The First Ministers of Canada is a uniquely Canadian interprovincial committee consisting of 13 Premiers and one Prime Minister—collectively known as the First Ministers. Representing all the provinces and territories, and the federal government, the First Ministers’ objectives focus on addressing and mediating the differing views between the provinces and the federal government. Delegates in this committee will represent key Canadian government leaders from coast to coast and will be provided the opportunity to discover and explore region-specific Canadian issues to a deeper extent than any other committee.
This committee is designed for intermediate and experienced delegates who have a desire to learn more about Canada and significant Canadian issues. Position papers are mandatory, and must be submitted by January 28th, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Pipelines have formed the backbone of the Canadian energy sector ever since the Industrial Revolution and are essential to Canada’s oil and gas industry. However, over the course of recent developments, such as mass protests against pipelines across Canada and the increased public attention surrounding climate change, there has been steadily growing pressure on provincial and federal government leaders to address such issues in the approval process of new pipeline projects. In the midst of constantly changing policies, the topic of pipelines in Canada and their importance to the Canadian economy continues to bear no shortage of controversy, especially across key areas related to the environment, the economy, and the consultation and consent of Indigenous Peoples.
Canada’s telecommunications companies have provided Canadians across the country with important telecom services and have been crucial to Canadian society as a whole. As technology progresses, however, especially with the introduction of 5G into Canadian telecom networks, numerous issues in the telecom sector relating to affordability, accessibility, and online privacy and security have been raised. Amidst increasing public attention surrounding such issues, problems within Canadian telecom and its potential reform continue to bear no shortage of discussion. As the list of issues with telecom companies continues to grow, the burden falls on provincial, territorial, and federal leaders to take action.
Darren Tsai | Director
Currently in his Grade 10 year at St. George’s School, Darren is honoured to be serving as the Director of the First Ministers of Canada at VMUN 2022. Ever since raising his placard for the first time in Grade 8 to recite a seconds-long pre-written speech, Darren’s inspiration for the fast-paced debate and diplomacy in the world of Model UN has only grown. It was through Model UN that he discovered his interest in debating international relations and politics. When not addressing the committee, Darren can be found watching Canadian politicians’ most cringeworthy moments, spending nonexistent hours playing iMessage games with his friends, and firmly defending his opinions on political issues around the world. He looks forward to an enthralling weekend filled with fruitful deliberations at VMUN 2022.
Darren Yang | Chair
A Grade 12 student at Lord Byng Secondary School, Darren is ecstatic to serve as the Chair of the First Ministers of Canada at VMUN 2022. Darren is entering his fourth and final year in Model UN, and it is evident that his initial experiences have ignited into a fiery passion for this activity. Whether it be the riveting debate during committee sessions, the thousands of brain cells lost during midnight crises, or the brilliant people he has met along the way, Model UN has transformed his identity and his view of the world. When procrastinating, Darren can be found endlessly scrolling through TikTok (which he downloaded as a joke), exploring the natural wonders of Greater Vancouver, or wasting his non-existent allowance on bubble tea. Darren looks forward to a fruitful weekend full of debate, excitement, and caffeine!
Sahara Kalafchi | Assistant Director
Sahara is currently a Grade 12 student at Crofton House School and is delighted to serve as the Assistant Director of First Ministers for VMUN 2022. Sahara began her MUN journey as a curious delegate in Grade 8. After taking a brief hiatus from Model UN, she is returning to the world of diplomacy with greater interest and a stronger passion for global affairs and current events. Sahara hopes to provide an exhilarating and inspiring experience for all delegates in the First Ministers committee. Outside of MUN, Sahara can be found indulging in cafe and jazz culture while working on her latest graphic design project, or at the dance studio after school. She cannot wait to meet passionate and talented delegates at VMUN 2022.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.