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.
Claire Sieffert Awarded the 2018 Alfred Hales Prize
Congratulations to Claire Sieffert! Claire was awarded the 2018 Alfred Hales Prize by Karl Salgo of the Institute on Governance. Claire received the award at a luncheon in June 2018 hosted by the Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons. Her paper, and those of past winners, may be downloaded here:
- 2018: Claire Sieffert, Two-Way Networks: Evaluating the Linkages Between Canadian Senators and Civil Society
- 2017: Étienne Grand-Maison, Les cheminements de carrières politiques et à l'importance de la politique municipale dans la formation des politiciens fédéraux
- 2016: Natalie Brunet, The Emergence of Partisan Think Tanks: A Case Study of the Manning Centre and Broadbent Institute
- 2015: Christine Guyot, Gendered Partisanship: An Exploratory Study of Party Loyalty and its Impacts in Parliament
- 2014: Vincent Hardy, From the Knowledge Economy to the Knowledge Government: Members of Parliament and Policy Networks in Canada
- 2013: François Plante, La limitation des débats à la Chambre des communes: Une perspective historique de son utilisation
- 2012: Fraser Harland, Codifying Constitutional Convention: The Case for a Canadian Cabinet Manual
- 2011: Vanessa Cotric, Constituency Town Halls in Canada and the Role of the MP as Representative
- 2010: Alexander Sculthorpe, Canada’s Coalition Conundrum: An Analysis of Debate on Democratic Legitimacy
- 2009: Ceri Au, Mirth and the Canadian Media: Using Humour for the Personalization of Stephen Harper and Stéphane Dion
- 2008: Lindsay Aagaard, Fiduciary Duty and Members of Parliament
- 2007: Paul Thomas, A Working Minority? What the Minority Government of the 38th Parliament Can Teach About Proposals for Electoral Reform
- 2006: Jeffrey Bell, Agents of Parliament: A New Branch of Government
- 2005: Cloë Rowbotham, Is Parliamentary Reform Democratic Reform?
- 2004: Jane Swann, Majority Politics and Minority Rights: Exploring the Parliament-Judiciary Tension
- 2003: Alex Mazer, Debating Canada's Anti-Terrism Legislation: What Have We Learned?
- 2002: Jacquie Steele, An Effective Player in the Parliamentary Process: A Case Study of the Liberal Women's Caucus, 1993-2001
- 2001: Yves Yvon Pelletier, L' "attribution de temps" à la Chambre des communes: un bâillonnement à la démocratie ou une gestion efficace du temps?
- 2000: David Gamache Hutchinson, Executive Backbenchers: Parliamentary Secretaries in the 1st Session of the 36th Parliament