Youth parliament holds 100th winter session

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Manitoba’s Youth Parliament is one of the oldest youth parliaments in the commonwealth.

Beginning in 1922, this organization has evolved over the years. What began as the Older Boys’ TUXIS Parliament of Manitoba changed to the Older Boy’s Parliament of Manitoba before becoming the Youth Parliament of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. TUXIS referred to the ‘training under Christ in service’ movement of  the Protestant church. Dropping this name in the 1960s meant that people of other religious backgrounds were able to participate. However, it was still geared toward boys.

 The Youth Parliament of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario came about in the 1970s and fully admitted female members. Today it is the Youth Parliament of Manitoba, a name it has held since 2003.

Winnipeg Free Press photo archiv Winnipeg Free Press photo archives The opening ceremonies of the 2018 winter session of the Youth Parliament of Manitoba is pictured above. This year’s session was the organization’s 100th but all proceedings were held online, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The opening ceremonies for the 97th annual Winter Session of The Youth Parliament of Manitoba featured the 170 St James royal Canadian air cadets honour guard in the Manitoba Legislative Building chambers Wednesday December 26, 2018.

While Youth Parliament holds a variety of events, its keystone event is its winter session. This session for these future leaders is a week-long model parliament over the winter break. From Boxing Day to New Year’s Eve, participants debate a variety of mock legislation hey have created from topics about which they are so passionate.

Manitoba’s Youth Parliament is run entirely by its impressive young members. As speaker of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, I have the privilege of hosting their keystone event annually.

Young members take their seats in our chamber and learn the ins and outs of parliamentary procedure. Participants hold titles such as premier, speaker, and minister of various portfolios. Former politicians are invited to participate, giving these young future politicians an opportunity to learn from people who have held these roles.

2021 was a special year for the Youth Parliament of Manitoba. This was the 100th annual session— a remarkable milestone. Just think of the thousands of Manitoba youth who have participated in this organization and honed their debating skills over the years. The lessons learned in this program are will stay with each participant everywhere they go in life.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, these young parliamentarians participated in a virtual event this year. In-person attendees will be welcomed again when it is safer for all participants.

Year after year, I hear from youth parliament participants about how much fun they have had and how excited they are to return the next year, sometimes serving on the executive.

If you know any young people who would be interested in becoming involved with this amazing organization, check out www.ypmanitoba.ca

 

Myrna Driedger

Myrna Driedger
Roblin constituency report

Myrna Driedger is the PC MLA for Roblin.

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