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The International, Political and Policy Studies Student Association (IPPSSA) at the University of Ottawa is proud to announce the launch of applications for the second consecutive year of the IPPSSA Internship Program. Participating offices are listed below, although there may be some variation from the current participating offices.

City Hall

Mayor Jim Watson

  

Councillors George Darouze, Catherine Mckenney, Mathieu Fleury

  

Councillors Scott MoffatMichael Qaqish, Mark Taylor,

Senate

   

Senate Speaker George Furey, Senator Doug Black and Senator Peter Harder

House of Commons

CPC

  

MPs, Earl DreeshenCheryl Gallant, Garnett Genuis

  

MPs, Joël GodinMatt JenerouxMichelle Rempel,

  

MPs, Erin O’TooleBlake RichardsBev Shipley,

  

MPs, David Sweet, Karyn Vecchio, Kevin Waugh

 Green

NDP

  

 LIBERAL

   

MPs, Omar Alghabra, Chandra AryaVance Badawey,

  

MPs, Shaun ChenSukh DhaliwalTerry Duguid

   

MPs, Julie Dzerowicz , Nathaniel Erskine-SmithGreg Fergus,

   

   
 
Our deepest thanks to all of these offices


Mayor Jim Watson

Mayor Watson has dedicated most of his career to public service in Canada’s capital.

First elected as a Councillor in 1991, he was re-elected in 1994. Three years later, he was elected as the youngest Mayor in Ottawa’s history with 82% of the popular vote.

Following the amalgamation of Ottawa and surrounding communities, Mayor Watson was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Tourism Commission, a federal crown corporation.

In 2003, he was elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean and immediately appointed to cabinet as Minister of Consumer and Business services.

Following his time in provincial politics, Watson was elected Mayor of the City of Ottawa in October 2010. In his first term as Mayor, Watson oversaw the beginning of construction of the Confederation Line light rail transit line and the successful completion of the Lansdowne Park redevelopment. Watson brought renewed fiscal discipline to City Hall, bringing in the lowest tax changes several years while investing in renewed infrastructure, new community facilities and transit improvements in all parts of the city. Jim Watson was re-elected Mayor of the City of Ottawa on October 27, 2014 with more than 76% of the popular vote.
Job Description: 

The Mayor’s Office requires someone who is professional, has a very good work ethic, and can multi-task well in a fast pace environment. This person would work closely with the community relations staff in the Mayor’s Office on a variety files. Some of their tasks may include the following: helping with crucial administrative needs, working on individual constituent issues, providing research as needed, and assisting with Social Media and Communication as needed. This person would also have the opportunity to staff the Mayor at events which would provide valuable hands on experience for being a political staff member.

  • Database
  • Constituent case work & community outreach assistance
  • Researching and Issues
  • Staff Mayor
  • Social Media & Communications
  • Attend Committees/Council Meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Number of hours per week per intern: At least 5 hours


 

Mr.  George Darouze,  Councillor of Osgoode Ward, Ward 20

George immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in 1990 and has lived in the Ottawa area since that time. He and his wife Sue quickly became comfortable with the Ottawa lifestyle and decided Greely was the best place to raise their two sons, John and Tony, now teenagers. George and his family, including his parents (John and Teresa), two brothers (Tony and Elie) and sister (Mariane), are all proud to call Ottawa home.

George is fluent in English, French and Arabic. He has a degree in Telecommunications from Alba University and has pursued Continuing Education in the subject of electronic training in voice/data and wireless communication sales.

Before being elected to office, George held a number of managerial positions with telecommunications companies, including Eastern Region Sales Manager for Worldlynx Wireless, and Director of Business Development for the Ottawa-Toronto Region for Smart Cell Communications.

Job description: The successful candidate will be assisting the Member and his office with their day-to-day tasks such as correspondence, speech preparations, monitoring multiple social profiles, content creation, and monitoring national, regional and local media for relevant issues.

Job Description:

We are looking for 2-3 students who could commit to working 5 hrs a week at our City Hall location to assist the Councillor and staff with daily duties and ongoing projects. Anyone who could assist with community projects and events in the ward would also be desired. Please note the ward is not bus accessible and your own transportation would be required.

We are seeking candidates that could assist with briefing notes for the councillor for committee files. He sits on five committees including, Transportation, Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Audit, Community & Protective Services, as well as, IT Sub Committee.

We try to be very active on social media to share information for community and city news. Often we create graphics and posters to share the information. The Councillor is also well known for creating profile pictures for special occasions, so any graphic abilities would be considered an asset.

Finally, we would require help in preparing the weekly newsletter, by writing and editing articles and maintaining the submitted events.

Hours: 5 hrs a week


M. Mathieu Fleury, Councillor of Rideau-Vanier, Ward 12

Mathieu grew up in Ottawa and lived in Sandy Hill and Lowertown neighbourhoods for the majority of his life. He attended Francojeunesse Elementary School, Franco-Cité High School and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he completed a Masters degree in sports management. After completing his studies, Mathieu decided to take a leap into municipal politics. In 2010, he won the municipal election for the Rideau-Vanier ward and became the youngest Councillor at the City Council table at the age of 25. Since coming to City Hall, Mathieu has worked for the betterment and beautification of the National Capital and the Rideau Vanier Ward, which is home to Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Vanier.

In addition to his work at City Council, Mathieu is an active member of a number of committees: he is the chair the Ottawa Community Housing Board, member of the Transportation Committee and Community and Protective Services Committee, board member of Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Sports Council, and co-chair of the City’s Task Force on Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017.

Job description:

  •  Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  •  Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  •  Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  •  May be required to accompany Councillor at various engagements/receptions
  •  Research relating to legislation or local issues
  •  Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours: Approximately 10 hours a week, flexible

Other requirements:

Must be bilingual, preference given to students comfortable with cycling in the city, preference given to students that live in Rideau-Vanier.


 

Mr. Alan Hubley, Councillor of Kanata South, Ward 23

Allan Hubley is married to Wendy (Barber) and they have three children – Christine Leigh, James and Joshua. Allan was born in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Allan first moved to Kanata in 1978 and has been very active in his community serving in a variety of capacities for all of Kanata South.

In 2007, Allan Hubley was recognized for his extensive community service in Kanata South and was chosen the City of Ottawa’s Citizen of the Year.

In 2008, Allan was chosen by the Governor General to receive the Caring Canadian Award at Rideau Hall for his community and volunteer work.

Allan has worked in the federal public service for over twenty years in various senior advisor positions including Manager of US Relations; Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs and most recently in the Emergency Management and National Security Branch of Public Safety Canada.

Job Description:

Our aim is to try and expose our student to all aspects of working in a Councillor’s office. This will include sitting in on Council and Committee, doing casework, helping to plan community events, media monitoring and some data entry work and filing. Councillor Hubley has recently joined the Police Board and our main issues that we are seeing currently are issues regarding OC Transpo and also snow removal. The Councillor is quite active in the community and the student could attend events/meetings that are not at City Hall (not mandatory at all, only if the student is interested).

Hours: 1 Day a week

Other requirements: We do not need a bilingual student, if the student has knowledge of the ward, that would be an asset.


 

Mme. Catherine McKenney, Councillor of Somerset, Ward 14

Catherine McKenney was elected to Ottawa City Council on October 27th, 2014. She is the first open LGBTQ woman elected to Ottawa Council.

Prior to her election she was the strategic advisor to the Deputy City Manager (Operations) at the City of Ottawa, responsible for services ranging from Fire and Paramedic, Bylaw, Housing, Child Care, and Social Services, to Parks, Recreation, Arts, and Culture, Public Works, Water and Wastewater, Transit and Solid Waste.

The majority of her career has been spent working directly for the residents of Ottawa – as a political assistant to City Councillors Diane Holmes (Somerset) and Alex Munter (Kanata), and as a legislative aide to both Ed Broadbent and Paul Dewar, MPs for Ottawa Centre.

Catherine trains regularly for and competes in cross-country and ultra marathon running. She cycles year round, walks to work, supports local independent businesses, and is the proud adoptive parent of 4 humane society animals.

Job Description:

We would be looking for a detail oriented person who is interested in working in a fast-paced environment. They would be helping with drafting responses to issue specific inquiries, special research projects, assisting with organizing Ward events, etc.

Hours: Number of hours per week: Monday through Thursday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


 

Mr. Jody Mitic, Councillor of Innes ward, Ward 2

A 20 year Canadian Armed Forces veteran and Sniper Team Leader, Jody Mitic lost both his legs when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan on his third tour of duty overseas. After only a few short months of rehabilitation, Jody was up and walking again. A year after his injury, Jody made national media headlines here at home when he completed the Achilles 5km run on two prosthetic legs, following that, he completed the Canada Army Run half marathon. Not only was Jody’s accomplishment a personal milestone on his road to recovery but it also became a major event that helped inspire change in how the military views and handles injured veterans and their ability to be of service.

In 2013, Jody continued to push himself harder, competing in the Amazing Race Canada’s first season with his younger brother, Cory. Jody and his brother finished in second place, and people from across the country took the time to tell him he had become a model of perseverance, strength and hope for Canadians.

A recognized and sought-after motivational speaker and role model for Canadians, Jody is a respected advocate for wounded veterans, people with disabilities and amputees. He founded the Never Quit Foundation and sat on the Board of Directors of ‘Won with One’. He has also helped raise upwards of a million dollars for numerous local and national charities.

Job Description:

Technical skills: Microsoft Office Suite, Proficient in WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Possible Projects: Compiling constituent database, Compiling community resource lists, Monitoring social media sites and creating relevant content as required, Drafting press releases, Assist in planning of community events.
http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/mayor-and-city-councillors/jody-mitic

Hours:

Other requirements:

Interview required

Bilingual in Oral/Written English and French


 

Mr. Scott Moffatt, Councillor of Rideau-Goulbourn, Ward 21

Scott Moffatt, the councillor for Rideau-Goulbourn in the City of Ottawa, has lived in the ward all his life. Tracing his ancestry back almost 200 years to the Richmond, Manotick and Kars area, Scott was born and raised in old Rideau Township and lives in North Gower with his wife Jill and four kids – Lane, Peyton, Luke and Hayden.

Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in Political Science and Law in 2008 from Carleton University. Scott attended South Carleton High School, Rideau Valley Middle School, Kars Public School and St. Leonard Catholic School.

Prior to being elected councillor, Scott worked primarily in customer service roles having spent time at Strathmere, Tommy & Lefebvre, and Brookstreet Hotel, among others.
Job Description:

The goal of the Student Internship position in Councillor Moffatt’s office is to expose students to the daily responsibilities of municipal government. Based on the student’s particular interests, tasks could include observing Council and Committee meetings, attending meetings with City staff and/or constituents, case work from the Ward office (North Gower), addressing constituent’s questions and concerns, electronic filing to our database, and/or research of specific issues/projects. Councillor Moffatt and his office aim to engage a Student Intern by encouraging them to explore their passions within a City Councillor’s office. The Rideau-Goulbourn office may appeal to students who are interested in learning more about the needs of residents in rural Ottawa.

Hours: Hour requirement is flexible, based on the student’s schedule.


 

Mr. Shad Qadri, Councillor of Stittsville, Ward 6

Shad Qadri has been a community leader, friend and successful businessperson in Ward 6 for over 13 years. Over that time, he has been instrumental in the preservation of Stittsville’s ‘village’ feel while at the same time encouraging and guiding the many positive changes that the community has experienced. Shad has held many volunteer positions and played a major role in many fundraising efforts and other initiatives in Stittsville.

Shad attended Carleton University studying Urban Economics and Urban Geography. The Councillor was employed with a major food retailer chain for over twenty years in a variety of increasingly senior positions. During this time, he gained valuable business experience in management and supervisory roles both in the stores and in the head office in Toronto. Since 1989, Shad has successfully operated both franchised and independent small businesses. Until May of 2007 Shad and his wife Theresa owned and operated Showbiz Entertainment and Gifts, which was a community mainstay and effectively the Stittsville ‘village store’ for 14 years. The Councillor was nominated for Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year by the Kanata Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and 2006. He was also nominated for Volunteer of the Year for 2006.

Shad was instrumental in establishing the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Goulbourn in 2004 and he was elected its first President. Shad was also one of the founders of the Stittsville Village Association in 2001 and was elected its first Vice-President, a position he held until 2003 when he became the Association’s President. He remained in that capacity until he took a leave of absence in April 2006 to run for Ward 6 Councillor in the municipal election. His tireless efforts, both before and during his tenure with the Stittsville Village Association, have enabled him to contribute significantly to the community through various events and activities.

Job Description:

Interns can expect to be involved in a variety of tasks including research into outstanding community involvement within our ward, research into news stories and thought-provoking ideas being pursued in other municipalities, and other office-related items. Priority will be given to interns who demonstrate strong organizational abilities.

Hours: Number of hours per week: 12-15 hours a week over 3 days a week


 

Mr. Michael Qaqish, Councillor of  Gloucester-South Nepean, Ward 22

Michael was first elected to office in the 2014 Municipal Elections. Michael serves on multiple Boards and Committees. He is Vice-Chair of the Transit Commission and a member of the Community and Protective Services Committee, Environmental Committee, Transportation Committee and the Ottawa Board of Health.

Michael has extensive media background, including past contributor to CTV National, 580 CFRA News Talk Radio, a former columnist with The Hill Times, as well as host of the current affairs morning show on CHIN Radio Ottawa.

Michael has worked at the three levels of government in Ottawa, most recently as a policy advisor to a downtown Councillor from 2012-2014, when he resigned to run for office. Prior to that, he worked closely with Ward 22’s community associations and parent councils to deliver results as a member of the Councillor’s Office from 2008-2012. Michael founded the Kiwanis Club of Barrhaven and was the club’s first president.

Born in Toronto, Michael graduated with a degree in Psychology from Carleton University. Michael enjoys running and is a former certified Ontario Tennis Association instructor. He resides in ward 22 in a LEED-certified home.

Hours: 5-15 hours per week

Location: City Hall – 110 Laurier Avenue

Job Summary:

Under the general supervision of the Office Manager, will provide clerical and administrative support to the Councillor’s office.

Knowledge of:

  • The City of Ottawa Corporation and its organizational structure.
  • The mandate and structure of Council and its committees
  • Various MS Office applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.
  • Office systems and procedures

Responsibilities:

  • Will receive and respond to telephone calls.
  • Constituency case work.
  • Drafting correspondence on behalf of the Councillor.
  • Updating and maintaining spreadsheets and databases, and data entry.
  • Photocopying, opening and distributing mail, and other general clerical duties.
  • Maintaining and updating the Councillor’s contact list.
  • Attend and assist in the organization of events.
  • Liaise with other Councillors, Councillors Assistants, senior management and other government officials as required.
  • May undertake other activities consistent with the requirements of the Councillor’s Office.

Competencies and Skills:

  • Energetic, motivated and a self starter.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Deal effectively with the public, senior management, media and other levels of government efficiently and effectively with tact and diplomacy.
  • Strong ability to multitask and take on a variety of assignments, adjusting priorities as required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and listening skills

Language:

English oral, reading and writing required. Bilingualism considered an asset.

 


 

Mr. Mark Taylor, Councillor of Bay, Ward 7

Mark grew up on Moncton Road in the Queensway Terrace North neighbourhood of Bay Ward. He lived, went to school and has worked in Bay Ward almost all of his life.

Raised alone by his mother after his father’s passing when he was just a year old, Mark saw the very real challenges that are still faced by too many of us today. Good friends and living in a helping community he learned, were so important in making sure nobody in our community is left out or left behind.

Together with his wife Christine, his daughter Sasha and stepdaughter Emily; Mark and his family continue to participate in our community and our city – trying to build on the very strong foundations of their shared belief that great communities are made by the daily contributions of many small acts.
Job Description: Coming soon!

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

The Hon. George J. Furey, Q.C. Senator of NL&L, Speaker of the Senate

A distinguished educator and lawyer with deep roots in the community, the Honourable George J. Furey. Q.C. is a native of Newfoundland and Labrador and currently serves as the 45th Speaker of the Senate of Canada. He was appointed to the Senate on August 11, 1999, and is the first Speaker from the province.

Speaker Furey attended Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1970 and a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1970; he also completed a Masters of Education Degree from Memorial in 1976. During his career as an educator, he was a teacher with the Roman Catholic School Board in St. John’s, a Supervising Vice-Principal with the Port-au-Port Roman Catholic School Board and a Supervising Principal of the Placentia-St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School Board.

After a successful career in education from 1969-1980, he attended Dalhousie Law School and completed a Bachelor of Law Degree in 1983.

Speaker Furey was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1984 and was subsequently named a partner at the St. John’s law firm of O’Brien, Furey & Hurley. While in his second year of practicing law, he successfully challenged the Criminal Code language on sexual assault and proved that with the advent of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, certain Criminal Code provisions were unconstitutional. In 1989, he was named Senior Partner at the firm O’Brien, Furey & Smith and in 1993 was appointed to the Provincial Police Complaints Commission. He was subsequently appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1996.

Job Description:

Verify, sort and manage mail and emails

  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Draft correspondence, greetings and thank you messages.
  • Perform research on legislation and other issues.
  • Assist with updates and entries on social media
  • Other tasks as required.

Hours: Work hours will be based on what the intern will be able to offer

 


 

The Hon. Peter Harder, Q.C. Senator of Ontario, Government Representative in the Senate

Peter Harder entered the Upper Chamber in April 2016, as the first Independent Senator appointed under a new non-partisan selection process that invites all eligible Canadians to submit applications. He arrived in the Senate with nearly 30 years of experience in the federal public service, and a decade serving as a volunteer in various organizations and as a member of several boards of directors. He also served as president of the Canada China Business Council.

As Government Representative in the Senate, he is tasked with both shepherding government legislation through the Upper Chamber and leading efforts on reform towards a more independent, accountable and transparent institution.

Senator Harder served as the founding executive director of the Immigration and Refugee Board. He was first appointed as deputy minister in 1991 – a role he eventually would play under five different prime ministers and 12 ministers, including in the departments of immigration, public safety, industry, the treasury board and foreign affairs. As a former senior official who frequently appeared before Senate committees, he has often noted the quality of the questions posed by Senators, and their deep commitment towards conducting in-depth examinations of proposed legislation. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, classical music and working out.

Senator Harder lives in Ottawa with his wife. His son serves as a diplomat at Canada’s embassy in Beijing.

 

Job Description:

The student would be working with Amélie Crosson, Director of Outreach and Strategic Engagement.

To provide research, analysis and communications support for the purposes of speeches and other communications materials.
 
Principal tasks:
 

1.       Research

Intern would assemble existing information about legislation coming from the House of Commons to the Senate for the purposes of speeches and other communications materials.
These materials include:
 
·         transcripts from committees and speeches from Members of Parliament
·         media sources (including social media)
 

2.       Analysis

Intern would analyze and summarize main messages contained in these materials, particularly those messages from opposition and major stakeholder groups
 

3.       Communications support

Intern could:
·         Draft bullet points in anticipation of possible speeches.

·         Review materials received from the Translation Bureau to ensure consistency

Requirements:
 
·         Strong analytical abilities
·         Ability to find main messages within volumes of information

·         Strong writing skills in English and French

Hours: Work hours will be based on what the intern will be able to offer. Looking from September 18, 2017 to December 8, 2017.

 


 

The Hon. Doug Black, Q.C. Senator of Alberta

The Honourable Doug Black, Q.C. was appointed to the Senate of Canada on January 25, 2013. He is a senior counsel at Dentons Canada LLP and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002. Senator Black was named one of Canada’s most influential lawyers in 2012 by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

Deeply involved in his community, Senator Black was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 in recognition of his many contributions.

Senator Black was the founding president of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada (EPIC), the organization dedicated to the development of a Canadian energy framework. He is also the co-founder of Alberta2.0, a group of Alberta leaders who have developed a roadmap for a more robust and resilient Albertan economy.

Senator Black sits on the Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee and the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee of the Senate. He is also on the executive committee on the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, and the Canada-China Parliamentary Association.

Job Description: Coming soon!

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mr.  Earl Dreeshen,  MP, Red Deer—Mountain View

Conservative

Earl Dreeshen is the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

Earl was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008. He previously served on the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, Health, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

Before entering the House of Commons, he taught Mathematics at Innisfail High School for 34 years. Over these years, he was devoted to working with area youth, coaching football, track and field, volleyball, fastball, and minor hockey.

He has volunteered for many local community groups, such as the Crossroads Agricultural Society, Pine Lake Hub Community Center, Howell’s Lake Community Club, and the Pine Lake Curling Club. He also served as treasurer for his local community church.

Earl and his wife Judy are fourth generation farmers who own and operate a family farm near Pine Lake. They have two grown children.

Job description:

The successful candidate will be assisting the Member and his office with their day-to-day tasks such as correspondence, speech preparations, monitoring multiple social profiles, content creation, and monitoring national, regional and local media for relevant issues.

The successful applicants should have:

    • Experience in social media management and content creation, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc – as well as new and emerging trends in online communications.
    • Strong administrative and organizational skills
    • Sound judgment and discretion
    • High degree of flexibility, he or she must be able to work under tight deadlines on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Other assets include:
    • Familiarity with Federal and Provincial (AB) politics.
    • An ability to work both independently and in a team

Hours: 5-15


Mme. Cheryl Gallant , MP, Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke

Conservative

Cheryl Gallant is the Conservative Critic for Economic Development (Northern Ontario), and the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee  on National Defense.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2000. Cheryl Gallant has previously served as The Conservative Critic Regional Development for Northern Ontario, a member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and the Standing Committee of National Defense.

Prior to entering Parliament, Ms. Gallant worked in the insurance industry.

Ms. Gallant grew up in Southwestern Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. She pursued post-graduate work in biochemistry, toxicology, pharmacology and environmental chemistry.

Ms. Gallant was a group insurance executive with a major Canadian life insurance company, before relocating to Pembroke, Ontario. In Pembroke, Ms. Gallant worked as Chief Administrative Director for a small professional practice. An active participant in the Pembroke community, Ms. Gallant served as Chair of the Downtown Development Commission and as a member of the city’s Economic Advisory Committee.

Job description: Coming Soon! but may include:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mr.  Garnett Genuis,  MP, Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan

Conservative

Garnett Genuis, is the Member of Parliament for the Alberta riding of Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan.

Genuis was born and raised in Strathcona County, Alberta, before moving to Ottawa to attend Carleton University. Whilst at Carleton, he wrote a regular column for the Sherwood Park News as a political correspondent. He later worked as assistant to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and advisor on the staff of former minister Rona Ambrose. Genuis then obtained a master’s degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics. Afterwards, he moved to the private sector as the vice president of a national research firm.

Genuis was elected to office in the 2015 federal election.  In November of 2015 he was appointed as deputy critic for Human Rights & Religious Freedom. In March 2016, Genuis was named one of the most outspoken MPs in the House of Commons by Maclean’s Magazine. He remains to be a highly active MP with hundreds of thousands of words spoken in the House of Commons along with siting on several parliamentary committees.

Job description:

We are looking for a student that could work at our Ottawa Hill office and assist the Member of Parliament and staff on daily duties and ongoing projects. We do not require anyone bilingual, however that would be an asset.  The main tasks are listed below:

– Write emails for current issues that arise, such as correspondence for constituents.

– Research for various projects.

– Video editing and social media monitoring.

– Attend events with the MP and support him when required.

– Attend committee and/or other meetings for notetaking.

Other items may be tasked to the candidate as the office pace and needs change frequently.

Hours: 10 hours every week


 

M. Joël Godin, MP, Portneuf — Jacques-Cartier

Conservative

Joël Godin is a member of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, and  an Executive Member of the Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie.

First Elected to the House of Commons in 2015, he has previously served as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

Joel Godin studied communications at Université Laval. He worked in the advertising field at FM93 and CITF-FM radio stations in Quebec City and was sales manager for the TQS television network in Quebec City. He lost his position at TQS during the acquisition of the network by Remstar in 2008. He founded his own advertising and marketing firm, AJC Communication Inc., which he led until 2012.

Joël Godin lives in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures since 2000 and is father of two children. It is the grand-son of Louis-Philippe-Antoine Bélanger, who was a member of the House of Commons from 1962 to 1965.

Job description:

The bulk of the work would be research but other tasks may be assigned depending on interests and abilities (such as drafting letters, etc.);

Hours: Probably 15 hours a week but will go with what candidate is able or wanting to do

Other requirements: French (or bilingual) is a must. The candidate should be either non-partisan, non-affiliated or a conservative party member


 

Mr.  Matt Jeneroux,  MP, Edmonton Riverbend

Conservative

Matt is the Conservative Member of Parliament representing Edmonton Riverbend. A long time resident of south Edmonton, Matt is the former Member of the Legislative Assembly and also the youngest government provincial politician prior to May 2015.

In spring 2013, one year after being elected, he introduced a private member’s bill entitled Compassionate Care Leave Legislation, the first of its kind in the history of Alberta. The legislation provides a leave of absence for an employee from his/her employer while taking care of a terminally ill loved one. Furthermore, he also had two of his motions pass unanimously in the Legislature Chamber. First, to provide support for playgrounds when new schools for young families are built in the province of Alberta. He also urged the provincial government to conduct a review of the childcare policy in the province. Matt has also chaired the Capital Region Government Caucus, Youth Secretariat, and was a member of the provincial Alberta Treasury Board. In addition, he’s chaired Alberta’s Results Based Budgeting for Environment and Resource Stewardship.

During his time as MLA, Matt fought hard and was directly involved in a number of initiatives for our community, which include:

  • Advocated for the community to cut through red tape and push for 41st Avenue interchange to alleviate traffic on 111 Street.
  • Relentlessly pushed for schools to meet the needs of our growing communities in our city; resulted in 8 new schools in Southwest Edmonton.
  • Focused on keeping our community safe, Matt worked with Edmonton Police Services and Edmonton Fire Services to enhance their presence in our communities, including overseeing new fire hall in Rutherford community and police station in Windermere community.

As a Member of Parliament, Matt announced an initiative to fight for unemployed Albertans called the Alberta Jobs Task Force. He co-chair’s the non-partisan group that focuses on policy solutions that support everyday Albertans. Matt is also a member of two federal committees: Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics & Public Accounts standing committee. In February 2017, Matt announced his motion in support of the geothermal industry in the clean up of orphan wells. In addition, Matt is also on the Executive of the Canada-United Kingdom Parliamentary Association

Job description:

Student Internship Position for Parliamentary Office of Matt Jeneroux, Member of Parliament

The goal of the Student Internship position is to expose students to federal politics and have them gain valuable work experience that will lead to future positions and success. The ideal candidate would be available to come into the Parliamentary office 5-10 hours per week. This is flexible as we understand some weeks the student won`t be able to come in due to tight paper deadlines and exams. Tasks and projects will be tailored to the student’s skills, interests and future goals. The intern selected will work closely with Parliamentary staff, and the ability to work in a team environment as well as independently is important. The office pace and needs change frequently, so the successful candidate will be able to adapt to any task, including those that may be outside of the duties listed below. The candidate should be proficient in Microsoft Office. Position to commence October 1, 2017.

  • Researching for upcoming Private Members Bill
  • Research for the continuation of the Geothermal/Orphan Wells Motion
  • Assisting in committee briefings
  • Assisting in writing member statements to be given in the House of Commons
  • Assisting in the creation of briefing material for foreign travel
  • Entering data into the stakeholder database
  • Sitting in on meetings with stakeholders and taking notes
  • Assisting in the preparation of communication projects such as news releases, articles, ten 
percenters and householders.

Hours: Flexible


 

The Hon. Erin O’Toole, MP, Durham

Conservative

Erin O’Toole is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Durham in Ontario. He was elected to Canada’s Parliament in a by-election in 2012 and re-elected at the 2015 general election. Previously, he served as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade.

Born in Montreal, Erin was raised in Bowmanville and Port Perry, Ontario as the oldest of five children. After graduation from Bowmanville High School, he joined the Canadian Forces and enrolled at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston. There he earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and was commissioned as an Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

Upon completion of his service in the regular forces in 2000, Erin transferred to the Canadian Forces reserves and continued serving as a training officer while he earned his law degree (LL.B) at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Erin returned to Ontario to practice law in a variety of corporate settings, giving him a broad understanding of business issues. As a litigator for Stikeman Elliott, in-house counsel for one of the world’s largest consumer products companies, Procter & Gamble, and then a private practice lawyer at Heenan Blaikie.

Job description:

·      Prepare daily news summaries for Members and staff
·      Draft correspondence for constituents
·      Answer telephone and check voicemails
·      Assist legislative assistant with meeting preparation and associated research
·      Attend committee as needed and assist with any corresponding research
·      Assist with opposition critic portfolio research as needed
·      File, sort and digitalize correspondence and stakeholder files
·      Assist with social media as needed and upload House of Commons speeches to YouTube
·      Assist Member with research needed for House of Commons speeches
·      Other office duties as required

Hours: 15 hrs per week

Other requirements: Conservative leaning student


The Hon. Michelle Rempel, MP, Calgary Nose Hill

Conservative

The Honourable Michelle Rempel is the former Minister of State (Western Economic Diversity). She is now a member of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Rempel was at the time the youngest female appointed to Cabinet in Canadian history. She previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, and as a committee member on the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women, and the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

Ms. Rempel was first elected in 2011 in the riding of Calgary Centre-North, after having been acclaimed as the Conservative candidate in anticipation of a by-election that was superseded by the general election in May 2011.

She has an extensive background in higher education administration and innovation. She worked as the Director of the University of Calgary’s Institutional Programs Division, and served in the technology commercialization division of the University of Manitoba. Ms. Rempel worked in managerial consulting prior to this, applying her knowledge of intellectual property management within a professional service framework in the areas of strategic planning, project management, process reengineering, and marketing. She holds a degree in economics and has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. In 2014 she was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in recognition of her community leadership.

Job description: Coming Soon! but may include:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mr. Blake Richards, MP, Banff-Airdrie

Conservative

Blake Richards was first elected to  the House of Commons in 2008. On November 20, 2015, Mr. Richards  was named Official Opposition Critic for Tourism and Deputy Critic for Democratic Institutions, as part of the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet.

Previously, he was Chair of the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, as well as of the special committee on Co-operatives. He has also served as a member of the influential committee on Procedure and House Affairs, as well as on the Standing Committees on Finance, International Trade, Canadian Heritage, Agriculture, and Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

Mr. Richards’ Private Member’s Bill C-309, the Concealment of Identity Act, received Royal Assent in June of 2013. As a result, it is now a Criminal Code offence to wear a mask or to otherwise conceal one’s identity during a riot or an unlawful assembly.

Spearheading a national petition that called for changes to the national pardons system, Mr. Richards supported Bill C-23A. The bill received Royal Assent in June 2010 creating a new law to limit pardons for serious crimes.

In 2014 and again in 2015, Mr. Richards was recognized in a national survey as Best Constituency MP and Hardest Working MP.

Job description:

  • Research issues in the riding and region
  • Research for the MP’s Critic roles and Committee duties
  • Provide administrative support to the MP and colleagues
  • Assist with the preparation of correspondence
  • Assist with the preparation of speaking notes for Parliamentary debates
  • Monitor media stories related to the MP’s Critic roles and Committee duties

Hours: 15 hours per week


 

Mr. Bev Shipley, MP, Lambton—Kent—Middlesex

Conservative

Bev Shipley is the Official Opposition’s critic for Rural Affairs, and is Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, and is a member of 13 Parliamentary Associations and Interparliamentary Groups.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2006, he previously served as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture & Agri-Food, and is a previous member of the standing Committees on: Industry, Science and Technology, Veterans Affairs, Liaison, International Trade, and Public Accounts.

Bev also served with Middlesex County Council for 16 years, was Warden in 1995, and also served as Mayor of Middlesex Centre.

An active member of the community, he was Director and a volunteer of the Western Fair Association, London, and a Director of the Middlesex County Agriculture Hall of Fame. He was past Chair and is current Vice-Chair of the Lake Huron Primary Water System and is an active member of Community Bible Church, Middlesex Centre.

Job description:

Tasks will vary but can include a wide range of anything related to the Member’s Ottawa duties as well as responding to constituents. Some data entry will be required, but the office will ensure it is well-balanced with experience in all other aspects of the office such as committee prep/attendance, research, background info on meeting participants, sitting in on the Member’s meetings, assisting the Member with projects or requests. The Ottawa office is also the primary manager of the Member’s website and social media so tasks relating to those aspects may also be assigned.

Hours: Hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules, but timeliness and advanced heads-up of any change to the hours set is requested.

Other requirements: 

Doesn’t necessarily have to be a card-carrying member, but politically Conservative identifying would be preferred.


 

Mr. David Sweet, MP, Flamborough — Glanbrook

Conservative

David Sweet is the Official Opposition’s Caucus Chair. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development as well as the Executive Association Vice-Chair of the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2006, he previously served as the Chair of Veterans Affairs, Industry, and on Science and Technology as well as the Vice-Chair of Public Accounts.

Prior to entering The House of Commons David provided management consulting and training to a wide range of clients, including Scouts Canada, the Certified Management Accountants, Proctor & Gamble and the Royal Bank. Most recently, his leadership roles included Vice President of Business Development for a Hamilton-based think tank and President of two national organizations. He has been a small business owner and was General Manager of a large real estate organization in Mississauga, in which he led and trained a team of over 100 staff.

Locally, he is involved in a number of community activities including the Ancaster Food Drive, Ancaster’s “Buddy Up to Clean Up” spring clean-up, the annual United Jewish Appeal walk, and as a board member of the Canadian Club of Hamilton.

An outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking and swimming, he has participated in several Triathlons – most notably the 1994 North American long course in Kingston, Ontario.

Job description:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents
  • Research relating to MP Sweet’s Legislative, Committee and Constituency responsibilities
  • May be required to accompany MP Sweet at Meetings of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights
  • Other duties as needed.

Hours: 6-12 hours a week, that time can be broken up over multiple days but some availability on at least Tuesday or Thursday would be preferable.


 

Mme. Karyn Vecchio, MP, Elgin — Middlesex — London

Conservative

Karen Vecchio is Official Opposition Critic for Families, Children and Social Development and a Member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, she previously owned and operated ‘Coffee Grind’ while working at the management level at New Sarum Diner in Central Elgin. More recently, Karen worked for Member of Parliament Joe Preston as his executive assistant. In 2014 she received recognition as runner-up for Best Conservative Constituency Staffer in Canada from The Hill Times.

Karen is a volunteer in her riding, having worked with the Talbot Teen Centre, Habitat for Humanity, St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce, and Rogers Community TV.

Job description:

Responsibilities will depend on number of hours.  Tasks will include, but not limited to, database work, casework, answering phones, research on legislation and issues, possibly attend committee and/or receptions depending on what hours will be.

Hours: As this is a volunteer position, we would hope to get at least 10 hours/week.  But we understand this is a volunteer opportunity so 5 hours would work too.  Basically, if the volunteer wants to be more active then they could work more hours. And if they prove themselves to be a hardworking volunteer we would give more responsibilities.

Other requirements: Preferably Conservative supporter.  Bilingualism not required.


 

Mr. Kevin Waugh, MP, Saskatoon — Grasswood

Conservative

Kevin Waugh is the Deputy Critic for Canadian Heritage and National Historic Sites. He also currently sits on the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Prior to running for Federal Office in 2015, Kevin served as a trustee with the Saskatoon Board of Education and was on the Saskatchewan School Boards Association Executive.

He is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for “long standing community involvement”. Kevin has helped many organizations over the years fundraise for childrens’ initiatives like the YMCA Strong Kids program.

Job description: Coming Soon! but might include:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mme. Rachel Blaney, MP, North Island—Powell River

NDP

Rachel Blaney is the NDP’s Critic for Seniors, and is the Deputy Critic for Infrastructure and Communities.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, she previously served as Executive Director of the Immigrant Welcome Centre.

She has also worked as an employment officer for the Homalco First Nation, and twice won the Chamber of Commerce’s Not-for-Profit of the Year award.

Rachel has worked on the Conference Board of Canada’s Leadership Roundtable on Immigration and on the Campbell River Social Planning Committee.

Her husband is a former Chief and current Council member of the Homalco First Nation. Together, they are the proud parents of three children and three beautiful grandchildren.

Job description: 

Committee work: prepare questions for witnesses on Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and Standing Committee on National Defence

Correspondence: draft responses to letters from constituents on specific policy questions and federally regulated topics

Outreach: research for our housing bill and upcoming motion

Data entry

May be required to accompany MP at various events

Hours: 5-15 hours a week

Other requirements:


Mr. Don Davies, MP, Vancouver Kingsway

NDP

Don Davies is the New Democratic Party’s Critic for Health and the Vice-Chair on the Standing Committee on Health.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2008, he has previously served as the Official Opposition Critic for International Trade, Deputy Critic for Citizenship, Immigration & Multiculturalism and a Member of Panel of Chairs. His has previously served as the Vice-Chair on International Trade, Citizenship & Immigration, and Public Safety & National Security.

Before entering the House of Commons, Don worked as a Researcher and then Executive Assistant to the Leader of the Official Opposition at the Alberta Legislative Assembly.

Admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1989, Don has continued to be passionate about human rights and living conditions for working people and their families throughout his career. Since 1992, he has been the Director of Legal Resources for Teamsters Canada.

Active in his community, Don has been a hockey coach, broadcaster at Co-op Radio and long-time volunteer for Variety, the Children’s Charity.

Job description:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media
  • Enter constituent data and maintain the database
  • Assemble new citizens certificates
  • Open and sort mail

Hours: We would like an intern who can do one full day a week ideally. Fridays are typically the best days as the staff have more time to dedicate to guiding the volunteer in projects. Mondays are the second best option, and Wednesdays the third.

Other requirements: In the third or fourth year of undergraduate studies.

Bilingualism is an asset, interest in political science, public policy or public health an asset.

 


 

Mr. Pierre-Luc Dusseault, MP, Sherbrooke

NDP

Pierre-Luc Dusseault was elected to represent the people of Sherbrooke in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He works hard every day to defend the interests of his community in Ottawa.

After making history as the youngest MP ever elected to the House of Commons, Pierre-Luc quickly demonstrated his skills and ability to deliver results. He has chaired two parliamentary committees: the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, and the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. During his first term, Pierre-Luc also served as the NDP’s deputy critic for Democratic and Parliamentary Reform.

Since his reelection in 2015, Pierre-Luc Dusseault was named the NDP’s critic for National revenue. He is also vice-chair of the Finances committee of the House of Commons. He is fighting tirelessly for greater fiscal justice.

Born in Granby, Pierre-Luc moved to Sherbrooke in 2008 where he received a diploma in social studies with a specialization in international development from the Cégep de Sherbrooke. At the time of his election, he was studying applied politics at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Pierre-Luc has always been passionate about politics and got involved with the New Democratic Party for its message of social justice, equality and fairness. He was co-founder and president of the university’s student NDP club, and was president of Sherbrooke’s NDP riding association.

Aware of the current cynicism about politics, Pierre-Luc wants to help his constituents and today’s youth positively engage with politics. Active in various organizations across the region, he works tirelessly to listen to the concerns of his constituents and defend their interest in Parliament.

Job description: 

  • Assist the MP in his parliamentary duties
  • Preparation and Research for Committees
  • Working on local and national issues
  • Assist in the management of communications
  • Responding to emails and calls from constituents
  • Other Related Tasks

Hours: 15-10 hours a week, flexible schedule

Other requirements:

  • Good spoken and written French
  • Good comprehension of the federal politics
  • Interest in politics

 


 

Mme. Cheryl Hardcastle, MP, Windsor — Tecumseh

NDP

Cheryl Hardcastle is the critic for Sport and Persons with Disabilities for the New Democratic Party. She is the Vice-Chair Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, she previously served as Tecumseh’s Deputy Mayor from 2011-2014, serving on both Tecumseh Council and Essex County Council. She was also a member of the Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority Board and the Essex Region Conservation Authority Board.

Prior to entering politics, she worked for almost 20 years as a reporter and editor of the former Tecumseh Tribune. A past member of Pathway to Potential and the National Pension Reform Committee, she has worked to reduce poverty in Windsor-Essex County.

Cheryl has organized minor sports programs and tournaments, serving as director of the Tecumseh Baseball Club and president of Sun Parlour Female Hockey Association. She supports adult literacy as an instructor and author of beginning-level readers for adults. She’s also a founding member of the Tecumseh Area Historical Society.

Job description:

Working under the supervision of the Legislative Assistant to MP Hardcastle, we would like to offer a student the opportunity to work in a busy Parliamentary office.  Our office would welcome a non-partisan intern who does understand or wants to further understand the legislative environment for advancing human rights and social democratic values. MP Hardcastle is the Vice-Chair for the Subcommittee on International Human Rights and is the NDP Critic for Sport and Persons Living with Disabilities.  Duties to include; ensuring that MP`s web page is current, research related to the Subcommittee on International Human Rights and preparing correspondence to constituents and stakeholders.

Hours: Weekly Work Hours – 5 to 15 hours.


 

Mme. Carol Hughes, MP, Algoma — Manitoulin — Kapuskasing

NDP

Carol is a three-term MP who has worked hard for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing since being elected in 2008.  In addition to her role as MP, Carol serves as Assistant Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole in Canada’s 42nd Parliament.

A tireless advocate for the communities she serves, Carol was a leading figure in the fight to preserve ten federal constituencies for Northern Ontario.  She has been a prominent spokesperson for passenger rail service, preserving postal service outlets, and good jobs in the region.  Carol has worked with First Nations on local and national issues and served as the New Democrat critic for First Nations Health prior to assuming the responsibilities of Assistant Deputy Speaker.

Before entering politics, Carol was a regional representative for the Canadian Labour Congress. Earlier, she worked for Probation and Parole Services in Elliot Lake and Youth Justice Services in Sudbury.

A long-time community volunteer and activist, Carol lived in Elliot Lake for nearly three decades with her husband Kieth. And as a proud mother and grandmother, Carol is committed to building a better Canada for future generations.

Job description:

  • Draft correspondence to constituents, stakeholders, ministers, etc.
  • Research related to local issues
  • Provide some data entry support
  • Other duties as required

Hours: Our ideal candidate would have about 5-10 hrs a week. We do not require much more than 5.

Other requirements: Ideally, the candidate would be a party supporter, but can accommodate non-partisan candidates. Bilingualism is an asset


 

Mme. Georgina Jolibois, MP, Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River

NDP

Georgina Jolibois is the NDP Deputy Critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, she previously served as the NDP Critic on Western Economic Diversification.

Prior to her election to parliament she served four terms as Mayor of La Loche, Saskatchewan. She has also served as chair of New North as well as nine years on the RCMP “F” Division’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

Georgina is a strong advocate for restorative justice and youth circles, and is a supporter of initiatives to reconnect youth with their language and culture.

Job description:

Intern will be expected to complete administrative work (answering phone, opening mail, filing, replying to correspondences), research assignments on demand, help with writing congratulatory letters and certificates to constituents, update MP’s social media, create contact lists using excel, and other tasks as they come in.

Hours: minimum of 5 hours per week for internship period.

Other requirements:

Strong writing skills in English. Sound political judgement, no need to be bilingual considering the linguistic nature of riding.

 


 

Mr. Alistair MacGregor, MP, Cowichan — Malahat — Langford

NDP

Alistair MacGregor is the NDP’s Deputy Critic for Heritage and is the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, he previously served as a staffer to retired MP Jean Crowder, as well as a tree-planting supervisor and a millworker.

Alistair has volunteered with local citizen group One Cowichan and is a long-time shareholder in community-supported agriculture. As a two-year board member of Cowichan Green Community Society, he helped promote environmental sustainability and increased food security.

Job Description:

  • Research relating to legislation and local issues
  • Draft and manage correspondence
  • Social media and website updates
  • Management and verification of petitions
  • Filing
  • Approximately 5-8 hours per week

Job Requirements:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Familiarity with Windows and MS Office
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Must sign non-disclosure agreement

Hours per week:

  • 5-8 as school schedule allows

Mme. Irene Mathyssen, MP, London—Fanshawe

NDP

Irene Mathyssen is the NDP’s critic for Veterans Affairs and is their Deputy Whip. She is the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.  She is also an Executive Member of the Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association, Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

First elected to the House of Commons in 2006, she previously served as the NDP’s critic for Seniors and Status of Women, as well as the deputy critic for Public Safety. She also served as the Chair of the NDP Caucus, the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, and previous member of the Standing Committees on Citizenship and Immigration, Canadian Heritage.

Prior to entering federal politics, she has also served as an Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament and is a member of the Ontario Health Coalition. She also worked as a high school teacher for over 25 years.

A committed community activist, Irene has been involved in the Pride and the London AIDS walk, the Women’s Community House, the London Coalition Against Pesticides and the Coalition of Canadian Immigrants. She supports student clubs and activities designed to educate and motivate students about multi-cultural, anti-racism and equity.

Job description:

Irene Mathyssen is the Member of Parliament for London-Fanshawe. She is the NDP critic for Veterans Affairs and the party’s deputy whip.  Her Ottawa office hosts interns from a variety of programs throughout the year.  Interns should be skilled at writing in English, be able to work independently and have a strong work ethic. Tasks include, but are not limited to correspondence, research, committee preparation, press releases, speaking notes and job shadowing the MP.

Hours: Ideally the intern will be available 15 hours per week, but the office will consider interns available for fewer hours per week.

Other requirements: It is important that the intern share New Democrat values and identify as a feminist. Bilingualism would be an asset but not necessary for the position.

 


 

Mr. Tracey Ramsey, MP, Essex

NDP

Elected in 2015, Tracey Ramsey is proud to serve as the Member of Parliament for Essex – a riding where she has lived all her life.

As the NDP critic for International Trade and vice-chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade, Tracey advocates for fair trade that benefits our region. She has been a fierce opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal that would have killed tens of thousands of good jobs in Southwestern Ontario.

Tracey is committed to being a strong voice for the people she represents and to making a real difference in Ottawa. She has worked across party lines to successfully initiate committee studies on issues that matter to her region, including steel and the future of NAFTA. Tracey also represents many farmers, and her first private member’s motion called on the government to support local fruit and vegetable producers.

Prior to her election, Tracey worked on the factory line at Ford Motor Company for 19 years. She also holds a diploma in practical nursing. Tracey’s path to politics began through her involvement with her union. As a Unifor National Discussion Leader, she delivered education programs focused on human rights, gender equality, and communications.

Job description: Coming Soon! but may include:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:

 


 

Mr. Roméo Saganash, MP, Abitibi — Baie-James — Nunavik — Eeyou

NDP

Romeo Saganash is the NDP’s Critic on Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs, and the Vice-Chair on the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

First elected to The House of Commons in 2011. He was the first Aboriginal MP elected in Quebec. Mr. Saganash has previously served as NDP critic for Energy and Natural Resources, International

Development, deputy critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs. He is a previous member of the Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs and International Development, and on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

Romeo was born in 1961 in Waswanipi. In 1985, at the age of 23, he founded the Cree National Youth Council. He became involved in the economic development of his region working with businesses such as Creeco Inc. and the Eeyou Society of James Bay.

In 1989, Romeo became the first Cree graduate to obtain a Bachelor of Law in Quebec. Between 1990 and 1993, he was Deputy Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees and then Vice-Chairman of the Cree Regional Authority.

Beginning in 1993, he was Director of Quebec Relations and International Affairs for the Grand Council of the Crees. In 1997, he chaired the James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment. In 2003, he received an award of recognition from UQAM for his role in the negotiations that led to the signing of the Paix des Braves on February 7, 2002, between the Quebec government and the Grand Council of the Crees.

Job description: Coming soon! but may include

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mr. Kennedy Stewart, MP, Burnaby-South

NDP

Kennedy Stewart is the NDP Critic for Science. First elected to the House of Commons in 2011, he previously served as the Official Opposition Critic for Science and Technology, a member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, the Standing Committee for Justice and Human Rights, and the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

Kennedy was born in Halifax, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Acadian University.  He went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, and also completed a PhD in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to entering politics, Kennedy Stewart worked as an at-risk youth worker and as a planning assistant for the City of Vancouver.  He is currently a tenured associate professor on leave at the Simon Fraser University School of Public Policy.

Kennedy has played in several rock-and-roll bands, and is a passionate supporter of local music.  He is married to Jeanette, a professor at Douglas College.

Job description: Coming soon! but may include

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mr. Erin Wier, MP, Regina—Lewvan

NDP

Erin Weir grew up in what is now Regina – Lewvan, attending Connaught School before completing degrees at the University of Regina, the University of Calgary and Queen’s University. He earned awards as the top graduate in economics at Regina and in policy studies at Queen’s. He and his debating partner won the Western Canadian Debate Championship – the only time the U of R has ever won this tournament.

Erin ran for leader of the Saskatchewan NDP in 2013, after working with the last three NDP premiers. On the Legislative Advisory Committee, he represented the party to Roy Romanow’s caucus. He wrote speeches for Lorne Calvert and researched the oil and gas chapter of Allan Blakeney’s memoirs.

In 2015, Erin was elected as the Member of Parliament for Regina-Lewvan. He serves as the NDP’s critic for Public Services and Procurement.

Job description:

We are looking for 3 students that could work in our Parliamentary office and assist the Member of Parliament and staff on daily duties and ongoing projects. The goal of the Student Internship position in MP Weir’s office is to expose students to the daily responsibilities of a MP’s office. Based on the student’s particular interests, tasks could include observing and writing questions for Committee meetings, attending meetings with the Member and staff, addressing constituent’s questions and concerns, electronic filing to our database, and/or research of specific issues/projects. MP Weir and his office aim to engage a Student Intern by encouraging them to explore their passions within a MP office.

Other requirements:

  • Excellent Oral/Written English
  • Technical skills: Microsoft Office Suite, Facebook, Instagram and research skills
  • Students with past political experience is preferred but not necessary

 

Mme. Elizabeth May, MP, Saanich—Gulf Islands

Green

Elizabeth May is the leader of the Green Party of Canada.

In the 2011 Election, Elizabeth made history by being the first Green Party candidate to be elected to the House of Commons.

Prior to entering politics, she previously served as an environmentalist, writer, activist and lawyer. She held the position of Associate General Counsel for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal Minister of the Environment from 1986 until 1988. Elizabeth became Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada in 1989, a position she held until March 2006, when she stepped down to run for leadership of the Green Party of Canada.

She has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Vice-Chair of the National Round Table on Environment and Economy and is currently a Commissioner of the Earth Charter International Council. She became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005. In November, 2010, Newsweek magazine named her “one of the world’s most influential women.”

Elizabeth is the author of seven books, holds three honourary doctorates, and has lent her name to the Elizabeth May Chair in Women’s Health and the Environment at Dalhousie University; which was created in her honour.

Job description:

The office of Elizabeth May is seeking Committee Volunteers to assist with her work on Parliament Hill. The primary focus of the volunteer position is to play a key role in ensuring the Member is kept up to date on all developments in meetings of the House of Commons standing committees.

  • Description of Duties:

    Parliamentary Committees: attend committee meetings on behalf of MP, provide regular updates to Member about committee work, assist in research and help in preparing lists of proposed witnesses, review legislation and assist in the preparation of amendments. Will work closely with the Parliamentary Research Assistant.

    Desired Qualifications:

    •   Post-secondary studies in any of the following disciplines: Political Science, Policy Studies, Environmental Studies, Communications, Public Policy, Law, or a related field
    •   Strong communications skills both written and oral
    •   Team player and takes initiative
    •   Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Hours: The commitment is approximately 5 hours a week when the House of Commons is in session.

 

 


Mr. Omar Alghabra, MP, Mississauga Centre

Liberal

Omar Alghabra is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs).

He previously served as the Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erindale from 2006 to 2008, and was once again elected in 2015. During this time, he served as the liberal critic for both Natural Resources, and Citizenship and Immigration.

He has served in a variety of positions with General Electric Canada, Enbala Power, the Ontario Energy Board, as well as most recently, as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow within the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at Ryerson University.

Omar is a mechanical engineer by trade and an MBA graduate.

Job description:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings, thank you messages, and policy correspondence.
  • Update our constituency database with constituency data
  • Research relating to legislation or local issues, and the riding of Mississauga Centre.
  • Other tasks as it arises pertaining to office management.

Hours: We are happy to accommodate the intern’s schedule and their flexibility

Other requirements: We are looking for responsible, reliable and discreet interns. The intern does not have to be a party member, and non-partisan interns are fine. A strong academic record is preferable, with degrees in politics or related.


 

Mr. Chandra Arya, MP, Nepean

Liberal

Chandra Arya is a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and on the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

Chandra was first elected in 2015. He is a business executive and a community activist. Chandra has worked as an engineer, industrial banker, entrepreneur, investment advisor, and technology company executive. Chandra was an executive with D-TA Systems Inc., an Ottawa-based manufacturer and exporter of high-end defence technology products. Prior to that role, Chandra worked with CIBC Wood Gundy. He was the publisher of the former Ottawa Star. Chandra also served on the Board of Directors of Best Theratronics, an Ottawa-based local manufacturer and exporter of medical equipment with over 175 employees.

Chandra has earned Bachelor’s of Engineering and Masters of Business Administration degrees, and was professionally certified by the Canadian Securities Institute as a Canadian Investment Manager.

Chandra currently lives in Nepean, with his wife Sangeetha, who works with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Their only child Sid is in the process of qualifying as a CPA, CA (Chartered Accountant).

Job description: Coming soon! but may include

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages  and policy correspondence
  • Update our constituency database with constituency data
  • Research relating to legislation or local issues
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours: 

Other requirements: 


Mr. Vance Badawey, MP, Niagara Centre

Liberal

Vance Badawey is a Member of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

Formerly a member of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, he previously served as the mayor of Port Colborne. During this time he served on the Niagara Regional Council and was Chair of the Health Services Task Force, and the Economic & Tourism Development Corporation. He also served as the Vice Chair of the Niagara Region Police Services Board.

He has also worked as a City Councillor in Port Colborne and is a founding member of the Wellspring Niagara Cancer Support Centre.

Vance and his extended family have lived and operated their family business in Port Colborne for over 50 years. Vance is married to Lisa, and they have two teenage daughters, Logan and Jordan.

Job description: Coming soon! but may include

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mr. Shaun Chen, MP, Scarborough-North

Liberal

Shaun Chen is currently a member on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015.  Previously a member of the Standing Committees on Citizenship and Immigration, and Scrutiny of Regulations. He previously served as both Trustee and the Chair of the Toronto District School Board.

He also served as director of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and member of the City of Toronto Children’s Services Advisory Committee Shaun has been a lifelong advocate for children and youth.

He graduated from Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute. He went on to the University of Toronto, where he received his BSc in Computer Science and Equity Studies and MA in Sociology in Education.

Job description:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Research relating to legislation or local issues
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Hours: We will accommodate the work days and hours.  We generally work 7.5 hours per day.

Other requirements: All we require is that the person is willing to work hard.


 

Mr. Sukh Dhaliwal, MP,  Surrey-Newton

Liberal

A professional Engineer, British Columbia Land Surveyor and former Liberal Member of Parliament for Newton-North Delta from 2006 to 2011, Sukh Dhaliwal is pleased to once again serve as a strong voice for the constituents of Surrey-Newton.

After earning his Bachelor of Science (Surveying Engineering) from the University of Calgary, Mr. Dahliwal started his own business Dhaliwal & Associates Land Surveying Inc. As a former member of the Surrey Board of Trade, he was an active spokesman for small businesses.

Mr. Dahliwal has lived in Surrey-Newton for the past 25 years, where he continues to raise his son Arjan with his wife Roni. Mr. Dahliwal’s two daughters, Keerat and Joat, are both completing medical residencies on their path to becoming physicians.”

Job description:

The Volunteer will mainly provide administrative assistance, such as:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP Dhaliwal at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours: 5-15

Other requirements: We are ok if the potential volunteer is non-partisan.


 

Mr. Terry Duguid, MP, Winnipeg South

Liberal

Terry Duguid is the Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, and the Association Vice-Chair of the Canada-China Legislative Association.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015.  In 1997 he founded Sustainable Developments International, a firm specializing in environmental management, sustainable development, transportation and international affairs consulting. In 2000, he was named Chairman of the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission, and in 2004 he became president and CEO of the International Centre for Infectious Diseases, a research facility he helped to create. In 2001 he served as Executive Director of the Manitoba Climate Change Task Force, Chair of the Nature Task Force in 2003, and as a Member of the Manitoba Emissions Trading Task Force in 2004.

With a diverse background including civic government, business, and environmental leadership, Terry Duguid is well-prepared, and honoured, to serve his constituents in Winnipeg South. He earned first-class honours in obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and his Master of Environmental Design degree (Environmental Science) focused on tackling the crucial issues of water quality, ozone depletion and acid rain.

Job description: Coming soon! but may include

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mme. Julie Dzerowicz, MP, Davenport

Liberal

Julie Dzerowicz is a member of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, she has over 20-years of grassroots experience in environment, education, health care and local issues.

Julie previously worked as a director at a large financial institution, a chief of staff to an Ontario cabinet minister, served as VP Policy for the Ontario Liberal Party, and was the former co-chair of the Ontario Platform Committee.

She has also co-founded Project Neutral, an environmental charity, mobilized her community around local development issues and formerly served on the JUMP Math Board.

Job description: Coming soon! but may include

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mr. Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, MP, Beaches-East York

Liberal

 

He sits on the Public Safety & National Security Committee and the Access to Information, Privacy, & Ethics Committee.

He is also the President of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. In this role, he will represent Canada at parliamentary conferences around the world.

Previously, Nate was a lawyer at a commercial litigation firm downtown Toronto.

He obtained his B.A. (Politics) and J.D. (Law) from Queen’s University, where he pitched for the varsity baseball team. After working at a large Bay Street law firm, Nate obtained his B.C.L. (Master of Laws), with distinction, from the University of Oxford where he studied political philosophy and constitutional law, and pitched for both the University and City baseball teams.

Job description: Coming soon but may include

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mr. Greg Fergus, MP, Hull-Aylmer

Liberal

Greg Fergus is a member of the Standing Committee on Finance.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, he previously served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, a policy advisor and senior policy advisor in a number of ministerial offices. He has also worked at all levels of the Liberal Party of Canada, including as National Director.

Prior to entering federal politics, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Aylmer Arms Residence and a member of the parish council for a parish within his riding. He has also been vice president of a neighbourhood association, amongst other contributions, as well as being involved with elementary and secondary school committees and sports teams and with organizations defending regional interests.

Greg holds two Bachelor’s Degrees – one in Social Science and one in International Relations. He has also undertaken studies at the master’s level in international relations. Over the past 25 years, he has worked in both the private and public sectors, with not for profit organizations and in the academic sector.

Job description: Coming soon! but may include

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mr. Andy Fillmore, MP, Halifax

Liberal

Andy Fillmore is the Member of Parliament for Halifax. He also serves as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions.

While serving in Parliament, Andy has been devoted to making Canada’s communities healthy and sustainable spaces in which to live, work, and play; supporting innovation; improving relations with Indigenous peoples, and protecting the environment.

In January 2016, Andy was elected Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs. In May 2016, he introduced his first private member’s motion to the House of Commons, calling for greenhouse gas analyses of government infrastructure. In September 2016, the motion passed with strong multi-party support. Prior to his election in 2015, Andy spent twenty years as urban planner and community builder in the private, public, and academic sectors. He is a founding member and former Vice President of the Canadian Council for Urbanism.

As Halifax’s first Manager of Urban Design, Andy’s career has included initiatives like the new Halifax Central Library and “HRM by Design,” the downtown Halifax plan. His leadership on HRM by Design has seen development activity in downtown Halifax increase by over forty times.

Andy also served as Director and Associate Professor at the Dalhousie University’s School of Planning. Most recently, Andy was VP of Planning & Development at the Waterfront Development Corporation where he oversaw the ongoing development of Halifax’s mixed­-use waterfront, with a focus on increasing economic opportunity, enhancing tourism, and creating new public spaces in the city. He attended Acadia University and holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and Dalhousie University.

Job description:

  • Assist with communications projects (including correspondence, printed and digital graphics, mail outs, social media content, video production, etc.)
  • Assist with special constituency outreach projects (stakeholder engagement, town halls, etc)
  • Assist with briefing the MP on special issues relating to Halifax and the files he is interested in
  • Assist with staffing the MP at events or meetings with stakeholders
  • Assist with day-to-day operations (e.g. delivering and retrieving documents, answering incoming calls, etc)
    Time expectation: no more than 1 day (or half-day) per week, based on intern’s availability (flexible).

Hours: No more than 1 day (or half-day) per week, based on intern’s availability (flexible).

Other requirements: Nonpartisan is acceptable. Bilingualism is an asset, but not required. Experience with political communications is an asset.


 

Mr. Darren Fisher, MP, Dartmouth-Cole Harbour

Liberal

Darren Fisher defines what it means to be community-oriented, coming from a long line of entrepreneurs and civic participation. The Fisher family has called Dartmouth-Cole Harbour home for generations; operating businesses, volunteering and being actively involved in their community.

Prior to being elected to Halifax Regional Council in 2009, Darren was also an avid fundraiser; working with charities, schools and local sports teams to help them achieve their goals.

Darren was sworn in as Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour in 2015. He is a member of the standing committee on National Defence along with Environment and Sustainable Development. Although Darren is kept busy with his Private Members Bill- #Bright Idea Bill C-238 and committee work, he tries to spend the majority of his time in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

Job description:

We are looking for a trustworthy and efficient individual who wants to dive head first into a Parliamentary Intern position with our office.

The position will be administrative work like data entry, mixed with exciting policy and Standing Committee work. We are specifically hoping for a more analytical writer who can also help us produce reports from our town halls.

We take care of a lot in our Parliamentary Office, and need a self-starter who does not require supervision. You’ll occasionally have to staff the Member at Committee. But mostly, the job will be helping with correspondence, producing content for social media, writing reports and obtaining research for the constituency office. We need to be able to hand an assignment over to our intern and have them run with it on their own. We need someone who can problem solve and troubleshoot and make things happen!

Hours: Generally we are looking for 20 hours a week.


 

Mr. Peter Fonseca, MP, Mississauga East—Cooksville

Liberal

Peter Fonseca is a Member of the Standing Committee on International Trade.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, he previously served as a in the Ontario Legislature as a Member of Provincial Parliament between 2003 and 2011.

Under the Ontario Liberals, Peter served as Cabinet Minister, taking on the Labour and Tourism & Recreation portfolios.

He is an Olympian who proudly represented his country as Canada’s top marathon runner.

Peter sat on the boards of the Carassauga Festival et de la Luso Canadian Charitable Society. He is also a contributor to the Portuguese Charities Foundation, Mississauga Food Bank, Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre, and the Mississauga Ukrainian Church.

He has lived, worked and raised his family in the riding for 15 years with his wife, Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca, and their two children.

Job description:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP Dhaliwal at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mr. Mona Fortier, MP, Ottawa-Vanier

Liberal

Elected to the House of Commons in April 2017, Mona Fortier is the first female Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier. She currently serves as a member on the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. Mona’s extensive expertise encompasses the areas of health care, education, job creation and francophone affairs.

Mona graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology). She has served on several non-profit Board of Directors including the Montfort Hospital, the Provincial Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs (Ontario), and the Shaw Centre. In addition, Mona has received numerous awards for her community involvement, including the Queen Elizabeth II- Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

For more than twenty years, Mona has worked in both the public and private sector. Prior to being elected, she worked as the Chief Director of Communications and Market Development at Collège La Cité and managed her own strategic communications consulting firm.

Job description: 

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP Dhaliwal at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media
  • General Constituency work

Hours: 5-15 Hours a week

Other requirements: Our intern will be doing some work at the constituency office


 

Mr. Sean Fraser, MP, Central Nova

Liberal

Sean Fraser is a member of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, a member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women and an Executive Member of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, he previously served as a lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP as well as a Research Fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. He served as the Vice-President of a local branch of the United Nations Association in Canada and assists self-represented individuals in civil court proceedings on a pro bono basis. A strong advocate for transparency in government, he has spent time working to promote access to information laws with a human rights organization in South Africa.

He holds a Law degree from Dalhousie University, a Master’s degree in Public International Law from the Netherlands’ Leiden University, and a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier University.

Job description:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours: 5-10 flexible hours a week

Other requirements: Bilingualism is an asset but not required


 

Mme. Gudie Hutchings, MP, Long Range Mountains

Liberal

Gudie Hutchings is the Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism, and the executive of the Canada-Ireland Interparliamentary Group.

She was first elected to the House of Commons in 2015.

A well-known advocate in the outfitting industry for nearly 20 years, and tourism more broadly for over 30 years, Gudie spent a decade as a board member for the Newfoundland and Labrador Outfitters Association, where she served as both president and vice-president. She is Chair and Managing Director of the Battle Harbour Historic Trust – an organization committed to conserving, protecting, and promoting the living heritage, integrity, and natural environment of Battle Harbour. Gudie is a former president of the Corner Brook Chamber of Commerce and was a founding board member of the Canadian Federation of Outfitting Associations, which advocates on behalf of the Canadian outfitter industry. In all pursuits she has maintained a focus on developing and retaining local employees and utilizing sustainable environmental practices.

Gudie is also Co-Chair of Forget-Me-Not, a community group dedicated to raising money to honour past and present soldiers at Remembrance Square in Corner Brook.

Job description: Coming Soon! but may include:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mr. Majid Jowhari, MP, Richmond Hill

Liberal

Majid Jowhari is a member on the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. He is also the Chair on the Liberal Mental Health Caucus.

Before being elected to parliament in 2015, Majid founded his own boutique consulting firm, Iridium Management Consulting Group Incorporated, where he served as its owner and CEO.

He has served as a member in the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the Iranian Canadian Network, the Iranian Canadian Congress, Parya Trillium, and Mohandes.

Majid obtained a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Ryerson University, and an (MBA) from York University’s Schulich School of Business.  Through the course of his education and career, Majid earned professional designations as a P.Eng., a CMA and a CMC.

Job description: Coming soon! but may include

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


 

Mr. Kevin Lamoureux, MP, Winnipeg North

Liberal

Kevin Lamoureux is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.

He has previously served as Deputy House Leader of the Liberal Party, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. Kevin is a former Vice-Chair of procedure and House Affairs, Citizenship and Immigration, as well as a previous member of the Standing Committee of Veterans Affairs.

Prior to being elected to Parliament in a by-election in 2010, Kevin has won more election victories in Manitoba than any other liberal. Beginning in 1988 when he was elected for the first time to serve as Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. During his time as MLA, Kevin held more critic roles than any other MLA in recent history.  He has championed important issues such as justice, immigration, labour, finance, education and housing.

Job description may include but not limited to:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours: Flexible

Other requirements: This office will require an interview


 

Mr.  Ron McKinnon, MP, Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam

Liberal

Ron McKinnon is a Member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, and an Executive on the Canada-China Legislative Association.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, he previously served as Director and Vice President of the Evergreen Cultural Centre Society – a community arts and cultural activities promoter responsible for operating the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

As a successful business owner and computer systems analyst, Ron provided Document Management systems consulting and development services to major firms in Canada, the US, and overseas. In the 1970s, he also worked as a meteorological technician for Environment Canada’s Atmospheric Environment Service.

Ron has a Bachelor of Science from University of Alberta, and a diploma in Computer Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Job description:

  • Maintain a friendly and healthy work environment
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Upload and use proper procedures on correspondence responses
  • Work with Special Assistant on special projects
  • Assist in strategy for social media.

Hours: Minimum 5 hours per week (or one day per week)

Other requirements: Liberal affiliate


 

Mme. Joyce Murray, MP, Vancouver—Quadra

Liberal

Joyce Murray is the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board. Ms. Murray was first elected to Parliament in 2008.

Before entering federal politics Ms. Murray was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, serving as a cabinet minister in the BC Liberal government from 2001 to 2005.‎ Her political career followed 25 years spent building an international reforestation company she co-founded that has planted over one billion trees.  Her interest in environmental sustainability was expressed in her thesis on climate change policy, which contributed to the SFU Deans Medal she was awarded for top MBA graduate of 1992.

Job description:

Manage the “a3” email account; data entry; answer phone/mail; draft correspondence and social media posts; research; Accompany Mme. Murray at events; outreach; and miscellaneous tasks that keep our office functioning.

Hours:

We will take all the hours the student is willing to give us. We are flexible on that as long as the student lets us know so we can plan around each other’s schedules.

Other requirements:

Bilingual (or any other language) is a plus, but not essential, a party member is preferable but we are happy to meet with self identified non-partisans. We can always use a good writer though.


 

Mr. Robert-Falcon Ouellette, MP, Winnipeg Centre

Liberal

Coming from Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan and raised in Calgary, Robert-Falcon Ouellette moved to Winnipeg in 2010 and quickly earned a reputation as a diligent community advocate working to bridge racial and economic divides.

Robert-Falcon spent 19 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, retiring from full-time service as Petty Officer 2nd class with the appointment of Sergeant at Arms in 5th Field Ambulance in Valcartier, Quebec. He also has worked as a professional musician with La Fanfarniente della Strada Gypsy Band in Quebec City. Robert-Falcon holds a PhD from Université Laval where he published his thesis.

Robert-Falcon Ouellette, is a Canadian politician, who was previously a candidate for Mayor of Winnipeg in the 2014 municipal election.

Job description:

The job in our office would include following our member and assisting him in meetings and debates, discussing policy, social relations and social media, preparing documents that need to be submitted and other various tasks our member might be engaging in. If the candidates have a function or task in particular they would like to do we would be more than happy to arrange that.

Hours:

Our office is very flexible in regards to the students hours. We understand the great commitment these candidates put into their education and we would like to support that. So no real requirement schedule-wise, but if they could come in for an average of 10 hours a week that would be great.

Other requirements:

Ideally the candidate would be bilingual but it’s not a requirement. Also, our candidates don’t necessarily need to be party members and we would be more than open to individuals who identify as non-partisan.


 

Mr. Kyle Peterson, MP, Newmarket—Aurora

Liberal

Kyle Peterson is a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on International Trade and the Standing Committee on International Trade.

Kyle is a partner at the Toronto law firm Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP where he specializes in commercial litigation and advocacy. He also has experience as an executive and an entrepreneur.

Kyle has been a longtime supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada, serving as the riding association President, and being elected in 2011.

Job description: Coming soon but may include

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours:

Other requirements:


Mr. Dan Ruimy, MP, Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge

Liberal

Dan Ruimy is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, and is the Chair of its Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.   Dan is also a member of the standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and the Liaison Committee.

He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2015.  Prior to his election Dan worked in the restaurant industry for over twenty years for various national chains, holding leadership roles including multi-unit manager, Director of Training, Senior Director of Operations with both regional and national responsibilities.

Since 2011, Dan has owned and operated Bean Around Books & Tea, a thriving book and tea shop in downtown Maple Ridge where local residents come together over books, tea, and discussion.

Dan is also a former reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces, and dedicates much of his time to serving his community by volunteering with local groups like Iron Horse Youth Services.

Job description: 

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours: 15 hours per week


 

Mr. Marwan Tabbara, MP, Kitchener South—Hespeler

Liberal
Mr. Tabbara is a first-time Liberal MP. He serves on both the Citizenship and Immigration Committee and the  Sub-Committee on International Human Rights. He is Chair of the Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Group, Treasurer of the Canada-Lebanon Parliamentary Friendship Group and a Director of the Canada-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group.  He is a co-founder of the Liberal Construction Caucus.

His private members’ motion M-73 for annual recognition of October as German Heritage Month and of Oktoberfest was passed unanimously by the House in December, 2015.

Job description:

  • Conduct research and assignments as requested by the Member of Parliament and/or the Executive Assistant or Parliamentary Assistant
  • Provide assistance and support with committee background research and manage correspondence as assigned (email, mail & telephone)
  • Manage, track and draft responses to correspondence relevant to the work of the Parliament Hill office
  • Assist with data entry and management of the constituency database
  • Reception duties, including answering the telephone and relaying messages to the Member of Parliament
  • Prepare memos and briefing notes for constituent and stakeholder meetings
  • Stay up to date on local and governmental issues and events
  • Provide support with administrative and day-to-day activities of the Hill office
  • Assist with other duties as required

Hours:

7.5 hours a week, starting on September 25th, Monday

Other requirements:

  • Passionate, ambitious, committed and works well with others
  • Works efficiently under pressure and in a fast paced environment
  • Highly organized with strong administrative skills and the ability to multi task
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in both official languages will be considered an asset

 

Mr. Geng Tan, MP, Don—Valley—North

Liberal
Geng Tan is a long-serving leader, organizer, and volunteer for a myriad of community organizations that support and service new Canadians. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to Canada and is also the recipient of an Ontario Volunteer Service Award. Geng was formerly a senior nuclear chemist and previously worked at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG).

Geng Tan is the first Mandarin-speaking Member of Parliament elected to the House of Commons. He is also a member of the Standing Committee of Natural Resources, Co-Chair of the Canada-China Legislative Association

Job description:

The intern would support Mr. Tan in his committee work (Standing Committee on Natural Resources) and with his work as Co-Chair of the Canada China Legislative Association: http://www.parl.ca/iia/Association.aspx?DCId=4&DTId=6&Language=E&ORGId=1379&P=executives

The intern would also work on communications materials (eg. householders, 10%ters, etc.) for the MP.

Hours:

The hours can be flexible.  We are willing to work around the interns schedule.

Other requirements:

Ideally the intern would be a member of the LPC or of its youth wing.

If the candidate happens to speak a second language (eg. French or Mandarin) that would be an asset, but fluency in a second language is not a requirement providing the candidate speaks English.


 

Mme. Ruby Sahota, MP, Brampton North

Liberal

Born in Toronto and raised in Brampton, Ruby Sahota is an active member of her local community, and is driven by the desire to give back to her riding of Brampton North.

Before entering politics, Ruby worked as a lawyer, practicing for five years in the areas of criminal law, civil litigation, and dispute resolution.

Ruby holds a combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Peace Studies from McMaster University and a J.D. with a concentration in Litigation from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she was awarded the Blue Book Award in Immigration Law for achieving the highest GPA in her graduating class.

Ruby is a member of the Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, which studies and reports on the rules and practices of the House and its committees. Ruby was previously a member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women and the Special Committee for Electoral Reform.

Job description:

  • Research on organizations and individuals
  • Research and drafting correspondence to reply to constituent inquiries
  • Drafting press releases
  • Certificates for organizations and individuals
  • Data entry
  • Assist in planning of events

Other requirements:

  • We do not require bilingualism, however that would be an asset

 

Mr. Raj Saini, MP, Kitchener Centre

Liberal

Raj Saini serves as a member on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics.  He is also an Executive Member of the Canada-Germany Interparliamentary Group.

He was first elected to Parliament in 2015. Prior to entering into politics, he owned and operated the award-winning Greenbrook Pharmacy for nearly 20 years.

Raj earned his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy from Boston’s Northeastern University.

He is a proud Rotarian of many years and a board member of the Canadian International Council, Waterloo Region branch.

Job Descriptions

Administration:

  • Assisting with data entry

Communications and Outreach:

  • Assisting with compiling stakeholder lists.
  • Answering telephone lines and check voicemail messages.
  • Working in collaboration with the Parliamentary Assistant to draft correspondence responses, with an initial focus on letter and postcard responses.
  • Participating in drafting and editing of material for various speaking engagements in collaboration with the Parliamentary Assistant, Legislative Assistant, and Constituency staff, as needed.
  • Assisting with responding to queries from members of the public by phone or email, taking appropriate action to resolve, documents and escalates the concerns or enquiries.

Please note that other duties may be required from time-to-time, including but not limited to:

  • Assisting the Legislative Assistant with committee-related preparations and research relating to legislation or local issues.
  • Assistance with communications and outreach with respect to MP. Saini’s Private Member’s Motion.
  • Assisting the Parliamentary Assistant and Community Office with communications and stakeholder relations, including the creation of communications products.
  • Putting requests for research into the Library of Parliament
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill.

Requirements:

  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to prepare memos, briefs, letters, mails, and speeches with sound organization, grammar, and spelling.
  • Sound knowledge of word processing software.
  • Basic knowledge of commonly used social media platforms.
  • Effective communication skills, teamwork, and compassion.

Please note that while bilingualism is not a requirement, it is an asset.

Hours: 7-10 hours a week


 

Mr. Deborah Schulte, MP, King-Vaughan

Liberal

Deb Schulte serves as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development.

Deb previously served as a York Regional Councillor, and saved taxpayers millions of dollars, through fiscal discipline and accountability at Vaughan City Hall.

As a recognized environmental champion, she has saved hundreds of hectares of greenspace through advocacy and sustainable development. Deb served on Greenbelt Task Force, the Humber Watershed Alliance and the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation board of directors. A dedicated community leader, Deb was a soccer coach and convener of the Kleinburg—Nobleton Soccer League, a school council chair and ratepayer association president.

Deb earned a mechanical and aerospace engineering degree from Princeton University and spent twenty-two years in business and management at Bombardier Aerospace. She lives in Vaughan with her husband Dave, their two sons, Daniel and Derek, and their Labrador retriever, Lucy.

Job description:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours: Flexible

Other requirements: Would prefer a non-partisan student


 

The Hon Judy Sgro, MP, Kitchener Centre

Liberal

Since 1999, Judy Sgro has, as the Liberal MP for Humber River – Black Creek (formerly York West), advanced an agenda that is progressive and respectful of human rights, equality, and religious freedom.

Prior to federal politics, Judy represented her community on the North York City Council (1987 to 1994) and Toronto City Council (1995 to 1998) where she focused on poverty and crime reduction. It was this attachment to people that led Judy to Ottawa.

In Parliament, Judy developed national solutions to local problems. As Chair of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Urban Issues, she shaped policy on social housing, the creation of the gas tax rebate, and the promotion of human rights and religious freedoms. As Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Judy championed family re-unification and promoted systemic fairness.

Judy now chairs the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities, the House Liaison Committee, and the Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group,

Job description:

  • Strong writing skills – speech, report and correspondence preparation.
  • Familiarity with Social Media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, & Hoot Suite).
  • Communications including; Media affairs, Web Page, Householders etc.
  • Policy writing, communication and research.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Special interest in: Transportation / Infrastructure issues.

Hours: Flexible

Other requirements:


 

Mr. Sonia Sidhu, MP, Brampton South

Liberal

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, she is a previous member of the Special Committee on Pay Equity. Prior to her election Sonia served as a healthcare professional, as she is a registered cardiology technologist, diabetes educator and clinical research coordinator.

She has volunteered and supported numerous organizations including Nahani Way Public School, Trillium Health Centre, the environmental initiatives of Guru Nanak Mission Canada, and the charity community garden project Karma Grow.

Sonia has a Bachelor of Arts while living in India and speaks English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising and yoga.

Job description:

  • Verify, sort and manage mail and emails
  • Answer telephone lines and check voicemail messages
  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to constituents and stakeholders, such as congratulatory greetings and thank you messages
  • May be required to accompany MP at various engagements/receptions on Parliament Hill
  • Perform updates and entries on social media

Hours: 10 hours for interns