The purpose of this project was to inform newly elected Members of Parliament about ongoing policy debates at a two-day policy symposium in Ottawa before the first sitting of parliament. The symposium brought together new MPs in a non-partisan environment with policy experts facilitating open discussion about pertinent topics of policy debate. The Queen’s University School of Policy Studies identified a need for this policy “crash-course,” as new MPs are expected to develop a comprehensive understanding of complex files in a short period of time.
Symposium for New Members of Parliament –
The policy symposium for new Members of Parliament occurred in October 2001. It introduced timely and relevant topics through open discussion sessions with a variety of policy experts. The event was well-received by participants and included 22 of the incoming 46 MPs.