Is anyone getting any work done today?

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016 View Count = 3195

Is anyone getting any work done today?

Everyday democracy_ Samara Canada

No one, it seems, can start a conversation today without mentioning last night’s results... eh?

Setting aside the surprise and emotions, those of us at Samara are all firmly reminded how much politics profoundly impacts our lives every day. And, even more importantly, that democracy requires constant care and vigilance.

Two years ago, in order to bring greater attention to this issue, we released Samara’s Democracy 360, a report card on Canada’s democracy, which focused on the relationship between citizens and political leadership. It revealed a mixed picture: while Canada’s democratic reputation on the world stage is comparatively strong, at home there were cracks in our democratic foundation that need attention and repair.

Given the events of the last 24 hours, we spent a lot of today thinking about one of the main the conclusions from the Democracy 360. We called for Canada to shift towards “everyday democracy,” emphasizing engagement between elections for all citizens, not just elected leaders. Indeed, Secretary Clinton reinforced that idea earlier today in her speech when she said “our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time.”

Democracy is hard work, and contributions from active citizens are essential to its success, which is why every year we celebrate those who do the heavy lifting of our democracy through the Everyday Political Citizen contest. For a dose of happiness, check out this year’s nominees.  

Today, we at Samara feel even more committed to a mission to strengthen and renew Canada’s democracy. As our democracy turns 150 next year, we want to work with all Canadians—including elected leaders, Everyday Political Citizens, young Canadians, civic educators, and anyone who shares that commitment—so that Canada can thrive because of our politics, not in spite of it.

As always, we wish you a Stronger Democracy and a Better Canada,

--The Samara Team

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