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The House of Commons: Report to Canadians 2011

Summary of Members’ Activities

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Standing Committees

  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
  • Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics*
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Citizenship and Immigration
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Finance
  • Fisheries and Oceans
  • Foreign Affairs and International Development
  • Government Operations and Estimates*
  • Health
  • Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
  • Industry, Science and Technology
  • International Trade
  • Justice and Human Rights
  • National Defence
  • Natural Resources
  • Official Languages
  • Procedure and House Affairs
  • Public Accounts*
  • Public Safety and National Security
  • Status of Women*
  • Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
  • Veterans Affairs

Standing Joint Committees

  • Library of Parliament
  • Scrutiny of Regulations

* Committees chaired by a Member from the Official Opposition with a Vice-Chair from the governing party.

Sessional Papers Tabled

Tabling a document in the House of Commons is a formal way of presenting information and putting it on the official public record. A variety of documents must be tabled, such as House of Commons committee reports (and government responses to those reports), reports on studies conducted by government task forces and commissions, annual reports for a number of federal institutions, corporate plans, performance reports, and other papers concerning matters related to the administrative responsibilities of the government. Collectively, these documents are referred to as sessional papers. In 2010–2011, a total of 2,437 sessional papers were tabled.

Visits to Parliament by Heads of State or Heads of Government
April 16, 2010 Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium
May 27, 2010 His Excellency Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of the United Mexican States and Ms. Margarita Zavala
May 31, 2010 His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel
June 25, 2010 His Excellency Hu Jintao, President of the People’s Republic of China
September 28–29, 2010 His Excellency Sukhbaatar Batbold, Prime Minister of Mongolia
September 29, 2010 Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand
October 16, 2010 Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
Speaker-led Visits
May 1–8, 2010 Visit to Canada of His Excellency Bogdan Borusewicz, Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland, and a parliamentary delegation
May 30–June 5, 2010 Visit to Canada of His Excellency Dr. Yahya Mahfoodh Al Manthri, Chairman of the State Council of the Sultanate of Oman, and a parliamentary delegation
June 15–16, 2010 Mr. Yvon Vallières, M.N.A., President of the National Assembly of Quebec, and a parliamentary delegation
June 27–29, 2010 Visit to Canada of His Most Eminent Highness the Prince Fra’ Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, and a delegation
October 20–23, 2010 Visit to Canada of His Excellency Blaz Kavcic, President of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia, and a parliamentary delegation
November 1–5, 2010 His Excellency Trajko Veljanoski, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, and a parliamentary delegation
November 2–7, 2010 Visit to Canada of His Excellency Mircea Geoana, President of the Senate of Romania, and a parliamentary delegation
November 5, 2010 Honourable Steve Peters, M.P.P., Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
February 8–11, 2011 Honourable Paul Okalik, M.L.A., Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
Official Parliamentary Delegations led by the Honourable Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of Commons
May 16–21, 2010 Ecuador and Chile
July 12–18, 2010 United Kingdom and Serbia
March 13–19, 2011 Kuwait and Sweden
Parliamentary Conferences attended by the Honourable Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of Commons
July 19–21, 2010 (Joint participation with Senate) Third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (Geneva, Switzerland)
September 9–12, 2010 Ninth Meeting of the Speakers of the Lower Houses of the G8 (Ottawa)
November 19–21, 2010 (Joint participation with Senate) 17th Canada-Mexico Interparliamentary Meeting (Mexico City, Mexico)
January 12–15, 2011 Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (Isle of Man)
January 20–23, 2011 (Joint participation with Senate) 28th Canadian Presiding Officers’ Conference (Iqaluit, Nunavut)

Interparliamentary Associations

The Parliament of Canada is involved in official interparliamentary groups that promote cooperation and understanding among nations and strengthen relations between Canadian parliamentarians and their counterparts in other parliaments. Membership fees from individual parliamentarians support the groups’ activities.

Multilateral Associations:

  • Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association
  • Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association
  • Canadian Delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA)
  • Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF)
  • Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
  • Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association (NATO PA)
  • Canadian Section of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas (FIPA)

Bilateral Associations:

  • Canada-China Legislative Association
  • Canada-France Interparliamentary Association
  • Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group
  • Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association
  • Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group
A Select Review of Association Activities
April 13, 2010 Visit to Ottawa by the Hon. Hamad Rashid Mohamed, Leader of the Opposition and member of the Parliament of Tanzania
April 19, 2010 Visit to Ottawa by a Swedish delegation
May 2–4, 2010 Can-Am Border Trade Alliance Conference (Ottawa)
May 13, 2010 Visit to Ottawa by the Committee on Environment and Resources Protection of the Provincial People’s Congress of Jiangxi Province
May 14, 2010 Visit to Ottawa by a delegation from the Judicial Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress of China
June 14, 2010 Visit to Ottawa by a delegation from la Commission des lois du Sénat de la République française
July 16–20, 2010 Pacific Northwest Economic Region Annual Summit (Calgary)
August 8–11, 2010 65th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference (Toronto)
August 29 to September 4, 2010 37th Annual Meeting of the Canada-France Interparliamentary Association (Edmonton and Fort McMurray)
October 15–21, 2010 14th Bilateral Meeting of the Canada-China Legislative Association (Vancouver, Whistler and Ottawa)
November 1–5, 2010 33rd Interparliamentary Meeting with a delegation from the European Parliament (Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Ottawa)
November 16, 2010 Meeting of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (Ottawa)
January 3–7, 2011 17th Bilateral Meeting of the Canada-Japan Interparliamentary Group (Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler)
February 2, 2011 Visit to Ottawa by a delegation from the Parliament of the Kingdom of Sweden
March 21, 2011 Visit to Ottawa by a delegation of the People’s Congress of the Tibetan Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China

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