Pol­i­tics for to­day’s youth

Stir­ling-Raw­don teen gets first-hand feel­ing for how fed­eral gov­ern­ment op­er­ates

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - INTELLIGENCER STAFF

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.”

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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.

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