Contact your local MP and ask him or her to sit for an interview about the legislative process; a more preferable option may be to interview him or her about a Private Member’s Bill that he or she sponsored. Prepare a set of questions in advance of your interview.
Contact a local non-governmental organization or special interest group that has taken part in a parliamentary committee. Each successful bill will go through the committee stage before third reading and it is quite common to have special interest groups provide information to these committees. Have students conduct an interview or research the topic and prepare a visual presentation. Visit www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/ for assistance.
- Have students visit the website for the Parliament of Canada and choose a proposed bill that has some controversy. Conduct some research on the nature of the bill and its purpose, advantages and disadvantages for Canadians. After researching the merits of the bill write a letter to your local constituency office, or that of an opposition MP, providing your position on the proposed legislation.
- Meet with your local MP and interview him or her regarding a specific piece of legislation before Parliament. Prepare a series of questions on the legislation in advance of your meeting. Alternatively, write a letter to the editor of your local paper on a contentious piece of legislation.
- Play the Classroom Video Government of Canada. The video runs 35 min. Most high school Social Studies Departments have this video series from Classroom Video. If your school does not have this video series, you can contact Classroom Video at www.classroomvideo.com
Answer the following questions:
- Do you see a connection between your feelings and views and government laws and policies? Why or Why not? Explain your answer in detail.
- Do you believe that politicians represent all members of public, just the people who vote, or the people that just vote for them? Explain your answer.
- Do you believe that youth can have a greater influence on how policies and laws are made by the government(s) if they expressed themselves more in open forums and during election votes? Explain your answer.