On September 30th, Equal Voice uOttawa attended AÉÉIPPSSA’s Networking on the Hill event. An all party event, students were able to network with MPs, Senators, and other students of all political stripes over food and drinks at The 3 Brewers, right across from Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa.
The evening began with opening remarks by Ève Péclet, NDP MP of La Pointe-de-l’Île, QC. After applauding the large turnout of students and their active interest in politics, she encouraged more women to get involved in politics and to break the glass ceiling.
After her opening speech, I had the opportunity to meet Ève Péclet and discuss what it was like to run for office and what it is like now that she has been elected. She told me about the struggle and determination of balancing law school and campaigning, and she told me about the challenges she faced in the workplace, from male colleagues commenting on her appearance to what it was like trying to get her voice heard. A profound comment that I took away from our conversation was when Péclet turned to me and said even when you think that no one will be interested in what you have to say, just say it. There will always be at least one person who will listen to you.
EV had the opportunity to meet Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Liberal MP of Sherbrooke and youngest MP in Canada’s history.
We also had the pleasure of meeting Stella Ambler, Conservative MP of Mississauga South, and EV fan!
Overall, EV made some very interesting and insightful connections at the event. Thank you to AÉÉIPPSSA for organizing Networking on the Hill – we are looking forward to your future events!
– Danika Leminski, official reporter/blogger of EV