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 ninth 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 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, are mandatory for all members, and it is expected that members thoroughly prepare and research their roles. The HOC is a challenging yet exhilarating committee that will undoubtedly grant invaluable insight into the hallowed halls of Canada’s Parliament.
Members of the House of Commons will write Private Members’ Resolutions (PMRs) in lieu of position papers. PMRs are mandatory, and must be submitted by January 22nd, 2021, at 23:59 PST. More information about PMRs can be found in the Private Member’s Resolution Guide.
Canada’s police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) forces serve primarily to enforce laws created by Parliament across the country, providing active policing across the nation’s provinces and territories since as early as the 1860’s. Over the course of developments primarily in the civil rights movement across North America, as well as public attention regarding expenditures following the 2008 economic crisis, there has been steadily growing pressure to tackle the issues of police brutality and systemic racism within the police force. In the midst of constantly evolving policies, the topic of contemporary policing reform continues to bear no shortage of controversy, especially across key areas concerning issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and funding.
Note that the House of Commons has only one topic: delegates will also debate chosen issues that pertain to their assigned constituency or portfolio.
Cynthia Gan | Speaker
A senior at Richmond Christian School, Cynthia is delighted to be serving as Speaker of the House of Commons at VMUN 2021. Starting Model UN at the beginning of her sophomore year, it has since fostered in her a passion for global affairs, diplomacy, and the opportunity to work with one of the most intelligent and motivated communities of students in the Lower Mainland. Outside of Model UN and academics, she enjoys debating, over-analyzing films, and contemporary poetry; more often, though, she can simply be found indulging her book-thrifting obsession, spending far too much on food, and dabbling in music. She looks forward to an exciting weekend of debate, diplomacy, and leadership.
Matthew Chen | Deputy Speaker
Matthew is a senior currently attending St. George’s School and is absolutely thrilled to be serving as the Deputy Speaker in the House of Commons at VMUN 2021. Ever since his first Model UN conference five years ago, he has been captivated by the world of MUN and all it has to offer, which has given him new fascination and perspective towards diplomacy and international affairs. Outside of MUN, Matthew can be found enthusiastically supporting his favourite soccer team, playing table tennis, struggling to understanding the complexities of the Mandarin language, or attempting to memorize the Tokyo Metro. Matthew is excited to meet everyone and is looking forward to another successful iteration of VMUN
Ellie Hwang | Clerk
Ellie Hwang is a rising senior at Little Flower Academy, and is embarking on her final year of MUN. Since her first conference, Ellie has been enthralled by the persuasive speeches and heated debate that are hallmarks of a MUN conference. Within the past few years, she has attended many conferences in an effort to broaden her worldview, and gain a better understanding of international relations. She has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel abroad to engage in debate and discuss current events with others. Outside of the conference room, Ellie can be found drinking too much caffeine, binging Ghibli movies, or frantically trying to finish her homework. She looks forward to staffing the House of Commons at VMUN, and cannot wait to see the vigorous debate that the delegates will bring.
Caitlin Adams | Clerk
Currently a junior at Crofton House School, Caitlin is honoured to be serving as a Clerk in the House of Commons at VMUN 2021. Since attending her first conference as a timid and confused delegate in Grade 8, Caitlin has fallen in love with MUN and has learned to assess global conflict in a critical manner. Whether writing a resolution paper, defending her position at the podium, or scrawling illegible notes to her colleagues, Caitlin leaves every committee session feeling enlightened. After four years of bringing new ideas to debate, she has forged connections with hardworking individuals from across the globe. Outside of MUN, Caitlin enjoys listening to most genres of music, playing the piano, freezing herself while coldwater diving, and reading National Geographic. Caitlin wholeheartedly looks forward to an enthralling weekend at VMUN 2021!
Ryan Meira | Clerk
Currently in eleventh grade at St. George’s School, Ryan is honored to be serving as a Clerk of the House of Commons at VMUN 2021. First discovering Model UN in grade nine, Ryan was surprised by its ability to serve both as an immersive and enjoyable learning experience. It was at VMUN 2019, his first conference, that he quickly became enthralled with the fast-paced, intelligent, and sometimes witty nature of Model UN. He is confident that VMUN 2021, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, will bring the same high-quality debate and brilliance that delegates have come to know, love, and expect from VMUN. When not participating in MUN related activities, Ryan can be found biking, hanging out with friends, and listening to absurd amounts of music. He looks forward to a weekend of diplomacy, growth, and debate and hopes to foster a love of Model UN amongst delegates, both new and old, at the twentieth iteration of Vancouver Model United Nations.
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.