Rep Day

October 23rd, 2013 by Dan Allan

Rep Day is a civic education initiative that connects Members of Parliament with high school students for a dialogue on current political issues. Here’s an update on the more than 80 Rep Day visits we’ve coordinated so far.

Rep Day

Through online resources, classroom discussion and interaction with their MP, students are increasing their knowledge of the federal government and are encouraged to discuss future issues facing Canada with family, friends and government officials. Rep Day aims to break down the stereotypes that young people have of politicians and the political process, and develop a better understanding of and a sense of trust in the people and institutions within our democracy.

In total, 65 MPs will have or are scheduled to take part in 85 Rep Day visits in their electoral districts. The Conservatives, NDP, Liberals and Green Party are all represented, and visits are taking place in eight provinces. Visits began during Canada’s Democracy Week in mid-September and continue throughout the fall. You can view a list of all participating schools on our interactive map.

Feedback from teachers has been extremely positive:

“I think it is a very valuable opportunity for young people to meet their representative in a small classroom setting. It puts a “real face” on politics. It engages them in a way that a textbook or news clip cannot. And, ultimately, hopefully, it will encourage them to be more engaged citizens in their democracy in the future.”
-Diane, Ontario high school teacher

“The visit helped make parliamentary democracy real for my students.  It also helped them understand that regardless of political stripe, we can learn objectively about the system and interact respectfully with people who serve within this system.”
-Celia, British Columbia high school teacher

Participating Members of Parliament have also shared their positive experiences through social media:

Past Student Vote Team Leaders were invited to register for Rep Day. The program began as a pilot project last year in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Thanks again to all the MPs, their staff and the teachers, schools and students from across Canada who have participated in Rep Day so far!

Interested in taking part in Rep Day? Let us know!

 

Watch a clip of Niagara West—Glanbrook MP Dean Allison’s Rep Day visit to Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School: 

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