The Laurentian University Annual Model Parliament trip is a four-day three-night trip in which students from both the Sudbury and Barrie campuses travel to Ottawa to take part in a unique simulation of Canadian government. While there, students learn about Parliament, and history of Parliament Hill and take a great tour of the buildings. The Annual Model Parliament trip is a Laurentian tradition that has lasted over 17 years. Laurentian University is only one of two universities in the country that has the privilege to sit in the House of Commons.
The Model Parliament trip usually takes place during the second weekend of January. Students travel to Ottawa on the Thursday, leaving in the early morning and arriving in time to settle into the hotel and prepare for the following day. Students attend a guided tour of Parliament on Thursday evening, as well as attend a caucus meeting in order to meet members of their party from campus. On the Friday, the group sits in the House of Commons and acts out a model of Parliament, where students debate and negotiate on bills in proceedings that mimic current Parliament.
It is a fantastic educational experience that all Laurentian students should consider attending. The House sits from 9-5, with a break for lunch in between. After the House adjourns, students have the chance to walk through Parliament to East Block and dine at a catered banquet in the same room the Government holds where receptions and parties in. At the banquet, students receive awards for outstanding performance–Best Speech, Best MP, Best Statement. From Friday night until the Sunday morning students are on their own to explore Ottawa and Quebec. As a part of a long-standing tradition, students are able to explore the city each year, learning new things about its history, making the trip truly a worthwhile experience.
The Laurentian University Annual Model Parliament Trip has always been one of the best memories for Laurentian graduates, because this trip is not only a great educational experience, but a chance to get to know your peers and professors. We look forward to a great trip this year with all of you!