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Summary of Members’ Activities

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*

* Committee chaired by a Member of the Official Opposition with a Vice Chair from the governing party.

Other Chair occupants for the 41st Parliament, First Session

  • Denise Savoie, Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole
  • Barry Devolin, Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole
  • Bruce Stanton, Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole

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 in the House by the government, including 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. Committees present reports to the House further to their studies and can request that the government respond to those reports. Collectively, these documents are referred to as sessional papers. In 2011–2012, a total of 1,726 sessional papers were presented.

Visits to Parliament by heads of state or government

September 22, 2011
The Right Honourable David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
September 25–26, 2011
His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait
October 17, 2011
His Excellency Nika Gilauri, Prime Minister of Georgia
November 18, 2011
His Excellency John Evans Atta Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana
March 2, 2012
His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel

Speaker-led visits to Parliament

September 26–30, 2011
His Excellency Jakup Krasniqi, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, and a parliamentary delegation
October 3–7, 2011
The Honourable Kenneth Marende, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Kenya, and a parliamentary delegation
October 31 to November 5, 2011
Her Excellency Rose Francine Rogombé, Speaker of the Senate of the Gabonese Republic, and a parliamentary delegation
March 4–9, 2012
His Excellency Dag Terje Anderson, President of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Norway, and a parliamentary delegation

Official parliamentary delegations led by the Speaker of the House

February 20–22, 2012
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Parliamentary conferences attended by the Speaker of the House

November 20–22, 2011
18th Canada-Mexico Interparliamentary Meeting (Ottawa)
January 7–12, 2012
21st Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (Trinidad and Tobago)
February 2–5, 2012
29th Canadian Presiding Officers’ Conference (Edmonton)

Interparliamentary associations

The Parliament of Canada is involved in interparliamentary associations that promote cooperation and understanding among nations and strengthen relations between Canadian parliamentarians and their counterparts around the world.

Multilateral associations:

  • Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association
  • Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association
  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly
  • Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie
  • Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • NATO Parliamentary Association
  • ParlAmericas

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

Select association activities, 2011–2012

May 3–5, 2011
Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Canada-France Interparliamentary Association (Montréal)
June 29, 2011
Visit to Canada of the South African Parliamentary Standing Committee on Police (Ottawa)
July 8–9, 2011
25th Meeting of the International Executive Committee of the Interparliamentary Forum of the Americas (Ottawa)
July 7–12, 2011
35th Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (Halifax)
July 10–14, 2011
Joint visit to Canada of the NATO Parliamentary Association Sub-Committees on Energy and Environmental Security (STCEES) and Transatlantic Economic Relations (ESCTER) (Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Dawson Creek)
July 17–21, 2011
Visit of the Bureau of the Delegation for Relations with Canada of the European Parliament (Toronto, Winnipeg, Churchill)
August 22–26, 2011
27th Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie America Region Assembly (Regina)
September 21–23, 2011
Visit to Canada by a delegation of the Budgetary Affairs Commission of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (Ottawa)
October 16–27, 2011
9th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Canadian Parliamentary Seminar (Ottawa)
February 2, 2012
Meeting with a delegation from the Republic of Namibia (Ottawa)
March 18–21, 2012
Meeting of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie Parliamentary Affairs Committee (Vancouver)