Western Canada Youth Parliament
The Western Canada Youth Parliament (WCYP) is a biennial event that brings together delegations from the British Columbia Youth Parliament (BCYP), the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta, the Saskatchewan Youth Parliament (SYP) and the Youth Parliament of Manitoba (YPM) for a four-day parliamentary session, usually during the Victoria Day long weekend. The hosting for the WCYP rotates amongst these four youth parliaments. The members at each session of the WCYP debate resolutions in the form of legislation. The rules of parliamentary debate for each WCYP are those of the host province.
WCYP formation and history
The first recorded discussion of holding a western Canadian youth parliament was in 1959. That year, the members of the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta debated but defeated a resolution supporting the creation of a "Western Canada Older Boys' Parliament." It would be over twenty years before the next proposal for a western Canadian youth parliament occurred. In 1981, the Youth Parliament of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario (as it was then known) organized the first Western Canada Youth Parliament as a project to commemorate their 60th anniversary. It was also designed to be an inter-provincial event to fill the gap between sessions of the now defunct Youth Parliament of Canada/Parlement jeunesse du Canada, which at that time was only held bi-annually. While the British Columbia Youth Parliament did not officially endorse its participation in the first WCYP, representatives of all four western Canadian youth parliaments did attend that first session.
The success of that WCYP encouraged the constituent parliaments to agree to hold the event bi-annually to alternate with the Youth Parliament of Canada. The next session was held in Winnipeg in July 1985. The BCYP hosted in 1987, holding the session in the senate chambers of the University of Victoria. The Saskatchewan Youth Parliament took its turn hosting the May 1989 session in the provincial Legislative Building in Regina. The 1987 session hosted an ambassador from the Junior Statesmen of America from Washington State. The 1989 session was notable in that it was the first time an ambassador attended from one of the eastern Canadian youth parliaments, being a member of the Nova Scotia Youth Parliament.
The rotation of Westerns has since cycled bi-annually between the four provinces in its original sequence, except for the seventh session, which came after a two-year hiatus.
Locations and personages
|1||1983||AB||Edmonton||?||David Marriott||Thomas Marr|
|2||1985||MB||Winnipeg||Lloyd Axworthy||?||Erminia Pallone|
|3||1987||BC||Victoria||Emery Barnes||Robert MacDonald||Geoff Glave|
|4||1989||SK||Regina||Arnold Tusa||Ken Millard||Scott Quendack|
|6||1993||MB||Winnipeg||Edward Schreyer||David Cantor||Sherri Pierce|
|7||1996||BC||Burnaby||Gordon Downing||Geoff Glave||Jennifer Jay|
|8||1998||SK||Regina||Jack Wiebe||Michael Zwaagstra||Tricia Kaminski|
|9||2000||AB||Edmonton||David Marriott||Dale Harris||Ali Buckingham|
|10||2002||MB||Winnipeg||Stuart Olmstead||Donna Chanas||Michael Feuerstein|
|11||2004||BC||Vancouver||Val Anderson||Aniz Alani||Swithin D'Souza|
|12||2006||SK||Regina||Warren McCall||Matt Leisle||Arielle Zerr|
|13||2008||AB||Edmonton||Grant Mitchell||Mat Johnson||Maureen Hasinoff|
|14||2010||MB||Winnipeg||Allen Mills||Dana Gregoire||Darcy Vermeulen|
|15||2012||BC||Vancouver||Jenn Jay||Gavin Hoekstra||Jenelle Yonkman|
|16||2014||SK||Regina||Ralph Goodale||Nolan Blackstock||Joseph Chiliak|
|17||2016||AB||Edmonton||Danielle Larivee||Katie Kelly||Seth Burnard|
- "Youth Parliament of Canada: An Experience in Citizenship" by Ruth Wilson for the Canadian Parliamentary Review: English/French