Youth Parliament of Manitoba

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Established in 1922, Youth Parliament of Manitoba (YPM) is a non-partisan, non-denominational, non-profit organization that educates youth in effective public speaking and the parliamentary process. It is open to all youth in the Canadian province of Manitoba who will be between 16 and 20 years old as of December 31 of the year of the upcoming Winter Session. Session takes place each year from 26 – December 30 at the Manitoba Legislature in the capital city of Winnipeg.


YPM is a model parliament and bases its organizational structure and nomenclature on the Westminster Parliamentary system. YPM has three primary, organizational groups: the Board of Directors (also known as the Parliamentary Executive), the Cabinet, and the backbenchers. (The backbenchers and the Cabinet are also collectively termed Members-at-Large.) As well, Senators and an Honorary President can be appointed by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Board of directors[edit]

YPM Inc. was incorporated on August 22, 1983. The corporation is currently run by a 5-person Board of Directors elected by and from its membership. The positions on the board are:

  • the Chairperson (Premier);
  • the Past Chairperson (Speaker);
  • the Vice-Chairperson (Deputy Premier);
  • the Director of Finance (Deputy Speaker); and
  • the Director of Procedures (House Leader).

Elections take place annually on December 30 at the Manitoba Legislature during the Winter Session.


The Cabinet is appointed by the Executive from the Members-at-Large of the previous Annual Session. The Cabinet assists the Executive in organizing and holding the Annual Session.

Current Cabinet portfolios include:

Upper Cabinet

  • Registrar General (drafts membership list)
  • Ministry of Government Services (arranges for transport and accommodation)
  • Ministry of Human Resources (recruits new members)
  • Ministry of Labour (prepares food)
  • Ministry of Finance (arranges sponsorship and donations)
  • Ministry of Revenue (arranges sponsorship by alumni)

Lower Cabinet

  • Ministry of Alumni Affairs (maintains relations with past members)
  • Ministry of External Affairs (deals with outside correspondences)
  • Ministry of Publications (publishes official documents)
  • Ministry of Public Relations (handles media relations)
  • Ministry of Supply and Service (produce and sell YPM paraphernalia)
  • Female Whip and Male Whip (supervises backbenchers)
  • Ministry of Rural Development (maintains relationships with rural communities)


All non-Executive and non-Cabinet members of YPM sit as backbenchers during the Annual Session and are assigned a riding name (e.g. Member from Winnipeg South Centre).


By decision of the Board, former members of YPM who have made outstanding contributions to the organization can be named Senators.

Honorary President[edit]

The Honorary President is usually a prominent member of the community that the YPM Board of Directors seeks guidance from and asks to attend portions of the Annual Session.

Year Session Honorary President
2002 81 William Norrie
2003 82 Shirley Liba
2004 83 Susan A. Thompson
2005 84 Peter St John, 9th Earl of Orkney
2006 85 The Rt. Hon. Edward Schreyer
2007 86 Muriel Smith
2008 87 Gordon Sinclair Jr.
2009 88 Reginald B. Alcock
2010 89 Reginald B. Alcock
2011 90 William A. Blaikie
2012 91 William A. Blaikie

Alumni Achievement Award Winners[edit]

The winner of the Alumni Achievement Award (AAA) is an alumnus of YPM who has gone on to significant achievement at the local, national, or international level.

Year Session Alumni Achievement Award Winner
2003 82 Wally Fox-Decent
2004 83 Patricia Chaychuk
2005 84 William Norrie
2006 85 Bill Blaikie
2007 86 Nahlah Ayed
2008 87 Howard Pawley
2009 88 Lloyd Axworthy
2010 89 Darren Praznik


In 1922, George Stewart, Lieutenant Governor of the Youth Parliament of Manitoba and North Western Ontario, opened the first Annual Session of the organization. It was one of the first such YPs in Western Canada, preceded only by the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta and followed by British Columbia Youth Parliament and Saskatchewan Youth Parliament. Its goal at the time was to develop leadership and awareness of the parliamentary system in young men.

At the time, youth parliament was just one of the activities started by the TUXIS youth movement. This organization, set up by the Canadian Protestant community, was designed to encourage social, academic, religious and physical activity among young men and was based on the biblical passage Luke 2:52, which states "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and with people."

By 1971, Manitoba's youth parliament (by this time called the TUXIS and Older Boys Parliament) was made completely non-denominational. The Oath of Allegiance and legislation was thus no longer written solely for specific religious groups.

On December 28, 1972, a special meeting was called to admit women as full members into the organization and change the name to Youth Parliament of Manitoba. Previously, women could only be admitted as associate members and could not vote on legislation. Seven years later, Ann Thompson became the first female Premier of YPM and, one year later, the first female Speaker.

YPM has also hosted the second, sixth, tenth, and fourteenth sessions of Western Canada Youth Parliament.

Past members[edit]

Many of YPM's past members have gone on to successful careers in a variety of fields. Some of the organization's more prominent past members include:

Year Parliament Premier Lieutenant Governor
1922 1 E.A. Armstrong George H. Stewart
1923 2 Erie L. Jackson John Martin
1924 3 Frank Fidler J. H. Dowler
1925 4 Darwin Chase R. G. Taylor
1926 5 John Gilmer The Hon. F. M. Black
1927 6 John Gilmer Judge F. A. E. Hamilton
1928 7 John Dunderdale J. L. Bathgate
1929 8 William Moore Benidickson Dr. John Mackay
1930 9 Vivian M. Rogers Prof. Watson Kirkconnell
1931 10 Mervyn Sprung Magistrate R. B. Graham
1932 11 Donald Ross C. R. Sayer
1933 12 George S. Thurton Canon H. G. G. Herkots
1934 13 Joseph Benson Rev. J. W. Clarke
1935 14 James M Taylor Rev. J. W. Little
1936 15 J. S. McArdle B. V. Richardson
1937 16 Donald L. Mackay C. E. Stockdill
1938 17 Wilson Milne C. N. Halstead
1939 18 Raymond Threson E. J. J. Glenesk
1940 19 Frederick Tallman The Hon. Sidney Earle Smith, P.C.
1941 20 Aitken Harvey A. C. Campbell
1942 21 Frederick Bickell Prof. A.. R. Cragg
1943 22 Maurice Helston Rev. George A. MacMillan
1944 23 Lynn Watt Dr. Robert Fletcher
1945 24 Thomas Goulding The Hon. D. C. McKenzie
1946 25 Garth Campbell Arch. J. Barr
1947 26 Robert H. Johnson John A. M. Edwards
1948 27 William Norrie E. H. Morgan
1949 28 J. A. C. Magee C. H. P. Killick
1950 29 Doug Mauchlan Prof. R. Fletcher
1951 30 Alan G. Gardiner Dr. W. C. Graham
1952 31 Harry T. Makin Nelson Mc Ewen
1953 32 Victor Mearon Mayor N. J. Black
1954 33 Robert A. Steen Canon L. F. Wilmont
1955 34 Lawrie Smith H. L. Mackinnon
1956 35 Waldron Fox-Decent Dr. W. C. Lockhart
1957 36 Don King C. G. Carter
1958 37 Graeme Garson T. M. Miller
1959 38 Doug McEwan Dr. H. H. Saunderson
1960 39 Lloyd Axworthy Dr. Earl J. Treusch
1961 40 Mike Quiggin D. L. Campbell
1962 41 Denis Corrie Prof. W. L. Morton
1963 42 Bruce Doern The Hon. Stanley H. Knowles, P.C.
1964 43 Neil Gailbraith Rev. J. O. Anderson
1965 44 Gary Scherbain The Hon. Errick Willis
1966 45 Jim Lightbody Dr. D. B. Macdonald
1967 46 Hugh Stephens Bishop Antoine Hacault
1968 47 Tom Axworthy Magistrate Isaac Rice
1969 48 Philip Reece Dr. George Johnson
1970 49 Bob Williamson Dean C. Edwards
1971 50 John Romanow Charles Hubband
1972 51 Ron Miller Rev. D. O. Reece
1973 52 Laurie Swardfager Juiles Koteles
1974 53 Paul DuVal Dr. Ben Hog
1975 54 Chris Guest Muriel Smith
1976 55 Andrew Treusch Judge Peter Teraska
1977 56 Gordon Du Val The Rt. Hon. Edward Schreyer,
P.C., C.C., C.M.M., O.M., C.D.
1978 57 Dave Najduch Paul DuVal, Sr.
1979 58 Ann Thompson The Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, P.C., O.C., O.M.
1980 59 Ian Manson Olga Fuga
1981 60 Darren Praznik Judge Graeme Carson
1982 61 Jim Bell Dr. Carl Ridd
1983 62 Bruce Johannson The Hon. Gildas Molgat, P.C.
1984 63 Dmytro Dutka William Norrie, C.M., O.M., Q.C.
1985 64 Patricia Chaychuk Hon. William Blakie, P.C., M.P.
1986 65 Erminia Pallone Gary Filmon
1987 66 Nasir Faruqui The Hon. Sharon Carstairs, P.C.
1988 67 Glen Hickerson Prof. Jack London, Q.C.
1989 68 Sean Crick Howard Pawley, P.C. Q.C.
1990 69 Michelle Elvers-Crick Murray Sinclair
1991 70 James Muir Waldron Fox-Decent, C.M., C.M.M., O.M., C.D.
1992 71 Christine Barnson Gary Doer
1993 72 J.P. Lapointe Terry Duguid
1994 73 Mark Matz Philip Weiss
1995 74 Cindy Fleury Bruce C. Daniels
1996 75 Darcy Rollins Dr. Robert J. Young
1997 76 Nichole Cyr Richard Cloutier
1998 77 Ken Yost Darren Praznik
1999 78 Alan Fehr Prof. Donald Bailey
2000 79 Donna Chanas John Perry
2001 80 Mercedes Alcock Patricia Chaychuck
2002 81 Micah Melnyk Ann Thompson
2003 82 Michael Feuerstein Erminia Johannson
2004 83 Carlee-ann Dueck Philip Reece
2005 84 Michael Urban Dave Najduch
2006 85 Dana Gregoire Bob Haverluck
2007 86 Katie Szilagyi Dr. Bruce W. Warner
2008 87 Amy Dhillon Mark Matz
2009 88 Jennifer Pawluk Andrew Treusch
2010 89 Darcy Vermeulen Ruth Wilson
2011 90 Darren Haber Darcy Rollins
2012 91 Bojan Pirnat Donna Chanas
2013 92 Andrew Jones Muriel Smith
2014 93 Brent Hardy Sachit Mehra
2015 94 Kamal Dhillon Clif Evans
2016 95 Joseph Broda Dr. Kristel van Ineveld

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