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LeadershipThursday, November 23, 2017

Q&A with Mackenzie Grisdale

We caught up with Mackenzie to find out more about what inspired her to develop the first ever survey on heckling in the House of Commons back in 2011.Read more
LeadershipWednesday, August 30, 2017

MP Exit Interviews: Summer Update

Samara launched the second round of our seminal MP Exit Interview project this past January. As summer comes to an end, we 'd like to share an update on what we've heard so far from former Members of Parliament.Read more
LeadershipThursday, June 16, 2016

How to Engage Young Canadians

To illuminate how political leaders can better engage youth, Samara asked young leaders from across Canada for their recommendations, and captured their ideas in a clear and colourful poster!Read more
LeadershipMonday, May 16, 2016

Bringing Gender Equity to Parliament

On May 11th, MP Kennedy Stewart introduced a bill designed to bring gender parity to the House of Commons by incentivizing political parties to nominate more women in future elections. Read his full speech to Parliament here.Read more
LeadershipMonday, March 21, 2016

What did councillors say?

The Rural Ontario Institute shares findings and quotes from rural municipal councillors about their experiences serving, as part of their Rural Municipal Councillor Profile.Read more

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LeadershipTuesday, March 08, 2016

#IWD2016 with Laurin Liu

Laurin Liu was 20 years old when she was elected Member of Parliament for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles in 2011. We caught up with her to find out what it's like to serve as a young woman and find out how the male-dominated culture might be changing. Read more
LeadershipMonday, January 25, 2016

Andrew Scheer Weighs in on Heckling

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LeadershipTuesday, January 12, 2016

A better Commons committee system

This is an op-ed written by Samara's Executive Director Jane Hilderman and Research Manager Laura Anthony. It was first published on on December 14, 2015. Read more
LeadershipWednesday, July 08, 2015

Guest Post: Yoda & Policy

Aside from this being a way to capture the reader’s attention (which, admittedly, it is), policy-makers can learn a lesson or two from the Grand Master of the Jedi Order. Read more
LeadershipFriday, June 26, 2015

MP Reflections

This week, we dug through the House of Commons records for some of our favourite quotes marking the end of the 41st Parliament. See what MPs had to say as the session came to a close.Read more
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