Valedictory Luncheon for the Parliamentary Internship Programme
The Institute on Governance was pleased to present the winner of this year’s Alfred Hales prize at the Parliamentary Internship Programme’s Valedictory Luncheon. The Alfred Hales prize was named after the backbencher Member of Parliament who created the internship in 1969. The luncheon was held on Parliament Hill and celebrated the excellent work that had been done by the 2015/2016 parliamentary interns. On behalf of the Institute on Governance, Davide Cargnello and Michael O’Neill awarded the Alfred Hales prize to Étienne Grand-Maison for his winning research paper, and congratulated the two other finalists, Gabrielle de Billy Brown and Feodor Snavosky.
The Programme’s director, Dr. Anne Dance, introduced the Honourable Geoff Regan, the current Speaker of the House of Commons, who spoke at the event to commend the hard work the interns demonstrated throughout their internship.
The Parliamentary Internship Programme has advanced the education of young Canadians and the development of Canadian democracy by providing ten university graduates each year with the opportunity to work and study on Parliament Hill. During the internship, they assist Members of Parliament on both sides of the House of Commons with committee and constituency work while undertaking academic research, weekly seminars and comparative study tours to legislatures across Canada and abroad. At the end of the internship, each Programme participant is required to produce an independently researched, working papers.The 2016/2017 interns will present their working papers at the Jean-Pierre Gaboury Symposium at the Institute on Governance on June 19th, where Marc Bosc, Acting Clerk of the House of Commons, will also speak.
Click here for Étienne Grand-Maison’s research paper.