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B.C. Youth Parliament opens for 83rd session

Dec 27 2011

Provincial MLAs may be off celebrating Christmas holidays but the next generation of leaders started work at the legislature Tuesday.

The B.C. Youth Parliament began its 83rd session in Victoria. Around 100 participants, aged 16 to 21, selected from communities across the province, will spend four days debating their organization’s plans and projects for the coming year.

The youth parliament is set to discuss the recent Occupy movement, as well as the idea of government-funded gym memberships, and whether basic first aid should be included as a mandatory component of the graduated driver’s licence program.

The B.C. Youth Parliament is a non-profit organization with the goal of improving the lives of youth through community service. Its annual legislative session sets the priorities for the coming year.

The youth, nominated by their schools and service organizations, take on the roles of premier, Opposition leader, speaker and cabinet ministers.