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The Samara Centre for Democracy

Looking for non-partisan, research-based commentary?

The Samara Centre for Democracy has built a reputation as a reliable source for original research and informed analysis and opinion on Canadian politics. We bring a much-needed non-partisan, research-based voice to the discussion. 

If you are a journalist looking for a comment on topics such as citizen partcipation, voting behaviour and influences, candidates for election, Members of Parliament, political parties, Parliament, democratic reform, or political culture, please contact José Ramón Martí at [email protected] or 416-960-7927.

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Mike Morden

Michael Morden
Interim Executive Director and Research Director

Mike is responsible for leading the Samara Centre's program of democracy-boosting research and contributing to its mission of asking critical questions, producing new evidence, and linking knowledge to action. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto. Mike joined the Samara Centre from the Mowat Centre, a public policy think tank at the University of Toronto. Previously, he was a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellow in Canadian politics at Western and Wilfrid Laurier Universities, a senior policy advisor in the government of Ontario, and a research associate with the Mosaic Institute.

Adelina Petit-Vouriot
Research Associate

Adelina helps produce the Samara Centre’s illuminating research on politics, Parliament, and civic engagement. She is committed to demystifying government and making Canadian politics more inclusive, approachable, and appealing. These broad interests led her to study political science at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Toronto, where she completed her MA. Before joining the Samara Centre, Adelina was involved in Toronto’s non-profit sector, managing and developing civic engagement programming and resources for youth at CIVIX.

Adelina Petit-Vouriot

To request an interview, please contact José Ramón Martí at [email protected] or 416-960-7927.

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  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020

    New Report: Temperature Check

    Released this morning, our new report uses national public opinion data to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered Canadians’ views toward their democratic system, public institutions, political leaders, and fellow citizens. Read it today!
  • Friday, October 09, 2020

    How Incivility Harms Politics

    While complaints about incivility online can be used to censor or drown out critical voices, it is also true that disrespect, rudeness, harassment, and abuse online have real costs for our democracy. Find out why!
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020

    Representation in Isolation

    With tomorrow’s Throne Speech set to usher in a new parliamentary session, Members of Parliament are still struggling to agree on how the House of Commons should return to work. Our new report charts a way forward.