In a recently posted video on Youtube, the Queen’s University Model Parliament calls on Canadian comedian and political pundit Rick Mercer to attend their upcoming meet in Ottawa.
In the video, members of the QMP sent a message to Mercer to cover this year’s event for his CBC show, with the goal of disproving perception that today’s youth are apathetic towards politics.
Presented in the style of Mercer’s own rants, the students point out a number of details and opinions to support the fact that youth are not apathetic about politics, mentioning that last year’s Model Parliament took only three days to pass senate and electoral reform, as well as a comprehensive environmental policy. All with a balanced budget.
At the invitation of the Honourable Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Kingston & the Islands, over 300 Queen’s students will attend Parliament Hill from January 19th to the 21st. This unique conference, now in its 64th year, allows students the opportunity to debate, discuss and experiment with novel points of view.
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Student “politicians” at model parliaments over the years have had their debates overseen by guests from all aspects of the Canadian political landscape who act as Speaker of the House of Commons. Acting Speakers, who are also given the opportunity to address and inspire student participants, in past years have included current Speaker Peter Milliken, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, Minister of Defence Peter McKay, as well as leaders of the NDP, Liberal, and Green Parties.
No official announcement or acknowledgment of this campaign has yet been made by Rick Mercer, host of CBC’s “Rick Mercer Report”, and students from the QMP are using social media to raise awareness for their request on Facebook and Twitter along with this Youtube video rant (below).
Queen’s Model Parliament [website]
Rick Mercer [website]