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.

Topic: Canada’s Energy Future (Click to show summary)

Justin Del Negro | Co-Speaker

A senior at St. George’s School, Justin has been involved in Model UN since grade 8 and has since developed a passion for debate, politics and international policy. As a delegate and clerk in the House of Commons at VMUN 2017 and 2018 respectively, Justin discovered a keen interest in Canadian politics and was inspired by the energizing debate featured in the HOC. Outside of Model UN, Justin is a competitive soccer player with a love for hiking, canoeing, rock-climbing and camping in beautiful British Columbia. Justin is incredibly honoured to be Co-Speaker of the House of Commons at this year’s VMUN and looks forward to a weekend of enthralling debate, laughter and diplomacy.

Isaac La Roy | Co-Speaker

Isaac is a grade 12 student at Shawnigan Lake School, and it is his great pleasure to serve as Co-Speaker of the House for VMUN 2019. This is his 4th VMUN, and he is delighted to be a part of it in such a great way. Since attending his first conference 4 years ago, he has grown to love the atmosphere and intensity of MUN. Over the past 5 years of MUN, Isaac has learned better speaking skills and diplomacy. He hopes to use these tools to become a lawyer in the future. When Isaac is not practicing for Model UN he is usually found playing sports or being a hockey referee. Isaac is looking forward to VMUN and is excited to enjoy the atmosphere the people will bring.

Ariel Moon | Clerk

A senior at York House School, Ariel is excited to be a part of the HOC staff again for VMUN 2019. Since attending her first conference in 9th grade, Model UN has continuously affirmed Ariel’s love for global affairs and public policy. In her spare time, Ariel enjoys keeping up to date on current events, listening to 70s music, and volunteering with kids. Seeing as this will be Ariel’s final high school conference, she has no doubt that the diligent staff and delegates will make the experience a highlight to remember.

Jasmine Lin | Clerk

Jasmine is currently a junior attending Crofton House School and is delighted to be serving as a Clerk in the House of Commons. Ever since she attended her first conference in Grade 8, Jasmine has developed a passion for international affairs and global issues. Along the way, she has also made countless friendships and memories that will become a significant milestone in her high school career. When not immersed in the world of MUN, Jasmine can be found starting yet another show on Netflix or satisfying her multiple cravings at restaurants all around Vancouver. Jasmine is thrilled to be staffing at what will be an amazing weekend at VMUN 2019!

Ethan Jasny | Clerk

Currently a grade 10 student at West Point Grey Academy, Ethan is delighted to be serving as a Clerk for the House of Commons at VMUN 2019. This will mark Ethan’s 8th MUN conference and his second staffing experience, and he hopes to work to create an immersive committee experience that will help delegates foster a deep interest in Canadian politics. Outside of the committee room, Ethan enjoys debating, public speaking, hiking, and playing the bass guitar. He looks forward to a weekend of lively debate as the inner workings of the Canadian government are explored in one of VMUN’s most unique committees.

You can contact the Co-Speakers at hoc@vmun.com with any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.