Blog - The Samara Centre for Democracy


Happening Now Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Samara's Democracy Platform

This election, we recommend nine non-partisan, evidence-based changes to address pressing and documented challenges facing Canadian Parliament.
Happening NowFriday, February 08, 2019

Our New Acting Executive Director

Executive Director Jane Hilderman introduces Kendall Anderson, who will be filling in for her as Acting Executive Director this year.Read more
Happening NowWednesday, January 30, 2019

Investing In Civic Literacy

In today's increasingly chaotic and complex political and informational environment, an engaged, informed, discerning, and resilient citizenry is more important than ever. Read our new report on civic literacy today.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
Happening NowThursday, December 20, 2018

2018 Year-End Wrap Up

At the Samara Centre for Democracy, it's been another exciting and eventful year dedicated to building a better politics for all Canadians. Here's a look back at some of our biggest accomplishments from the past year!Read more
Happening NowWednesday, December 19, 2018

A Holiday Message from Samara

As Canadians approach the 2019 federal election, Samara's Managing Director outlines our goals and plans for the year ahead and invites you to join us in achieving this vision for Canada's democracy.Read more
Happening NowThursday, November 01, 2018

Discover The Real House Lives Today

Using the stories of former MPs, The Real House Lives report provides an inside look at how partisanship is both helping and hindering the work of parliamentarians.Read more
Happening NowWednesday, September 26, 2018

Read the 2018 MP Survey

Learn about the Samara Centre's latest MP Survey, which aims to capture MPs’ personal evaluation of the House of Commons and their level of support for a dozen different reform ideas.Read more
Happening NowThursday, September 06, 2018

Ontario's Bill 5

This continually updated blog post keeps readers up-to-speed on an increasingly controversial issue: Ontario’s Bill 5 and what it means for Toronto’s upcoming municipal election.Read more
Happening NowWednesday, July 25, 2018

Go "Beyond the Barbecue" Today

Beyond the Barbecue is the second in a series of three reports that makes a case for MPs who are independent and empowered, thoughtful and engaged in three environments: Parliament, the constituency, and the party.Read more
ParticipationThursday, July 05, 2018

Here for the people, not the party

In the run-up to the 2018 Ontario provincial election, guest blogger Sam Burton interviewed ten volunteers who worked actively on campaigns for the Liberal, PC, and NDP parties about what motivated them to get involved in formal politics. She shares her insights here.Read more
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