The interns had been eager to meet the Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne.
We met with the Premier in the Council Chambers at Queen’s Park (where all of the Cabinet meetings are held!). While waiting for the Premier, we chatted with the Official Photographer. She discussed one of her favourite events – the Ontario Liberal Party Annual General Meeting – where she took the iconic photo of the Premier’s red Converse shoes.
The general topics included (and not limited): provincial government, the role of the media in contemporary politics, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and intergovernmental affairs. Throughout the meeting, the Premier was very candid.
In addition, we discussed the challenges for women entering politics, and leadership positions more broadly. More specifically, how the media frames female politicians differently than males. We recognized that while social media has the capacity to ignite important social movements, there are also negative elements associated with online hatred. We then shifted from the media, to discuss international relations in the Trump-era. More specifically, how the Premier ensures that Ontario remains a strong U.S. partner.
Thank you, Premier, for meeting with us! We truly appreciate your advice for our post-OLIP careers.