Jonathan K. Cardinal '08, of Ogdensburg, NY, has completed a five-week
Canadian Parliamentary Internship Program, working in the office of Canadian
Parliament. Cardinal, a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy, is president of
the St. Lawrence student government association, the Thelomathesian Society.
Each year between 25 and 35 U.S. students serve as interns in the Canadian Parliament.
Cardinal states, "I interned in the Canadian House of Commons, with Dawn Black, a
member of Parliament from New Westminster-Coquitlam, which is in the Vancouver
area of British Columbia. She is the Defense and Peace Advocacy Critic for the New
Democratic Party, so her office has been very busy with recent developments
in Canadian counter-terrorism, the country's commitments in Afghanistan and
to ending the genocide in Sudan."
He continues, "While interning, one of my responsibilities included briefing Ms. Black each
news stories, particularly those relevant to national defense issues. I also
was involved in in-depth research and the compilation of talking points based
on the findings of that research. Additionally, I assisted in
responding to constituent correspondence. I especially valued this latter task, since
back home, I often am the one writing a letter to my representatives. It was
nice to have the opportunity to draft responses to a variety of personal and
A government major, Cardinal is president of the SLU Democrats. He has participated in
Model United Nations, Habitat for Humanity, the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and
Circle K, a service organization. Cardinal also recently participated in a course that
brought students to inner-city Los Angeles to train students in anti-bullying measures,
which they then demonstrated in local schools.
He states, "Even though
Canada and the United States have two very different political cultures, we
certainly have thoughtful and sincere allies in our friends to the North. Through
working alongside politicians and their aides, I am fully
reassured that politics is a genuine avenue for the creation of a better world."
Posted: June 28, 2006