The upcoming Student Town Hall aims to increase civic engagement among students at Brock and in Niagara.
The Student Town Hall organized by the Model United Nations (MUN) and Brock’s political party clubs, will take place on October 1, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Pond Inlet.
The town hall presents an opportunity for students and the Niagara community to hear directly from each party, ask questions about a plethora of issues and to have an opportunity to network with their candidates.
According to Kailene Jackson, secretary general of Brock’s MUN, the goal of the event is to educate youth about their options and prepare them to vote in the upcoming election. It is also meant to allow young people to interact directly with candidates.
It is meant to be a safe environment that fosters healthy political discourse and makes politics more accessible to youth. It is also a fantastic opportunity for the candidates to hear directly from their constituents and learn about the issues they care about.
They are expecting many Brock students to come out. The group has also been working with the Niagara Falls Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council to get local high school students to come out and to allow those students to ask questions at the event.
“We will have two candidates [one from St Catharines and one from Niagara Centre] from each of the four major parties [Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens],” says Nour Hage, secretary general of Brock MUN and another organizer of the event.
The town hall portion of the event is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Jackson and Hage will moderate the town hall and facilitate the discussion. From 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. there will be a networking reception where the audience can mingle with candidates.
The organizers of the event include: First Vote, Brock MUN, Brock Young Liberals, Brock NDP and Brock Campus Conservatives. Brock University Students’ Union, Future Majority and Generation Screwed sponsor the event. Jackson expressed gratitude for their support and noted that the event would not be possible had it not been for their sponsorship.
Those who are interested in this event can follow First Vote, Brock MUN and the other political clubs at Brock on Facebook and Instagram or the event page on Facebook called ‘Student Townhall: Federal Election 2019’.