Aspiring politicians now have an opportunity to learn first-hand what it is like to serve in public office in a unique program now offered at Ryerson University.
Initially developed by the University of British Columbia’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, this one-of-a-kind political “boot camp” is coming to Ontario, thanks to a new collaboration between Ryerson University and UBC.
“With heightened concerns about the political climate in Canada and beyond, we are witnessing strong efforts to mobilize for change through longstanding as well as new and diverse forms of democratic engagement,” said Pamela Sugiman, Dean of the Faculty of Arts. “We are fortunate to be working in collaboration with UBC to offer this unique program to our students and those who aspire to a career in the political realm.”
Offered over three weekends from May to June, in Toronto and Ottawa, the Institute will provide Ryerson students as well as members of the community both mentorship and practical training for future politicians.
Former elected officials, scholars, and veteran political journalists will share their expertise and experience with participants – from connecting with constituents and learning the process of passing a law, to role-playing in a simulated parliamentary session and fielding questions from the media.
Past instructors of the Institute have featured speakers including Preston Manning, former leader of the Official Opposition; former federal deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan; former BC Minister of Finance, Carole Taylor; and former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Steve Peters.