Western Canada Youth Parliament

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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[edit]

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 first Western Canada Youth Parliament in which all four western provincial youth parliaments officially participated was held in the Alberta legislature in 1983.

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[edit]

Western Canada Youth Parliament (by Session)
Session Year Province City Lieutenant Governor Speaker Premier
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
5 1991 AB Edmonton  ?  ?  ?
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

References[edit]

  • "Youth Parliament of Canada: An Experience in Citizenship" by Ruth Wilson for the Canadian Parliamentary Review: English/French

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