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May 24, 2012 14:33 ET

First Air and BMO Financial Group Help Bring Parliamentary Interns to Nunavut

Support six-day study tour of Iqaluit and the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - First Air and BMO Financial Group have teamed up to give the 2011-12 Parliamentary Interns first hand knowledge of community and politics in Canada's North. Together, they are making it possible for the ten interns to undertake a six-day study tour of Iqaluit and the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut from May 27th to June 1st.

"It is an invaluable opportunity for the interns to compare the way the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut works with the way Parliament functions," said Garth Williams, Director of the Parliamentary Internship Programme. "They will come back with a much better understanding of the cultural differences shaping these institutions and a much greater appreciation for Canada's North."

Each year, ten Parliamentary Interns are chosen from among the country's best university graduates to participate in the ten-month Parliamentary Internship Programme. Interns work for Members of Parliament on both sides of the House of Commons, assisting them with committee and constituency work, while undertaking academic research, weekly seminars and comparative study tours to legislatures across Canada and abroad. Alumni have gone on to make significant contributions to Canadian public life as leaders in their communities, in academe, in journalism and in both the private and public sectors.

Highlights of the study tour include meetings with the Honourable Keith Peterson, Minister of Finance, Minister of Health and Social Services and Minister responsible for Public Agencies Council and the Honourable Susan Cooper, Judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice. Interns will also attend the opening session of the Legislative Assembly on May 28th and visit the community of Kimmirut, outside Iqaluit, on May 30th.

The Parliamentary Internship Programme is an independent non-partisan program of the Canadian Political Science Association supported by public and private sector sponsors. It operates on Parliament Hill under the auspices of the Speaker of the House of Commons.

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