Politics for today’s youth
Stirling-Rawdon teen gets first-hand feeling for how federal government operates
A local youth has a better understanding of federal politics after visiting Parliament Hill and speaking with Hastings—Lennox & Addington MP Mike Bossio.
Taylor Russett, of StirlingRawdon, travelled to the nation’s capital last week as part of the Forum for Young Canadians — a program which brings together young Canadians from all across the country and introduces them to the political process.
Bossio gave Russett a tour of Parliament Hall, introduced him to other parliamentarians, and engaged in a lively discussion about Russett’s plans for the future.
“Forum has been a great opportunity for me to immerse myself in Canadian politics, by allowing me great opportunities like simulating the role of Prime Minister, visiting Parliament Hill, going to Question Period, and visiting the Supreme Court of Canada,” stated Russett.
“The program has allowed me to see my government at work through simulations of government budgets, federal elections, first minister meetings, and more. I have made tons of friends who have helped me understand issues and projects within their own provinces and territories. I would recommend the Forum for Young Canadians to any Canadian student that would like to gain a broader knowledge of Canadian politics and be immersed into real life political simulations.”
The Forum for Young Canadians offers students the chance to meet with parliamentarians, senators, and other government officials, in order to learn more about their roles and daily responsibilities. Throughout their week in Ottawa, students have the opportunity to participate in simulations of model parliament, cabinet negotiations, a mock election, and much more. The program is open to any Canadian student between the ages of 15 and 19.
“I was thrilled to welcome Taylor to Ottawa,” said Bossio. “He is a very impressive young man. The Forum for Young Canadians is an excellent program that gives students the opportunity to become involved in their community, and to develop a better understanding of the political process. With Taylor elected as ‘Prime Minister’ during this Forum, it looks like Hastings—Lennox & Addington had great representation. Taylor has a bright future ahead, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”
Stirling-Rawdon teen Taylor Russett and Hastings—Lennox & Addington MP Mike Bossio pose for a photogragh in Ottawa during Russett’s visit to the capital city. Russett was a participant in the Forum for Young Canadians program.