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Queen’s Students Head to Parliament

January 15, 2013

KINGSTON, ON – This week 330 students of Queen’s University will be heading to the House of Commons to participate in Queen’s Model Parliament (QMP). Running Tuesday January 15th until Friday January 18th, this will be the 66th year of the conference. QMP provides a unique opportunity for Alma Mater Society (AMS) members from all faculties to get involved and get first-hand experience with the Canadian Parliamentary system and its procedures.

QMP is proud to be completely student run and administered. This year’s conference is also notable for a female participation rate of over 60%, as compared to 24% in the current House of Commons. The participants spend 4 months prior to the conference crafting bills, electing leaders, and writing speeches to then debate them in the House of Commons. This event stands as a hallmark of Queen’s tradition, student involvement, and youth participation.

“All of this is made possible by the Hon. Andrew Scheer, the current Speaker of the House of Commons, and his support of youth and female involvement in politics. Queen’s does not reside in a provincial or federal capital, and as such our yearly access to the House of Commons is a unique opportunity for our members to familiarize themselves with the Federal Government.” – Doug Johnson, AMS President

“QMP is the highlight of the year for many Queen’s students. It introduces them to new people, a unique experience, and perhaps even an unconsidered future path. I have no doubt that many of our delegates will go on to have a very influential career in the political field, and all of them will leave this conference with a renewed appreciation for Canadian politics.” – Claire Casher, Campus Activities Commissioner  

Please direct all media inquiries to Taylor Mann, AMS Communications Officer, at comm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

BACKGROUNDER 

Alma Mater Society (AMS) - http://www.myAMS.org

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.