MLA Day Recap

October 23rd, 2012 by Katie Reidel

In preparation for their return to the legislature this week, MLAs from Alberta and Saskatchewan have been meeting with students in their electoral districts. The students prepared for these visits by learning about the responsibilities of the provincial government and their MLA, as well as some current events that were important to them. During their time with the MLA, students asked questions about a wide variety of issues, from pipelines to social policies to voting.

   

MLAs Jacquie Fenske and Linda Johnson tweet about the questions they received on MLA Day.

 

14 Saskatchewan MLAs and 18 Alberta MLAs have visited students for this inaugural MLA Day program, and the feedback from all involved has been positive. Teachers report that their students are engaged and very informed. MLAs have told us they have been surprisingly challenged by the questions from students. And thanks to social media, even students have had the chance to express their opinions on MLA Day;

 

@DrewBarnesMLA thanks for the talk… Appreciate you talking to our class and answering our questions…nice to meet you!” – Tweet from a student at Senator Gershaw, Bow Island, AB

 

The goal is that these MLA Day visits have not only highlighted issues of importance for MLAs to bring back to the Legislature this term, but also have begun a year long relationship between the students and their elected representatives. Some MLAs have already scheduled follow up visits with their partner school.

To follow more MLA Day commentary from those taking part, check out these links:

Storify – MLA Day Alberta

Storify – MLA Day Saskatchewan

Pinterest – MLA Day photos

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