Expanding the provincial economy and creating stiffer punishments for drunk drivers were two of the issues debated in the Rotary Youth Parliament this weekend.
The 25th year of the mock legislative session wrapped up at Province House Saturday afternoon.
The event allows Island students interested in politics to step into the shoes of the lawmakers they read about everyday.
From the introduction of guests to passing laws, the experience provides the students a first-hand opportunity to learn how the proceedings work.
"This weekend provided an incredible opportunity for that, there was some great debate and we got to voice issues we feel are important to Islanders and that we would like to see the provincial government act on," said participant Jonathan Schut, who had originally been in the role of premier until a crossing of the floor saw him finish the session as leader of the opposition.
Fake laws passed included one challenging the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission on petroleum prices and another which expanded a program to help nursing students with off-Island education.
Deputy speaker Paula Biggar complimented the youth parliamentarians and also thanked the many volunteers and organizers involved in the event.
"You are all to be commended for how you've held yourselves as professional members of the legislature during this sitting," Biggar said to the students. "I expect very much to see you again in the future."