Legislative Assembly Office Placement: Kaitlin
For my Legislative Assembly branch placement, I had the pleasure of working with the Canadian Parliamentary Review (CPR), a quarterly non-partisan journal that promotes an understanding of and interest in Canada’s provincial, federal, and territorial parliaments.
I was interested in this placement to learn about the behind-the scenes of the journal, especially because I was an avid reader of the Review throughout undergrad. I was fortunate to contribute to the CPR by researching and writing a feature-length article on the impact of family political dynasties for an upcoming edition of the journal. In my research I sorted through family relations throughout various parliamentary sessions and interviewed MPPs regarding their perspectives on hereditary politics. I also wrote two shorter articles, the first on the Seven Grandfather Teachings carving at the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and the second on Ontario’s first two women MPPs, Agnes Macphail and Rae Lucock.
I also organized and hosted two round-table discussions for the Review. The first roundtable was with current Black parliamentarians from across Canada on their experiences as legislators, and the second roundtable was with civic education experts from non-profits, electoral management bodies, teachers, and legislative staff. Both roundtables were fruitful discussions that will hopefully provide insight to readers of the journal.
I’d like to thank Will, Tiffany and everyone else in the Information Services department for making me feel like a valuable part of the team. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and gained an immense appreciation for research, editing, and project management. You can check out my work in an upcoming issue of the Review! In the meantime, past issues of the Canadian Parliamentary Review are available for everyone to access online here: http://www.revparlcan.ca/en/home/.