66 young people representing thirty nine CPA Branches across the Commonwealth to meet for 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in British Columbia, Canada 

The 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament will take place next week from 6 to 10 November 2016 in British Columbia, Canada, hosted by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

The 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP8) will bring together sixty six participants representing thirty nine CPA Branches* in eight of the nine CPA Regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; Canada; India; Pacific.

Participants will experience parliamentary life in a real-life situation in the legislative chamber of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and the programme will include taking part in parliamentary procedures as party representatives or independents, debating legislation and motions, holding a Committee of the Whole on a youth employment bill and facing the press in a ‘mock’ media conference. Participants at the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament will be debating a parliamentary bill on youth employment.

The 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament is due to be opened on Monday 7 November in the Parliamentary Chamber of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia said: "We are excited to welcome youth from across the Commonwealth to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament is a unique opportunity for youth to develop leadership and experience and to be empowered to make a positive difference in shaping the future of their own communities."

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) said: “I am delighted to be able to attend the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Canada. With 60% of the Commonwealth’s population aged under 30, the Commonwealth Youth Parliament is one of the key programmes organised by the CPA and responds to the needs of its young constituents. The CPA recognises that young people have a proven capability to lead change, and are a vital and valuable investment for now and the future.

The Commonwealth Youth Parliament provides a key development opportunity for young people with ambitions of public office and is designed to demonstrate to potential future young parliamentarians the fundamentals behind the processes of Parliament. The Commonwealth Youth Parliament gives participants a Pan-Commonwealth experience and a hugely valuable networking opportunity with other participants from across the Commonwealth as well as with current young Members of Parliament who act as mentors throughout the week. The Commonwealth Youth Parliament offers participants an opportunity to experience one of the key institutions which underpin democracy and good governance and we are proud to partner with the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Canada for this year’s event.”

The Commonwealth Youth Parliament features young people aged 18 to 29 who experience being a young Parliamentarian and the programme also includes a number of current Members of Commonwealth Parliaments and parliamentary staff who act as mentors throughout the proceedings. Participants experience life in the parliamentary spotlight and gain practical experience of the parliamentary system whilst learning how the next generation would approach parliamentary politics. Formal parliamentary practice adapted from several Commonwealth countries is followed and the proceedings are observed under the watchful eyes of experienced parliamentary officials. The agenda included debates, votes on Bills and government motions.

*The full list of CPA Branches being represented by the sixty six young participants are: Alberta (Canada); Australia Capital Territory; British Columbia (Canada); British Virgin Islands; Canada (Federal); Cayman Islands; Falkland Islands; Guyana; Isle of Man; Jamaica; Jersey; Kenya; Montserrat; New Brunswick; New South Wales (Australia); New Zealand; Nigeria (Federal); Niue; Northern Cape (South Africa); Northern Territory (Australia); North West Province (South Africa); North West Territory (Canada); Ontario (Canada); Pakistan (National Assembly); Prince Edward Island (Canada); Punjab, Pakistan; Quebec (Canada); Rajasthan (India); Scotland; Sri Lanka; St Helena; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos; Uttar Pradesh (India); UK; Wales; Zambia; Zanzibar. Final list of participants subject to change.

Information for participants at the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP8) in British Columbia, Canada can be found at www.leg.bc.ca/cyp8.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. 
 
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