The Honourable Scott Brison, Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, Nova Scotia was back in the boxing ring this week and kept the issue of unpaid internships on the Parliamentary agenda after first mentioning it in Question Period last week.
This Thursday, Brison asked the new Governor of the Bank of Canada Stephen Poloz, on his perspective regarding unpaid internships. Brison asked Poloz to elaborate on the potential economic consequences of unpaid internships and their impact on equality of opportunity.
Though instructed to answer briefly, Poloz seemed to stumble on his response and did not acknowledge the economic and socioeconomic factors that Brison highlighted. Poloz was only able to say that in the case of his own children, that the experiences they accumulated (assuming unpaid) proved to be of value once they secured paid work.
Once again, we thank the Honourable Scott Brison for continuing to discuss the issue of unpaid internships and encourage meaningful discussion amongst MPs from all party lines.