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NDP MP’s ‘Create Your Canada’ contest catching on as way to engage, educate Canadians

By Laura Ryckewaert      

‘Politicians talk about how they want to hear from voters, they want to hear from Canadians and their ideas, but we don’t necessary do much with it. This idea was to put our actions behind those words,’ says NDP MP Nathan Cullen.

NDP MP Nathan Cullen, pictured speaking with The Hill Times last week about his 'Create Your Canada' contest, which was first launched in 2009 and enables constituents to pitch policy ideas, with the winner to be turned into a private member's bill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Ten years since its inception, NDP MP Nathan Cullen’s contest to turn a policy pitch from one lucky constituent into a private members’ bill has been catching on among his caucus colleagues as an innovative way to engage, educate, and excite everyday Canadians about the federal legislative process.

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert is a deputy editor at The Hill Times.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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