Canadian House of Commons
The House of Commons of Canada is vastly different from the typical MUN committee experience. Abandon the diplomatic, ordered debate of the United Nations and plunge into the thrilling world of party politics, parliamentary strategy and Question Period. Debate issues that strike closer to home, and connect to how your pursuits, if made real, could deeply affect the future of Canada. This is what prospective Members of Parliament should expect upon joining this exciting and exclusive VMUN committee.
In its fifth year running, the HOC will attempt to accurately model the essence of the real House of Commons, the most important legislative body in Canada. Members will have the opportunity to represent Canadians in ridings from coast to coast to coast, and be part of federal political parties. Along with holding sessions in the entire House, members will be part of three specialized Standing Committees that will take a more in depth look at national issues.
Prospective members ideally should have an interest or a desire to learn more about Canada and Canadian politics, and be prepared to work with fellow party members as a team to achieve political goals. PMRs, the HOC counterpart to position papers, will be mandatory for all members, and it will be expected that members thoroughly prepare and research their roles. The HOC is a challenging, yet extraordinarily fun committee that will hopefully deepen your love of MUN and appreciation for Canada.
Members of the House of Commons will write Private Members’ Resolutions (PMRs) in lieu of position papers. More information concerning the finer details of PMRs will be made available in due course.
The Westminster Parliamentary system has evolved throughout the ages. From its Medieval beginnings, Parliament as an institution has been moulded by revolutions, conquests, and philosophy. However, a system descended from a feudal administrative measure, can Parliament survive as a viable instrument to representative democracy into the 21st century? The Parliament of Canada committee at VMUN 2017 will be deliberating the state of Canadian Democracy, and examining crucial faults within our political system of governance and administration. Complacency with the status quo is never enough – rather, seeking betterment through self-reflection and improvement is necessary in maintaining Parliament as a bastion of Canadian freedom and democracy. Welcome to the Parliament of Canada committee at VMUN 2017 – a chamber where you can envision the future of the Canadian republic.
Lia Lee | Co-Speaker of the House
Lia Lee is a senior student at Sentinel Secondary School who first entered with world of Model UN in grade 9. She attended her first conference to overcome her fear of public speaking and is ending her last conference with a desire to further pursue international relations. Lia believes that Model United Nations is an excellent platform to practice public speaking skills and grasp an overall understanding of international issues while networking with fellow passionate students. Aside from Model UN, she continues to be actively involved in federal politics and is excited to serve as a Co-Speaker for the House of Commons committee this year. Nevertheless, she is also an avid music enthusiast who enjoys volleyball, track and field, and art.
Jason Qu | Co-Speaker of the House
A keen political observer and thinker from his early days, Jason has been involved with Model UN since his grade 6 years. In his last year as a grade 12 student at St. George’s School, Jason is honoured to serve as Under-Secretary General of Finance and Co-Speaker of the House of Commons Committee, an experience that will be both bittersweet but memorable. Outside of MUN, Jason dabbles in debate, entrepreneurialism, and physics. He is a great car enthusiast and a cyclist, and is a self-diagnosed insomniac, working both late at night and early in the morning on school work and other pursuits. Proud and honoured to be serving on the secretariat in his final year of high-school and MUN, VMUN 2017 is an experience Jason will not soon forget!
Wendy Hu | Clerk
A senior at Lord Byng Secondary, Wendy was first introduced to VMUN in grade 9 and loved it so much she came back every year after that. This year, however, will be her first time joining VMUN as staff instead of delegate. Outside of MUN, Wendy is heavily involved in her school and community as both a leader and a volunteer. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys admiring Harley’s wit in Suits, pretending she’s a Broadway star in the shower, and going out for Thai food with friends. Wendy is extremely excited to clerk for the HOC and watch delegates take on the role of passionate MPs. She hopes that all delegates have a rewarding time at VMUN 2017 and cannot wait to meet everyone!
Meghna Lohia | Clerk
As a junior at Crofton House School, Meghna has attended over 8 Model United Nations conferences as a delegate. After attending her first conference in grade 8, she has developed a passion for public speaking, politics and international policy. Meghna is thrilled to be able to staff her first conference at VMUN. In her spare time, you can find her rehearsing for the school play, coding, or roaming around Vancouver in search of the best quality matcha. Meghna cannot wait to meet all of the delegates, and looks forward to the conference in January.
Nima Toussi | Clerk
Nima is currently a junior at Port Moody Secondary, and is delighted to serve as a clerk in the House of Commons. After attending his first conference two years ago, he was immediately hooked by the professionalism, debate, and intensity of MUN. Outside of MUN, Nima can be found binge-watching House of Cards and Friends, procrastinating, getting beat in 1-on-1 basketball, and reading a good book with a cup of hot chocolate nearby. Nima is eagerly looking forward to a weekend of enthralling debate, wearing formal attire, and diplomacy; he hopes that VMUN 2017 will be a fascinating experience for all.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. PMRs must also be submitted to this address.