A cross-party delegation of MPs travels to Canada for a week-long political exchange. The purpose of the delegation is to provide members with a better understanding of bilateral relations between the two countries and Canada’s approaches to a range of domestic and international issues.
Speaker of the House, the Right Honorable Adrian Rurawhe, said “this delegation will give MPs the opportunity to appreciate Canada’s political, geographic and cultural diversity, while expanding and building bilateral ties.”
One of the main themes of the trip will be Indigenous issues, with the delegation expected to meet with several different Indigenous groups. The delegation will visit the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), an advocacy organization that represents First Nations communities across Canada, where they will meet RoseAnne Archibald, the National Chief of the Assembly. The delegation will also meet members of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke, Huron-Wendat Nationand native Montreal.
During their visit to the Canadian Parliament, delegates will meet with the Senators for Climate Solutions Group, the Rainbow Caucus of the Canadian Parliament, and parliamentarians from Senate and House of Commons committees. The delegation will also attend an event organized by the Montreal International Center of Expertise in Artificial Intelligence (CEIMIA)where they will hear about the different ways AI can be used to solve problems in health, supply chains and climate change.
The exchange will take place from September 25 to October 1, 2022 and will include visits to Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives leads the New Zealand Parliament international diplomacy. This includes representing Parliament internationally, as well as at diplomatic functions and welcoming foreign dignitaries.
Interparliamentary relations is a way for members of the New Zealand Parliament to
maintain the relevance, effectiveness and innovation of Parliament. Dialogue between members of different parliaments enhances mutual understanding between countries, develops best parliamentary practice and ensures that New Zealand plays an active role in the international parliamentary community. The active participation of parliamentarians in interparliamentary activities enhances their knowledge and insight as legislators, which in turn enhances parliamentary oversight of government.
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