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. An organization that takes backbenchers who are complete strangers, that gather together to discuss a common topic, passing legislature. Here is a personal experience from the 95th Winter Session.

Our current PS to Alumni Affairs (left) and The Minister of Communication (right) so happened to be on 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 univerity, 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 meet.  The photo was taken in the morning of the last day, December 31, 2016. As we draw closer to winter session, I hope you are looking forward to it!

FULL HOUSE!

Hello! YPM has some very exciting news! We are currently sitting at a full house for YPM’s 96th Winter Session! Cabinet is overjoyed to meet and engage with new and old members. Thank you to all the 90 members who are participating in this years session; without you, we would not be so successful.  If you have any questions regarding registration and further information if you are registered. Please feel free and comfortable to contact our Registrar General! (admissions@ypmanitoba.ca) The 96th cabinet members are so happy to meet everyone! Only 28 days till session!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is time for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and of course, pumpkin pie! Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the wonderful things we have in our lives and to appreciate the people in them.  Use “gobblegobble” for $10 off of the 96th Winter Session.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thank You!

Thank you so much to our alumna Madeline Metcalfe from the 90th session for our new crest. We very much appreciate Madeline Metcalfe for donating her time and resources for helping us rebrand our organization!

Meeting Once Again

It is that time of year again, where the YPM cabinet members get together to see each other and discuss the wonderful year ahead. Our annual Cabinet Retreat! Now this is not just a weekend meeting, this is time to really get to know one another. Our main goal is not debating but instead the steps towards it. YPM tries to create a community around debate, and our cabinet is at the heart of that goal. Debating consists of many different voices and opinions. Our goal is to make great relationships and memories with amazing different people. So if you are a little different, come visit us at our 96th winter session!

95th Winter Session Comes to a Close

This evening marked a new beginning for the upcoming 96th Winter Session, just as we closed our books on 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, neither the Military Reform Act, nor the Health and Labour Balance 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.

We would like to congratulated the 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.

Final Round of Debate

Today marks the end of the second last day of debates in the Legislative Chamber where we voted and passed three of the four pieces of legislation. Members engaged in heated debate on the Holistic Education Act, Environmental Rights Act, Armed Forces Reform Act, and Police Review Act.

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 all political ideologies to come speak to the House about their careers in politics, and followed this with a Q&A period. Despite their dissenting political views, our “bears” engaged equally with the Members in the discussion. Much of the session revolved around Indigenous issues and best methods for moving forward with social activism. Members also asked the bears 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!