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The Saskatchewan Youth Parliament (SYP) is a non-partisan organization of young people that meets to discuss and debate political and social issues. Members learn about the mechanics of government, such as parliamentary procedure, decision making, and the rules of debate in a parliamentary democracy. Additionally, members are exposed to a variety of viewpoints from youth from around Saskatchewan. At its annual Christmas session, SYP members are given the privilege of debating at the Saskatchewan Legislature in Regina, in the same seats as the real Members of the Legislative Assembly. SYP is run for youth by youth by a cabinet elected at the Annual Christmas Session each year. Cabinet does everything from planning the events, to finances and communications. A parliamentary procedure is the individual process used for decision making by a deliberative assembly. ... States currently utilizing parliamentary systems are denoted in red and orange—the former being constitutional monarchies where authority is vested in a parliament, and the latter being parliamentary republics whose parliaments are effectively supreme over a separate head of state. ... Motto: Multis E Gentibus Vires (Latin: From many peoples, strength) Official languages English Flower Western Red Lily Capital Regina Largest city Saskatoon Lieutenant-Governor Gordon Barnhart Premier Lorne Calvert (NDP) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 14 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked 7th 651,036 km² 591... Christmas is a Christian holiday held on December 25 which celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... The Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan is located in Regina. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Queen City Motto: Floreat Regina (Let Regina Flourish) Coordinates , Government Country Province District Canada Saskatchewan Assiniboia Established 1882 City Mayor Governing Body MPs MLAs Pat Fiacco Regina City Council Dave Batters Ralph Goodale Tom Lukiwski Andrew Scheer Joanne Crofford Doreen Hamilton Ron Harper Warren McCall Sandra...

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History

SYP first met in 1912 as the Saskatchewan Older Boys' Parliament. However, it had a shaky beginning and collapsed after a few years of existence. 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1923, SYP was revived under the TUXIS movement as an organisation for Christian boys. That Christmas, the session was held at the Saskatchewan Legislature, where it has been held almost every year since. 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... TUXIS was a boys’ program similar to the Scouting movement promoted by Canadian Protestant churches. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Christianity. ...


There were no sessions of the SYP during theGreat Depression and World War II. This resulted in a fifteen year gap between the 8th and 9th sessions of the SYP. It was not until 1945 that the SYP met again. At that time, the Saskatchewan Older Boys' Parliament began its evolution towards what is now called SYP. There were many spirited debates on whether to admit females, non-Christians and smokers. The members at the time decided to allow smokers to join but not females or non-Christians. Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn which started in 1929 (although its effects were not fully felt until late in 1930) and lasted through most of the 1930s. ... This article is becoming very long. ... 1945 (MCMVL) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ...


In 1969, the members of the Saskatchewan Older Boys' Parliament debated a resolution that would permit young women to join the organisation. One of the members at the time was current Saskatchewan premier Lorne Calvert, who gave a (reportedly tongue in cheek) speech against admitting female members. It was not until 1972 that females and non-Christians were allowed to join. At that time, the name was changed to Saskatchewan Youth Parliament. 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Lorne Calvert (born December 24, 1954 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) is the current premier of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


In 1987, SYP celebrated its 75th Anniversary. To celebrate, a reunion was held which brought together different generations of SYP alumni. Soon afterward, a new draft constitution and standing orders were prepared. These came into effect in 1988. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rules of order, also known as standing orders or rules of procedure, are the written rules of parliamentary procedure adopted by a deliberative assembly, which detail the processes used by the body to make decisions. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Throughout the years, a number of SYP alumni have become notable political leaders, including former Prime Minister the Right Honourable John Diefenbaker, former MP Simon DeJong, former Federal Cabinet Minister Ralph Goodale, Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert, MLA Mark Wartman, and MLA Ken Cheveldayoff. Many other former members have also made their mark on Saskatchewan and on Canada such as police officers (Nolan Berg), teachers (Michael Zwaagstra), lawyers (Dana Brule), diplomats (Marc Banzet) and journalists (Brian Zinchuk). John George Diefenbaker, CH, PC, QC, BA, MA, LL.B, LL.D, DCL, FRSC, FRSA, D.Litt, DSL, (September 18, 1895 – August 16, 1979) was the 13th Prime Minister of Canada (1957 – 1963). ... Hon. ... Lorne Calvert (born December 24, 1954 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) is the current premier of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ...

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Annual Events

SYP has four events each year, the biggest event of these being the Annual Christmas Session which takes place in Regina. At Session the members take part in a number of activities, which include debate in the Saskatchewan Legislature, a formal dinner with the Lieutenant Governor, cabinet elections and the annual budget is passed. Session is also the opportunity for the organization to debate and pass legislation that effects the operation of the organization. For example, each of the cabinet positions has a piece of legislation that governs the duties and responsibilities of that portfolio.


The topics for debate are chosen by the members themselves at the event and are often related to topics that are of interest or are featured in the news. For example, switching to a nuclear-based energy system was a favorite debate resolution during the early 1990s. Other perennial topics include the death penalty, abortion, and the legalization of marijuana.


The three other events held through out the year take place in March, May and November. This are called "Minis" because they are held over a weekend in each of the listed months and are like a Mini Session. The location of the March and May minis vary each year, but tend to be either a North/South town or city or an East/West town or city. These events do not involve legislation or a budget.


The November Mini is always held in Saskatoon and is the yearly Tri-Provincial event. Saskatchewan Youth Parliament invites the Youth Parliament of Manitoba and the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta to join them in a weekend of debating. Established in 1922, Youth Parliament of Manitoba (YPM) is a non-partisan, non-denominational, non-profit organization that educates youth in effective public speaking and the parliamentary process. ... The TUXIS Parliament of Alberta (“TPA”) is one of a number of provincial model youth parliaments that has its origins in the boys work movement of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. ...


There are also Cabinet meetings held in January, July and September, as well as at each official event as a time for the Executive Council (Cabinet) to discuss the running of Saskatchewan Youth Parliament.

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List of Premiers

The following are the individuals who have been the Premier of Saskatchewan Youth Parliament and the year they were Premier

  • 1992 - Michael Gange
  • 1993 - Mary Lou Kowalski
  • 1994 - Troy Snider
  • 1995 - Dawn Anhorn
  • 1996 - Howie Millard
  • 1997 - Andrew Smith
  • 1998 - Tricia Kaminski
  • 1999 - Kurt Gibb
  • 2000 - Steven Lloyd
  • 2001 - Nick Hill
  • 2002 - Angela Zwaagstra
  • 2003 - Matt Leisle
  • 2004 - Matt Leisle
  • 2005 - David Chevrier
  • 2006 - Arielle Zerr
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See also

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The Western Canada Youth Parliament (WCYP) is a bi-ennial event that brings together delegations from the British Columbia Youth Parliament (BCYP), the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta, the Saskatchewan Youth Parliament (SYP) and the Youth Parliament of Manitoba (YPM) for a four-day parliamentary session, usually during the Victoria Day... The Youth Parliament of Canada/Parlement jeunesse du Canada (“YPC/PJC”) was a youth model parliament that met bi-annually, and later annually, in the 1980s. ... Parent article Youth work The history of youth work goes back to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, which was the first time that young men left their own homes and cottage industries to migrate to the big towns. ... The Model Parliament is the term used for the 1295 parliament of King Edward I. This assembly included members of the clergy and the aristocracy, as well as representatives from the various counties and boroughs. ...

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  • Saskatchewan Youth Parliament

 
 

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