Month: December 2017

The End

December 30, 2017

We announce with both sadness and joy that today is the last day of session. This week was filled with excitement, joy, fear, nervousness, and laughter. As the 96th Winter Session comes to a close, we say good-bye to the Speaker who was a part of this amazing organization for 8 years. Farewell!

YPM Executive and Cabinet would just like to start off by saying thank you to all the backbenchers. Without you, we would not have had a such a wonderful and diverse session. Many of you came with fears of what would and could happen. If you think about what happened this week, every individual is extraordinary, and each and every member has so much to be proud of: daring to speak in front of fifty or more people, many of whom were strangers, debating complex topics with nuance and intelligence, developing public speaking and communication skills.

Most importantly, members have fostered friendships with one another and have joined a supportive, compassionate community. YPM is a space that accepts you for who you are, and you will always have a home here.

December 29, 2017

Fourth day of Session has finished! It was a day of excitement, frustration, surprises, and accomplishments. The bills created by the Ministers of Human Resources, Labour, Finance, and Revenue, were all passed. The Ministers are very proud of the hard work and the positive outcome. Congratulations to all with the wonderful result.

The Member of Yukon stated that our race and age do not determine our path. A number of other members explained and discussed how diversity based on culture, gender, race, background, social status and education are important. This is due to the fact that diversity reflects a wide range of opinions and ideologies.

One beautiful thing about YPM is how we are all different. As a non-partisan organization, we accept all ideologies, values, and perspectives. The members previously mentioned found this aspect of YPM one of the most refreshing and encouraging part of this organization.

Friends for Life

December 28, 2017

Third day of Winter Session began with an outstanding Bear Pit featuring Bill Blaikie, Dorothy Dobbie, Gord Mackintosh, and Bonnie Mitchelson who all served previously in the Manitoba Legislative. Today they gave up some personal time during the crazy holiday season to inform and teach us from their past experiences. YPM is so thankful to let youth hear from knowledgeable parliamentarians on a personal connection on real life situations.

At the start of Bear Pit, one YPM’s Senators spoke about life long friends, and how a simple action can lead to life long happiness. The senator shared how him and two friends encouraged each other to do more in life, and to do more for the organization. It has been several years since they attended YPM as members and they continue to be very close friends, despite being in different provinces.

Around 4:30 pm today, the Minister of External Affairs, Communications, Publications and the P.S. to Alumni Affairs were all discussing on what to do after session was over. How each one would keep in contact with one another. Though they have known each other, only a few months, the moments of planning and prepping for the 96th Winter Session has grown them together.  They are all different ages, backgrounds and have very different view points. Yet, they appreciate, respect and enjoy each other. This is what makes YPM so special. It is the door way to meet others, to accepting others, and being vulnerable enough to let others accept you.

If you come to Session, you will observe members together, speaking and laughing to one another. Now let me tell you a secret, most of the backbenchers have never met before. They come as strangers, but leave as friends.

Letting Yourself Be Heard

December 27, 2017

Today marks the second day of Session! The Executive and Cabinet are in awe of this year’s group of backbenchers. Their energy and the diverse range of perspectives that they bring to the debate is priceless! Today we examined three bills exploring a variety of topics: The First Nations Recognition Act (Minister of Finance), The Standardized Child and Youth Welfare Act (Minister of Revenue), and The Agriculture and Climate Act (Registrar General).

During one of the breaks, the member from Delta made a lovely point that acknowledged a unique aspect of YPM. He noted that those who attend Session are willing to let themselves be vulnerable in the House and just open up about past or current experiences they have lived through, which brings the members closer together in the long run. He also stated that despite being a mock parliament, it is nonetheless successful at drawing out emotions and convictions you thought you never had. Session is a safe environment for all to express themselves, and to hear different points of view.

The Start of Something New

December 26, 2017

The first day of session is always a jumble of emotions: excitement for what the week has in store, and of course, nervousness! We are grateful to report that first day of the 96th Winter Session was absolutely amazing! Year after year, YPM strives to create an engaging and inviting atmosphere for young individuals to debate politics as a group.

We would like to thank all the cadets and bagpipe player, Diana Prince for participating in the opening ceremony. Session could not begin without their efforts, and we are extremely appreciative!

The Executives and Cabinet are very proud of all the backbenchers who spoke in the Chamber on the first day. As Alumni will know from personal experience, it is nerve racking to stand up in the Legislative Chamber and speak in front of dozens of strangers! With such a promising group of backbenchers, we are certain that this will be a week of passionate debate, learning, and friendship!

December 26-31, 2016

One amazing aspect of coming to YPM is the friendships you create. Youth Parliament of Manitoba creates an amazing atmosphere where all feel welcomed. YPM is an organization that transforms a group of complete strangers into a passionate group of young leaders that gather together to discuss and debate pertinent topics. In an environment such as this, friendships are destined to blossom!

Our current PS to Alumni Affairs and The Minister of Communications were placed in the same committee team last year, and that is where it all started. They began to discuss the amendments to bills together, and realized how similar they were in political thought. From there, their friendship grew. The two would stay up chatting about life as a university student, what they liked and valued, and about humorous things that happened during session. In the late hours, they would watch TV shows and comment on what was happening and take snapchat selfies. To this day, they visit each other at university, go out for lunch and of course, go shopping together! Both cabinet members are thankful to YPM, because without it, they would have maybe never met. Attending session is an excellent way of forming lasting friendships!