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The Speaker of the House Dan D'Autremont (centre) waits for the opening ceremony of the mock legislative assembly to conclude at Peacock Collegiate on Friday.
After the bell rang, the members stood up, marking the entrance of the Speaker of the House into the legislative assembly.
It wasn’t long after that the mock legislative assembly got underway in the library of Peacock Collegiate on Friday. Approximately 60 students in Grade 11 and mostly Grade 12, coming from a history and a social studies class, took part, in addition to the Speaker of the House, Dan D’Autremont.
The mock assembly was part of D’Autremont’s education outreach program. Also in attendance were Moose Jaw MLAs Warren Michelson and Greg Lawrence, who explained their roles.
“I think students as well as us underestimate just how much work it takes to put these things into place through the assembly process,” said Bert Redstone, who had his History 30 class participate. “It’s nice for the students to actually see that firsthand. These are the steps that need to go into place for these things to happen ... You can’t simulate that in a classroom.”
D’Autremont and the students acted out the mock legislative assembly, including presenting petitions, member statements, question period, introduction of bills and the second and third readings of bills. Through the process, D’Autremont explained how everything works and what everything is.
“Not only is there someone sharing information, they can get involved and participate in the role play and so that engagement, I think, heightens awareness and just makes the whole activity a lot more viable,” said Carrie Kiefer, whose Social Studies 30 class participated.
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