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How'd You Get That Job?Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Tales of a Deputy Returning Officer

Guest blogger Emily McCay was always intimidated by elections, so she decided to help run one.Read more
How'd You Get That Job?Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Senate Communications Officer

Ceri Au is the voice behind the Senate's twitter account. Find out why she left a job as a journalist in New York City for the hallowed halls of Parliament.Read more
How'd You Get That Job?Wednesday, May 07, 2014

HuffPo's Ottawa Bureau Chief

Althia Raj is The Huffington Post Canada's Ottawa Bureau Chief. She was kind enough to tell us about her job while the Samara team was in Ottawa for our book launch.Read more
How'd You Get That Job?Thursday, May 01, 2014

MP's parliamentary assistant

Today we talk to Isabelle Bourassa, parliamentary assistant to MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach, about what she does and how she got there. Interesting fact: you don't always have to be a member of a political party to work in politics.Read more
How'd You Get That Job?Wednesday, April 16, 2014

President of the NDP

Rebecca Blaikie has worked for many years on a side of politics that doesn't always make the news. She currently serves as the member-elected President of the NDP and previously served as the party's Treasurer and the Executive Director of their Quebec wing. Find out how she got those behind-the-scenes political jobs and the steps she thinks it takes to get there.Read more
How'd You Get That Job?Tuesday, March 18, 2014

MP Michelle Rempel

We sit down with The Honourable Michelle Rempel to talk about her first foray into politics and her number one tip for those interested in getting elected to the House of Commons. Read more
How'd You Get That Job?Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Advisor to MP Ken Dryden

Carlene was an advisor to MPs, a senator and now works in the private sector. Her advice for getting started in politics? Show up. Read more
How'd You Get That Job?Monday, August 19, 2013

MPP's Constituency Assistant

Working as a Constituency Assistant is a great introduction to the world of politics, especially if you like helping people one-on-one and getting to really know your riding. Today, an NDP Constituency Assistant tells us how she landed the job.Read more
How'd You Get That Job?Wednesday, August 07, 2013

AFN National Chief Advisor

Samara talks to Jeff Copenace, former advisor to the Right Honourable Paul Martin and current advisor to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-Chut Atleo, about how he got his current position and his experiences along the way. Read more
How'd You Get That Job?Thursday, July 25, 2013

Senior Communications Advisor

Yaroslav Baran ran the Conservative Party’s communications war room during the 2004, 2006 and 2008 federal election campaigns. He also spent several years managing Stephen Harper's communications department and leadership campaign. How did he end up there? A lot of hard work and a love of Parliamentary procedure. Read more here.Read more
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