P.E.I. high school students debate issues at youth parliament

Bryce Doiron
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Thirty-six high school students from across P.E.I. debated how best to deliver health services, student loans and clean energy during a recent event in Charlottetown.

The 28th annual youth parliament took place at the Best Western hotel, held by the Rotary Clubs of Charlottetown.

Logan Rose, a Grade 10 student, said the process actually started back in October when all the students met in Charlottetown and were split up into government or opposition roles.

Once that was all decided, both parties voted for the leader who assigned portfolios to the rest of the members.

Then both sides brainstormed important issues they wanted to discuss at the legislature.

Those were narrowed down to 12 in order of importance.

Students debated implementing a 20 per cent junk food and beverage tax to go towards Island health services, as well as creating a government grant program to assist farmers transitioning to certified organic products.

They also discussed another grant to help retain skilled trade workers.

High schools participating this year were Bluefield, Kensington Intermediate Senior High School, Souris, Morell, Charlottetown Rural, Kinkora, Westisle, Montague, Three Oaks, Grace Christian and Colonel Gray.

Bryce Doiron is a Grade 11 student at École François Buote interning at The Guardian as part of the school's co-op program.

Organizations: Western hotel, Rotary Clubs, Grade 10 The Guardian

Geographic location: Charlottetown, P.E.I., Iceland Bluefield Kensington

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