This week I felt somewhat overwhelmed as the interns had to repeatedly dart back and forth between the Main Legislature and other surrounding offices, as we completed our MPP placement interviews. It was a hectic process, but it allowed us to view the diversity of work environments throughout Queen’s Park. As this interview process continued on throughout the week, we still had the energy to attend the Queen’s Plate Reception, hosted by Speaker Peters. This reception targeted the promotion of local produce and food in Ontario, and is an issue which is clearly close to the Speaker’s heart. At the reception, many of the interns had the opportunity to discuss some of these local issues with MPP’s and individuals representing various local industries. The food was impeccable, and the local breweries and wineries demonstrated why Ontario is so impressive when it comes to food and drink.
As the week came to a close, the decision as to who the interns would be working for was revealed. I am excited to say that I will be working with Rick Johnson, Member from Haliburton -Kawartha Lakes-Brock. Mr. Johnson is also the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, and it was fitting that I had the chance to attend the Queen’s Plate only days earlier. Both the portfolio, as well as the constituency issues will be fascinating to work on. During his interview the interns were thoroughly impressed with Mr. Johnson and his supportive attitude with the interns and the internship program. I am lucky to have the opportunity to be in his office. That said, I am currently feeling the anxiety which is so common amongst interns (or so I hear) prior to starting in a new office. There are concerns whether I can work at such a level, and I am realizing the major differences between the university student and the intern. However, my nerves are calmed somewhat by the fact that almost every intern feels this way at some point, and the program has had such success in the past, with interns excelling at the tasks asked of them.
Overall, I am looking forward to starting in Mr. Johnson’s office, and I wanted to thank him for the opportunity. I also wanted to thank all of the Members who applied. The interns thoroughly enjoyed the interview process, as it gave us at least a glimpse of the range of issues being worked in so many different offices.