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 seventh 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.
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.