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Five (and a half) suggestions for new MPs in the 43rd Parliament

By Kendall Anderson      

Make friends with parliamentary support staff, fellow MPs, and Senators; develop honest relationships with media; work smart in the constituency; and evolve and respond to democratic anxiety are five (and a half) suggestions Samara executive director Kendall Anderson has for new MPs.

'As the House of Commons gets set to reconvene and new MPs take their places, now is the time to understand the challenges of the past and to apply those lessons to strengthen representative democracy. According to MPs, the top obstacle to their work as legislators was inadequate time to consider and deliberate on policy and legislation,' which could be more relevant in a minority parliament, writes Kendall Anderson. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Over the last decade, the Samara Centre for Democracy has examined political leadership from many angles, including conducting exit interviews with former Members of Parliament after they leave public life and surveying sitting MPs.

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