The Legislative Assembly offers several programs designed to provide first-hand experience of the parliamentary process. Each program is targeted at a specific group:
Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program (SLIP) offers a unique educational experience each year for four qualified university students. Interns gain first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day work of elected representatives from both the government and opposition sides of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.
The Legislative Page program recruits six individuals each year to work as Pages in the Chamber during legislative sittings. Pages provide an invaluable link between the MLAs in the Chamber and their staff and caucuses outside the Chamber. The Pages also provide extra support to the Office of the Clerk and to other branches of the Assembly.
The duties of the Pages have traditionally included collecting and delivering documents and messages for the Speaker, Members of the Legislative Assembly, and the Clerks in the Chamber and elsewhere in the Legislative Building. A variety of general office duties have been added over the years, including running errands, sorting and distributing legislative documents and mail, filing, receiving telephone messages and photocopying.
Pages are hired under the Assembly’s non-partisan policy and provide confidential, unbiased service to all MLAs. The Pages are scheduled to assist whenever the House is sitting and as needed to assist with committee meetings.
Saskatchewan Teachers' Institute (SSTI) is a professional development opportunity open to all Saskatchewan educators. Teachers are guided through an insider’s view of government and the legislative process.
The Speaker's Educational Outreach Program on Parliamentary Democracy aims to promote awareness and understanding of the Legislative Assembly and the democratic process through a non-partisan approach. The Speaker visits Saskatchewan schools to help students learn about subjects such as the role of the Speaker and MLAs, how laws are made, and much more.
Parliamentary Program for the Public Service (PPPS) is a popular program for employees of the Saskatchewan public service. PPPS provides individuals with an opportunity to observe democracy at work and speak directly with an MLA, a cabinet minister, the Speaker, and the staff who serve Executive Council and the Legislative Assembly.
PPPS is offered at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building during the spring and fall when the Legislative Assembly is in session. All public service employees, whether management, professional, or support staff are welcome to participate. PPPS is a full-day program facilitated by staff from each area. The day begins with an extensive tour and history of the Legislative Building, as well as an overview of our system of government. There are presentations on the Legislative Library, Assembly procedure and Executive Council. In the afternoon, participants are seated in the gallery to observe Question Period and other Assembly business. Following that, a cabinet minister (usually the Minister Responsible for the Public Service), a member of the opposition, and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly meet with participants over coffee to explain their roles and to respond to questions.
Many participants report that they come away from this program with a better understanding of how their own work fits into the legislative process.
For information on registration please contact R. Horsman by phone (306) 787-5358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.