Strengthening legislative practices and parliamentary procedures on the agenda at 57th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Canada Regional Conference in Nova Scotia 

Over 60 Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across the Canada Region have recommitted to increasing parliamentary strengthening at the 57th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Canada Regional Conference, which has taken place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 15 to 19 July 2019. Delegates were welcomed to the CPA Canada Regional Conference by Hon. Kevin Murphy, Speaker of the Nova Scotia Legislature and CPA Nova Scotia Branch President.

The CPA Canada Regional Conference was attended by Commonwealth Parliamentarians from the federal, provincial and territorial Legislatures of the region as well as Parliamentary Clerks who attended workshop sessions on a wide range of topics including: Legislating for Children in Care; Carbon Tax and Climate Change; Forestry Practices for the 21st century and beyond; Representation: Identities, Equalities and Pluralities; the Notwithstanding Clause and Canada’s Rights; Cannabis Legislation and Administration; the Impact of Negative Campaigning; and Dress Codes in Parliament.

The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan attended the 57th CPA Canada Regional Conference and encouraged Canadian Parliamentarians to learn more about the work of the CPA and the CPA’s programmes for Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff and updated Members on preparations for the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) due to be held in Uganda in September 2019. The CPA Secretary-General spoke about the updated CPA Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures and also thanked Canadian Parliamentarians who have recently represented the CPA Canada Region on the CPA International Executive Committee.

The CPA Canada Regional Conference was also attended by the CPA International Vice-Chairperson, Hon. Alexandra Mendes, MP (Canada Federal); Hon. Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons at the Parliament of Canada; and Hon. Yasmin Ratansi, MP, Chair of the Canadian Federal Branch of the CPA.

Ahead of the CPA Canada Regional Conference, the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Canada Regional meetings took place from 12 to 15 July 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The CWP Canada Regional Chair, Hon. Laura Ross, MLA (Saskatchewan) chaired the meetings and delegates to the CWP Canada Regional Conference were hosted by Hon. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, MLA, Deputy Speaker of the Nova Scotia Legislature and CWP Nova Scotia Branch Representative.

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Canada Region held an outreach programme for Members visiting local businesses and organisations as well as a regional meeting and workshop sessions. Workshop topics included women entrepreneurs and supporting then in business; the six signature traits of inclusive leadership; and 'Inclusion Is Not Just A Buzz Word!'.  The meetings provided Members with the opportunity to hear about activities over the previous year, and to think about priorities for the upcoming year. 

The CPA Secretary-General congratulated the CWP Canada Regional Chair, Hon. Laura Ross, MLA on the excellent work of the CWP Canada Region in promoting greater female inclusion in Parliaments. The CPA Canada Regional Chair also presented the CWP ‘She Should Run’ booklet, a framework campaign for schools to encourage young women’s political participation, to the CPA Vice-Chairperson and the CPA Secretary-General at the regional conference.

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Updated 22nd July 2019.

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