The Samara Centre and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Launch “Speaking of Democracy” Exhibit

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The Samara Centre and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Launch “Speaking of Democracy” Exhibit

We're proud to announce the opening of “Speaking of Democracy”, an exhibit presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in collaboration with the Samara Centre for Democracy.


Credit: Ian Crysler 

The exhibit officially launched on April 30th at Queen’s Park and features 28 quotes on democracy by thinkers and changemakers such as Maria Ressa, Edouard Louis, Oren Lyons, Malala Yousafzai, Vandana Shiva, and Fernando Cardoso. Each quote was carefully selected by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Her Honour had this to say about the exhibit:

“Drawing from diverse historical and geographical sources, this exhibition explores the roots of, threats to, and promise within democracy. It aims to provoke the viewer—you—to do two things.

One is to think. Democracy is complex and untidy. Tasks like listening to the voices of a vibrant civil society, balancing rights while upholding the rule of law, or building resilient institutions do not come easily.

The other is to act. Many cannot. An enduring and healthy democracy means getting involved.”

The complete exhibition can be viewed online.


Credit: Ian Crysler

Samara’s Board Chair and Co-founder, Michael MacMillan, also spoke at the event, saying:

“The way we govern ourselves matters. The government itself matters. And that getting it right is to be applauded, and getting it wrong is to be avoided. It’s not so simple – it requires constant work and constant attention.”

Book a free tour of the exhib here.

The exhibit is on display in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park throughout spring and summer 2019. Public tours can be arranged via the Ontario Legislative Assembly’s tour office.

Check out photos of the launch here. To hear both speeches, check out the livestream below.

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