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Justin Trudeau Gets Sage Advice From Ronald McDonald House Charities School Students

11/03/2015 07:15 EST | Updated 11/03/2015 07:59 EST
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Affordable housing. Lower tuition. Free medicine.

And an annual teddy bear picnic.

These are just a few things that matter to kids at the Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto School.

The downtown school is part of Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, which provides families with a place to stay while their children receive medical treatment away from home.

The private school, which is open only to children living with serious illnesses and their siblings, asked students to write a speech about what they would do if they, like Justin Trudeau, became prime minister.

The assignment came after students were taught about government and democracy during the federal election.

Kids' answers drew upon their new knowledge of politics, as well as their personal experiences, school principal Katie Doering told CTV News.

Eleven-year-old Shivam, whose sister is awaiting a bone marrow transplant, said he would offer all medicine for free.

But that wasn't his only idea.

"I would make a machine that can make pets talk, because let’s say you don’t know how to take care of your pet, then he or she will tell you what they need. It would cost $30 – that’s it!” he wrote.

The school had two full-time teachers for its approximately 50 students last year.

But they must be doing a good job. Because these kids are wise beyond their years.

Here are a few other ideas that students said they would carry out as prime minister. Take notes, Trudeau.

  • Aliviah, 10, supporting her sister Adaya
    Ronald McDonald House Charities
    “If I were prime minister, I would provide free medicine. I would also change some things about education. First, when a new child joins the school, they would get free supplies. Second, I think there should be a school for dogs to teach them how to be work dogs. Finally, it should only be $30 to get into college. Also, littering should be against the law. I also have some personal ideas. I think there should be a zoo in every city. My favourite rule would be that you can have a wild animal as a pet."
  • Adaya, 11, in treatment for a serious cardiac issue
    Ronald McDonald House Charities
    “If I were prime minister, I would provide every family with a free healthcare plan because people can’t help it when they get sick. I would also plan an annual teddy bear picnic, just for children! Children can bring their favourite teddy bear or stuffed animal and come to a beautiful meadow of flowers and have a lovely picnic. All food and blankets will be supplied!"
  • Jordan, 9, supporting her sister, Chayse
    Ronald McDonald House Charities
    “If I were prime minister, I would provide free health care for children in need. I would provide free animal assistants to people with special needs because if they need it, they shouldn’t have to pay for it. I would put more money into the care of nursing homes. I would lower tuition for private schools. I would create more schools for neurosurgery. And there would be a statutory holiday every month because sometimes you just need a break.”
  • Chayse, 12, recovering from brain surgery
    Ronald McDonald House Charities
    “If I were prime minister, I would build more affordable housing. Why you ask? Because I think people should have a nice place to stay and not have to stay outside on park benches or underground subway heaters. I would give iPads to schools that have a limited number of computers so kids can use them for their school work. I would also shorten school days for grades JK to 3 because students get tired quickly and faster.”
  • Shivam, 11, whose sister, Dhvani, is awaiting a bone marrow transplant
    Ronald McDonald House Charities
    “If I were prime minister, I would make child care free. I would also lower housing bill payments. I would give $915 every month in the mail to everyone as a bonus because some people don’t have a lot of money so you could spend more money on food. I would make people use old paper so we can save the trees. Finally, I would make a machine that can make pets talk, because let’s say you don’t know how to take care of your pet, then he or she will tell you what they need. It would cost $30 – that’s it!”
  • Rayne, 9, supporting her sister, Saphirra, who is fighting cancer
    Ronald McDonald House Charities
    “If I were prime minister, maternity leave would be for a year and a half so moms can be with their babies for longer. I would give free healthcare for animals because it is expensive. For the economy, I would have the rich pay more for taxes because they have a lot of money. I would make more schools, parks, hospitals and parking lots. I would give everyone their birthday off with pay. There would be a national shopping day so people can have fun.”

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