14th CPA Canadian Parliamentary Seminar focuses on strengthening democracy and the role of Parliamentarians 

Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across the CPA membership have looked at the challenges and solutions to strengthening democracy at the 14th CPA Canadian Parliamentary Seminar held in Ottawa, Canada from 15 to 21 October 2017. The annual seminar, organised by the CPA Canada Federal Branch, saw the participation of over twenty-five delegates from eight of the nine regions of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

Delegates were welcomed by Hon. Yasmin Ratansi, MP, Chair of the CPA Canada Federal Branch and Canada Federal Member of Parliament who said: “Many of you have travelled great distances to be here and we are grateful for your participation. It is a privilege to gather with our friends from across the Commonwealth in order to promote democratic governance and to support greater understanding of parliamentary systems. For 14 years, the annual CPA Canadian Parliamentary Seminar has proven to be a forum that encourages collaboration. In working together to build an informed parliamentary community, we are, at the same time, building goodwill among our countries.”

The 14th CPA Canadian Parliamentary Seminar is an opportunity to share good practice with Members on key issues such as the importance of the CPA Codes of Conduct as a tool to help address the trust deficit in Parliaments; the importance of gender equality in parliament; and the essential role that an effective Committee can play. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Headquarters Secretariat assisted in the funding of the seminar.

The CPA Branches attending the 14th CPA Canadian Parliamentary Seminar were: Zambia; Northern Territory; South Australia; New South Wales; Scotland; Wales; Newfoundland and Labrador; New Brunswick; Canada Federal; Tamil Nadu; India Union (Lok Sabha); Gujarat; Guyana; Jamaica; Saint-Lucia; Trinidad and Tobago; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Pakistan; Balochistan.

The CPA Roadshows for young people were also launched for the CPA Canada Region during the seminar.

Published Monday 23 October 2017.

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The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), exists to develop, promote and support Commonwealth Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of more than 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. The CPA represents Parliaments and Legislatures in 52 Commonwealth countries and its network extends to over 17,000 Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff. The CPA is the only Commonwealth organisation to represent national, state, provincial and territorial Parliaments and Legislatures. There are nine Regions of the CPA: Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; India; Pacific; South-East Asia. Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) in Branches and Regions promote gender participation in Parliaments and CPA Small Branches represent more than 30 jurisdictions with populations of up to 500,000 people. 

Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities including: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences and CPA Regional Conferences; a wide range of Parliamentary strengthening and Public Outreach Programmes; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; and Communications and Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments. 

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