grand council of the qing dynasty, 1853
The Grand Council of the Qing Dynasty transports delegates to 19th-century China, where they will struggle to sustain and transform an empire having ruled for more than two centuries. As intrigues and schemes rock the Forbidden City, the advisors and ministers of the Xianfeng Emperor will grapple with insurgent domestic rebellions and insidious foreign advances in their quest to restore the ailing empire to its former glory.
As a continuous crisis cabinet, this committee is most appropriate for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory, and must be submitted by Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
An essential question at the heart of a society is that of justice. What is a crime? What gives the state the right to punish individuals for their actions? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? What is just in a democratic and multicultural society like Canada? These questions have no clear and final answers – like most things in a nation, they are a continual work in progress. Throughout the country, malaise over the apparently forgotten plight of impoverished minorities, demand for drug liberalisation, and sentencing reform have risen to a fever pitch; Parliament must rise to the occasion and make bold and multi-faceted reforms to ensure the future of a just and equitable Canada.