Resources for Elected Leaders

Resources for Elected Leaders

Welcome to the 43 Parliament

For more than ten years, the Samara Centre for Democracy has studied Canada’s Parliament, political parties, and citizen engagement. In this time, the Samara Centre has established itself not only as a trustworthy source of information on the health of our democracy, but also as a champion of our elected leaders’ crucial role within it.

Elected leaders, we are here to assist you and your staff in our shared objective of pursuing a resilient and vibrant democracy. Below is a selection of non-partisan resources that can help you define your role and priorities as independent, thoughtful, engaged, and empowered representatives. Although some of the resources are intended for Members of Parliament, most are suitable to leaders at other levels of government.

In addition to consulting elected representatives at all levels of government, we regularly appear before parliamentary committees on issues of democratic reform, and offer insight on legislation related to parliamentary procedures, civic engagement, elections, and political parties.

If you are interested in collaborating with the Samara Centre or providing feedback on our research and resources, please do not hesitate to email us or call 416-960-7926.

House Inspection

House Inspection: A Retrospective of the 42nd Parliament

Drawing on multiple sources, including surveys of sitting MPs, our latest report identifies several worrying trends in Parliament’s performance and proposes potential solutions.


Stronger Democracy Platform

This one-pager puts forward nine practical and simple reforms to empower MPs, demand transparency from political parties, and open new avenues of participation for Canadians during the 43rd Parliament.

Real House Lives

Real House Lives: Former Members of Parliament on How to Reclaim Democratic Leadership

Based on our latest round of MP exit interviews, this book uses the stories and experiences of former parliamentarians to examine how MPs can be effective in Parliament, in their constituency, and in their party.

Field Guide to Online Political Conversations

Field Guide to Online Political Conversations

Drawing on social science research, this illustrated infographic features tips on how political leaders can encourage less divisive and polarizing political discourse among Canadians. For more depth and detail, read our Field Guide report.

Orientation Session for New MPs

Orientation Session for New MPs: Life in the 43rd Parliament

Watch a panel discussion on what life will be like in the 43rd Parliament, moderated by the Samara Centre's Kendall Anderson, and featuring journalist Susan Delacourt and former MPs Megan Leslie and James Rajotte. Download the slide deck.

Engaging Youth Between Elections

Engaging Youth Between Elections: A Guide to Local Youth Councils

This short guide offers practical advice and insight into local youth councils or advisory boards—an increasingly popular practice to involve young people in politics.

How to Engage Young Canadians

How to Engage Young Canadians: A Poster for Elected Representatives

This tool for engaging young constituents features advice from young Canadians.

Your Consultation Fortune

Your Consultation Fortune: A Tool for Engagement

This colourful and fun fortune teller is designed to help elected representatives connect with their constituents.

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Welcome to the 43 Parliament