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Committees and Parliamentary Diplomacy

Serving on Committees

Committees are where much of the Senate’s substantive work is done. You can watch their meetings on ParlVu or CPAC, and a schedule is available on the Senate’s website.

Bills are sent to a relevant committee for detailed study before being reported back to the Senate. Committees are able to call witnesses to help them understand the legislation and its potential impact.

Committees can also receive a mandate from the Senate to pursue longer-term studies on issues relevant to their policy area. Successful studies can be translated into government policy, such as when the Mental Health Commission of Canada was created in response to the 2006 report of the Senate’s Social Affairs Committee.

You can find more information on the Senate Committees I currently am a member of:

 

Members of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce (June 2019)

Members of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce (June 2019)

A meeting of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

A meeting of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

Senator Howard Wetston, Senator Doug Black, Senator Larry Campbell listening to testimony at the Banking Committee

Senator Howard Wetston, Senator Doug Black, Senator Larry Campbell listening to testimony at the Banking Committee

Contributing to Parliamentary Diplomacy

As a window into the Parliament of Canada’s international and interparliamentary relations, I invite you to visit a mobile-friendly website which offers regularly updated content—including events, activities, news, conferences and reports—within a simplified, modern design that provides improved functionality.

Features include curated photo galleries, a homepage calendar of events and activities, and dedicated Twitter feeds tailored to each parliamentary association.

This new website will continue to connect Canadians with the international and interparliamentary work of Senators and Members and allow them to see the country’s parliamentary diplomacy in action.

Explore the features of this new website.

 

I am a currently member of several associations created to develop Canada’s relationship with other countries:

  1. Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association (*Sits on the Executive Committee)
  2. Canadian Delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly
  3. Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group
  4. Canadian Chapter of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF)