Placement Post: Clare with MPP Norm Miller
I am thrilled to be working in the office of MPP Norman Miller for my government placement. MPP Miller has represented the riding of Parry Sound – Muskoka since 2001, so has a wealth of knowledge about local issues and experience in Queen’s Park.
As someone who doesn’t have experience living in rural Ontario, I am quickly learning about some of the policy areas that are most important to people living in Central and Northern Ontario. Of particular concern are things like access to healthcare and family doctors, support for the tourism industry after the pandemic, and conservation of protected areas.
In this placement, I have really been able to focus on my communication skills by writing speeches, news releases, speaking notes, and members statements. For example, I wrote the speech for the second reading of MPP Miller’s Private Member’s Bill, Lifejackets for Life Act, which took place in February. This work has given me the chance to learn more about political communication and to practice persuasive writing.
Since joining the office, I have been happy to join MPP Miller in his meetings with federal officials, representatives from other provinces, ambassadors, and consuls general as part of his responsibilities as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. I am very interested in how the government of Ontario engages with the federal government and governments around the world, so it has been fascinating to see this process in action and to learn about the pressing policy issues discussed in these meetings.
I am looking forward to visiting the constituency in April to learn more about the 26 municipalities, 7 First Nations communities, and unorganized territories that comprise Parry Sound – Muskoka. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to MPP Miller and the members of his office team, Lesley, Karen, Christine, and Emily for their warm welcome into the office and their ongoing support.