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Representation in Isolation

Representation in Isolation

Following the suspension of Parliament, this report examines how MPs have experienced the pandemic, and charts a way forward.

Proroguing Parliament

Proroguing Parliament

With Parliament prorogued until September, we unpack what prorogation means and more in this short and accessible explainer.

Book Excerpt

Excerpt from Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice

As part of our #SamaraReads contest, we bring you excerpts from all five books shortlisted for the 2019 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Resources for Elected Leaders

Resources for Elected Leaders

A selection of non-partisan resources that can assist elected representatives in defining their role and priorities.

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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 the pandemic continues, political leaders and institutions are being forced to adapt. Explore the state of democracy in a state of emergency with our Democracy Monitor.


Our latest book uses the stories and experiences of former MPs
 to put forward a vision of democratic representation that is independent, thoughtful, engaged, and empowered.


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