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LeadershipTuesday, September 10, 2019

The Reform Act Revisited

In 2014, MP Michael Chong introduced The Reform Act in hopes of beginning to rebalance the relationship between MPs and their parties. Here we examine the four requirements brought into effect by this legislation.Read more
LeadershipFriday, December 21, 2018

Improving Political Representation

Our Research Director, Mike Morden, shares a few personal takeaways from the Beyond Numbers: Comparing Mechanisms for Substantive Representation of Ethnic Minorities and Indigenous Peoples conference held at McMaster University.Read more
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
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
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