ed Mr. Dusseault who was studying Applied Politics at the University of Sherbrooke when he was elected.
A former Galt student who is now the Head Coach of the Gaiters football team at Bishop’s University and is active in municipal politics, Kevin Mackey spoke next to the students. “Cherish your moments at high school; it’s the greatest time of your life!” he said. Considering how our own federal government has been taking advantage of their majority by pushing bills through parliament with little debate, it was important for the students to hear Mr. Mackey, who is an Ascot Corner councilor, comment: “When you are elected you are representing the people and you must represent them well. The difficult thing is removing yourself; it’s not an ego thing. It can be frustrating in politics but don’t give up, bring your ideas forward and lead by example.”
Galt teacher Karolyn Kirby was next to speak about her experience as a page at the House of Commons and as a guide in the Veteran’s Affairs guide program at Vimy Ridge. Repeating a few very famous quotes of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (“Fuddle duddle”) and his son Justin, she said enthusiastically: “As a page you get to see those things when they happen!” Ms. Kirby also spoke about the importance of volunteering in one’s com- munity. “Being involved in your community is very good on a CV. I have a boxful of information on programs that students can get involved in,” she added.
Dr. John Bertram, once again, played the role of Governor General for Model Parliament. “Dr. Bertram taught English for 35 years at Galt, then got two Arts degrees, one Law degree and Is now pursuing a degree in history. I regard him as a professional student!” said Mr. Quinn in his introduction. Dr. Bertram than gave the Speech from the Throne, which is written by the Prime Minister’s Office and outlines the priorities of the government. Following the Throne Speech he said: “Our Canadian parliament is the product of a long and interesting history. In a little place called England the parliament functioned in French for hundreds of years. It gives me great pride to be part of Model Parliament. This is as important as any other parliament. The words you say here indicate how our country will function in years ahead; It inspires tremendous confidence in me for our future.” Student Ben Wilms, acting as the Prime Minister, then thanked him.
Eloquent and informative opening addresses were given, in both English and French, by student Denzel SutherlandWilson, as the head of the NDP, the Official Opposition, and Joaquim Francoli as the head of the Liberal Party. After receiving a positive comment about the Model Parliament program, Mr. Quinn commented: “We certainly believe that this methodology of constructivism is not only relevant but no better way to learn.”
Over forty years old and going strong, Galt’s Model Parliament could truly be a ‘model’ for the noisy one in Ottawa. Echoing Dr. Bertram’s sentiments, it inspires hope for the future.
Denzel Sutherland-wilson (standing) delivered an address as the head of the Official Opposition.