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Encyclopedia > Western Canada Youth Parliament

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 long weekend. The hosting for the WCYP rotates amongst these four youth parliaments. The members at each session of the WCYP debate resolutions in the form of legislation. The rules of parliamentary debate for each WCYP are those of the host province. BCYP (British Columbia Youth Parliament) is a youth organization that operates in the Canadian province of British Columbia. ... The TUXIS Parliament of Alberta (“TPA”) is one of a number of provincial youth parliaments that has its origins in the boys work movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries. ... The Saskatchewan Youth Parliament (SYP) is a non-partisan organization of young people that meets to discuss relevant political and social issues. ... 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. ... Victoria Day (French: Fête de la Reine) is a Canadian Statutory Holiday celebrated on the Monday on or before May 24 in honour of both Queen Victorias birthday and the current reigning Canadian Sovereigns birthday. ...


The first recorded discussion of holding a western Canadian youth parliament was in 1959. That year, the members of the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta debated but defeated a resolution supporting the creation of a “Western Canada Older Boys’ Parliament.”


It would be over twenty years before the next proposal for a western Canadian youth parliament. In 1981, the Youth Parliament of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario (as it was then known) organized the first Western Canada Youth Parliament as a project to commemorate their 60th anniversary. It was also designed to be an inter-provincial event to fill the gap between sessions of the now defunct Youth Parliament of Canada/Parlement jeunesse du Canada, which at that time was only held bi-annually. While the British Columbia Youth Parliament did not officially endorse its participation in the first WCYP, representatives of all four western Canadian youth parliaments did attend that first session. 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. ...


The first Western Canada Youth Parliament in which all four western provincial youth parliaments officially participated was held in the Alberta legislature in 1983. Motto: Fortis et liber (Latin: Strong and free) Official languages English Flower Wild rose Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong Premier Ralph Klein (PC) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 28 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked 6th 661,848 km² 642,317 km² 19... The Legislative Assembly of Alberta meets in the provincial capital, Edmonton. ...


The success of that WCYP encouraged the constituent parliaments to agree to hold the event bi-annually to alternate with the Youth Parliament of Canada. The next session was held in Winnipeg in July 1985. The BCYP hosted in 1987, holding the session in the senate chambers of the University of Victoria. The Saskatchewan Youth Parliament took its turn hosting the May 1989 session in the provincial Legislative Building in Regina. The 1987 session hosted an ambassador from the Junior Statesmen of America from Washington State. The 1989 session was notable in that it was the first time an ambassador attended from one of the eastern Canadian youth parliaments, being a member of the Nova Scotia Youth Parliament. The University of Victoria (usually known as UVic) is located in Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (northeast of Victoria, and split between the municipalities of Oak Bay and Saanich) . It is a medium-sized university, with approximately 19,000 students, as of 2006. ... Motto: Nickname: The Queen City Motto: Floreat Regina (Let Regina Flourish) Location City Information Established: 1882 Area: 118. ... The Junior State of America, also known as Junior Statesmen of America and JSA, is the largest student-run non-profit high-school organization in the United States. ...


The rotation of Westerns has since cycled bi-annually between the four provinces in its original sequence, except for the seventh session, which came after a two-year hiatus.


Locations and Personages

Western Canada Youth Parliament (by Session)
Session Year Province City Lieutenant Governor Speaker Premier
1 1983 AB Edmonton  ?  ?  ?
2 1985 MB Winnipeg  ?  ?  ?
3 1987 BC Victoria Emery Barnes Robert MacDonald Geoff Glave
4 1989 SK Regina  ? Ken Millard Scott Quendack
5 1991 AB  ?  ?  ?  ?
6 1993 MB Winnipeg  ?  ?  ?
7 1996 BC Burnaby Gordon Downing Geoff Glave Jennifer Jay
8 1998 SK Regina  ? Michael Zwaagstra Tricia Kaminski
9 2000 AB Edmonton David Marriott Dale Harris Ali Buckingham
10 2002 MB Winnipeg Stuart Olmstead Donna Chanas Michael Feuerstein
11 2004 BC Vancouver Val Anderson Aniz Alani Swithin D'Souza
12 2006 SK Regina Warren McCall Matt Leisle Arielle Zerr

1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: Fortis et liber (Latin: Strong and free) Official languages English Flower Wild rose Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong Premier Ralph Klein (PC) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 28 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked 6th 661,848 km² 642,317 km² 19... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... This article is about the year. ... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) Official languages English (French is an official language of the Manitoban legislature and courts) Flower Pasqueflower Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 14 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of... Motto: Template:Unhide = Unum Cum Virtute Multorum (One With the Strength of Many) Location City Information Established: 1738 (Fort Rouge),1873 (City of Winnipeg) Area: 465. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Official languages none stated in law; English is de facto Flower Pacific dogwood Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 36 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked... The arms of Victoria. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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... Motto: Nickname: The Queen City Motto: Floreat Regina (Let Regina Flourish) Location City Information Established: 1882 Area: 118. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada (49°16′N 122°58′W), is a city immediately east of Vancouver. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

BCYP (British Columbia Youth Parliament) is a youth organization that operates in the Canadian province of British Columbia. ... The TUXIS Parliament of Alberta (“TPA”) is one of a number of provincial youth parliaments that has its origins in the boys work movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries. ... The Saskatchewan Youth Parliament (SYP) is a non-partisan organization of young people that meets to discuss relevant political and social issues. ... 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 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. ...

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