‘No comment,’ says student in mock legislature – Metro US

‘No comment,’ says student in mock legislature

High school students from across the province tried on public office at Province House this weekend.

The Sixth Annual Nova Scotia Youth Model Legislature started on Friday and ran through the weekend. The event brought 39 students together from across the province to engage in workshops and mock legislative sessions.

Justin Baird, a Grade 11 student from the North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow, said he thinks life as an MLA would be pretty busy.

“It’s probably the busiest job you could hope to be in.” said Baird.

And it seems Baird learned a few things over the weekend: When asked what he would say about his party’s involvement in the expense scandal if he was really an MLA, Baird responded, “No comment.”

Students were split into caucuses to debate current issues from the house such as access to emergency care and offshore oil drilling.

The Department of Education co-ordinated the event to teach young Nova Scotians how the provincial government works. The workshops that the students attended included a media training session and a mock press conference.

The students also met with MLA Kelly Regan to learn what life as a public official is like.