We met Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist, while in Ottawa. A former Parliamentary Intern, Simpson was also able to give us some advice on the transition from an internship into a future career. He claimed that inside knowledge of the parliamentary system that was attained throughout his internship is what really drew him towards international affairs, and confirmed that he wanted to be a journalist.
Simpson has published eight books in total, but focused on a review of his latest book, “Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century”. He stated that with the changes occurring in our present-day political system, he would have written the book differently than he did in the last two years before it was published. This led to a discussion of Prime Minister Harper, the increasing strength and influence of the PMO in the media, and the angles that the media takes when reporting on the Prime Minister. Simspon also commented on the leadership style of Prime Minister Harper when it comes to addressing the media, more specifically focusing on the tight control that he has on information being released to the public.
It was beneficial to meet with Jeffrey Simpson in Ottawa due to the fact that he plays a central role in reporting on federal politics for the Globe and Mail. In addition, considering that we have met with a number of media personnel and reporters at Queen’s Park, it was interesting to have the opportunity to compare and contrast the strategies, questions, and angles taken by each media source.
We would like to thank Mr. Simpson for his time, and hope that we can keep in touch in the future!