Intern Newsletter FINAL pub by liaoqinmei


                                   It only feels like a lifetime...

  June 2010

                                                            This Issue
                                                            Messages from the Directors………....2
                                                            Hansard Watch……………………...….3
                                                            Ministry Placement……………………..4
                                                            Govt. Caucus Communication……...6
                                                            Inside Govt. Caucus Research……....8

Happy 35th Anniversary BC Legislative Internship Program!   Inside Opposition Caucus….……..…..9
                                                            Constituency Weeks..…………..........10
                                                            Viva Vancouver.……………...……….14
                                                            Washington Interns……………………16
                                                            Meet MLA Mungall………………..…..18
                                                            Victoria Days………………………..….19
                                                            Meet Minister Krueger……...……..….20
                                                            What NOT to do…………...……..……21
                                                            35th Anniversary……….………………22
                                                            Education and Mock Parliament…..24
                                                            Thank Yous………………….………..…25
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’
or ‘modern’.

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

Hansard Watch
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
Health Services)

“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
                                                     French) community.

        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
take shape.

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
                                    Mark Hosak
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
Movie Review
By: Ron Ahluwalia and Whitney Punchak

                                   Whitney and Ron with their communication comrades.

 Plot Summary:

 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
                                                                                                Rex Murphy.

                                                                                                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
political debate. 

                                                          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
   Kristopher Henderson
                                                                   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
                                                      information about
                                                      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

Viva Vancouver
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
                                                                    experiences with
                                                                    civic        and
                                                                    provincial politics,
                                                                                                  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
                            injection site.

                                                Ron Ahluwalia
                                                 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
                                                                  political   debate.
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
breakwater. Fantastic!

                              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.
young woman
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
                                                                                                     Caitlin recently
  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
  local talent.
                                                                                                     Student’s Society
                                                                                                     and as an
                                                                                                     elected student
                                                                                                     representative on
                                                                                                     the university’s
                                                                                                     Boardof Gover-
                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                     caucus research.

                              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.
                                                                                           Herbert      exclaimed,
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
                                      Rahim Mohamed
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
                                  your hands.

                                    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
                                    Rob Fleming.

                                    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 internship.

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

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

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

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:

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.

Mock Parliament
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

Thank you!
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:

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

Hon. Stephen Point, OBC                       Karen Aitken
Herb LeRoy                                    Jacqueline Quesnel
                                              Patrick J. Smith
                                              Ruth Chege
                                              David Nicholls
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

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

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.
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Lindsay Walton – Lindsay is moving to London for a Master's
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program at the London School of Economics and Political Science
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in Gender and Social Policy. She also hopes to begin a PhD in a
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