The Samara Centre for Democracy

In Defense of Democracy

In Defense of Democracy 

The Samara Centre for Democracy celebrated our 15th anniversary by welcoming Naheed Nenshi, keynote speaker, and Nahlah Ayed, moderator, for the In Defence of Democracy public lecture.

The Samara Centre Speaks at PROC

Samara shares recommendations to PROC about hybrid Parliament 

Our Executive Director, Sabreena Delhon, provided recommendations to further a review of virtual hybrid House and committee proceedings.

SAMbot 2021 Federal Snapshot

SAMbot 2021: Federal Election Snapshot

We deployed SAMbot during the 2021 Federal Election to help us gain critical insight into online political conversations. 



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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.




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Democracy Monitor




Democracy Monitor: 
As political leaders and institutions around the world continue to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, our latest research series explores the state of democracy in a state of emergency.







Real House Lives: 
Our latest book uses the stories and experiences of former Members of Parliament to put forward a vision of democratic representation that is independent, thoughtful, engaged, and empowered.




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Real House Lives: 
Our latest book uses the stories and experiences of former Members of Parliament to put forward a vision of democratic representation that is independent, thoughtful, engaged, and empowered.




Elizabeth Dowdeswell




"The Samara Centre has an impressive track record of strengthening public knowledge about governance while fostering citizen engagement. Samara's community of experts can help us envision a better future in which our cherished democracy can flourish as never before." — The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario