The Constituency Youth Council (CYC) of MP Mike Bossio met this week to discuss foreign affairs. Joining them was Ambassador (Ret’d) John Schram from Amherst Island, who teaches at the Queen’s University School of International Affairs.
“The Youth Council is an astonishingly effective initiative,” said Schram. “Its members are a credit to their families, their schools and the community. Mature, balanced, sensible and clearly concerned about others, their discussions about the complexities of Canada, the USA, tariffs and NAFTA, and about the directions of Canadian foreign policy, offered insight and understanding that could benefit our governments in both Ottawa and Toronto.”
The CYC members broke into discussion groups to debate Canada’s relationship with the United States, Canada’s policies regarding immigration and refugees, and Canada’s involvement in armed conflict and peacekeeping activities around the world.
Afterwards, Schram shared his experiences and knowledge regarding their discussions, and Bossio updated the CYC members on his work in Parliament, and the students planned their next meeting.
“I’m very proud of this group,” said Bossio. “They dig right into the big issues and give me a much-needed youth perspective, which I can feed into my work as an MP.”
The CYC is a non-partisan council, now in its second year, which focuses on bringing together a diverse set of perspectives to discuss issues affecting young people in Hastings—Lennox & Addington. With eight returning council members and eleven new members from Bancroft to Napanee, the year promises to be a dynamic one, with more meeting to come in the months ahead.
Photo credit: Nicole Flynn