Front Row Seat for Our Nation’s History, Steve Desroches, Former City Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Ottawa
My affection for our Nation’s Capital started in 1988 when I moved to the City of Ottawa to study political science at the University of Ottawa. There is no better place to study public administration and politics in Canada than in a classroom located in the shadow of Parliament Hill. In that first year of university I also had the privilege to serve as a page in the House of Commons. If you watch the proceedings of the House of Commons, you may have noticed the young university students seated on the bench in front of the Speaker’s chair. Pages deliver messages and serve Members of Parliament in the legislature by leading tasks such as filling water classes and distributing documents. Candidates are often young and proven leaders in their schools and community and represent all regions of Canada. Pages have the rare advantage of having a front row seat on the business of Parliament and the history of our nation. During my time as page I witnessed the passage of free trade agreements and the federal budget. Serving as a page was both an honour and a tremendous learning opportunity for me. And of course, the modest salary helped off set my education costs. If your child is a young leader and is planning to attend University in the Nation’s Capital, he or she may wish to apply for this exciting opportunity and the chance of a lifetime.
Information on the House of Commons page program can be found at:
Your son or daughter can also apply for the page programs of the Senate of Canada or Queens Park in Toronto.
These legislative page programs are unique educational opportunities for young and hard working Canadian leaders. I know first hand that my time as a page in the House of Commons created lasting memories and friendships.
Steve Desroches is a former City Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Ottawa