February 15, 2017 (St. Thomas, ON) - Karen Vecchio, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London
(EML) and Official Opposition Critic for Families, Children and Social Development,
is excited to invite young Canadians from across the country to participate in the
Speakers' Speech Writing Contest.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Speaker of the House
of Commons, the Honourable Geoff Regan, launched the Speakers' Speech Writing Contest.
Many of the milestones in Canadian history over the last 150 years have been marked
by a speech. Sir John A. Macdonald's impassioned plea for Confederation, the Speech
from the Throne read by the Queen, and Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's address
to Parliament following the signing of the Proclamation of the Constitution—these
are just a few of the speeches that have captured the spirit of the nation at various
intersections of Canadian history.
"I encourage constituents from all over the riding of EML to participate in this
contest," said Vecchio. "We have so much talent that we must highlight their skills
Through this national contest, students are being asked to mark the latest turning
point in Canadian history, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, by writing a
speech of their own answering the question: "What does Parliament mean to you?"
Three (3) finalists will be selected from each age category and, along with a parent
or guardian will be flown to Ottawa for two days of special programming in the nation's
capital. The winners in each age group will be announced at a reception that the
Speaker will host in early June.
Students interested in entering the contest are encouraged to visit the contest
page to obtain further details and find out how to apply. I encourage young Canadians
to submit their speech in the official language of their choice.