Commonwealth Parliamentarians to address global issues and inclusive parliamentary democracy at 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Canada

One of the largest gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians will take place next week at the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (65th CPC) hosted by the CPA Canada Region.

The 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 65th CPC will be attended by Speakers, Presiding Officers and Members of Parliament from across the membership of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The CPA is the only parliamentary association to bring together national, state, provincial and territorial Legislatures and the CPA’s membership includes 180 Parliaments and Legislatures across the Commonwealth.

The 65th CPC conference will be hosted by the CPA President (2019-2022), Hon. Anthony Rota, MP, Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada from 20 to 26 August 2022 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The CPA Executive Committee will also attend the conference as well as the CPA Secretary-General, Stephen Twigg.

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 main conference theme for the 65th CPC is: ‘Inclusive, Accessible, Accountable and Strong Parliaments: the Cornerstone of Democracy and Essential for Development’. The conference will explore a wide range of workshop topics from responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling climate change and achieving the sustainable development goals to accessibility and technology for Parliaments and building gender sensitive Legislatures.

During the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, there will also be a number of additional conferences and meetings including:

This year, the conference will hold elections for the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee; the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP); the CPA Treasurer; and the CPA Small Branches Chairperson for new three-year terms.