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Our Impact, Past and Present

Happy (almost) June!

Wherever you are, we hope you're enjoying these beautiful spring days. Here in Ontario, things are certainly heating up—both the weather and the upcoming provincial election.


While Samara's work tends to focus on federal politics, when we learned that Ontario ranked last in both turnout in provincial elections and interest in provincial politics, we knew we had to do something. So, we created a colourful infographic that we hope will encourage Ontarians to show their provincial democracy some love. Have a look, share it, and above all, if you live in Ontario, vote on or before June 7th!



We're also warming up for the release of our new three-part series of MP Exit Interview reports. The first volume of MP Exit reports, released in 2010 and 2011, profiled the experiences of 65 former parliamentarians and garnered attention from the media, academics, citizens, and elected officials. Now we're back with more reflections from former MPs, and we can't wait to start sharing their stories in our first report on June 12th!

To provide a glimpse into this new research, we'll be hosting a Facebook Live event on June 5th (from 12:05-12:35 pm EST) featuring our Executive Director, Jane Hilderman, and Samara researchers Mike Morden and Terhas Ghebretecle. To tune in, simply head over to our Facebook page. Send us your questions before or during the event, and we'll do our best to answer them all at the end!



Finally, we wanted to share Samara's 2017 Impact Report, a colourful recap of our work last year. Among the highlights are the fifth year of the Everyday Political Citizen contest, the second Democracy 360 report card, and the aforementioned second round of MP Exit Interviews. We hope you enjoy reading about these achievements, and remember that, by supporting Samara, our impact is your impact!


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