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Constituency Office of Karen Vecchio, MP

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 across Canada."

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.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 February 2017 16:43:25 PM EST

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