Real House Lives Toronto Book Launch


Please RSVP to attend the Toronto launch of Real House Lives: Former Members of Parliament on How to Reclaim Democratic Leadership, the much-anticipated follow-up to the Samara Centre for Democracy's #1 bestselling book Tragedy in the Commons.

Based on our second round of MP exit interviews, Real House Lives is for anyone who has ever imagined offering their career and life to public service. It’s a how-to guide, an inspirational account, and perhaps a warning.

Onstage at The Royal Cinema, we'll interview past parliamentarians about their experiences in office, explore what’s going wrong with our federal politics, and reflect on what this all means for the 43rd Parliament. We will also put forward our vision for democratic representation that is independent, thoughtful, engaged, and empowered.

Moderated by the Samara Centre's Research Director, Dr. Michael Morden, our panel of former MPs will include:

  • The Honourable Lisa Raitt, former senior Cabinet Minister and Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party
  • Peggy Nash, former Official Opposition Critic for the NDP in the portfolios of Finance and Industry
  • Third panelist soon to be announced!

The discussion will be followed by a reception in the lobby, where snacks, beer, and other beverages will be sold. Copies of Real House Lives and Tragedy in the Commons will be available for a suggested donation.

The cinema has five accessible sections. If you would like to reserve a section or require any other accommodations, please email Yvonne at


March 10, 2020 at 6:30pm - 9pm
The Royal Cinema
608 College St
Toronto, ON M6G 1B4
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Will you come?