Anthony Rota, Nipissing-Timiskaming MP and Speaker of the House of Commons is in Nova Scotia this week.
He’s in Halifax for the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.
Over 400 parliamentarians from 42 Commonwealth nations are at the annual forum discussing global political issues and developments in the parliamentary system.
Rota is the President of the Canadian Parliamentary Association (CPA).
“I am pleased to welcome parliamentarians and their staff from across the Commonwealth to Halifax, one of Canada’s historic cities,” he says. “In the days ahead, I look forward to renewing and strengthening our relationships with kindred parliaments united by the Commonwealth’s enduring values.”
In a video statement, Rota says Canada is excited to be hosting the conference in person after almost two years of pandemic-related travel restrictions.
The theme of the conference is ‘Inclusive, Accessible, Accountable and Strong Parliaments: the Cornerstone of Democracy and Essential for Development’.
Rota and Governor General Mary Simon, Vice-Patron of the CPA, are delivering opening remarks at the official opening of the conference on Tuesday, August 23.