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Our Meeting with Dr. Jonathan Malloy

The interns had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Jonathan Malloy. Dr. Malloy is the Honourable Dick and Ruth Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy and Professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. He is also an alumnus of OLIP!

During our meeting we discussed how Ontario politics has changed over time. In particular, we looked at the role hyper-partisanship has played in Queen’s Park and member collaboration. While it tends to be said that members were friendlier with each other in the past, Dr. Malloy cautioned us not to look at the past with rose-coloured glasses. There were very few women, racialized peoples, or other minority communities represented in the Ontario Legislature which allowed the “old boys club” to dominate. While things have changed, there is still a long way to go in order to have a legislature that is representative of the province’s diversity.

Dr. Malloy also touched on his career journey and offered some advice. He admitted that he enjoyed his OLIP experience, and it greatly changed his goals and career path. As we think about our career plans after OLIP, it was helpful to hear that you can change your vision and still enjoy the journey.

He also shared that he and is co-editor are working on a second edition of the Politics of Ontario. The interns are excited to read it when it is released! Thank you, Dr. Malloy, for taking the time to meet with us and for your sage advice. It was an honour and a pleasure!

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