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Opinion Pieces

The Samara Centre's list of publications and original research is growing all the time. Here's a sampling of some of the best opinion editorials featuring our research.

2020

"The House of Commons should sit in the summer as a hybrid Parliament – for democracy's sake" by Mike Morden in the Ottawa Citizen (Jun. 11, 2020)

"Canada's elected leaders exhibit a woeful lack of digital engagement" by Mike Morden in CBC News Opinion (Apr. 21, 2020) [PDF]

"Political parties should rethink process for winnowing candidate pool" by Paul Thomas and Mike Morden in The Hill Times (Mar. 25, 2020) [PDF]

"Former MPs express worry, frustration with state of Parliament" by Mike Morden in Policy Options (Mar. 9, 2020)  [PDF]

"Canada’s broken candidate-nominations process is as embarrassing as the U.S.'s primary and caucus system" by Mike Morden and Paul Thomas in The Globe and Mail (Feb. 16, 2020) [PDF]

"Five (and a half) suggestions for new MPs in the 43rd Parliament" by Kendall Anderson in The Hill Times (Jan. 27, 2020) [PDF]

2019

"Now's the time for MPs to strengthen Canadian politics" by Kendall Anderson in the Ottawa Citizen [PDF]

"How do we bridge Canada’s divides? MPs should take a trip across the country" by Dan McCarthy in The Globe and Mail [PDF]

"MPs must seize opportunity of Reform Act votes" by Kendall Anderson in The Hill Times [PDF]

"Electoral candidates shouldn't need white collar backgrounds" by Mike Morden in Policy Options [PDF]

"This election, vote for a Parliament that will defend, reinvigorate democracy" by Kendall Anderson in The Hill Times [PDF]

"What happened to nomination contests for local candidates" by Paul E.J. Thomas in the Globe and Mail [PDF]

"Calling MPs: time’s running out to have your say on parliamentary experience" by the Samara Centre for Democracy in The Hill Times [PDF]

"Political party nominations in Canada need an overhaul" by Paul E.J. Thomas and Mike Morden in the Ottawa Citizen [PDF]

"Politicians say they care about privacy. So why can political parties ignore privacy law?" by Mike Morden in The Globe and Mail [PDF]

"It's time for MPs to seize opportunity presented by democratic motion" by Paul E.J. Thomas in The Hill Times [clipping] [PDF]

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

"By-elections take too long. It's not fair" by Paul Thomas in Policy Options [PDF]

"Prime Ministers shouldn't get to decide when by-elections happen" by Jane Hilderman and Paul E.J. Thomas in The Globe and Mail (PDF)

2018

"Higher standard required for changes to democratic bodies" by Mike Morden in Policy Options. (PDF)

2017

"Put the spotlight on bad behaviour in the House" by Jane Hilderman and Mike Morden in The Hill Times. (PDF)

"How an experimental Parliament can boost civility – and democracy" by Mike Morden in The Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

"Beyond the Duck: Investing in Parliament's infrastructure" by Jane Hilderman in The National Post. (PDF

Canadian democracy sure could use some improvement” by Jane Hilderman in The Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

2016

"Don't leave it to 'experts' – Here's how you, too, can tackle electoral reform" by Jane Hilderman and Stewart Prest in The Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

"Political parties, you can no longer ignore young voters" by Jane Hilderman in The Ottawa Citizen. (PDF)

"Developers, big money the problem in municipal elections – not nonprofits" by Jane Hilderman and Liz Sutherland in Policy Options. (PDF)

"Building a better Commons committee system" by Jane Hilderman and Laura Anthony in iPolitics. (PDF)

2015

"A chance to change the culture in Ottawa" by Jane Hilderman and David Campbell in The National Post.

"Five strategies for new MPs" by Jane Hilderman and Paul E.J. Thomas in The Hill Times

2014

"Pass the Reform Act before election clock ticks to zero" by Michael MacMillan in The Globe and Mail
 
"Should Voting be Compulsory in Canada?" by Alison Loat writes the "No" side in The Costco Connection

2013 and older

"Parliamentary reform must reach down to the riding level" by Alison Loat in The Globe and Mail

"It's Time to Celebrate Everyday Political Citizens" by Alison Loat in the Huffington Post

"Lean in to political life" by Samara Research Director Jane Hilderman in the Ottawa Citizen
 
"Rathgeber challenges party dominance of MPs" by Alison Loat in the Ottawa Citizen

Why are MPs here? Good question, an op-ed by Alison Loat in the Ottawa Citizen (reprinted in the Leader Post and the Province)

Technology and Political Campaigns: Not Just Robocalls, a post by Alison Loat in the Huffington Post

Are the Media "Horse Racing" in This Election?, a post by Alison Loat in the Huffington Post

Is Parliament broken? It may be more accurate to say political parties are, an essay by Alison Loat in a special issue of iPolitics

Canadian Politics: it shouldn't take a revolution, an op-ed by Jane Hilderman on iPolitics.ca

Canada's political outsiders, an op-ed by Nick Ruderman in The Mark

Wanted: One job description for MPs, an op-ed by Alison Loat, in the Ottawa Citizen

The party's not over, but it needs some life, an essay by Alison Loat, in the Ottawa Citizen

Politicians must reach out to jaded voters, by Kyle Crawford in the Toronto Star

Our (surprisingly?) diverse Parliament, a post by Alison Loat, in the Huffington Post.

What is a Canadian MP's job? They dunno, an op-ed by Alison Loat, in the Globe and Mail

Balancing Family and Work: Challenges Facing Canadian MPs, a paper by Alison Loat, Royce Koop, and James Farney, in the Canadian Parliamentary Review

Towards a more purposeful Parliament, an op-ed by Alison Loat, on iPolitics.ca

Our MPs are not Lifers, an essay by Alison Loat, on themarknews.ca

Sizing Up the House of Commons, an essay by Alison Loat, on themarknews.ca

Media, Politics, and You, an essay by Alison Loat, on themarknews.ca

MPs by Accident, an essay by Alison Loat, on themarknews.ca

Let's Not Blame Youth for Voter Apathy, an op-ed by Alison Loat, in the Globe and Mail.

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