One of the largest annual gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians will take place at the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) hosted by the CPA Canada Region in Halifax, Canada. The annual flagship event will bring together over 500 Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision makers from across the Commonwealth for this unique conference and networking opportunity. The CPC offers the prospect of the coming together of the CPA’s global membership to address the critical issues facing today’s Parliaments.
The CPA annual conference was due to take place in January 2021 - however the date has been postponed as a result of ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the quarantine restrictions in place between different countries. The CPA Executive Committee approved the postponement of the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in August 2020 and again in March 2021. The current projected dates for the 65th CPC are: 20 to 26 August 2022.
With the ever-increasing focus on greater scrutiny of Parliamentarians and the overall public trust deficit in Parliaments, the CPA’s annual conference offers the opportunity for Members to benefit from professional development, supportive learning and the sharing of best practice with colleagues from Commonwealth Parliaments together with the participation of leading international organisations.
The 65th CPC Conference will be hosted by the CPA President (2019-2021), Hon. Anthony Rota, MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.
During the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, there will also be a number of additional conferences and meetings including: 38th CPA Small Branches Conference; 65th CPA General Assembly; meetings of the CPA Executive Committee; and the Society of Clerks at the Table (SoCATT) meetings.
The CPA Executive Committee also agreed that the postponement of the 65th CPC would allow for the hosting of a triennial conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP).
The forthcoming annual conference will also hold elections for the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee; the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians; the Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches; and the CPA Treasurer for new terms of office.
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