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Watching the Watchdog: Democracy Is Lost in Translation

Tim Knight | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

The charitable parliamentary watchdog group Samara's latest report comes out this week and is almost as depressing. It analyzes close to six month's worth of parliamentary transcripts to find out if our 308 MPs have actually been discussing those matters like they're supposed to. Have they?

Watching the Watchdog: Three Scary Truths About Canadian Democracy

Tim Knight | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

The Toronto-based charity, Samara, has a commitment to examining how our political system works. And to do that, it "seeds ideas for relevant and responsive politics that Canadians can believe in." This all sounds very polite. In actual fact, however, Samara is a major shit disturber