2013 Events

APSA task force report: Negotiating Agreement in Politics

APSA task force report: Negotiating Agreement in Politics

Click here to read the executive summary of the APSA report on Negotiating Agreement in Politics.

Rt. Hon. Joe Clark: “How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change”
CTV W5 doc: Summer Institute for Future Legislators
Democracy in the Age of Digital Media – Sept. 16

Democracy in the Age of Digital Media – Sept. 16

Follow along with our live-blog here on Sept. 16th!     Find out more about the National Democracy Challenge and all the fabulous prizes to be won! 

Listen: Interviews with Summer Institute participants

Listen: Interviews with Summer Institute participants

Participants of CSDI’s Summer Institute for Future Legislators are interviewed about the program during its Parliamentary Simulation at the Legislature in Victoria, August 8th –11th 2013. Listen to the CFAX podcast  (starts at 04:30) with CSDI Director Max Cameron, practitioner Mike Harcourt, and participant Quinn Runkle. August 9, 2013. CFAX 1070. CKNW interview with Max Cameron and […]

What makes a better politician: summer school at UBC

What makes a better politician: summer school at UBC

by SHANNON GORMLEY Special to The Globe and Mail Published Wednesday, Jul. 03 2013, 7:00 AM EDT Read full article here. This spring witnessed a rare phenomenon in Canadian politics, a rebellion by backbench MPs against the Prime Minister’s Office. Conservative MPs argued that Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not allow them to voice their constituents’ […]

Summer Institute for Future Legislators

Summer Institute for Future Legislators

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“We trust politicians with some of the biggest decisions in our lives, but offer and require surprising little training to prepare them for government,” said UBC Political Science Prof. Maxwell Cameron, the director of UBC’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI). “Our goal is to give people the skills they need to be effective elected officials before entering government – and ultimately, to help more good people go into politics.” (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters).

The Model Parliament of Canada: Pilot Project Proposal

(Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters). The Model Parliament of Canada would help individuals develop the skills and training that they need to become effective elected officials at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government. The purpose of the project is to encourage more Canadians of all ages, and from all regions and backgrounds, to seriously consider entering public life. This includes aspiring politicians as well as those who have never before considered running for public office. The Model Parliament of Canada would also function as a laboratory for experiments in parliamentary procedure and reform.

BC Election 2013

BC Election 2013

A few media highlights on the BC Election: May 15, 2013, Typer Orton, “BC polls dead wrong in election leadup”. Sun News Network. May 15, 2013. “Greens not to blame for NDP loss, says leader Sterk”. CBC News. May 13, 2013, Dene Moore. “The B.C. election campaign trail and the art of political prevarication”. The Canadian Press. See […]

Whipped: The Secret World of Party Discipline

Whipped: The Secret World of Party Discipline

RSVP here!  Watch the preview and read The Tyee article by David Beers here.