The Rt. Hon. Henry Mann PC CM MP was a model parliamentarian active in MPSP 2019, MPSP 2020 and MPSP 2021. He was first elected to represent the riding of Oakville in the University of Ottawa's Model Parliament in November 2018.
In September 2018 Mann, along with several other new model parliamentarians, founded a party called the National Bird Front (NBF). It had an original plan to address the state of birds in Canada, pushing for policies that would improve bird safety, recognize bird rights, and promote birds in Canadian society. Mann served as party leader, and after the NBF gained early success in recruiting other new model parliamentarians and promoting its message, he was instrumental in organizing the creation of a new party with CAVE, incorporating elements of the platforms from both former parties. The new party, the DODO Front, officially came into existence in late October 2018. Mann remained leader of the BIRD caucus within DODO Front.
On November 22, 2018, Mann was narrowly elected MP for Oakville, his hometown. The DODO Front won 111 seats in the election, forming the Official Opposition. Mann served as official opposition critic for the President of the Treasury Board on the first day, strongly criticizing the TOGA government's Caesar salad policies and the lack of considerations for birds in their legislation.
At the end of the first day the TOGA government's bill was defeated and, it being a confidence measure, the government fell. DODO Front and the Party People of Canada formed a governing coalition and Mann was appointed President of the Feathery Board, a Bird-styled title. He also served as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada throughout the coalition government's tenure.
Towards the end of the first half of the second day, Mann played a crucial role in the formation of a new party, Biscuit. As deputy leader he helped recruit members from the DODO backbenches to cross the floor before a crucial vote on the coalition government's legislation. When the legislation failed in the House, Biscuit formed a narrow minority government. Mann served as the party's deputy leader, and was also Minister of Justice & Attorney General.
On October 1, 2019, the newly formed FAM Party officially launched with a promotional video highlighting its themes and leadership team. Mann, a founding member of the party, was appointed to the position of party whip. He was re-elected MP for Oakville on November 21, 2019. The FAM Party won 100 seats in the election, coming second to the RAT Party's 127. After FAM secured the support of CYBORG and PLASTICS MPs, Governor General Ryan Musgrove appointed FAM leader Trevor Stewart as prime minister to head up a FAM government on the first sitting day.
Mann was sworn in as Chief Government Whip on January 12, 2020, just before the start of the parliamentary sitting days.
Midway through the afternoon of the first day, the FAM government lost a vote of confidence and became the official opposition to the new RAT Party government. Mann served as opposition whip, and then briefly as opposition house leader, before Under the Sea became the new official opposition. Mann sat as an Under the Sea member for the remainder of MPSP 2020. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.) by Governor General Ryan Musgrove following the conclusion of the parliamentary session.
Mann seriously considered retiring from Model Parliament in the summer following the 2020 session. However, by the fall he had firmly decided to continue contributing to the event and to help engage participants in MPSP 2021's unique virtual circumstances by leading a party. He was announced as Leader of the Rebound Party in a video posted by the party's Twitter account which also featured Deputy Leader Liam O'Brien, House Leader Mathilde Raymond, Party Whip Alli Cooper, Deputy House Leader Zulekha Rehman and Deputy Whip Matthew McLeish. Rebound quickly gained traction in the election campaign from its high-quality introduction video, active Twitter presence, and Mann's strong performance in the Leaders' Debate on October 22, 2020.
On October 30th, Rebound Party merged with the Drama Party to form the Take Two Party, of which Mann became Leader. Take Two Party won 72 seats in the election on November 19th, falling short of the 82 seats won by the TRPUZ Party, but well ahead of the 12 seats which respectively went to the third and fourth parties. Mann was re-elected in the riding of Oakville.
In the time leading up to MPSP sitting days in January, Take Two Party deftly negotiated a coalition agreement with both the third and fourth parties to form an alternative government to TRPUZ, to take effect after the votes at the end of the first sitting day. Mann served as Leader of the Official Opposition on the first sitting day. The government's legislation was soundly defeated in the House, while Take Two's motion passed. Additionally, the coalition led by Take Two Party secured a majority of members in the House of Commons and formed a second day government, led by Mann as Prime Minister.
Shortly after lunch on the second day, he resigned as Prime Minister, stating in the House that he was proud of the work he and his party had done but felt the time was right for a new leader to take over. Governor General Liam Dodge accepted Mann's recommendation to appoint Government House Leader Mathilde Raymond as the new Prime Minister, and Mann retired to the backbenches.