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 Institute for Future Legislators at Ryerson

Recent elections in Canada and around the world have highlighted the importance of vibrant and inclusive political institutions, and the challenges and loss of trust that arise when politicians show contempt for our democracy.

If you are concerned about any of the most pressing issues facing our communities, or are interested in running for public office, then the Institute for Future Legislators at Ryerson is the program for you.

Run by Ryerson University’s Faculty of Arts in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia, the Institute will empower students to effect political change through Canada’s legislative institutions.

Held over three weekends in May and June, former politicians, journalists and advocates will provide hands-on training and mentorship to participants on topics including legislative life, effective political communication styles and handling Question Period. During the final weekend of the Institute, participants can put their training into practice with a lively simulation of a parliamentary session in the Senate of Canada, the upper house of the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa.

The Institute has a diverse line-up of notable practitioners with decades of experience in politics from all sides as well as in-depth knowledge of the media landscape. These instructors include Jean Augustine, the first African Canadian woman elected to Parliament; Bob Rae, lawyer, public speaker and former politician; Kathleen Wynne, former Premier of Ontario; Janet Ecker, senior fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute and former politician; and Steve Paikin, a distinguished visiting professor and host of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin

With federal elections in October, now is the perfect time to learn more about how our legislative system works in practice, how to navigate current challenges, and work towards a change.

IFLR topics:
·         Legislatures & Legislative Life
·         Parliamentary Relationships
·         The Ethical Politician
·         Working in the House
·         Municipal Politics
·         Gender in Politics
·         Communications
·         Representation
·         Constituency Service