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The basis for all that we do, the Samara Centre's research brings forward the evidence, reforms, resources, and initiatives to drive positive change in our politics and transform our representative democracy. Action-oriented, comparative, and multilevel, this research focuses on three areas central to the health of Canada’s democracy: legislatures, political parties, and citizen participation.

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The Real House Lives

The Real House Lives

The third report based on our second round of exit interviews with former MPs.

2018 MP Survey

The 2018 Member of Parliament Survey

Discover MPs' personal evaluation of the House of Commons and options for reform.

Elephant on the Hill

Elephant on the Hill

Survey of MPs reveals that Parliament is an unsafe workplace for many.

Beyond the Barbecue

Beyond the Barbecue

The second report based on our second round of exit interviews with former MPs.

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The Real House Lives

The Samara Centre interviewed 54 former MPs who served in the 41st Parliament from 2011 to 2015. These MPs reported that political parties had unquestionably the greatest influence on their time in office, greater than the influence of Parliament or their constituencies. They also reported that their parties were a source of community and support but also enormous frustration. Read more about what they said in The Real House Lives.

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Democracy 360


2017 Democracy 360

2017 Democracy 360

The second report card on the state of Canada's democracy, exploring how Canadians communicate, participate, and lead in politics.

democracy, communication, participation, leadership

March 28, 2017
2015 Democracy 360

2015 Democracy 360

The inaugural report card on the state of Canada's democracy, exploring how Canadians communicate, participate, and lead in politics.

democracy, communication, participation, leadership

March 24, 2015
The Real House Lives

The Real House Lives: Strengthening the role of MPs in an age of partisanship

The third report in Volume II examines the role of MPs within their political party.

41st Parliament, caucus, local party, MP, partisanship, party leader

October 31, 2018
Beyond the Barbecue

Beyond the Barbecue: Reimagining constituency work for local democratic engagement

The second report in Volume II examines the role of MPs in the constituency.

41st Parliament, casework, constituency, events, MP, public consultation

July 25, 2018
Flip the Script

Flip the Script: Reclaiming the legislature to reinvigorate representative democracy

The first report in Volume II examines the role of MPs in Parliament.

41st Parliament, committee, debate, MP, party leader, Private Members' Business, scrutiny

June 11, 2018

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The Outsiders' Manifesto

The Outsiders' Manifesto: Surviving and thriving as a Member of Parliament

The third in a series of three reports, this report examines the role of MPs within their political party.

September 14, 2011
It's My Party

"It's My Party:" Parliamentary dysfunction reconsidered

The second report in Volume II, this report explores the role of MPs in the constituency.

April 18, 2011
Welcome to Parliament

Welcome to Parliament: A job with no description

The first report in Volume II, this report looks at the role of MPs in Parliament.

November 30, 2010

The Accidental Citizen

The Accidental Citizen

The first report in Volume II, this report looks at the role of MPs in Parliament.

June 2010
2018 Member of Parliament Survey

2018 Member of Parliament Survey: Evaluating the House of Commons and options for reform

MPs provide a unique look at how they think the 42nd Parliament is functioning, and what can be done to strengthen it.

42nd Parliament, caucus, collaboration, committee, debate, MP, reform, scrutiny, transparency

September 25, 2018
Elephant on the Hill

Elephant on the Hill

MPs, Senators, and staff are surveyed about their perception and experiences of sexual harassment and assault in their workplace.

42nd Parliament, assault, Bill-65, harrassment, workplace

August 9, 2018
Flip the Script

Flip the Script: Reclaiming the legislature to reinvigorate representative democracy

The first report in Volume II examines the role of MPs in Parliament.

41st Parliament, committee, debate, MP, party leader, Private Members' Business, scrutiny

June 11, 2018

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No One Is Listening

No One Is Listening: Incivility in the 42nd Parliament, and how to fix it

Based on a 2017 survey of MPs, this report examines the state of debate and decorum in the House of Commons.

42nd Parliament, culture change, debate, decorum, heckling, incivility, MP

October 25, 2017
Cheering or Jeering

Cheering or Jeering: Members of Parliament open up about civility in the House of Commons

Based on a 2015 surveyof MPs, this report examines their experience with hecklingwho does it, how often, and whyand potential measures to address it.

41st Parliament, civility, heckling, House of Commons

January 15, 2016
50 Ways to Redesign Parliament

50 Ways to Redesign Parliament

A collection of ideas for how to improve the way Canada's Parliament works, put forward by a wide range of Canadians.

citizens' voices, MP job satisfaction, party control, physical changes, procedural changes, technological changes

September 13, 2012
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By freely sharing this data, we hope that others will be able to explore, discover, and advance our collective knowledge of Canadians' relationship to politics and democracy.

Research that employs this data must acknowledge the Samara Centre for Democracy as a source.

If you have any questions regarding this data, please email Mike Morden at [email protected]