MP for Bonaventure for a week
Junlian Leblanc, who participated for the third time in the PEQ, dreams of becoming an MP and representing the riding of Bonaventure.
About sixty young people, including Junlian Leblanc from New Richmond, gathered this week inside the National Assembly for the Student Parliament of Quebec (PEQ).
Since the beginning of the week, a 24-year-old young woman from New Richmond, Junlian Leblanc, has been representing Gaspésie as the Bonaventure member of the red caucus.
This political fanatic is in her third participation in the PEQ. It was for the 2019 and 2020 editions. The holding of the following two student legislations, 2021 and 2022, was unfortunately canceled in the wake of the health measures imposed to fight against the pandemic.
This year, the young woman is recovering, and in good manners, since she was chief whip of the red caucus. It's a sting. From year to year, we become better!
Junlian Leblanc (center) had the opportunity this week to be the red caucus whip during of the holding of the Student Parliament of Quebec.
During the week, participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with all the workings of the National Assembly.
The Student Parliament is divided into two parts and two times. A first caucus first plays the role of the government and then becomes the official opposition. The second caucus then took over the government.
During this 36th student legislature, six bills, two budgets and two book projects were on the table. We have sponsors and critics who have bills, we study them and make amendments. We do all the work of a deputy, explains Junlian Leblanc.
This week of intense debate is the culmination of almost a year of work.
Next February will already take place the first exchanges between members of the future student caucuses of 2024.
The bills and budgets discussed at this next meeting will be fine-tuned throughout the year by each group, as was the case this year. We have a project on marriage. The word marriage will no longer be pronounced, we will talk more about economic partnership and we have a bill on health, therefore very focused on the prevention of health, specifies the participant from Gaspé.
Participants sit in the National Assembly and debate bills in the chamber and in parliamentary committee.
Among the bills defended this week by the red caucus was also a project on the economy of the regions. Coming from a region, she says, I grew up in Bonaventure, more precisely in New Richmond, it helps, I see the economic needs.
Graduated in sports therapy , Junlian Leblanc now works in Montreal. His political ambitions are clear. She dreams one day of going from apprentice to true Member of Parliament for the riding of Bonaventure. Follow where life takes me!
So far, some 2,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 have participated in the student parliament, many of whom have been or are deputies. still currently. Among them are Marc Tanguay, interim leader of the Liberal Party and Pascal Bérubé, MP for Matane-Matapédia.