Pike student completes internship  with Canadian Parliament

Pike County native Thomas Little, a junior at Morehead State University, recently completed an internship in Ottawa, Canada, with Wayne Easter, a member of Canada’s liberal party. Little is pictured with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Thomas D. Little, a junior at Morehead State University, has lived and worked in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, under Dr. James Baker’s Canadian Parliamentary Internship Program. Little served as an intern for Wayne Easter, who is a member of the liberal party of Canada in the Canadian House of Commons, representing the electoral district of Malpeque in the province of Prince Edward Island since 1993.

Thomas was one of a handful of students across the U.S. selected for this opportunity, which included meetings with the Speaker of the House of Commons, the United States Ambassador to Canada, members of parliament, senators speaking about their respective parties, the Auditor General, the Clerk of the House of Commons and the Supreme Court.

The Canadian Parliament Internship Program is a five-week program during which interns work in the office of a member of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. Students may choose which party and what area of expertise the member represents. Students may be asked to answer constituency mail, assist in writing and editing materials to be sent to the Member’s Riding, research issues of importance to the member, write a statement/question for question period, write speeches, conduct tours of parliament and complete general office work.

Upon obtaining his bachelor’s degree from MSU in 2019, Little plans to attend law school and would like to follow in the political footsteps of his late great-grandfather, N. Clayton Little.

Little is the son of Larry C. Little II and Rhonda Little of Virgie, and the grandson of Wanda Jill Meadows, Dale Meadows, Larry C. Little and Leann Little, all of Virgie; Lester K. Blackburn and Percilla Blackburn of Pikeville; and the great-grandson of Neva Jo Little, the late N. Clayton Little, Princie McPeak, Hern McPeak, Vicy Maynard, George Maynard and Jessie and Essie Blackburn.

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