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Harris Welcomes New Hamburg Students as MPPs for a Day

April 2, 2012

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris welcomed his first “MPP for a Day” students to Queen’s Park.

“As part of my local election platform, I committed to establishing an MPP for a Day program to provide local youth with the opportunity to experience provincial government firsthand,” said Harris. “I’m happy to report that today we officially launched our MPP for a Day program with grade 6 Forest Glen Public School student McKenna Seebach and grade 9 Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School student Hendrik Rolleman.”

This engaging, new program will give local students in Grades 6 to 10 the opportunity to spend a day in the life of an MPP and experience the province’s political process firsthand.

To apply for the program, interested students must complete an application form available online, which includes several questions about Ontario’s political system and a 100-word short-answer response detailing why they would make a good MPP for a day. Students in Grades 8 to 10 are asked to provide an additional response explaining one thing they would like to change in the province of Ontario.

“Today, McKenna and Hendrik were introduced in the Legislature, attended a stakeholder reception, sat in on meetings, attended Question Period, took a special tour of Queen’s Park – including a rare visit to the Lieutenant Governor’s suite,” Harris said. “McKenna and Hendrik also met with PC Leader Tim Hudak in the West Lobby and received a certificate recognizing their time as MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga.”

Background
On September 21, 2011, then PC candidate Michael Harris announced at Conestoga College his plan to invest in local youth by providing the leaders of tomorrow with opportunities today.

One of several youth-focused initiatives, Harris committed to establishing an MPP for a Day program to give youth the opportunity to experience provincial government firsthand.

The MPP for a Day program runs each month the Legislature is in session. Each month, one Grade 6 or 7 student and one Grade 8, 9 or 10 student will be selected to come to Queen’s Park where they will shadow Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris.

About McKenna Seebach
McKenna is 12-years-old and is in grade 6 at Forest Glen Public School. She enjoys playing baseball and soccer. In her application for the program, McKenna said she would be a good MPP for a Day because,

“I like to learn and am very interested in politics and human rights. I would like to see how a bill is passed in person and would like to meet an MPP. I am currently learning about child labour in school and it’s a worldwide problem that I want to help solve.”

About Hendrik Rolleman
Hendrik is 14-years-old and is in grade 9 at Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School. Hendrik is an avid hockey fan and plays for the Kitchener Junior Rangers. In Hendrik’s application for the program, he said if he could change one thing in Ontario today it would be the way government looks at small business,

“Too much money is being spent on bailouts for large corporations whose main base isn’t even in Ontario. Small businesses employ the majority of workers in Ontario, and because of this the government should be doing more to help make owning a small business more attractive.”