Month: December 2016

95th Winter Session Comes to a Close

This evening marked the closing of the 95th Session. We began the night with our Closing Ceremonies, which were followed by our 96th Winter Session Executive Election.

The House passed five bills this session: The Environmental Rights Act, the Plural Marriage Act, the Police Review Act, the Holistic Education Act, and the Prisoner Education Act. Unfortunately for the ministers who created the bills, neither the Military Reform Act, nor the Health and Labour Balance Act passed the Third Reading in the House.

This session was met with many unexpected difficulties. Not only did our Members begin the week by trekking through a blizzard, but a bout of sickness worked its way through the House. Despite these setbacks, our Parliamentarians participated in one of our most productive sessions of passionate debate and active political discussion. We also successfully initiated our Reconciliation Fund with the aim to increase accessibility to Indigenous Youth within our programming. YPM executives will continue to expand on this program in upcoming sessions so that all youth can have a chance to participate and learn about the political process. Youth will continue to learn the necessary skills to engage in political change within Canada’s Westminster Parliamentary system.

Finally, we would like to congratulate the newly-elected executive of the 96th Winter Session: Premier, Ariel Melamedoff; Speaker, Joey Broda; Deputy Premier, Adrienne Tessier; Deputy Speaker, Deborah Tsao; and House Leader, Abby Theano-Pudwill. We are certain that this group will lead us forward and accomplish great things for YPM!

Final Round of Debate

Today marks the end of the second-to-last full day in the Legislative Chamber. Members engaged in heated debate on the Holistic Education Act, Environmental Rights Act, Armed Forces Reform Act, and Police Review Act. The day was filled with energy and spirit, with members voting and and passed three of the four pieces of legislation presented!

Tomorrow, we will debate the final two pieces of legislation, the Health and Labour Balance Act, and the Plural Marriage Act.

Bear Pit

This afternoon we hosted our annual Bear Pit session in the House. We invited former politicians from various political parties to come speak in the Legislative Chamber, and this was followed by a question and answer period. The “bears” graciously answered questions from members about their careers in politics and various political issues. Much of the session revolved around Indigenous affairs, as well as the most effective methods of moving forward with social activism. As a way of gaining additional insight into the bills presented at session, members took advantage of the former politicians’ insight by posing questions about the six bills that were debated in Youth Parliament this session.

Day Two of Debate!

Day two of YP has now come to an end
Though fun and exciting, debate we suspend
Until the next day, of which we will spend
Another great day with newly-formed friends.

We started debate on exactly four bills
Which had all the parliamentarians thrilled
One of which talked about how we’ll instill
In police a sense of mindful goodwill

Another bill wanted to make it a right
For humans to be free from natural blight
The planet is dying, a truly big fright
For all of our assets on Earth are finite

How about those who want more than one spouse?
They should be able to live in one house
And marry each other without public grouse
They’ll no longer have to live life as a mouse

Finally, citizens work toward peace
By serving conscription before a release
From fighting, first aid, and hard elbow grease
You’ll work for the army for ten years. Capisce?

We’ll send these bills off to committees in time
In which they’ll come out looking super sublime
So come to the House and see us at our prime
We promise our speeches won’t end in a rhyme!

Stormy Start to 95th Session

It was dark and stormy. The streets were filled with lost souls and reckless abandon. This morning, we began our session in perhaps the most Manitoban way possible, in the midst of a snowstorm. Our diligent and dedicated cabinet and executive members trekked through the ice and snow to arrive at Kelvin High School this morning for 8:00 am.

Our dedicated troops channeled the skills learned in the Armed Forces Reform Act to follow the dogmatic doctrine of our Premier. After hours of strenuous labour, to the dismay of the elements who had tried so hard to watch us fail, we successfully cleared a path from the clogged street to the entrance of the school. The bleak remnants of our vitality carried us through our physical isolation.

This was not the end of our misery. Our executive expelled their final burst of energy to reach for the door handle, hoping for some gentle relief in the drifts of endless misery. They reached out desperate hands, only to find that the door was locked. The sound of twenty-four hearts shattering rang through the cold, empty air.

Cabinet members took refuge in the surrounding vehicles, the limited shelter we could find in the desolate landscape.

****** Time passes ******

After minutes of waiting in the comfort of our own agony, the Minster of Revenue found the contact information for the custodian on Google. The custodian arrived within the hour and let us into the building. We entered the school and collapsed at the heath of the innards of Kelvin High School, knowing we would survive to debate again.

Reconciliation Fund

We are excited to announce that YPM has began a new initiative called the Reconciliation Fund, with the goal of increasing our accessibility to Indigenous youth. So far, we have been successful in raising over $4000, meaning up to ten Indigenous members can come to Winter Session free of cost. This includes the cost of registration, food, travel, and clothing.

We would like to thank the efforts of the organizations, schools, and dedicated community members that helped to make the Reconciliation Fund a reality. Further, we would like to thank our Minister of Reconciliation, Ronald Gamblin for his pivotal work with this initiative.