This Friday, September 16th, Central Nova MP Sean Fraser will be hosting a Town Hall session for StFX students. Students are encouraged to attend and engage in a dialogue with their MP at 2:30pm in the Schwartz Auditorium.
Unlike the Town Hall session hosted at StFX in July, which focused on the issues of electoral reform and climate change, this session provides a chance for students to discuss any and all topics with their parliamentary representative.
This session will wrap up a series of 17 constituency clinics and Town Hall sessions that were held by Fraser and his team throughout the Central Nova riding this summer. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined Fraser at one such event, a community barbecue in New Glasgow, which drew a crowd of over 4,000 people.
“These Clinics and Town Halls are really intended to ensure that we’re providing direct access in outlying communities throughout the riding,” Fraser commented. “For the Town Halls specifically, we’re looking forward to inviting participation in an open dialogue about what matters most to the people of Central Nova.”
Fraser has expressed his delight with the engagement demonstrated by communities across Central Nova this summer. “It gives me a great hope for prosperity and development in our region,” he affirmed.
Fraser’s last Town Hall session in Antigonish received a solid turnout from university and community members alike. The event was live streamed and the moderator, Mary Coyle, the Executive Director of the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, also accepted questions and feedback for Fraser over social media.
Fraser had hoped for a strong turnout by students and young community members at the July session. While there was a fair number of youth in attendance, the majority of the student population was absent given the summer timing of the event. Friday’s Town Hall will provide the opportunity for all StFX students to participate in the democratic process and share their ideas.
Fraser has also demonstrated his investment in youth engagement by creating the Central Nova Youth Council. Fraser’s office is currently accepting applications from youth aged 15-22 to sit on the council for the year. The council will consist of 15-20 representatives from different schools, neighbourhoods, and associations from across the riding, and will meet three to four times a year in various locations.
Applications are due September 30th and can be found online at www.seanfrasermp.ca. Candidates do not need to be permanent residents of Nova Scotia to be eligible.