COWICHAN – Two grade 11 students from Chemainus Secondary won MP Alistair MacGregor’s “Create Your Canada” contest.

Students Hannah Pachet and Morgan Bottomley have been invited to Ottawa this fall to watch MacGregor table their idea for a Private Member’s bill that would create a tax credit for organic farmers.

“I was thoroughly impressed with the quantity and quality of submissions, which made choosing the winning submission very challenging,” commented MacGregor. “I chose this submission because a tax credit for organic farmers fits with my critic area and values, providing positive impacts both locally and nationally, showing awareness of my work in Parliament.”

MacGregor opened the “Create Your Canada” contest to grade 11 and 12 students back in February visiting five secondary schools in the riding to engage with students and help promote the contest. MacGregor is incredibly proud of all the students who participated in this contest and submitted ideas.

“It is my sincere hope that by working together, thinking about the issues affecting Canada, and coming up with an idea for legislation, that students became authors of their own empowerment and that they stay engaged with the Canadian political process in the years and decades ahead,” stated MacGregor.

The proposed bill is currently with Legislative Services in Ottawa. Once the bill has been fully drafted MacGregor plans to present it to the House of Commons this fall.