#SamaraChat XV Recap: Measuring Up Canada's Democracy in 2019

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#SamaraChat XV Recap: Measuring Up Canada's Democracy in 2019

At the end of March, the Samara Centre released the 2019 Democracy 360, our biennial report card on the state of Canada's democracy. Based on a wide variety of indicators, the report card measures three areas essential to a healthy democracy—communication, participation, and political leadership—and looks at how Canadians think our democracy is working, and what could work better.

In light of this new research, we hosted our fifteenth #SamaraChat on April 10th, bringing together ordinary citizens and political leaders on Twitter to find out what they think about the health of Canada's democracy.

During the chat, we asked how Canadians can be better engaged in their democracy, how Members of Parliament can reach out to their constituents in a more meaningful manner, and what can be done to preserve and strengthen democracy in Canada more broadly, among other questions.

Here are some highlights from the conversation:

In all, we received about 150 tweets from over 50 contributors. We were extremely honoured to have MPs like Nathan Cullen, Matt DeCourcey, Andy Fillmore, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, join in the conversation. Engaged Canadians like Janelle Hinds, Andrew Ng, Jasmine Denike, and David Moscrop, and organizations like Unicef Canada's One Youth, Fair Vote Canada, and Helping Hands also weighed in with their ideas on how to improve Canada's democracy.

To everyone who shared their thoughts on our research and recommendations on how to improve politics in Canada, we extend a big thanks! To check out the full conversation, follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Until next time, see you in the Twitterverse!

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