There are thousands of staff working on Parliament Hill. From the “exempt” political staff working for Cabinet Minister offices—exempted from provincial labour laws and considered public office holders under the law—to the parliamentary, legislative and members’ assistants hard at work in offices across the Parliamentary precinct, many say there’s no such thing as a “typical day” on the Hill. Often working 12 to 15 hours daily starting sometimes before sunrise, staffers are an integral part of making sure government runs smoothly, and for those in opposition, making sure it remains accountable. P&I talked to eleven staffers to ask:
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