Launch of Speakers’ Speech Writing Contest
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Speakers of the Senate and House of Commons have launched the Speakers’ Speech Writing Contest.
Many of the milestones in Canadian history over the last 150 years have been marked by a speech. Sir John A. Macdonald’s impassioned plea for Confederation, the Speech from the Throne read by the Queen, and Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s address to Parliament following the signing of the Proclamation of the Constitution—these are just a few of the speeches that have captured the spirit of the nation at various intersections of Canadian history.
The speakers would like to invite young Canadians from across the country to participate in the Speakers’ Speech Writing Contest. Through this national contest, students are being asked to mark the latest turning point in Canadian history, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, by writing a speech of their own answering the question: “What does Parliament mean to you?”
Three (3) finalists will be selected from each age category and, along with a parent or guardian will be flown to Ottawa for two days of special programming in the nation’s capital. The winners in each age group will be announced at a reception that will be hosted by the Speakers of Senate and House of Commons in early June.
Students interested in entering the contest are encouraged to visit the contest page to obtain further details and find out how to apply. We encourage young Canadians to submit their speech in the official language of their choice.
For any questions relating to the Speakers’ Speech Writing Contest, please contact the Library of Parliament Information Service at at 1-866-599-4999. The contest closes on April 21, 2017.