The OLIP interns had the pleasure of meeting the Speaker of the House, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, on the second day of our trip. Before the meeting we were waiting in the reception area of the Speaker’s office. The television was on and the Speaker was curtailing the House to order before a vote. It was at that time that some of us truly figured out how important a figure we were about to meet.
We were seated in the Speaker’s personal office with old wood paneling, a rustic fireplace, and a portrait of Winston Churchill painted in that same room. The office was something we had seen in photos before and we were honoured to be there.
The Speaker himself greeted us shortly thereafter and discussed everything from reforming Question Period to the difficulties of the job. It was apparent that the Speaker thoroughly enjoys his role as Speaker of the House. He gave some very insightful comments about party discipline and the institution in general, which led the interns to some very thought provoking discussion after the meeting.
It was an honour to meet with the Speaker of the House in such an historic office. Meeting the Speaker was truly one of the highlights of the trip and we would like to thank him for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to meet with us!