|the peace tower|
|outside the historic building where we met Senators and MP's|
|a flag? on a government building? wow...how unusual ;)|
|bright day to roll down the hill!|
|reflection of the parliament office building|
|looking up to the |
offices we were in
|walking from meeting to meeting|
|our nations crest...|
looks like the perfect
I was surprised and overwhelmed by the genuine kindness and compassion of all the Member's of Parliament and their staff. I had no idea what to expect when I walked into their offices. Most of my previous focus on the Members of Parliament had previous been negative: what I didn't like them doing, what bills I was against, which issues I felt they were ignoring, that sort of thing. I watch question period like it is a Soap Opera, which it kind of is. I'd rarely seen MP's interacting outside of the House of Commons, a place which I've come to see as an inflammatory, negative room, in need of a major change.
|my amazing mother pushed me all over the place!|
Overwhelmingly, the message we heard from every MP and Senator was that they felt sure this bill could pass. That it would receive huge support in the house. I know what you're thinking: "Politicians will tell you anything to get you out the door...", right? I'd like to think my mum and I's B.S.-otomer is pretty well tuned and frequently used, and what struck us both, after each and every meeting, was the genuine desire to help. The energy in every office was amazing, from the passionate interns and enthusiastic staff and members who do SO much work.
|hopefully Elizabeth May's bill will come up for debate in the Fall!|
|stained glass window of the war memorial,|
a very peaceful and reverent place
|gold leaved ceiling|
We also got to spend time with my cousin Amy, who I've always wanted to visit in O-Town. My aunt, mum, Amy , her boyfriend Nick and I got out of the city to visit a picturesque town called 'Wakefield'. It was so peaceful, and quiet after being in the city for so long. We had such an amazing afternoon, on a beautiful overcast day. I had to do so much thinking and talking in on the hill, which was so draining for me, so it was such a relief to have a fun day, where we could be silly and goof off and relax!
|covered bridge in Wakefield with my cousin|