Our visit to Alberta’s Provincial Legislature
Local time May 25, we visited Alberta’s Provincial Legislature according to the school schedule. Our school bus left for Edmonton City Centre at 9 am, and it took us one hour to get there. Alberta’s Provincial Legislature is an old building in the European style.
Alberta’s Provincial Legislature.
After entering the first floor of the building, we were required to receive security check because it is in use by the government of Alberta Province. A staff member gave us a warm reception and made introductions for us. When we came to the second floor, we met Premier of Alberta Province, who greeted the students with enthusiasm. According to our guide, we got to know that there were five famous women in the history of Canada, who struggled for women’s rights and finally made milestone contributions for all women in Canada. Following our guide, we came to the meeting house for the Assembly of Alberta, where a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Camrose gave us introductions and from him we understood the process of law-making --- how a bill can become a law. After the introduction from the MLA, it was the question time, when the students all raised their questions actively and the MLA responded to them with patience and smile. To our great delight, the MLA expressed his warm welcome to our students from Suqian Suzhou Foreign Language School (SSFLS), and he also told us that he would go to Camrose to visit us if he was free next week, whose enthusiasm made our students feel at home. We were only allowed to visit some of the building because the office building is the working place for the government of Alberta Province. Our next stop was the Video Hall, and we watched the film about Canadian history here. Our last stop was the Exhibition Hall, where we had a full and detailed understanding of the development history of Canada in different fields and we also got to understand the role of the Assembly of Alberta and its duty and power. In the hall, there was a Mock Legislature, where there were a mock mace, the mock seat for the Chair of the Assembly and the mock clothes for Prime Minister, Sergeant-at-Arms, and some Judges. Our boys from SSFLS all sat on the chair for the Speaker of the Assembly with the mace in their hands to feel the solemnity.
a group photo of the students from SSFLS and a MLA from Alberta.
Our visit to Alberta Legislature makes the students have a new understanding of the government’s duty and power, makes them feel its solemnity, and also makes the students think about their future careers.
The picture below is a group photo of the students from SSFLS and their classmates.
The three pictures below are the boys from SSFLS taken at the Mock Legislature.