While politicians in Nova Scotia are on the campaign trail, students are heading to Province House this weekend to fill their shoes. A law requiring car dealers in Nova Scotia to sell more vehicles powered by renewable energy sources is one of the hot topics the high school students will debate as part of Model Legislature 2006. Bills to increase the number of environmentally friendly vehicles sold in the province and to limit a young person’s involvement in the work force will be on the agenda as students gather at Province House for hands-on experience of how democracy works in Nova Scotia. The event, organized by the Department of Education, begins today, May 26, and continues until Sunday, May 28. The students will divide into caucuses and debate two mock bills on the floor of the House of Assembly on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28. They will experience first hand the challenges and opportunities faced by the men and women who work as elected representatives. “Our students will see the many different aspects of Nova Scotia’s legislature. They will see how decisions are made and then communicated to the public,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “It’s important that young Nova Scotians take an interest in how their government works. The weekend is designed to be educational, interactive and fun.” As part of the weekend’s events, students will attend a workshop on the role of the media. They will also organize their own news conferences addressing the mock bills. The students will get public speaking and debating tips from speaking coach Josh Judah before debating the bills and preparing their news conferences. Retiring MLA Jerry Pye will hold a workshop on the life of an MLA. MP Alexa McDonough is the guest speaker at the opening banquet, today, May 26. The first Model Legislature was held in 2003.