Queen's media day at Queen's Park
In October, 15 undergraduate and graduate students had the opportunity to embark on a once in a lifetime experiential learning opportunity. These student delegates went to Queen’s Park in Toronto as part of Media Day organized by the Queen’s Student Alumni Association and supported by the Alma Mater Society. Media Day provided delegates with the rare chance to meet journalists and Members of Provincial Parliament, including Premier Kathleen Wynne (Artsci’78).
Highlights of Media Day included attending Question Period, touring the Speaker of the House’s residence with Dave Levac (Ed’77), eating lunch in the Press Gallery, and engaging in discussions with journalists and politicians.
This unique trip attracted students from a variety of academic years and programs, including political science, life sciences, and public health. These students shared a common interest in traveling beyond the boundaries of campus to experience first-hand life in government, politics, and journalism. They thoughtfully applied their knowledge to ask politicians and journalists questions about relevant issues and topics affecting Ontarians.
As a Master of Public Health student, I was particularly interested in attending this unique field trip to learn more about each political party’s outlook on how to best protect and promote the health of the population while ensuring that the health care system remains sustainable into the future. Although we did not explore this topic in depth, I had the opportunity to ask Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, Liberal Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews, Progressive Conservative Deputy Leader Christine Elliott, and NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh some of my burning questions. Their responses to my questions related to health policies, social determinants of health, chronic disease prevention, and health care funding provided me with a candid snapshot of the different party perspectives regarding issues I believe are key to the health of the province.