of MPs" by Samara Executive Director Alison Loat in the Ottawa Citizen and on (PDF)

"Considering the scandals plaguing multiple levels of government, it seems accountability as a virtue is on the wane," Samara Executive Director, Alison Loat, is quoted by Joseph Brean in the National Post. (PDF)

"Democracy Talks comes to Nelson," The Nelson Star reports on our Democracy Talks program paying a visit to the local library in April 2013. (PDF)

Samara's Jane Hilderman was on NewsTalk Radio in Saskatchewan talking about why citizens are not more engaged with politics.



Who's the Boss?

 "Editorial: Voters' interests can't be ignored", in the Times Colonist. (PDF)

"What infantile verbal brawls tell us about the health of Parliament", by Michael Behiels on
"Canadians quickly losing faith in their democracy, survey suggests" by Kim Mackrael in The Globe and Mail. (PDF)

"Canadians less content with way democracy works, poll says" on CBC News Politics. (PDF)

"Canadians' assessment of MPs' work, country's democracy at record low: poll" by Elizabeth Thompson in

"Editorial: Ailing Democracy cannot be fxed by government" in the Vancouver Sun. (PDF)

"Satisfaction with Canadian democracy hits rock bottom, survey finds" by Don Butler in The Ottawa Citizen

"Poll: Only 55% believe democracy working well in Canada" by Susan Delacourt in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Canadians give MPs a failing grade on most key duties" staff. (PDF)

"Canadians are less satisfied with democracy: Study" QMI agency, in Toronto Sun (and others). (PDF)

"Watching the Watchdog: Three Scary Truths About Canadian Democracy" by Tim Knight on (PDF)

"Voter Dissatisfaction diminishes Canadian democracy" Times Herald Editorial Staff in The Moose Jaw Times Herald. (PDF)

"A report card for MPs" by Aaron Wherry in Maclean's. (PDF)

"Poll Claims Canadians Dissatisfied with Democracy" by Sam Dixon in Oye! Times. (PDF)

"Canadians increasingly cynical about state of democracy: Hepburn" by Bob Hepburn in The Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Canada's democracy: A deep, yawning chasm?" by Colin Horgan on

" readers weigh in on democracy survey" by the Community Team on the Community Blog. (PDF)

"Ample reason for loss of faith" Editorial in The Star Phoenix

Listen to Alison's Interview on Radio Canada International. 

"At Our Front Door" by former MP Glen Pearson on his blog, The Parallel Parliament. (PDF)

"Hepburn: Your local MP is democracy's enemy" by Bob Hepburn in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Survey shows crisis of faith in democracy" by Julian Uzielli in The Western Gazette. (PDF)

Occupiers and Legislators

"Bias? What mainstream bias?" by Michael Valpy on his blog, Origins of Politics
"Politics and the media" by Paul Berton in The Hamilton Spectator. (PDF)

"A snapshot on Canadian political journalism" by Alex Veeneman on Uloop student news network. (PDF

 "Canadian news get mixed reviews" by Mia Rabson in the Winnipeg Free Press. (PDF)

"Sharp contrast in tone of TV, newspaper political reporting: study" by Elizabeth Thompson in

"Political news usually fair, but not always informative, study finds" by Don Butler in theOttawa Citizen and the Victoria Times Colonist 

"On studying the media: Samara and the 'news' we want" by Colin Horgan in

"Watching the Watchdog: Stats Don't Lie, Political News Falls Short" by Tim Knight in theHuffington Post Canada. (PDF)

"Samara's Occupiers and Legislators debunks some criticisms of the media" by Belinda Alzner in (PDF)

"Canadian MSM political news coverage leaves much to be desired: report" by Ben Christopher in The Tyee. (PDF)

"Questioning the press gallery" by Aaron Wherry in Maclean's online. (PDF)  

"Les «idées reçues» revues et corrigées" by Geneviève Tremblay in Le Devoir. (PDF)

An appearance on The Rutherford Show.

CBC Nova Scotia - Mainstream Cape Breton with Wendy Bergfeldt featured Samara.

Other Coverage

Samara's work spurred a question for CBC National's At Issue Panel, regarding Canada's electoral system. 

"Polling and journalism: the future is in the details", Susan Delacourt discusses the polling-journalism relationship with Sasha Issenberg, American journalist and author. (PDF)

"Turning a non-voter into a voter", Adam Radwanski sits down with recent guest of Samara and author of the Victory Lab, Sasha Issenberg for a Q&A. (PDF)

"Fixing the way we 'do democracy'", by Sharon Aschaiek, a profile on Samara and founders, Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan in Queen's University alumni review. (PDF)

"Is democracy in decline?" by Jim Coyle in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Harper's cynical assault on democracy", an editorial by Bob Hepburn in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

"Appears we get the Parliament we deserve" by Tom Ford in the Winnipeg Free Press.



The Real Outsiders

"Understanding the limits of government" by Nicholas Gafuik in the Calgary Herald

"Must Politicians Be Phonies?" by Maxwell Cameron in The Mark. (PDF)

"Deadlines and Democracy" by Rebecca Lindell on Global News Online. (PDF)

"Voter Turnout: thinking outside the ballot box" by Clifton van der Linden and Kelly Hinton inThe Mark. (PDF)

"Oversight key for oilsands," an Op-Ed in the Star Phoenix mentioning The Real Outsiders

What gives? Samara study looks at Canadians’ reasons for turning away from politics” by Chris Plecash in The Hill Times

"If they don't vote, don't worry" by Iain Hunter in the Times Colonist

"Ibbitson responds: How to re-engage citizens in democracy" by John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail. (PDF)

In an age without mediators, many feel left out of the political process” by John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail. (PDF)

"Political re-engagement should focus on public services" by Don Lenihan on

"Alienated from What? By Whom?" by Andrew Potter on, originally in the Ottawa Citizen. (PDF

"The welfare state isn't pleasing anyone" by Tasha Kheiriddin in the National Post. (PDF)

"Where Have All the Voters Gone?" by Ben Christopher in The Tyee. (PDF)

 "They know what they don't like" by Aaron Wherry in Maclean's online. (PDF)

"Who engages young voters?" by Jonathan Migneault in OpenFile Ottawa

Interview with Alison Loat on Global TV's "The Morning Show."

Interview with Alison Loat on CTV National News.

"Who are Toronto's "real outsiders", and why are they turned off by politics?" by John Michael McGrath in OpenFile Toronto

"Canada's Political Outsiders" by Nick Ruderman in The Mark. (PDF)

"The democracy gap - how did not voting become preferred option?" by Craig McInnes in the Vancouver Sun. (PDF)

"Non-voting Canadians consider themselves outsiders: study" by Don Butler in the Ottawa Citizen

"Does not voting make you an indifferent citizen — or an idealist?" by Susan Delacourt in theToronto Star. (PDF)

"La politique du désabusement" by Manon Cornellier in Le Devoir. (PDF)

"Non-voters see political engagement as futile: study" by Rebecca Lindell on Global News online

"Politicians to blame for voter apathy" by Joseph Chin on (PDF)

"Why doesn't 40 per cent of the population vote?" by Andy Radia on Yahoo News Canada. (PDF)

"Politically disengaged Canadians not apathetic or uninformed, study finds" by Colin Horgan

 "Outsiders" a blog post on CalgaryGrit. (PDF)

Interview with André Turcotte on Radio-Canada's Maisonneuve en direct

Alison Loat was featured on 14 drive-home CBC radio shows and on Dave Rutherford’s #1 call-in radio show in Alberta.  

Outsiders' Manifesto

An interview with Alison Loat by Steve Paikin on TVO's "The Agenda."

An interview with Alison Loat about constituent services on CBC Radio's "The Current."

"The cult of the political outsider", an article by Andrew Potter on, originally in the Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

An article by national columnist Chantal Hébert in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

An article on MPs' recommendations for improving the practice of politics on

piece on CBC News online. (PDF

piece in the Toronto Star by Susan Delacourt. (PDF)

Mia Rabson's take on the report, from the Winnipeg Free Press. (PDF)

From Global News online, an article by Rebecca Lindell highlighting the report's "outsider narrative" 

blog from former MP Glen Pearson

piece by Donald Lenihan in The Huffington Post Canada. (PDF)

The highlights of this report's local and national media coverage are available here, on the Samara blog. 

"It's My Party"

An interview with Alison Loat by Steve Paikin on TVO's "The Agenda."

A post-election interview with Alison Loat by Matt Galloway on CBC Radio's "Metro Morning" (the segments begins at the 14:15 mark).

The highlights of this report's national and local coverage is available here, including editorials and other commentary generated by the findings. 

Other Coverage

An article in The Tyee mentioning Samara's work. (PDF)

An article by John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail, which quotes Samara's work on The Real Outsiders. (PDF)

An article in the Hill Times mentioning the work of Samara.

"Underrepresented", a feature article by Isabel Bassett, published in the magazine Women of Influence.

feature on "How to fix our politics" by Aaron Wherry in Maclean's. (PDF)



Welcome to Parliament

"An MP’s changing world of work" by John Milloy in Policy Options. (PDF)

An interview with Alison Loat by Steve Paikin on TVO's "The Agenda."

An interview with Alison Loat by Carol Off on CBC Radio's "As It Happens" (the segment begins at the 7:00 mark).

An interview with Alison Loat by Rosemary Barton on CBC TV's "Power and Politics" (the segment begins at the 33:15 mark).

A survey article on partisanship in the House which features an interview with Alison Loat in The Hill Times.

An article illuminating the report by Bea Vongdouangchanh in The Hill Times.

An op-ed by Joe Jordan in The Hill Times

An article by Elizabeth Thompson in, which also ran in newspapers across Canada, including the National PostVancouver SunCalgary HeraldWindsor StarOttawa Citizen and on

An excerpt, "What are we doing here," by Aaron Wherry , from Maclean's. (PDF)

An excerpt from an op-ed by Alison Loat in the Globe and Mail, "What do we want from them?", by Aaron Wherry, from Maclean's. (PDF)

An excerpt from Hill Times survey featuring Alison Loat, "Somebody should do something," by Aaron Wherry, from Maclean's. (PDF)

"Democracy in Danger?! Not really," by Andrew Potter, from the Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

piece reflecting on the findings for Alberta's Legislative Assembly, by Dave Cournoyer. (PDF)

The Accidental Citizen?

"Liberals should reform the candidate nomination process," an article by Kyle Harrietha in

An interview with Alison Loat on TVO's "The Agenda" with Steve Paikin.

An interview with Alison Loat, followed by a discussion with former MPs John Godfrey, Jean Augustine and Monte Solberg by Anna Maria Tremonti, on CBC Radio's "The Current".

An editorial "MPs: our inside outsiders," by the Globe and Mail's editorial board. (PDF)

Another interview, this time on TV, with Alison Loat by Rosemary Barton on CBC's "Power and Politics" (the segment begins at the 1:47 mark).

blog by Andrew Potter, from Maclean's. (PDF)

An excerpt, entitled "A House of Outsiders and Idealists," by Aaron Wherry, from Maclean's. (PDF)

Another excerpt, entitled "Hide Your Ambitions," by Aaron Wherry, from Maclean's. (PDF)

An Extra, Extra mention by David Topping, in the Torontoist. (PDF)

An article, "Study undercuts the stereotypes about politicians," by David Beers in the (PDF)

view on the report's implications for potential female candidates, from the Equal Voice blog. (PDF)

reflection on the report's implications on policy change, "The World's Older Profession," by Al Etmanski on his blog. (PDF)

Another reflection on the report, "Silly Monkeys," by Max Fawcett, on his blog.

Best Political Books of the Last 25 Years contest

blog, by Susan Delacourt, from the Toronto Star

An addition to our books list, by John Geddes from Maclean's. (PDF)

Journalism seminars

round-up of television, print, radio and online coverage on the visit of Birgitta Jonsdottir

column on the State of the News Media report by Kathy English, in the Toronto Star. (PDF)

Q&A with Tom Rosenstiel by Susan Krashinsky, in the Globe and Mail. (PDF

A radio interview with Tom Rosenstiel by Anna Maria Tremonti, on CBC Radio's "The Current."

An interview with Paul Steiger by Joseph Brean, in the National Post

Other Coverage

"Samara is bringing hope, change and political engagement to Canadian politics" by Piali Roy in Yonge Street Media. (PDF)

Samara's work was also featured in CPAC's "The Bright Side."