I’ve been a member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery since 2008, and I have a fairly obsessive knowledge about Canadian politics. Much of that knowledge is about the institutions of parliament itself, which are fundamental to understanding how Canadian politics works. I first got my taste of politics as a page in the Alberta Legislature back in high school, and when I later moved to Ottawa, that interest turned into a full-time career in reporting on federal politics. Later on, when I did my Masters in Journalism, I examined the role of community-of-interest media in the Press Gallery, for which I learned more about the history of the Gallery.
I am currently a regular freelance journalist covering the Hill and I write the Politics on TV column for Macleans.ca. For three-and-a-half years I was a contributor to the Xtra chain, which included maintaining a political blog for the Xtra.ca website, and I also served as the Political Editor for Outlooks - Canada’s GLBT Magazine. I have contributed to Ottawa Xpress, the Hill Times, the Ottawa Citizen, The Canadian Press and iPolitics.ca.