Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

Failing Democracy
with Alison Loat
and Michael MacMillan

Hosted by The Ottawa Citizen's Kate Heartfield
"Canadians’ participation in and respect for democracy are fundamental to maintaining a society of which we can be proud. Through the reflections of Members of Parliament, who have devoted themselves to public life, Loat and MacMillan give us insight into how far we have to travel, and how urgent is the cause.
— Amanda Lang, co-host of The Lang & O’Leary Exchange and author of The Power of Why
Alison Loat - Photo courtesy of Wayne Chu
Michael MacMillan - Photo courtesy of Keith Penner

In their new book, Tragedy in the Commons , Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan , founders of the non-partisan think tank Samara, draw on an astonishing eighty exit interviews with former Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum to unearth surprising observations about the practice of politics in Canada. 


Though Canada is at the top of international rankings of democracies, Canadians themselves increasingly don’t see politics as a way to solve society’s problems. Just what do we want Members of Parliament to be doing? To whom are they accountable? And should parties be trusted with the enormous power they wield with such little oversight or citizen involvement? 


With unprecedented access to the perspective and experience of Canada’s public leaders, Tragedy in the Commons offers potential solutions for improving the way politics works in Canada, and how all Canadians can reinvigorate a democracy that has lost its way, its purpose and the support of the public it is meant to serve.


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