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- General Application Questions3
- Questions About the Campus Activities Commission Bursary1
- Questions About the Caucus Meetings4
- Questions About the Dress Code1
- Questions About the Journalism Program2
- Questions About the Peer Mentorship Program1
General Application Questions
I don’t know a lot about Canadian politics, can I still apply?Yes, absolutely! The goal of QMP is to expose youth to Canadian politics. QMP strives to attract delegates from all walks of life, in order to get young Canadians excited about our Parliamentary Procedures Furthermore, QMP is a platform in which students debate many issues that they personally value. Issues such as mental health awareness and accessibility of education are perennial topics at our Conference. If you are passionate about an issue in our country, we encourage you to make your voice heard by participating in QMP. So, whether you consider yourself an expert, or you are just beginning to explore the interesting world of Canadian Politics, QMP will be an incredibly enriching experience for you!
Is QMP just for political studies majors?No! QMP is a conference for students of all faculties. In fact, we encourage students from all faculties to attend QMP because it allows a multitude of opinions to be presented and debated at the conference. In politics, differing opinions drive healthy debate and discourse and we believe that QMP is enriched by a variety of opinions as well.
How does the application process work?The first step to ensuring your presence at QMP 2015 is fill out an General Delegate Application. This application will ask you to articulate reasons why you are interested attending QMP and how you would make a positive contribution to the conference. Secondly, we ask that you submit your application to the AMS Front Desk by the required deadline. Once your application is submitted and reviewed, your name will be entered into the “Delegate Lottery”. The Delegate Lottery is a public event in which three hundred and seven names are selected from the applicant pool to be Delegates at QMP 2015. All remaining names are placed on the Waiting List. In the event that a Delegate that was selected at the Lottery cannot attend the conference the first person on the Waiting List will be asked to fill this spot. Please do not be discouraged if you are placed on the Waiting List as there is a possibility that delegates will have to drop-out last minute. It is even possible that you will receive a spot in the conference the night before the conference begins.
Questions About the Campus Activities Commission Bursary
I can’t afford to pay the QMP delegate fee…This shouldn’t prevent you from applying! If you are selected as a Delegate for QMP, you are automatically eligible to apply for a bursary that is administered by the Campus Activities Commission. You must fill out the bursary application and submit it within two business days of registering for QMP. The bursary application will require you to demonstrate that you are in financial need and explain any circumstances that you feel are relevant to your application.
Questions About the Caucus Meetings
How do I pick a party? Am I assigned a party or am I free to choose?Initially, you will be assigned to one of the five parties. You must remain in this party for the first two Caucus Meetings. Following the first two meetings, during the 3rd and 4th Caucus Meetings, you are free to shop around to find a party that suits you best. During this period you can explore all of the parties and their respective party executive to help you decide which party will work best for you. After the 4th caucus meeting you will have to decide if you want to remain in the party in which you were assigned to or if you wish to switch parties!
I don’t know how to write a bill…No problem! Caucus Meetings primarily entail brainstorming and defining a party’s ideas for their respective bills! Each party executive will lead their member’s through the bill writing process, so you will have an experienced team to help guide you! Bill writing is a very interesting experience and we encourage you to participate in the process!
What are caucus meetings like?Caucus Meetings are where each party will be electing their party leader, party executive, and drafting their bills. During these meetings each party will be preparing everything they need to present at the conference in January.
What is the time commitment?In the fall semester, Caucus Meetings will be held weekly on Wednesday from 5:30PM-6:30PM. These meetings are held at a time that accommodates any students that have night class or other evening commitments. Delegates are permitted to miss two caucus meetings, or three Caucus Meetings if they attend the Leadership Debate in November. In mid-January, students will travel to Ottawa for three days to attend the conference and then it’s all done!
Questions About the Dress Code
What is the dress code for QMP?At the Caucus Meetings in first semester, there is no dress code. We understand that Delegates are very busy and will be running from activity to activity throughout the day, so feel free to come in whatever clothing you are wearing for the day.
- In the House of Commons, Delegates are required to follow the House of Commons Rules of Order and Decorum. This means that all Delegates are responsible for following all Dress Code rules outlined in the official statement below.
- Any Delegate that fails to follow the Dress Code will be asked to return to the hotel to change into appropriate attire. Despite the gendered nature of these dress codes, Delegates are encouraged and supported to choose the gender presentation that best reflects their identity.
- The Dress Code is such that jeans, or denim of any form, cannot be worn in the House. Also, no party emblems, political party paraphernalia, or political slogans of any kind are permitted in Parliament. Athletic wear is not permitted in the House of Commons on any individuals.
- Males are required to wear a suit jacket and tie at all times. The suit jacket cannot be removed while in the House of Commons, unless the wearer is attired in a three-piece suit, and wearing a vest in the same material at the suit itself. If the jacket is the removed, the vest may not be taken off. Males are also required to wear dress shoes, as running or casual shoes of any type are not permitted.
- Females must be dressed so as not to show their shoulders. Skirts must fall to the knee, and pantyhose worn with all skirts. Necklines should be kept at a conservative height. Open-toed shoes are not permitted, and in general, women's shoes should cover the heel.
Questions About the Journalism Program
Should I only apply to the Journalism Program if I didn’t get into QMP through the Delegate Lottery?Although applications for the Journalism Program extend past the deadline of the Delegate Application, this is not a reason to apply to be a Journalist. The Journalism Program is an incredible opportunity for students who are passionate and motivated about helping make Queen’s Model Parliament a successful Conference. Journalists at QMP can the chance to make a unique mark on the Conference while tremendously enhancing the Delegates’ experience at the conference. QMP Journalists are responsible for creatively documenting all of the Caucus Meetings as well as the Conference. Journalists create blogs, take pictures, produce videos, and write articles for the Parliamentary Post. The Parliamentary Post is QMP’s own newspaper that is published for every Caucus Meeting and is also published every day at the Conference. The Journalism Program is an excellent way to express your creativity and experience the conference from a unique standpoint while also interacting with the Delegates. For more information please the “Journalism Program” page on the website!
What is the Journalism Program?QMP Journalists are responsible for creatively documenting all of the Caucus Meetings as well as the Conference. Journalists create blogs, take pictures, produce videos, and write articles for the Parliamentary Post. The Parliamentary Post is QMP’s own newspaper that is published for every Caucus Meeting and is also published every day at the Conference. The Journalism Program is an excellent way to express your creativity and experience the conference from a unique standpoint while also interacting with the Delegates. For more information please the “Journalism Program” page on the website!
Questions About the Peer Mentorship Program
What is the Peer Mentorship Program?When you are a first year and it is your first time at QMP, the conference can be overwhelming. Often first year delegates take their first experience as a testing-period where they are involved the least amount possible and assume an observational role to get a feel of the conference. The Peer Mentorship Program is meant to help ease this transition into the conference and facilitate a more productive and inclusive environment for those who have never attended. By assigning mentors to all first year delegates, newcomers can feel comfortable asking questions and benefit from someone showing them the ropes of what QMP is all about.