Research Corner

As part of the academic component of the Programme, interns complete an original research paper on an aspect of Parliament or Canadian politics.

Interns select a topic and conduct their research under the supervision of the Programme Director drawing on their unique access to people on Parliament Hill and the resources available through the Programme.

Each year, interns present “close-to-finished” draft versions of these research papers in June at a special public seminar. The Jean-Pierre Gaboury Symposium, named after the Programme’s longest-serving Director, is organized in cooperation with the Institute on Governance.

All ten of the interns’ final papers are eligible for the Alfred Hales Prize. The Prize is awarded each year by the Institute on Governance for the best paper written by a Parliamentary intern. The prize-winning paper is selected by representatives of the Canadian Political Science Association, the House of Commons and the Institute on Governance.

Prize Winners

Étienne Grand-Maison Awarded the 2015-16 Alfred Hales Prize

Congratulations to Étienne Grand-Maison! Étienne was awarded the 2015-16 Alfred Hales Prize by David Cargnello and Michael O’Neill of the Institute on Governance. Étienne received the award at a luncheon in June 2017 hosted by the Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Mr. Gary Simonsen, CEO of the Canadian Real Estate Association. His paper, and those of past winners, may be downloaded here:

Prize-winning papers are also available in the “Publications” folder on the Institute on Governance Web site.