Government MLAs should practise active listening

Government MLAs should practise active listening Hello my name is Sofia Lang. I was born and raised in Whitehorse, and I'm 10 turning 11. I recently went to our legislative assembly with our Grade 5 class from Whitehorse Elementary School. I thought it wa

Hello my name is Sofia Lang. I was born and raised in Whitehorse, and I’m 10 turning 11. I recently went to our legislative assembly with our Grade 5 class from Whitehorse Elementary School. I thought it was really interesting and fun.

One of the things I liked the most was watching the ministers and the Opposition debate issues that are in Yukon. I was proud that my question on homelessness was chosen to be asked by the leader of the Opposition party to the minister of health and social services.

I left disappointed for two reasons. 1. My question about homelessness was not answered properly by the minister. The new Salvation Army is not going to fix the issues of homelessness. My school is right across from the old Salvation Army and I see some of the problems of the people who go there. He did not talk about these bigger problems.

2. Some of the ministers were talking when the Opposition were making their tributes. I think it is very important to actively listen to others who are speaking because I am sure they would not want other people talking when they are speaking. In my class we always have to actively listen because it is disrespectful if you don’t, and people might think what they have to say is not important.

I hope the next time I go to the legislative assembly I will be impressed with how the people are listening and how questions are answered.

Sofia Lang

Whitehorse

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