Party favours: how federal election candidates are chosen

Political parties Community participation Election campaigns Democracy Canada

This report is the first in a new research series from the Samara Centre for Democracy that specifically examines the work and operation of Canada’s political parties. The Samara Centre has previously touched on parties in our research on Parliament and in our Democracy 360 report cards on the health of Canadian democracy. Through this work, it has become clear that several of the major steps to improving Canadian democracy, such as decentralizing decision-making and improving diversity in politics, can only come through changes by parties themselves. 

To that end, the Samara Centre’s Parties Project seeks to improve the public’s understanding of political parties and their role in Canadian politics, increase the transparency of party operations, and identify potential reforms to strengthen parties’ role as open and effective facilitators of civic participation in Canada.

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