Wide-ranging agenda for NZ MPs on first exchange with Canada
A delegation of New Zealand members of Parliament heads to Canada this week on a political exchange, with a wide range of topical issues to be discussed.
The delegation is led by Jan Logie MP (Green) and includes Ginny Andersen MP (Labour), Denise Lee MP (National), Hamish Walker MP (National), and Tim van de Molen MP (National). Over a busy programme spanning three cities, the MPs will meet with Canadian counterparts, Ministers, parliamentary committees, and NGOs.
Issues to be discussed include affordable housing; First Nations/treaty settlements; energy/climate change; public safety and national security; trade, agriculture and tourism; and cannabis legislation. The programme aims to help New Zealand MPs grow an appreciation of Canada’s political, geographic, and cultural diversity; increase knowledge on issues of interest; learn about recent Canadian action on social issues; better understand the bilateral relationship between New Zealand and Canada; and build inter-parliamentary connections.
“Canada and New Zealand are close allies and partners. We share a natural like-mindedness on many issues, with commonalities around trade, security, defence, and multilateral interests,” said Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives.
“Our shared parliamentary, legal, social, and defence traditions underpin our world views, resulting in a rich and mutually beneficial partnership.
“I am pleased with our strong cross-party delegation heading to Canada. I am confident our MPs will represent New Zealand well and engage in productive knowledge-sharing, bringing back valuable lessons to New Zealand and our Parliament.”
The programme runs from 28 April to 4 May 2019, with the delegation involved in meetings in Victoria, Vancouver, and Ottawa.