Join us for Speaker’s Night 2016 on April 28th, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Winnipeg Winter Club. It promises to be a great event reconnecting with members of the YP community.
Our Keynote Speaker this year is Indigenous lawyer Aimée Craft. Throughout her career, Craft has worked passionately for the rights of Indigenous peoples across Canada. You can read her full bio here.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reg Alcock, Honourary President of YPM and former Liberal MP, tragically passed away yesterday morning after suffering a heart attack.
Reg Alcock was a dear friend and supporter of Youth Parliament of Manitoba. For the past two years Reg Alcock has served as YPM’s Honourary President. In those two years he contributed his expertise, knowledge and support in many ways. In 2010, Mr. Alcock was instrumental in planning our third annual Speaker’s Night dinner and this past year he acted as Master of Ceremonies for our fourth annual Speaker’s Night. As Honourary President, Mr. Alcock also took the time to address and encourage YPM’s membership, keenly observed our sittings on numerous occasions, and participated in our annual Winter Session Bear Pit.
Mr. Alcock was a great supporter of YPM’s mission to educate and engage young people in the democratic process. He appreciated the transformative nature of YPM, emphasizing this when he addressed the members of our 88th Winter Session:
“…for many of you attending, the Youth Parliament of Manitoba’s Winter Session will be something you never forget. For many of you, it may be a life changing experience—changing the way you view politics, the world, and our nation. I know that for at least one of you, your experience here will change the path that you will choose to take in your life and you will forever know that your passion developed here in the Legislative chamber…”
To see such a dedicated public servant pass away before his time is truly tragic. However, his death reminds us that although our time on this earth is limited, in the end we must measure our lives by the change we affect, the lives we touch and people we inspire. Through his support of YPM, there is no doubt that Mr. Alcock touched the lives of many young Manitobans and for this we owe him an incredible debt of gratitude. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family. He will be missed.
On August 22nd, 2011, Jack Layton, Canadian politician and leader Canada’s official opposition passed away of cancer. While not all Canadians may have agreed with his political ideas or aspirations, his contributions to the Canadian political landscape cannot be disputed. Jack Layton was widely respected as a man of energy, optimism and enthusiasm for the Canadian democratic process. In his final letter to Canadians, Jack Layton had a special message to young Canadians:
“All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.”
That Mr. Layton took the time to address young Canadians in such a manner embodies his respect for and hope in the young people of Canada. As Mr. Layton mentions, many great challenges lay before us. It will be up to the youth of today to find solutions to the problems of tomorrow. It is our hope that Mr. Layton’s words inspire young Canadians to learn about and become involved in the Canadian democratic process. Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Layton’s family and loved ones.
On July 18th, members of the Youth Parliament of Manitoba executive will be meeting with Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Democratic Reform. At this meeting we will have the chance to discuss a number of issues that Mr. Uppal is currently working on, including:
- Fair representation in the House of Commons
- Reform of Canada’s Senate
- Initiatives to increase voter participation
Needless to say, we are extremely excited to be able to provide a youth perspective on these issues! This is the kind of discussion that could lead to very good material for legislation this winter. Is there anything you would like to see us discuss?
We decided to create The Youth Parliamentarian to bring the extended Youth Parliament of Manitoba (YPM) community together in a forum that encourages ongoing engagement and interaction. By using social media, we can extend our network across cyberspace; allowing for more regular updates about the goings-on of YPM. Many of our former members now live across Canada and beyond. It is our hope that we can stay in touch year-round outside of sessions or Speaker’s Night.
Whether you are an alum, a supporter or a first-year backbencher, YPM has impacted each of our lives in some way. This blog is a celebration of that impact. Do you want to know what’s happening during our debates? Maybe you wonder who is being honoured with our various recognitions? Perhaps you merely wish to stay informed when events are happening or someone in our community does something remarkable?
Our posts will include a mix of event and community features; from the latest announcements and stories to historical perspectives. Do you have something you’d like to share or see? Contact us through our website at www.ypmanitoba.ca/contact/ and we’ll chase that lede. Thank you for your continued interest in Youth Parliament of Manitoba.