Three (and four!) down, seven (and six!) to go!
November and December continued the OLIP whirlwind for the interns, with our placements in full swing and many exciting events to fill in the rest of our days.
We began November with our Fall Reception which was a great time to meet past interns and get to know our sponsors and supporters. It was also the perfect place to debut our fall edition of the Queen’s Park Insider magazine (you can check out the digital copy here: https://issuu.com/olipinterns/docs/revised-_olip_fall_2016_mag).
On the placement side of things, the interns kept busy writing member’s statements, preparing questions for Question Period, drafting press releases, researching for Private Member’s Bills and attending meetings with stakeholders and constituents. Some interns even had the chance to visit their member’s ridings during Constituency Week, providing them with a better understanding of local issues and the chance to see the incredible places in the ridings that members proudly boast about.
Back at Queen’s Park, we were able to meet with some of our sponsors, including Enbridge, the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association, AstraZeneca, and the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy. We also met with many former interns who had great insights and incredible post-OLIP experiences to share with us, including Rob Nichol, Von Palmer, Julia Deans, and Jon Feairs.
With November flying by, we took a trip to see what happens when the flight is over, spending an afternoon learning about the customs process with the Canadian Border Services Agency at Pearson Airport.
Speaking of trips, November provided the interns with many memorable trips, including a visit to Brampton to meet with the Honourable Bill Davis, former Premier of Ontario, and as we discovered through the meeting and Steve Paikin’s latest book, Not So Bland After All.
We also had the chance to travel to Quebec City and Ottawa to visit our fellow interns in the National Assembly and on Parliament Hill, thanks to the generous sponsorship of VIA Rail. These trips were a great opportunity to learn more about how government works in other jurisdictions directly from the source – you can read more about these trips in our past blog posts in part one and part two! The trip ended with a reception for the Parliamentary Interns and the Ontario Interns to meet the Board of the Canadian Political Science Association, the fantastic organization that facilitates both the PIP and OLIP programmes.
As the New Year arrives, we look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for us at Queen’s Park. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and now YouTube to stay up to date on all of our OLIP adventures!