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April 24, 2006

Popular program making the Grade with Alberta students

Edmonton—Students from across Alberta will spend the next two days living the life of a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta during Mr. Speaker’s MLA for a Day program.

Student MLAs will have to answer some tough questions such as “how do I represent the best interests of my constituents while dealing with the diverse points of view of my colleagues?”

High school students from each of Alberta’s 83 constituencies will participate in interactive seminars intended to provide an in-depth look into the work of an MLA.

“We have had such great success with this program,” said Speaker Ken Kowalski. “The students learn a lot about the parliamentary process but Members also learn a lot about the political savvy of our young citizens.”

“These students are very knowledgeable about the issues that affect Alberta,” explained Kowalski. “It wouldn’t surprise me to see some of them sitting in these seats for real in the not-too-distant future.”

Sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion, Mr. Speaker’s MLA for a Day takes place April 24 and 25, 2006 with participants from high schools across Alberta.  Participants will observe the Assembly in session and take part in briefing sessions with the Speaker, MLAs and others. They will even face the challenge of debating a resolution.

“We look forward to working with these students to show them the many roles of an MLA,” concluded Kowalski. “Even more interesting is seeing how these roles are perceived by young Albertans.”

For program details on to the Legislative Assembly Website: http://www.assembly.ab.ca/lao/speaker/MLAforaDay/index-info.htm


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For media inquiries, please contact:
Bev Alenius, Executive Assistant
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Office of the Speaker
Phone: 427-2464
Email: bev.alenius@assembly.ab.ca

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