Friends for Life

December 28, 2017

Third day of Winter Session began with an outstanding Bear Pit featuring William Blaikie, Dorthy 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

Second day of Session! The Executive and Cabinet are in awe of the backbenchers this year. The excitement and the unique perspective that they bring into debate is priceless! Today we debated The Minister of Finance’s bill; 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. He acknowledged something very unique about YPM.  He said 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. He also stated, how even though YPM is a mock parliament, it really brings out emotions and convictions you thought you never had. Session is a safe environment for all to express themselves and to hear different, but amazing points of view.

The Start of Something New

December 26, 2017

Today was filled with excitement,  inspiration, happiness and of course, nerves. The first day was absolutely amazing!  YPM continues 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 you guys, YPM is very appreciative.

The Executives and Cabinet are very proud to all of the backbenchers who spoke and debated on the first day. As Alumni will know from personal experience, it is nerve racking to stand up in the House and speak in front of strangers. Congratulations to those who stood up and let their voices be heard. We cannot wait to see what tomorrow has in store!

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.

Youth Parliament of Manitoba