Welcome to the 43rd Parliament

Welcome to the 43 Parliament

For more than ten years, the Samara Centre for Democracy has studied Canada’s federal Parliament, political parties, and citizen engagement. In this time, the Samara Centre has established itself not only as a trustworthy source of information on the health of our democracy, but also as a champion of parliamentarians’ crucial role within it.

Indeed, Members of Parliament are a major focus of Samara’s work. We have completed over 130 exit interviews with former MPs, and conduct annual surveys of sitting MPs as well. We then use the findings from this research to advocate for elected representatives who are more independent, thoughtful, engaged, and empowered.

We regularly appear before parliamentary committees on issues of democratic reform and consult with the All-Party Democracy Caucus, the President of the Privy Council, the Opposition Critics overseeing the Democratic Institutions portfolio, the Library of Parliament, and individual MPs.

Members, we are here to assist you and your staff in our shared objective of pursuing a resilient and vibrant democracy. Below you will find a selection of non-partisan resources which can assist you in defining your role and priorities as an MP in the 43rd Parliament.

House Inspection

House Inspection: A retrospective of the 42nd Parliament

Drawing on multiple sources, including surveys of sitting MPs, our latest report identifies several worrying trends in Parliament’s performance and proposes potential solutions.


Stronger Democracy Platform

This one-pager puts forward nine practical and simple reforms to empower MPs, demand transparency from political parties, and open new avenues of participation for Canadians during the 43rd Parliament.

Real House Lives

Real House Lives: Former Members of Parliament on how to Reclaim Democratic Leadership

The long-awaited sequel to Tragedy in the Commons, this book uses the stories and experiences of former parliamentarians to examine how MPs can be effective in Parliament, in their constituency, and in their party.

Field Guide to Online Political Conversations

Field Guide to Online Political Conversations

Based on social science research, this illustrated infographic features tips on how political leaders can encourage less divisive and polarizing political discourse among Canadians. For more depth and detail, read our Field Guide report.

MP Orientation

Orientation Session for New MPs: Life in the 43rd Parliament

Watch a panel discussion on what life will be like in the 43rd Parliament, moderated by the Samara Centre's Kendall Anderson, and featuring journalist Susan Delacourt and former MPs Megan Leslie and James Rajotte. This discussion was part of an orientation session for newly elected MPs, hosted by The Carleton Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement. (Download the slide deck.)

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On behalf of the Samara Centre for Democracy, we wish you an excellent parliamentary session.


Welcome to the 43 Parliament