New Democrat MP brings change to Ottawa - Canada's youth given historic voice in parliament
OTTAWA – Banning the export of asbestos from Canada and building bike lanes to encourage activity and reduce pollution are the winning entries in the inaugural ‘Create Your Canada’ bill-writing contest, initiated by MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley).
The contest, that was held last fall with the support of School District 54 (Bulkley Valley) was started by Cullen to engage young people in creating real change in this country and teaching them how Canada’s parliamentary system works. Students in Grades 5-12 were challenged to write a piece of federal legislation to improve Canada.
“Students realized in working through their projects that individuals of any age can potentially make a huge difference in how Canada functions,” Cullen said.
The contest garnered over a hundred entries from all students of all ages. “The outstanding quality of entries made it tremendously difficult for our judges to narrow the field to just two winners,” Cullen said.