Rep Day Fall 2016 – Connecting Students with their MPs

December 9th, 2016 by CIVIX

CIVIX coordinated visits between Members of Parliament and classes across Canada as part of the Fall 2016 Rep Day program!

Rep Day is a civic education initiative that connects students with their local MP for a dialogue on government, the electoral process and issues that interest them. The program aims to help students develop a better understanding and sense of trust in the people and institutions within our democracy.

MP Jim Eglinski at Holy Redeemer Catholic Junior/Senior High School

Our goal is to put a face to politics and to dispel negative stereotypes of politicians and the political process by replacing them with greater knowledge about government and its institutions – in short, to transform students into citizens.

During the two parliamentary breaks of October and November, 78 Rep Days were scheduled with 68 Members of Parliament, representing 10 provinces and territories and 4 of the political parties represented in the House of Commons.

MP Charlie Angus at O’Gorman High School

From February to June 2016, CIVIX coordinated 205 Rep Day visits with 156 Members of Parliament across all ten provinces and three territories. Since the creation of the program in 2012, more than half of parliamentarians have participated in the program and feedback from both MPs and schools has been extremely positive.

This marked our second visit to Ardrossan Jr/Sr High as part of the CIVIX program, and we have been thrilled at the results. Garnett always returns impressed with the enthusiasm and engagement of the students, as well as grateful for the organization and accommodation of both CIVIX and the school/staff at Ardrossan. With the busy nature of an MP’s schedule, any assistance in arranging visits to schools and other community organizations is tremendously helpful and equally appreciated.

G. Show, Constituency Assistant for MP Garnett Genuis

Rep Days will be organized again in the New Year, with visits coinciding with parliamentary break weeks.

Interested schools are invited to contact CIVIX to take part and receive free curriculum resources to help guide the visit.

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