MLA for a Day Experience

By Jesse Lee (10W)


Over the weekend, I spent my time talking with MLAs, exploring the legislature, and engaging in debates about the issues of our province.  On the first day I was there, I was introduced to the Alberta Legislative Assembly, namely the MLAs.  We sat through an exciting, heated debate and it was most interesting.  The atmosphere was cheerful, with MLAs cracking jokes every once in a while.  The day was packed from morning to night, filled with tours around the gorgeous legislature building, and question periods with former MLAs.  On the last day, I was given the opportunity to spend the day with MLA Jamie Kleinsteuber, the MLA of my area.  We discussed issues concerning our province.  As our day together came to a close, he left me with a souvenir: a gold pin with the Alberta legislature building minted on it.  In the end, MLA for a Day was not only a fun trip, but an educational one as well.  I would like to thank MLA Karen McPherson for encouraging The Chinese Academy students to apply.  Also a thank you to MLA Kleinsteuber for the experience and The Chinese Academy for sending me on this awesome and educational journey!

这个周末,我与立法机构的MLA议员了解立法会的结构、探讨关于立法机关的问题,并就我省的议题进行辩论。 在我到那里的第一天,我了解了艾尔伯塔立法议会及成员,简称MLA。 我们经历了一场激烈的辩论,非常有趣。议员们间中开玩笑,令议会的气氛轻松有趣。议员们从早到晚都很多事情要处理,华丽的大楼里充满了来参观的游客,以及有多位前议员来议会提问问题。在最后的一天,我很荣幸可以和我区域的省议员Jamie Kleinsteuber会面,我们有机会谈谈天,讨论我省的问题。在这天结束的时候,省议员 Jamie Kleinsteuber 送给我一个很有意义的纪念品:一个带有亚省立法大楼的金针。 在省都和省议会度过的四天不仅是一次有趣的旅程,而且也是一次具有教育意义的经验。我想感谢省议员Karen McPherson多次鼓励我校学生参加这个有意义活动、省议员Jamie Kleinsteuber 和我的母校亚省中文学校 The Chinese Academy提供这次宝贵的学习机会。