Thomas, Paul



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Thomas, Paul


Across Enemy Lines: A Study of All-Party Groups in Four Legislatures


Paul Thomas is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He holds a SSHRC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Study of Parliament Group. Paul’s doctoral research explores the influence of the growing number of all-party caucuses that serve to facilitate cross-party cooperation among politicians at the Canadian, British, and Scottish Parliaments, as well as the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Paul completed the Parliamentary Internship Programme, was a researcher for Senator Yoine Goldstein, and worked in public affairs for Cancer Research UK, a British charity.



Paul Thomas, Peter Loewen and Michael MacKenzie. 2013. “Fair isn’t Always Equal: Constituency Population and the Quality of Representation in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. 46(2): 273-293.

Non-peer reviewed

Paul Thomas. 2007. “Measuring the Effectiveness of a Minority Parliament.” Canadian Parliamentary Review, 30(1):22-31.

Paul Thomas and John Foster. 2007. AIDS, Development and Canadian Policy: Achieving universal global access to prevention, care, treatment and support by 2010. Ottawa: North South Institute.


David Rayside, Jerald Sabin and Paul Thomas. Forthcoming. Religious Faith and Party Politics in Canada. Under contact with UBC Press.

Paul Thomas and Graham White. Forthcoming. “Evaluating Provincial and Territorial Legislatures.” In Provinces: Canadian provincial politics, 3rd Edition, ed. Christopher J. C. Dunn. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Conference presentations

Paul Thomas. 2014. “Exploring influences on cross-party cooperation among backbench politicians in the Canadian, British and Scottish Parliaments.” World Congress of Political Science, Montreal, July 20-24; Also presented at the CPSA Annual Conference, Brock University, May 27 – 29).

Paul Thomas and Jerry Sabin. 2013. “Faith organizing, party politics, and the exceptionalism of abortion in the Harper Era.” CPSA Annual Conference, University of Victoria, June 2 – 4.

Jane Hilderman and Paul Thomas. 2013. “Climbing the Ladder of Dissent: Backbench Influence in the Canadian House of Commons.” CPSA Annual Conference, University of Victoria, June 2 – 4.

David Rayside, Jerry Sabin and Paul Thomas. 2012. “Faith and Party Politics in Alberta.” CPSA Annual Conference, University of Alberta, June 12 – 14.

Paul Thomas. 2011. “Less Responsible? Assessing the Comparative Turn in Canadian Legislative Studies.” CPSA Annual Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University, May 16-18

Paul Thomas and JP. Lewis. 2010. “A Tale of Two Leaders (and a Recession): Leadership Performance and Public Perception During the Global Economic Crisis in Canada and the UK.” CPSA Annual Conference, Concordia University, June 1-3.

Paul Thomas. 2007. “A glimpse of the future? What the minority governments of the 38th and 39th Parliaments can teach about electoral reform.” CPSA Annual Conference, University of Saskatchewan, May 30 – June 1.

Research Interests

Canadian politics; comparative politics; legislatures; MP behaviour; provincial politics; religion and politics; voting behaviour