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Federal Liberal MP announces youth council for Vaudreuil-Soulanges


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Liberal MP Peter Schiefke took time on his tour of Hudson History Garden to inform visiting Vanier College student of Canada's planned future youth councils.

Young people in the federal riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges will soon have an ear with Prime Minister Trudeau in the form of a local youth council. The announcement happened as local Federal MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth), Peter Schiefke met with Vanier College students in Hudson’s History Garden Tuesday, August 16.

“This will allow young people to voice their concerns with their local member of parliament,” said Schiefke. MPs from across the country are encouraged to create youth councils in their ridings. Details on how to participate in the councils will be available in the near future. “We have just found out about this ourselves, and we need to put the resources in place,” he said.

Schiefke was a guest speaker during the Vanier students’ lunch break in The History Garden. “As a Parliamentary Secretary, I get to travel across the country with the Prime Minister and meet with young people to talk about the initiatives we have put in place for them,” he told the students.

“What are some of your concerns?” Schiefke asked of the group.

“I’m broke,” replied one. Schiefke took some time to explain the Summer Youth Employment program initiated by the Liberal government. When he asked the group if they were aware of the program, he was surprised that most were not. “I guess we need to do a better job of marketing,” he commented.

“For the first time in history, the Prime Minister has wanted to hear from young people in a way that hasn’t been done before,” said Schiefke. He explained that applications to be one of the 32 members of the federal council have already begun and will continue until Friday, October 7. He encouraged students to apply online at www.canada.ca/youth.

Noting that thousands of applications had already been received at the federal level, Schiefke made the announcement that similar Youth Councils will become available locally across the country.

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