IPU Celebrates 130 Years: Canada’s Engagement

(Disponible en français : L’UIP célèbre ses 130 ans : participation du Canada) On 30 June 2020, the International Day of Parliamentarism, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will have concluded a twelve-month celebration of its 130th anniversary. As the world’s oldest and largest inter-parliamentary assembly, the IPU and its 179 national member parliaments – including the Parliament of…

International Women’s Day 2019: A Reflection on Women, Gender Equality and the 42nd Parliament

You may also wish to consult other HillNotes in honour of International Women’s Day (Disponible en français : La Journée internationale des femmes 2019 : une réflexion sur les femmes, l’égalité des sexes et la 42e législature) Women’s participation in Canadian politics and in the Parliament of Canada is longstanding. Over 100 years ago, women…

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Young Parliamentarians around the World

(Disponible en français : Les jeunes parlementaires dans le monde) Cynics would have you believe that young people are just not interested in parliamentary politics. Despite the conventional wisdom that young people do not want to participate in democracy, statistics say otherwise: around the world, the number of young parliamentarians is on the rise. In…

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In retrospect: The 10th Anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision in Canada (House of Commons) v. Vaid, and the Future of Parliamentary Privilege

(Disponible en français : Coup d’œil rétrospectif : Le 10e anniversaire de la décision Canada (Chambre des communes) c. Vaid de la Cour suprême et l’avenir du privilège parlementaire) Ten years ago, in May 2005, the Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision that clarified the scope and application of parliamentary privilege. The decision,…