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LeadershipWednesday, December 10, 2014

Rajotte on the Reform Act

Michael Chong’s Reform Act, 2014 is currently being studied by the House of Commons Procedure and House Affairs committee. In the spirit of drawing attention to the work of that committee and the potential for a passed Reform Act, we are here republishing MP James Rajotte’s speech in support of the bill at second reading. It’s a classic for anyone interested in the past and future of our Parliamentary democracy.Read more
LeadershipMonday, December 08, 2014

MP website research live!

Second annual review of Members of Parliament’s websites continues to show MPs are not taking advantage of digital outlets to connect with Canadians.Read more
LeadershipFriday, October 31, 2014

Riding Changes in the Digital Age

Election buzz is in the air, but did you know if Parliament was dissolved today there are 338 seats up for grabs? Samara located and analyzed over a thousand riding association websites across the five major federal political parties to find out how well their online transition was matching this “on the ground” restructuring.Read more
LeadershipMonday, September 22, 2014

Opening window on reform

Although there's been much buzz about the Reform Act, we should put it back in the wider context of democratic reform in Canada. Guest blogger Brodie Conlie argues that when we do that, the momentum behind the Reform Act can be seen as signaling the opening of a policy window on democratic reform.Read more
LeadershipMonday, June 09, 2014

Running the Gauntlet?

Today's guest post is from former Conservative candidate Rem Westland. His observations on the electoral process draw from studies while in graduate school, a stint as executive assistant with a minister in the Trudeau government, and his nineteen months as Conservative party candidate prior to the May 2011 federal election. Read more
LeadershipWednesday, March 12, 2014

Time to reform riding associations

A former Executive Member of an Ontario federal riding association talks about the reforms needed to make politics more relevant and vibrant at the local level. Read more
LeadershipWednesday, February 26, 2014

Non-Partisan Paradise?

Guest blogger Brenna Slawich takes a look at recent happenings in the upper chamber. Read more
LeadershipWednesday, February 26, 2014

Ask google anything

Guest blogger Paul Thomas, inspired by a similar project in the UK and a famous meme in the US, set out to find out what Canadians are asking Google about Cabinet Ministers. Read more
LeadershipMonday, January 27, 2014

Parliament is back!

Members of Parliament return to the House of Commons today! We've got your "Top 5" watch list for this session. Read more
LeadershipWednesday, December 04, 2013

EDAs Deserve More Power

With a new Reform Act bill being tabled in the House of Commons, Riding Associations across Canada could find themselves with more power to choose their local candidates. Thankfully, as our Everyday Political Citizen Project shows, they're in very good hands. Read more
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