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NEWS RELEASE · 18th March 2010
MP Nathan Cullen - Smithers
Want to make Canada a better place and win a trip to Ottawa to help it happen? Then act fast as the entry deadline is looming for the Create Your Canada contest that challenges students to write federal laws to improve Canada.

“All entries must be submitted online by March 31,” Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen noted today in a teleconference with regional media. “The entries are rolling in and we’re seeing some really good ideas again this year.”

Cullen designed and launched Create Your Canada last year to engage young people in creating meaningful change and understanding how parliamentary democracy works. The project was piloted in School District 54 (Bulkley Valley) and attracted over 100 entries.

This year’s contest is expanded to include students in Grades 5-12 throughout the riding. Cullen says it’s clear from his tour of schools during the recent parliamentary prorogation that interest remains high in the contest, and in its grand prize of a trip to Ottawa to help Cullen table winning bills in the House.

“It’s so rewarding to see young people taking a creative interest in making Canada an even better place to call home,” he said. He noted MPs from all parties are still talking about the two winning entries from last year’s contest that proposed banning the export of asbestos from Canada and building bicycle lanes to encourage activity and reduce pollution.

Last year’s entries touched on issues relevant to Canadians’ everyday lives, including healthy lifestyles, climate change, strong families, improved federal infrastructure, and responsible federal development and humanitarian aid.

Students and teachers interested in the web based Create Your Canada contest are encouraged to check out details at www.createyourcanada.ca. The site includes last year’s winning entries and full lesson plans for grades 5-12.
Wonderful
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 20th March 2010
What a wonderful project! Involving our youth in the Parliamentary process is not only educational for students but the benefits will be ongoing.