Day in the life of CUPP’2010 intern
03 November 2010
Today is Wednesday 3/11/10/. And this day promises to be extremely interesting.
I’m not going to tell you how I got up and did all the usual morning things because I have lot of other much more interesting things to tell about.
That day I had to be at Parliament much more early then usual because Wednesday is ‘Caucus Day’ on Parliamentary Hill. This day all Parliamentary Parties have general meetings held by their members. And that morning I was going to visit NDP’s Caucus meeting and to see my MP Claude Gravelle there.
So, I got there in time and Mr. Gravelle had been already there. NDP’s Caucus meetings take place at another building which is in 10 minutes walk from West Block where our office is situated. These ten minutes are also a great chance to talk to MP considering the fact that it was the last day I could see him. The next day I was going to Edmonton to participate in Ukrainian Canadian Congress. And next week (which will be the last week of my internship in Ottawa) Mr. Gravelle will spend in his constituency.
It is really important for me to visit all those Caucus Meetings because currently I’m working on my PhD thesis on the topic of “Comparative analysis of functioning of Parliamentary Fractions (Caucuses)”. NDP Caucus Chair had allowed me to stay for first 30 minutes of the meeting and after that they sat in camera. It was interesting and I’ve matched some peculiarities which I found useful for my research.
After that I’ve came back to office and did some office work till 12.30. At that time I’ve met other CUPP interns in West Block’s dining room. There were almost all of our students, because at 1 p.m. we scheduled a meeting with CUPP Director Mr. Ihor Bardyn. That event was important for us. We’ve got to know about some nearest future plans and actions. Also Mr. Bardyn asked us to describe in one short sentence our two month stay in Canada. It was brain storming task because all of us have so much emotions and impressions which couldn’t be described in one sentence. But all interns did it. My sentence was “It is great opportunity to feel what democracy is”. After the meeting we’ve took a group picture in front of Centre Block (on parliamentary grass). All interns came back to their offices just for few hours because that evening we have had two more events.
At 6.30 pm CUPP interns had a pleasure to meet (and have desert in Parliamentary Restaurant) with Mark Warawa, James Bezan, Peter Goldring and few other MPs. But the main figure was Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Honorable Jason T. Kenney. He’s made very emotional and interesting speech about Ukrainian Canadians, their history and their role in “building” of Canada. After that he had presented to each intern greeting letters personally signed by Canada’s Prime-Minister Stephen Harper. It was really a big surprise for all of us.
Immediately after that event we were supposed to move from Parliament to Ukrainian Embassy building. Few cars and bus was waiting for us to deliver to sport stadium. And at that same place CUPP team headed by Ukrainian Ambasador Ihor Ostash had fought (soccer match) team of House of Commons. But the number of our rivals was too small so they couldn’t form appropriate team. So we’ve borrowed them few our players. From now I can say that it was a strategic mistake which had brought defeat to our team. Nevertheless we know that we are much more stronger and main aim of that match was only fun.
After all these adventures I’ve came back home very late. I haven’t had much time for preparing my luggage for the next day trip to Edmonton. I’ve taken only the most useful things and went to bed because it was very important to feel fresh the next day morning.
The future trip should be really significant.