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Posted December 1, 2011

Simulation & Roll Playing

Waterloo hosts longest-running student federal-provincial conference simulation

WATERLOO - Several hundred high school students in Waterloo Region will participate in Canada's longest-running simulated federal-provincial conference at the University of Waterloo next Tuesday (Dec. 7) and Wednesday (Dec. 8).

The annual event, organized by Waterloo's political science department and the regional history heads association, has been held at the university for last 46 years. A total of 370 students will attend the conference.

"The Federal-Provincial Government Conference Simulation, which is popularly known as Fed-Prov, is unique in Canada," said John Jaworsky, a professor of political science at Waterloo. "The conference is an excellent opportunity for students to become interested and engaged in politics while in high school."

This year, Valeria Michailovich, of Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School (SJAM), will handle the role of Canada's prime minister. Her SJAM colleagues will serve as federal ministers. Students from other schools will chair meetings of provincial and territorial ministers.

In addition to first ministers meetings, ministerial delegations will participate in committees dealing with financial, justice, health, environmental, agricultural, economic, immigration and aboriginal affairs. One special interest group, the Council of Canadians, will be represented this year.

Two schools - Huron Heights Secondary School and Bluevale Collegiate Institute - will produce newspapers during the conference to provide information and spark debate. One of the schools will be the recipient of the Waterloo Region Record's federal provincial conference press award.

The John Boulden Award, named after one of the founders of the conference simulation, will be given to one of the student first ministers based on a vote by all participants.

Working sessions take place in the Arts Lecture Hall, J. G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities and the Modern Languages building on Tuesday and Wednesday. The concluding plenary session will be held in the Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages building, on Wednesday, from 1:45 to 3 p.m.

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