It only feels like a lifetime...
Messages from the Directors………....2
Govt. Caucus Communication……...6
Inside Govt. Caucus Research……....8
Happy 35th Anniversary BC Legislative Internship Program! Inside Opposition Caucus….……..…..9
Meet MLA Mungall………………..…..18
Meet Minister Krueger……...……..….20
What NOT to do…………...……..……21
Education and Mock Parliament…..24
Messages from the Directors
Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. - John Crosby
It is always hard to believe how fast 6 months can pass. Legislative Interns
arrive in early January keen to take on the world, learn and master
everything and make a difference. The next thing, I am being asked for
letters of reference and they are out the door – our latest ambassadors!
The 2010 “batch of interns” has been enthusiastic throughout. It was a
very busy legislative session; with long hours, umpteen cups of coffee and
for some interns - repeat trips to an MLA’s candy drawer for sustenance.
There have been excellent and stimulating discussions with guest speakers,
academics, independent officers and politicians. Their Ministry assignments in January and February
during the Olympic season provided for some exciting opportunities to be a part of the historic
patriotic wave that overtook our country. Their caucus assignments were challenging, rewarding
and, of course, fulfilling.
Many of the 2010 Legislative Interns are off to further educational pursuits in Canada and abroad.
Others are travelling or searching for that great first career position. Wherever they end up, I will also
remember them fondly as the “keeners” – ready to tackle anything and with gusto. All the best and
please stay in touch as new BCLIP alumni.
Karen Aitken, Program Director
Brief explanation about what is Hansard Watch followed by list of quotes.
It is always a great late Spring pleasure to add a few thoughts with the BC Legislative Interns. This class
is the 35th anniversary crew – a celebration of coral or jade, depending whether you are ‘traditional’
I am not sure why but when I thought about musical accompaniments while writing this, I found myself
digging out original vinyl Bob Dylan: I settled on the title track from The Times They Are A Changin. That
may say more about me than the 35th class of 2010, but I sense a certain impatience to work a few
more of the levers that govern Supernatural BC. To finish, I then switched to the “Last Waltz” and from
“The Weight” to “Knock, Knock Knockin on Heaven’s Door” with Dylan, the Band and friends. That
seemed to me to reflect some of your fine energies.
Each year – for interns and in the electoral/legislative cycle – has its own cadence. You have had a
nice tempo, met challenges, found your core. It has been dandy fun to share what I could with you.
I know, now that you have taken this path that we will cross again, and
again…. Well done and I hope you get as much joy out of what comes
next as you offer service and value to this “pretty nice” place on Earth
called British Columbia. You turn over the BCLIP legacy in good shape to
those who follow. The next beer is on me.
Dr. Patrick Smith, Academic Director
MLAs reach new heights (or depths) in this year’s Hansard Watch.
“The previous minister basically said that they want to build programming that's durable, to ensure
they have the tools in the toolbox. But we know what this minister has taken out of the toolbox. She's
taken out the screwdriver.”- Gary Coons (North Coast)
“I've been dying to ask: What's it like to be an NDPer working for Bill Vander Zalm? Is there an incentive
program? Can you earn a Faye Leung hat? Are they going to get a shovel? I just want to know, Mr.
Speaker.”- Mike De Jong (Attorney General)
“At St. Joseph's Hospital in 1991 the number of acute care beds was 125. In 2001, after a decade of
NDP government, it was 109. That might be a little uncomfortable for the Leader of the Opposition,
though I do have good news, and the answer today is that it is still 109.” - Kevin Falcon (Minister of
“I will say that my wife…Enjoy it now...I will say that my wife will be surprised that she had that much
influence over the Minister of Finance.” - John Horgan (Juan de Fuca)
“[The HST] is good for small business, including the member's wife's company, and it's also good for job
creation in British Columbia. That's why we are for it.” - Colin Hansen (Minister of Finance, in response to
a question from John Horgan)
“Charging this hated sales tax for adult-sized clothing and shoes for children is blatantly unfair. Can
the Minister of Finance tell British Columbians: why is he penalizing families with kids who are just gentle
giants?””- Jenny Kwan (Vancouver-Mount Pleasant)
“Now this little guy [opposition MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert] is going to stand up in the Legislature
and say: “What are you doing to capitalize on the tremendous opportunity presented by the
Olympics?” Well, finally, finally, he's
catching on.” - Kevin Krueger
Winner of Best Hansard Quotes
(Minister of Tourism, Culture and the
Arts) Fraser-Nicola MLA Harry Lali
consistently provided entertain-
“And you know, if you happen to ing, witty quotes along with a
get married, the Minister of Finance regular dose of shenanigans.
is going to be standing there right Because of this, he is this year’s
beside you just before you say your Best Hansard Quotes winner.
“I dos.” He's going to go: “Ah, ah, Thank you and congratulations!
ah...Not so fast.” Both the bride and
groom are going to go: “What are He also wins for best mustache,
you talking about? You weren't finishing just a whisker ahead of
even invited to this wedding.” Forest Minister Pat Bell.
- Harry Lali (Nicola-Fraser)
How I Learned Government Acronyms
By: Whitney Punchak The Protocol Operations Centre seemed to be
open nearly 24/7 with local, provincial, national
The Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat and international representatives. They were all
(IGRS) is a bustling workplace full of talented busily ensuring that the participating dignitaries
individuals who value collaboration and were well accommodated.
teamwork. I was very lucky to have spent my
ministerial placement working at IGRS. I also felt My weekend at the Olympics was made
fortunate to have had the opportunity to work particularly exciting thanks to Pierrette Maranda,
with my wonderful mentor, Grant Smith. He IGRS’s Assistant Deputy Minister. She kindly let me
made sure that I felt welcome and he kept me shadow her to events such as the opening of La
busy with lots of interesting projects. Maison de Québec. The venue was full of
politicians, members of the media, artists and
bureaucrats from Quebec and members of BC's
Francophone and Francophile (a person with a
strong positive disposition towards anything
Meeting Minister Naomi Yamamoto at the
Festival du Bois in Coquitlam.
My timing for this placement could not have
been more ideal. The Olympic Games
ensured that there was a lot to do in addition to
standard intergovernmental relations work. I Mayor of Coquitlam, Richard Stewart, with me and Pier-
became familiar with federal-provincial, rette at Quebec House.
interprovincial and international relations, as
well as francophone affairs – often seeing these Whether it was in Vancouver observing the
elements work themselves out all at once. Olympics or working in Victoria, I was continually
impressed with the IGRS team. I learned so much
During my placement with IGRS I had the from everyone there. Skills, such as multi-tasking,
opportunity to assist with many interesting compromising, negotiating and the use of
projects. Having an interest in global acronyms (which I quickly learned is a skill relevant
cooperation, I appreciated the experience of to all areas of government), will remain with me for
liaising with other jurisdictions and countries. I years to come.
even had the chance to speak French when
helping to organize B.C.’s Canadian
Francophonie Day event.
The highlight of my time at IGRS was attending
the 2010 Winter Olympics. Through IGRS, I was
able to visit Vancouver. I had not intended to
visit the city during the Olympics, which made
my trip there even more special.
Over my weekend in Vancouver I was able to
really see intergovernmental relations in action. My last day at IGRS with many of the talented experts.
My Musings on My Time at MARR
By: Mark Hosak The five weeks flew by and were full of insightful
experiences, many of them making my
My experience in the strategic policy branch of Internship Highlight Reel”. One would be using
the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and my multimedia skills to archive policy
Reconciliation (MARR) was both multifaceted presentations so that they one day may be
and eye opening. In university, I studied public made available over the ministry’s intranet. This
policy. With my mastery of the hierarchy flow culminated in filming a presentation on
charts from my textbooks, I thought I had at appreciative inquiry and editing it down into a
least an inkling as to how the black box of short video. This took days, but the feeling of
government functioned. Was I ever in for a accomplishment when it was done was
surprise. incredible. Another would be getting to sit in a
tripartite treaty negotiation, which was
From day one, my two awesome mentors, Cris fascinating to watch close up. What will
Forrest and Sarah Cunningham, threw me into perhaps stay with me the most is how
the thick of a collaborative public policy thoughtful and dedicated the personnel of this
process that would result in the creation of the branch are. Even if one doesn’t understand
2010/2011 Ministry Service Plan. This was an how policy is developed, one can rest assured
incredible undertaking that took the form of a that the people of B.C. are in very capable
seemingly eternal feedback loop. We would hands.
make a change to the plan in response to the
feedback from stakeholders, take that version
to a higher authority for notes, change it again,
and then meet with more stakeholders. This
involved countless meetings, emails,
Powerpoint presentations, group consultations
and debates as to how this document should
The most exciting part of this process came
when we had a near final version of the
document. We presented the
draft service plan to larger
groups to see if they felt it
reflected the work they did and
Mark has worked as a teaching assistant at SFU, a barista in
the envisioned direction of the
Burnaby and a sales associate at Zellers in Coquitlam. He has
ministry at large. It was great to Mark’s Bio
over 10 years volunteer experience
see people so passionate about
working for the Juvenile Diabetes
the work they do. The fact that
Research Foundation as a spokesperson,
the document turned out so
advocate and volunteer coordinator.
well is a testament to the ability
Mark has also been a member-at-large at
of people like my mentors to
SFU Political Science Student Union where
balance diverse internal and
he co-edited the academic journal of
external interests. This process
undergraduate student papers. He also
taught me countless things
volunteered with the Green Party of
about the nature of
Canada in the last federal election. Dur-
ing the internship he worked in the Ministry
of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
and later opposition caucus research.
Ron and Whitney’s Adventure in Communications: The
By: Ron Ahluwalia and Whitney Punchak
Whitney and Ron with their communication comrades.
He is more accustomed to work with Petri dishes. She is more familiar with stock markets than news
releases. Together, Ron Ahluwalia and Whitney Punchak go undercover as B.C. Legislative Interns
to infiltrate the realm of Government Caucus Communications (GCC).
Once inside, they were tossed into the alien territory of political public relations. One of their first
tasks was to work on the demystification of a “top-secret,” unnamed, large-scale tax reform.
Along the way, they encounter a variety of personalities that colour their 13-week escapade in the
Stephen is the Human Encyclopaedia of public relations and their direct supervisor. Shane is the
expert baker and communications kingpin. Russel is a social media aficionado and disciple of
Siskel and Ebert.
Stacie is the famous Shaw TV hostess, dog lover and regular contributor to the office quote board.
Sheldon is the office bearer-of-doughnuts, maker of many faces and executor of the best mock
melodramatic meltdowns. The in-house nutritionist and Esquimalt historian is Tim. Roop—a man of
many nicknames—specializes in digital manipulations and frequenting the Dining Room.
Jordan is the lone supporter of a winning hockey team and purveyor of corny jokes. Empowered
by her scented pencil crayons, Lindsay remains on the hunt for her personal effects.
Finally, there is Alesha, the two interns’ ad hoc mentor, always reliable for an unorthodox
perspective and the resident epicurean.
In a sudden twist of fate, the two interns find themselves managing the Thompson-Okanagan
portfolio. Thrown right into the line of fire, Ron and Whitney prevail over the gargantuan task with the
invaluable help of Stephen (in a stellar supporting role). The excessive yet unintentional enthusiasm
for the task led to the weekly release of MLA Eric Foster’s biweekly column.
Working in GCC was a great experience. It is evident that the two interns immensely enjoyed their
time amongst the Communications Officers. Memorable moments of the film include Whitney’s first
and only outburst in the office, Ron’s two quotes on the quote board in two days, the interns winning
over the staff with desserts,
recommending a shawl to
Alesha and Russel’s regular
musings of “Would you
Also relished are prolonged
and one-sided coverage of
Twitter wars and Tim’s regular
audio editorials like those of
Every year, Government
Caucus Communications is a
special experience for the
two interns lucky enough to
join the office. By the end of
the show, Ron and Whitney
are thankful for all the
learning, laughs and
Ron and Whitney planning their next escapade into the wonderful world of Communications!
Top 5 Things to Know about Political Communications
1) Image is everything.
2) Review, review and review again.
3) Spell-check is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
4) If you put something on Youtube, remember to tweet about it.
5) Be ready to take flak and praise for things that were out of your
Inside Government Caucus Research
By: Rahim Mohamed Blair can be heard barking at his troops, demanding
statistics, quotes and fact checks. The interns are not
A sign that reads “IT’S WAR” in bold red spared from the mayhem.
lettering hangs prominently in the
Government Caucus research office. This is At about 9 am, a research officer greets me with an
a perfect touch. instant message, asking for a statistic that I am not
sure exists. I take a big chug of my lukewarm coffee
The ascetic fits somewhere between and spend the next thirty minutes chasing the virtual
political campaign office and military needle in a haystack. As the office saying goes,
bunker. The ceiling is patterned with “Google is my best friend”.
crisscrossing pipes, austere walls plastered
with newspaper clippings, old campaign The pace slackens in the afternoon. Today the office
posters, and a faint smell of stale coffee in football comes out. Research officers riff on
the air. It is fitting that the room sits across humorous moments from the day’s debate while
the hall from an actual jail cell, once used tossing the pigskin back and forth. The team has
to hold prisoners in the bowels of the survived another day. As the workday nears its close
Parliament Buildings. Kris, my fellow intern, tapes a sign that reads
“6 sessions to go” to the back table.
It is Monday morning, which means that it
is time to set the research agenda for the “It's like cramming for a final exam every day,” says
week. Research officers begin to trickle Blair of his job. The end of a frantic session is near
into the War Room. The meeting officially and signs of fatigue are written on his face.
starts at 7:30 am, when Head of Research Nevertheless, I get the sense that there is nowhere
Blair Phelps enters the room, notepad in else he would rather be.
one hand, paper cup of coffee in the
other. “What do we have?” he asks.
It is like a scene from TMZ. Research
officers scan their notepads and
Blackberries, pitching one idea after
another. Blair listens keenly. He nods
approvingly of some ideas and
mercilessly shoots down others. Finally,
he doles out assignments. The
research officers then scurry to their re-
spective cubicles. From then on, the
perpetual clack of keyboards fills the
room punctuated by sporadic chatter.
Readying the troops for another exciting day.
Inside Opposition Caucus—Briefing Note
TO: The 2011 BC Legislative Interns
FROM: Caitlin O’Brien Meggs, Intern
DATE: May 27, 2010
RE: TOP SECRET: Intern Work in Opposition Research
Summary: Each year five interns join the opposition caucus for the spring session. Their experience
will range from high-pace, high-stress, last minute fact finding to watching slightly less than exciting
estimate debates on Hansard — often in the same day. Each will be given 3-5 ministries for which
they will be responsible, primarily for estimates debate.
Estimates debate is the process by which each Ministry’s budget is debated in detail. Interns are
responsible for researching and drafting questions to support the corresponding Critic MLA.
Interns will also work on briefing notes, fact boxes for question period and bill notes. The interns will
struggle through a variety of emotions, including stress, fatigue and discouragement. Interns who
show any of these symptoms should be medicated with candy and/or coffee.
When the debates are over and the heart rates return to normal, opposition interns feel lucky. They
often have the opportunity to work closely with MLAs, witnessing their dedication first-hand. Above
all, opposition interns can feel that they have contributed to the workings of democracy in BC, even
if it is only in a small way.
Background Information and Facts:
Interns typically enter caucus as youthful, enthusiastic, and starry eyed. Defining features include the
ever present notebook and an inability to speak in complete sentences in the presence of MLAs.
These difficulties will pass, and soon not even John Horgan will be able to intimidate them.
Interns may often be asked to research or find information that at first seems unobtainable (or even
non-existent). These tasks should be given nonetheless: they will help interns build character.
On occasion, interns will also be asked to help prepare bill notes. This will consist of trying to decipher
complex legal language and translate it into plain English on a topic that they may know next to
nothing about. This quick immersion into legislation
is essential to their training.
As the stained glass on the window the Legislative
Assembly reads, “the virtue of adversity is forti-
tude.” They have been fortified.
For an intern, nothing compares to the thrill of
hearing their research or work used by an MLA.
They know they are appreciated because their
work is used to make decisions and further
The Opposition Interns in Vancouver for round table discussions.
Home Sweet Home
By: Kristopher Henderson The School Board had decided to close the
community fine arts school due to budget
It was a pleasant surprise when I finally received constraints.
the news that I would be able to do my
constituency week with Transportation and As the former Minister of Education, the
Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond. Because I am concerned parents and administrators
originally from Prince George, I have always expected that Minister Bond would be able to
been curious to know what the life of a local find some way to save the school. A massive
MLA would be like. By the end of my week with snow storm changed our plans, and the
Minister Bond, there was no further mystery: to meeting became a conference call. The
say that her life is busy would be a mild extensive range of knowledge the minister has
understatement. about the sources of funding and other
resources that schools can use to address their
Given her insane schedule, Minister Bond was needs was incredible, such as what community
not able to make it to Prince George until grants the school might be eligible for. It is clear
Thursday: four days into my visit. In the that she has dedicated herself to her work, and
meantime, I shadowed both her constituency really understands important and relevant
assistant and administrative assistant in her information as it pertains to the needs of her
office. Minister Bond’s assistants put in a community.
considerable amount of time managing the
minister’s schedule and correspondence with As the week progressed, it only got better. We
her constituents. My tasks consisted mostly of met with a medical doctor who was interested
determining how the minister could make the in how B.C. will meet future provincial health
best use of her time. I also prepared briefing care demands. We also met with the Northern
material for several of her meetings. Cancer Centre Strategy (NCCS) Project Liaison
Committee about the progress of the new
The morning the Minister arrived, we planned to cancer clinic, attended the renaming of the
make a road trip to meet with concerned local hospital, as well as the announcement of
parents and teachers from Dunster Fine Arts the new radiography program at the College
School. of New Caledonia. It was an incredible week
that I will always remember! I
can attest that Minister Bond
truly is one of the hardest
Kristopher has worked as a working Members of the
bartender and pub supervisor in Legislative Assembly.
Prince George while attending
university as well as a summer
position as a pulp lab tester at
Canfor. He has volunteered as an
administrative assistant for Dundee
Securities in Vancouver. Kris was also
a member of the UNBC Model United
Nations Club and attended the
Harvard National Model United Nations conference. During his
internship he worked in the Ministry of Small Business, Technology
and Economic Development as well as Government caucus
research. Kris and his wife Lisa are looking forward to eventually
making Vancouver Island their permanent home.
Chillin’ in the Chilcotin
By: Whitney Punchak My time at Canim Lake was particularly
interesting and informative: we attended a
Having spent most of my life in the Lower cultural workshop put on by the Canim Lake
Mainland I had never given much thought to Indian Band. For lunch I had my first taste of
rural B.C. However, for one week as a moose meat, with whipped soap berries for
Legislative Intern, I had the rare opportunity to dessert.
experience B.C.’s wild and beautiful Cariboo-
Chilcotin – and I loved it! Throughout my stay I was amazed by how
welcoming and friendly everyone was. After
work, Bonnie’s neighbour Jan even took me
horseback riding, something I rarely have the
opportunity to do. As a forest technician, Jan
was a wealth of
the local flora and
fauna, as well as
the forestry industry.
Bonnie and I enjoying the Chilcotin.
This week was not
I decided to visit the Cariboo-Chilcotin after only the first time
meeting MLA Donna Barnett. She was friendly, that I was immersed
encouraging, and immediately invited me to in a rural area, but Donna with a Band Council Member at
visit her during the intern constituency week. As it was also the Canim Lake.
she told me about her life in the northern furthest north that I
interior I could see that she was a proud, hard have travelled in B.C. I am very happy that I
working country girl who thought that the had the opportunity to visit this part of the
Cariboo-Chilcotin was one of the best places province.
on Earth. However, she did forget to warn me
about the tiny airplane. Donna commutes from My time in the Cariboo has been one of the
Victoria to Williams Lake at least twice a week highlights of my internship. I have people like
and thinks nothing of the little 18 passenger Donna, Bonnie, Jan and many other
propeller plane, but for me, it was a bumpy, welcoming local residents to thank.
loud and unnerving ride.
I spent my week Whitney Punchak
working with Donna To work her way through university, Whitney
and her Constitu- became a professional tour guide! She worked at
ency Assistant the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa and spent two
Bonnie Gavin. They years as a tour guide and summer staff supervisor at
were wonderful the Legislative Assembly of BC. Last fall, for a
hostesses and change of pace, she traveled to Simferopol, Ukraine
showed me what where she spent two months delivering
life is like in Williams business seminars. Whitney has volunteered with the
Lake. They also took Student Transition Services at the University of
me to see the Victoria and as an assistant coach for the Gordon
Chilcotin, 100 Mile Head Soccer Association. She worked in the
House and Canim Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat and
Lake. Government caucus communications during the
A Tale of Two Cities
By: Angie Riano In addition, there is a strong sense of
community that unites the people of the region.
As part of their oral history, the KitsumKalum
people near Terrace have developed customs
to preserve local values, culture, and stories. On the other
Guests of the KitsumKalum people are invited to hand, the region
participate in ceremonies and, upon leaving, is burdened with
receive parting gifts. In return, those visitors are economic trou-
expected to go back to their local communities bles. It did not
and share their new experiences and take long for me
perspectives. Keeping with tradition, I am to notice the
happy to share the story of my adventure in effects of
northern British Columbia! e c o n o m i c
stagnation on the
region. The streets
I spent most of my adolescence in suburban are lined with
Coquitlam. I went to a fairly large high school vacant stores,
with a graduating class of 500 people. As a mills, buildings
good suburban, I barely knew my and houses. In
neighbours. So when constituency week rolled this sense, the
around, I jumped at the opportunity to atmosphere is
experience something completely new by one of emptiness. Visiting the Nisga’a Council.
visiting B.C.’s north. Only $651 later (enough to
fly across the country and back) I found myself
onboard a small Air Canada Jazz plane The dichotomy extends into the Aboriginal
heading to Terrace, a small community in the communities of the area. The richness and di-
Skeena region where Robin Austin is the versity of indigenous cultures that I experienced
MLA. My plane started flying over what looked in the region were both unique and unforgetta-
like an endless sea of snow-capped ble. I sat in a Sm’algyax language course and
mountains. The picture brought to mind the enjoyed beautiful traditional art and food. In
saying “Beautiful British Columbia.” Pressing my addition, I had the opportunity to travel to vari-
face against the airplane window, I was ous reserves around the region and participate
overcome with a sense of awe. in very special traditional ceremonies.
There is an interesting dichotomy that
characterizes Terrace and the surrounding
region. On the one hand, there is the natural
richness of spectacular mountains, green forests
and pristine rivers that serve as a constant
backdrop and enhances the quality of life for
MLA Robin Austin chats with canoe artisans.
However, despite cultural vibrancy, Aboriginal In the heart of this urban world is one of the
communities continue to grapple with the oldest neighbourhoods in Vancouver: the
effects of the residential schools system that Downtown Eastside. Faced with challenges of
caused near irreparable damages to the First poverty, crime, drug use and the sex trade, the
Nations across B.C. Today, Aboriginal Downtown Eastside is commonly referred to as
communities face a variety of social and “Canada’s poorest postal code”. I had the
economic challenges, while they work to opportunity to participate on a walking tour of
rebuild languages and sense of identity. the area with my fellow Legislative Intern
Lindsay Walton (who was
also visiting Jenny Kwan
My visit to that week), and eight
Northern B.C. Pivot Legal Society
brought me interns. The tour was led
face-to-face by Am Johal , a
with the great Constituency Assistant in
diversity of my the office and a long
province. This time activist in the
idea was rein- community. Am’s
forced during knowledge of the
my second community is extensive.
constituency He did an impressive job
week when I of giving us a historical
decided to perspective on the
visit the Lindsay and Angie visiting with MLA Jenny Kwan at her constituency office.
Downtown Eastside. By
urban riding learning more about the
of Vancouver—Mount Pleasant. history of the community, I gained a deeper
understanding of the challenges. In addition, I
was reminded of the vast diversity of peoples,
MLA Jenny Kwan’s constituency office is on the history, issues and cultures of our province.
corner of Commercial Street and First Avenue in
East Vancouver, a vibrant community filled with
thriving small businesses,
cafes and restaurants with
menus from regions all over Angie Riano
the world. This stood in stark
contrast to the ghost-town Angie has worked as a Constituency
atmosphere of Terrace’s Assistant for Dawn Black, MP, and as the
commercial district. coordinator for the federal campaign of
Nonetheless, the dichotomy Michael Byers in Vancouver. She
that I experienced in the volunteered with a variety of groups at
North would soon become university, including Oxfam, and has
apparent in this urban studied vocal jazz. Angie attended a
setting. three week Youth Leadership Seminar at
the Lester B. Pearson College of the
Pacific and spent time as a Teacher
Assistant at an international school in
Accra, Ghana. During the internship,
Angie worked in the Attorney General
Office and later in opposition caucus
By: Ron Ahluwalia One of the biggest highlights of Vancouver Days
took place on the first day. On the afternoon of
Every year, interns accept the mandate to Monday, June 14, after five and a half months
plan an exciting trip to Vancouver during together, all nine interns finally agreed on
which we meet with British Columbian bigwigs. something! From our left-wing anarchist to our
In 2010, three and a half months of planning Canadian Republican, we all united and pushed
and an intern coalition of the left, centre and back against the assertion—among others—that
right yielded a four-day extravaganza that government’s only purpose should be to manage
would leave any political junkie seething with national defence, justice and policing. It’s
envy. encouraging to know that we are able to look
past the chaos of question period and realize that
It was an exciting session during which to be a those in the House are there to do good work and
Legislative Intern. Our experiences in the House improve our province.
definitely coloured our interactions with and
impressions of the people we met. Fuelled by Ladies and
regular stops at Starbucks and driven by Karen gentlemen, we
and Jacqueline, we made our way to each met the Carole
meeting with the hard-hitting questions for Taylor! It was
which interns are known. inspiring to hear
about her diverse
Dinner at Steamworks.
the CBC and life
after the Legislature. Christy Clark and Joy McPhail
were candid in their recounts of life in cabinet and
in opposition. Dinner with Ken Dobell took us on an
unexpected journey into the operations of the City
of Vancouver and the Premier’s Office.
Waiting for a tour of Insite, Vancouver’s safe
Ron is one of the few people who can truly
say he’s from Vancouver, born and raised.
He earned a degree in Microbiology and
Earth Science from U.B.C. So what explains
the shift from the lab bench to the
Speaker’s Gallery? A lifelong love for
politics, a random array of experiences in
communications and events and a detour
through New York and Montreal. During his
Internship, he worked in Legislation and
Professional Regulation at Health Services, Communicable Disease
We also went on a tour of Canuck Place, and Addictions Prevention at Healthy Living and Sport and
a children’s hospice. Government Caucus Communications. Planning Vancouver Days
and driving Minister Ben Stewart in his Smart Car are just two of the
many highlights of his Internship experience.
Dr. Brian Day of Cambie Surgery Centre and
Tanice Miller and Amber Kendell from Canuck
Place provided two very different perspectives
on independent organizations that have
unique interfaces with our public health care
system. Meeting with Kalle Lasn of Adbusters
was an exciting reminder of the importance
and benefits of being politically informed,
motivated and active. The pervasive quality of
government and politics has been a recurring
theme during our internship and these
meetings further solidified that fact.
Meeting with the legendary Carole Taylor.
We were very fortunate to meet with Chief Kim
Baird and her staff from the Tsawwassen First
Nation. We took great interest in learning more
about the new challenges and opportunities
for the community. It’s exciting to see the
confidence Chief Baird brings to her people
and their new direction thanks to the Final
Vancouver Days was an intense, eye-opening
experience of over 20 different meetings.
Hopefully, many of these encounters will
resonate for a long time to come and
continue to educate and inspire.
Touring the Tsawwassen First Nation’s land and learning
about the treaty process.
What Vic has to Offer: A Review of the WA Intern Visit
By: Katharine McBride Later in the weekend, those of us who were
willing to betray out respective countries
As part of the internship, the Victoria interns act skipped the gold medal hockey game for a
as hosts to a group of interns from Washington hike up the back trails of Mount Doug.
State. This year I got to play host for our interna-
tional guests. The following are highlights of our We had our own
visit: games to play, as
we convinced one
A city with a history. When the interns first of the interns to lick
arrived, an impromptu walking tour of the a banana slug to
Beacon Hill area brought us to St. Anne’s feel its numbing
Academy. A quick tour of the chapel at St. effects.
Anne’s captured the grandeur and religiosity of
Victoria’s history. It was my first visit, but most
Delicious drinks. For
certainly won’t be my last. We then went to
centuries, tea and
Emily Carr House and walked past the historic
coffee houses have
homes of James Bay. One Victoria landmark
been the loci of
that cannot be ignored, of course, is our very
own provincial Parliament. During a private tour
So why buck the
led by Legislative Intern Whitney, we all learned
trend? We all went
about the history and art of the Legislative
out to Moka
House when we Enjoying the view from the causeway.
first met up. Because the
The great outdoors. Admittedly, I am that Washington interns had taken the 5 am ferry
person who goes hiking in the rain so that I can that morning, the consensus on afternoon
appreciate all aspects of nature. Fortunately for coffee was clear. Later on, some of us got a
our visitors, though, we had beautiful weather in feel for old Victoria at Murchie’s Tea. Perhaps
which to enjoy the waterfront and a Gary Oak the best drinks of all were found at the Sticky
ecosystem. During our first day out, some of us Wicket, where we all gathered to watch the
ventured to Ogden Point. The most memorable closing ceremony of the Olympic Games.
part of walking down Ogden Point was the
warning we received from city staff. A small
earthquake that morning had raised the
possibility of a tsunami, and city personnel were
warning people to stay
off the beaches as a
precaution. I cannot
think of a better place
to receive a tsunami
warning than 500
meters down a
Hiking up Mount Doug is a great way to show off Supernatural British Columbia.
Throughout the evening, we observed drunken A number of MLAs also paid a visit. Minister
fans wander through downtown traffic. It was Mary Polak discussed the issue of the
exciting to share such a patriotic time with our overrepresentation of First Nations children in
American peers. The whole city was draped in the custody of the province, while Michelle
red and white and more than a little tipsy. I am Mungall fielded a number of questions on
sure Victoria came off as a zoo. It was a great advanced education and her work in Africa.
time to experience a rather un-Canadian Speaker of the House Bill Barisoff spoke of his
extreme! role in mediating between the parties, and the
challenges of representing the needs of his
constituents while not having a voice in
the House. Minister Barry Penner and
Minister Kevin Krueger also came to
describe their work.
Lively political debate. One of the
clearest differences between the
American and Canadian political
systems was question period, in all its
heckling glory. One of the WA interns
exclaimed that “if state politics were
that lively, I would pay a lot more
So many interns! It was a pleasure to met this year’s Washington State House and
Senate Legislative Interns. Thank you for coming to visit us!
The uni-cameral parliamentary system.
It was our very own Clerk of the House, Mr. E.
George MacMinn, who
came to give both sets of Katharine McBride
interns a lesson on the
parliamentary system Kate studied Sociology at the
during our WA intern University of Victoria. Her honours
education day. The deeply thesis focused on the
entrenched traditions of the help-seeking behaviours of
Bar of the House, the role of women with HIV/AIDS in South
the Speaker and the Clerks, India; this interest stemmed from
and the history of Hansard her time spent working with AIDS
were all explained. patients in Chennai. More
recently, Kate worked as a
housing researcher on a joint project between the Mennonite
Central Committee and the University of the Fraser Valley. She
spent her ministry placement with Community and Rural
Development and her caucus placement was with Opposition
Meet MLA Michelle Mungall
By: Lindsay Walton regularly for local media outlets, doing
interviews, radio shows, email, and annual
Try not to ask Michelle Mungall how she feels to reporting, as well as less-traditional means such
be the successor of the rather legendary Corky as Facebook, twitter and YouTube.
Evans as MLA for Nelson-Creston. “I don’t
intend to fill his shoes,” she will explain. “He Such technology helps her to reach a sparsely
wears a size eleven men’s. I would look populated constituency. While many urban
ridiculous. I wear my size 7 women’s heels, and MLA's can walk around their constituency in a
as you see, I have a nice collection,” and matter of hours, she explains: “It would
gestures to the nicely arranged shoes in the probably take me several months to a year if I
corner of her office. just hoofed it! . . . You’re out in the sticks. The
most beautiful sticks in the world, but when
In her first year of provincial politics, Mungall has you’re out there there’s a bigger challenge of
already made a name for herself. Opposition bringing your message forward and bringing
MLA John Horgan described her as a your constituents voices forward than if you
“dynamo” and as a young person in the NDP were urban. You have to fight every day to
ranks who could take a strong leadership role in preserve that rural way of life as well.”
the future. She has a degree of balance in her
life, too – a hard thing to come by as a As the first woman MLA elected for Nelson-
politician. When taking a break from politics, Creston and the youngest woman in the
she enjoys chocolate cookies, cycling, and, as Legislature, Mungall contrasts the Westminster
one would guess by the “Whip It” poster on her Parliamentary system - about 800 years
office wall, roller derby. She has shared her old - with the recent, sparse and sporadic
enthusiasm for the sport in the House, articipation of young women in it: “When you
encouraging all members to attend a match to think of a politician, the first image that comes
cheer on the to mind, even for me, is a middle-aged, white,
local Eves of upper class, heterosexual guy in a suit. Well,
Destruction. that’s not me at all.” Breaking this stereotype is
a constant challenge: the number one com-
When I ask ment she heard in her campaign related to her
Michelle what profile photo [Corky never experienced this].
the biggest Mungall, like many other female MLAs, faces a
challenges she significant gender bias in the media, but she is
faces as a definitely up to the challenge.
from a rural Mungall’s advice for young women interested
constituency in politics is to “enjoy proving people wrong,
are, she laughs because that’s what you will be doing every
and says “All of day. People have assumptions of what young
those.” She is women offer and what they bring into the
committed, world and leadership is not in that list . . . own
however, to Admiring MLA Mungall’s ‘whip it’ poster. who you are, own what you do and what you
not only representing the voices of her contribute to the political field. Don’t try to fit
constituents in the Legislature, but to keeping yourself into a mould that you’re not.” Luckily,
them informed about what she is doing. She in Mungall, young women have a shining
uses a multitude of means to do so: community example of exactly that.
forums, coffee shop meetings, writing
Victoria Days Caitlin O’Brien Meggs
Our province’s capital, also known as the Garden City, is completed her
home to many talented individuals and organizations. term as Chairper-
We were lucky to have met with some impressive
son of the UVic
and as an
nors. She had previously served as the
Student’s Society Director of Academ-
ics and as the BC Women’s Liaison for
the Canadian Federation of Students.
The University of Victoria’s new First Nations building was a great place to meet with Caitlin has extensive volunteer experi-
Dr. Taiaiake Alfred, Director of Indigenous Governance.
ence with environmental and social
justice and spent one year studying
abroad at the University of Exeter in
England. She also participated in the
University Model Parliament, which is
held each year inside of the Legisla-
tive Assembly. She spent her internship
working in the Ministry of Housing and
Social Development and opposition
Phillips Brewery was a welcome stop on a Friday afternoon.
Touring Dockside Green, Victoria’s most environmentally
sustainable new development.
The Honourable Steven Point, OBC Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia hosted us for after-
noon tea at Government House.
Meet Minister Krueger
By: Rahim Mohamed Video Games?
Yes. We recently included video game production
For a man who holds the glitziest cabinet port- in the B.C. Film Tax Credit. This gave me a chance
folio out there, Kevin Krueger has a decidedly to visit a number of video game development
understated manner. The soft-spoken, no-frills studios. These places look like the UN, attracting a
Minister Krueger is not somebody that one number of great minds from around the world. The
would immediately associate with video game industry is
the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and a wonderful new part
the Arts; a ministry known for asser- of B.C.’s economy.
tive slogans like “The Best Place on
Earth.” He greets me warmly as we Let’s talk about your
meet in the Legislative Assembly experience in the
dining room and our conversation House. Is there any
soon turns to his life in politics: Question Period
moment that sticks out
How did you get into politics? for you?
My father, a World War II vet, In one particularly
made me aware of politics from an heated exchange, my
early age. Each night, he would critic Spencer Chandra
gather my siblings and I around Rahim breaks bread with Tourism Minister.
the radio to listen to the news. I guess I couldn’t “The Minister has no clothes!” You can imagine the
keep my interest in politics to myself later on in reaction in the House. As I got up to respond,
life. Through my participation in a number of [Finance Minister] Colin Hansen turned to look at
associations around Kamloops, including the me and whispered, “Resist the urge.”
Rotary Club, I was “drafted” into politics. And
the rest is history. Finally, how do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as somebody who dealt
You’ve been around politics a number of years. with difficult issues and represented the interests of
How does the Tourism, Culture and the Arts my constituency well. I am very proud of being part
portfolio compare to other jobs you’ve held? of the group that pursued bringing Thompson Rivers
People joked that I had inherited the “Ministry University to Kamloops. Kamloops has become a
of Fun”, but it has turned out to be a difficult university town and I couldn’t be happier
portfolio. It’s never easy grappling with budget about that.
deficits. Some difficult decisions
had to be made. At the same
time, having this portfolio
during the Olympic/Paralympic Rahim was born and raised in Kamloops. He took a detour to the
games was the experience of University of British Columbia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts
a lifetime. (Honours) in Politi cal Science ,
graduating as commencement
Have you developed any speaker. During his stint as a Legislative
sophisticated tastes as the Intern, Rahim worked in the Ministry of
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Public Safety and Solicitor General, as
the Arts? well as in Government Caucus
I can’t help but pick up things Research. Rahim’s fondest memories
being around creative people of his time in Victoria include winning
on a daily basis. I have his office's Question Period pool and
developed an ear for partaking in end-of-session festivities at
symphony and even an the Sticky Wicket.
appreciation for video games.
Top 10 Things NOT to do as an Intern
By: Lindsay Walton and friends
1) Fall asleep during Question Period [we know that the sign doesn’t explicitly say “NO SLEEPING”,
but trust us on this one).
2) Send out a ministry-wide email detailing how you lost your wallet, spend $180 to replace its con-
tents, only to find it in your desk drawer on the last day.
3) Choose to watch the Canucks game rather than Hansard
while at work when the Premier walks into your office.
4) Introduce yourself to Rich Coleman, the Minister of Housing
and Social Development (which happens to be your ministry
placement), while holding not two, but three wine glasses in
5) Joke to Government
Caucus about going to a
“Gentleman’s Club.” Research Officers may or may not follow
up with this by calling you “Monty” for the rest of session.
6) Accidentally turn yourself into an awkward human barricade
who is unable to form complete sentences in the presence of
7) Say the first thing that comes to mind while speaking with an
MLA (or anyone else for that matter). Anything you say can be
held against you.
8) Sneak into an MLA’s office, sit on their floor and attempt to
spend quality time with her candy drawer. They will almost cer-
tainly walk in on you.
9) Show up for picture day with
Lindsay Walton the longest serving clerk in the
Lindsay has worked as a Research history of democracy without a
Assistant in the Women’s Studies suit coat on.
Department at UVic and as a
Support Worker at the Esquimalt 10) Believe an Opposition MLA
Recreation Centre. She spent time who ambles into your office
as an Intern at the National Center casually, then informs you that
Against Violence in Ulaanbaatar, you have 5 minutes to prepare 1
Mongolia and volunteered at the
full day’s worth of research and
Madras Christian Council of Social
Services in Chennai, India. Lindsay questions for budget debate.
has also volunteered with the Victoria Women’s Sexual
Assault Centre and as a lifeguard at various recreation
centres and summer camps. Lindsay worked in the Ministry of
Children and Family and opposition caucus research during
The BCLIP Celebrates its 35th Anniversary
This year marks a milestone as the British Columbia Legislative Internship Program (BCLIP) enters its 35th
year. The program has been the launching pad for a number of careers in politics and the public
service. In fact, members of this year’s class bumped into former interns wherever they went. Here are
just a few BCLIP success stories:
NAME: Erin Rennie, Intern 2009
CURRENT POSITION: Research Officer, Government Caucus Research
INTERNSHIP MINISTRY PLACEMENT: Public Safety and Solicitor General
INTERNSHIP CAUCUS PLACEMENT: Government Caucus Research
How did BCLIP help you with your career path?
The Internship Program taught me all those little things about working in the
“real world”. From day one of orientation, when we were taught how to give
a 30 second personal introduction – including both our first AND last names – we were constantly
learning those little tricks that we didn’t get from Political Science 101. I learned how to dress, how to
give out my business card without looking like an idiot, how to send emails I won’t regret, and how to
socialize with coworkers without compromising my employment prospects. During Vancouver Days I
was in charge of setting up and conducting meetings with different speakers. Because of this experi-
ence I have gotten over my fears of setting up informational interviews or approaching strangers at
conferences and asking them point blank: “So, how did you get your job?”
NAME: Conor Donaldson, Intern 2005
CURRENT POSITION: Analyst, Financial and Corporate Sector Policy, B.C. Ministry of Finance
INTERNSHIP MINISTRY PLACEMENT: Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat
INTERNSHIP CAUCUS PLACEMENT: Government Caucus Communications
What do you remember most from your experience as an intern?
What I remember most from the internship was that it challenged
the views, and misconceptions, I had formed during university.
A specific example was our tours of one prison in British Columbia
and one in the State of Washington. In both these tours we went
behind the scenes and were shown around by knowledgeable
staff and guards. I had expected the Canadian prison to be a
bit like summer camp. It was not. The Canadian prison was not
comfortable and there were no generous entitlements. In fact
the prison was Spartan, and our guide, Cookie, was far from
compassionate. On the other hand, the larger and higher secu-
rity US prison shared no similarities with the prisons on television shows. The staff was engaged and
focussed on trying to improve the odds that inmates would not return after release.
Where did the Time Go?
NAME: Neil Reimer, Intern 1991
CURRENT POSITION: Senior Policy and Legislation Analyst, Ministry of Attorney General
INTERNSHIP MINISTRY PLACEMENT: Attorney General
INTERNSHIP CAUCUS PLACEMENT: Opposition Caucus
What do you remember most from your experience as an intern?
Sneaking into the press conference when Bill Vander Zalm resigned as Premier. We heard the
whispering in the hallways that morning that it was going to happen, and that it would be in the press
theatre under the west annex. So we waited until the last minute, then REALLY QUIETLY went and
stood at the back of the room. Keith Baldrey gave us a dirty look, but no one threw us out. The
relationship between Vander Zalm and the press at that point was so bad that you could just feel the
animosity in the room.
NAME: Hon. George Abbott, Intern 1976
CURRENT POSITION: MLA for Shuswap, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
INTERNSHIP MINISTRY PLACEMENT: Ministry of Labour
INTERNSHIP CAUCUS PLACEMENT: Government Caucus
What was the funniest thing you heard in the House?
Which MLA said it?
A comment from Don Phillips, Socred Minister of
Economic Development criticizing the earlier NDP
“purchase of Panco Poultry. He described it as “Pinko
Panco Poultry.”There was an even funnier (and much
naughtier) line produced as the result of a prank played
on Pat Jordan, MLA for North Okanagan. The
perpetrators are not known but elements in the press gallery were suspected. Someone left a note
saying she had constituents present in the gallery from Falkland and Cherryville. Their names, shall we
say delicately, had a very saucy double meaning. The introduction was later expunged from Hansard.
In celebration of the BCLIP’s 35th Anniversary we will be hosting a reunion in 2011.
For the reunion, former interns please provide BCLIP with:
1)An updated permanent address, and
2)Pictures (electronic only please) to be used in a slideshow
Please send this information to: BCLIP@leg.bc.ca
Experience is the Best Education
There is no doubt that this internship was a learning experience for all of us. As a means to give back to
the community, we invited a group of grade 10 social studies students from Mount Douglas Secondary
to the Legislature to learn about government, voter apathy and even meet MLA John Horgan. The
day was filled with group discussions about the important
issues facing BC. The day ended off with a workshop
where students had the opportunity to develop their own
budget for the province. Overall, it was a great
experience to interact with the students and pass along
what we’ve learned during our time as interns.
Mount Doug students bravely deciphering the budget.
Mount Douglas Secondary School students during their visit to the Legislature.
This year, the intern’s Mock Parliament The Oligarchic Capitalist (left)
pitted the ‘Oligarchic Capitalist Deminion vs. What’s Left!
Dominion’ (OCD) against ‘What’s Left!’.
The debate focused on Zombie
Preparedness, the elimination of the
beetle infestation through consultations
with Yoko Ono and the makings of a
whole new world. From this experience
we learned that: “the only way forward, is
Thank you to all who made it possible to
debate and be filmed in the Legislative
We are indebted to a number of individuals who helped make our time as interns special. With this in
mind, we would like to thank the following:
OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
The BC Legislative Internship Program is made possible by the Speaker of the House, the Honourable Bill
Barisoff. Mr. Speaker kindly gave us permanent seats in the Legislative Assembly and even made time
to meet us for lunch. We thank him for his generosity. We would also like to thank Legislative Assembly
Clerk, E. George MacMinn, OBC, Q.C., and Clerk Assistant, Robert Vaive for their service to the
OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
Hon. Stephen Point, OBC Karen Aitken
Herb LeRoy Jacqueline Quesnel
Patrick J. Smith
MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
Hon. Gordon Campbell Hon. Kevin Krueger Katrine Conroy
Carole James Hon. Barry Penner Michelle Mungall
Hon. George Abbott Hon. Mary Polak Linda Reid
Hon. Mike De Jong John Horgan Vicky Huntington
Gerald Taiaiake Alfred Ken Dobell Linda Johnson Joy McPhail Scott Ryckman
Keith Baldrey John Doyle Amber Kedell Michael M’Gonigle Kate Ryan-Lloyd
Maureen Bader Cynthia Dyck Jo-Anne Kern Tanice Miller Allan Seckel
Andrew Bak Kirk Eaton Manjit Khaira Robert Molligan Jim Sinclair
Kim Baird Dean Fortin Seth Klein Marcela Mrnka Brett J. Skinner
Darcie Bennett Paul Fraser David Labistour Harry Neufeld Charlie Smith
Ryan Bicknell Jennifer Furry John Langford Dave Nikolejsin Fiona Spencer
Anton Boegman Thomas Gove Kalle Lasn Darrell Norton Tom Steenvoorden
Kim Carter John Gresner Gary Lenz Vaughn Palmer Carole Taylor
Jim Chu Ian Izard Les Leyne Andrew Petter Michael Thomas
Christy Clark Craig James David Loukidelis Matt Phillips Niels Veldhuis
Glen Clark Robert Johnson Elizabeth May Erin Rennie Amy Verdun
Brian Day Amela Karabegovic Russ Maynard Gregor Robertson Sherie Verhulst
MENTORS & FRIENDS
Leah Bailey Cris Forest Christine Massey Gary Paget Grant Smith
Corrie Campbell Bonnie Gavin Amanda McReynolds Blair Phelps Peter Trotzki
Tracey Colins Dave Gelzinis David Merner Anne Preyde Jeff Vasey
Sarah Cunningham Paul Gunn Shane Mills Neil Reimer Cynthia White
Anne-Marie Delorey Stephen Harris Mike Morton Trudy Rotgans Don White
Conor Donaldson Bernie Hiller Lisa Nakamura Scott Ryckman Larry Wong
Rejan Farley Toby Louie Nancy Singh
AND FINALLY...HEATHER CHATWIN
We were privileged to have Heather as a fellow intern for the first three months of the program. Heather
split her time as an intern between the Ministry of the Environment and Government caucus research.
Her easygoing manner and her passion for the outdoors made her both an excellent colleague and
resident hiking advisor. As it turns out, the Capital Regional District also saw these qualities and made
her an offer she couldn’t refuse. We wish her the best of luck in her dream job and all her other future
What does the future hold in store for the 2010 interns?
Ron Ahluwalia – In what will hopefully be a diverse and exciting career, Ron would like to run his own
business, live in Denmark, and maybe run for office…maybe…
Kristopher Henderson – Kris’ future plans include gaining more work experience before going back to
school to get his master’s of Public Administration or pursue a career in law.
Mark Hosak – Mark plans to flee the country to South America, then return to pursue a career in
political activism and academia.
Katharine McBride – Upon leaving the BCLIP, Kate will have to relinquish her Legislative Library card,
and - sadly- purchase all the scads of books she hopes to read over the summer. Kate hopes to take
various contract research positions for the next year before taking up the gauntlet of graduate
studies in 2011.
Caitlin O’Brien Meggs – Caitlin is moving back to Vancouver to -hopefully- find work. Caitlin wants to
work for a few years in community activism and organization. Eventually Caitlin would like to settle on
a career before continuing her studies.
Rahim Mohamed – In the fall Rahim will head to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to
commence doctoral studies in Political Science. He hopes to pick up a southern drawl along the
Whitney Punchak – Whitney looks forward to fulfilling a life long dream of living in England. In
September she will attend Newcastle University’s MA in Media and Public Relations. She looks
forward to enjoying Europe and beginning a career in PR.
Angie Riano – Angie plans to enjoy her visit to her native land Colombia and engage in a
significant amount of salsa dancing before entering law school at the University of Alberta.
She remains passionate about issues of social justice and is committed to contributing to a
more equitable society.
B.C. Legislative Internship Program
Lindsay Walton – Lindsay is moving to London for a Master's
Public Education and Outreach Office
program at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Legislative Assembly of BC
in Gender and Social Policy. She also hopes to begin a PhD in a
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