Articles and Papers

Good Governance, Development and Prosperity

Date: August 2013

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Necessary Parliament – Parliament and Democracy in the 21st Century (El Parlamento necesario – Parlamento y democracia en el siglo XXI) by José Tudela Aranda

A Book Review by Jean-Paul Ruszkowski, President and CEO of the Parliamentary Centre

Date: September 2012

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Parliamentary Democracy in Canada

The Hon. David Kilgour, a former parliamentarian from Alberta, has contributed this article on his view of the state of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada for the Parliamentary Centre, pointing to the executive dominance and increased power of party whips in Canadian politics. Hon. Kilgour served continuously as a Member of Parliament for a total of almost 27 years, never losing an election since first elected. He ran both as a Conservative and as Liberal, winning four times for each party, and also sat as an independent when he could not support the government.

Date: September 2012

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Speech at the Parliamentary Centre AGM luncheon by Senator Hugh D. Segal, CM

On November 15, 2011, during the luncheon of the Parliamentary Centre AGM, Senator Hugh D. Segal, CM held a speech on legislative oversight for Canada's vital national security services. For the full speech, click below.

Date: November, 2011

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From the Margins to the Mainstream – The Legacy of Jack Layton

By Douglas Rowland, Former Member of Parliament of Canada, Member of the Parliamentary Centre Board of Directors

Immersed as we have been in recent days in the unprecedented public adulation and outpouring of grief at his death, it is difficult to remember how Jack Layton was seen when he first appeared on the federal scene eight years ago. He took over the fourth party in the House, a party barely holding on to official party status, a party largely absent from the news media, a party with little prospect of influencing the course of public policy. Moreover, he didn't have a seat.

Date: September 2011

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Parliaments and Climate Change

One of the biggest environmental challenges faced by humanity today is climate change. Whether one lives in Africa, Europe or the Americas, severe environmental effects occasioned by changes in climatic conditions are becoming visible and real on a daily basis. Today, climate change is a development issue – it causes poverty, affects food security and has a severe impact on the global economy. It is a global issue that needs to be tackled by both science and policy. That is why we think Members of Parliament (MPs) as representatives of the people have an important role to play.

Date: July 2011

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Parliaments and the use of Technology

Parliamentarians have the greatest opportunity in history to make governance more reflective by using technology to effortlessly engage constituents for feedback. The focus of this article is to discuss developments with technologies over the recent past that have had a significant influence on society, and examine the impact of developments and challenges presented to democratic institutions and governance.

Date: June 2011

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Good Governance in Extractive Industries

Having discovered oil in 2007, Ghana is about to transition from importing oil to becoming an oil producing country. In order to ensure that this process is transparent and accountable, the need for oversight of the emerging petroleum sector is crucial. Recognizing that the Parliament of Ghana has a key role to play in this oversight, and indeed in relation to the drafting and implementation of relevant governing legislation, the Parliamentary Centre partnered with RWI to embark on the project Strengthening Parliamentary and Civil Society Oversight of Oil, Gas and Mining Revenues in Ghana.

Date: April 2011

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The Primacy of Security in Governance

By Hon. Jean Jacques Blais, P.C., Q.C., Former Member of Parliament of Canada and the Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Centre Board of Directors

It was the 17th Century English political philosopher Thomas Hobbes who claimed that men’s motive for joining society was “the foresight of their own preservation”, getting themselves “out from that miserable condition of Warre”. Hobbes was a front row observer of the ravages of the English Civil War. He saw, first hand, the essential role the state had to play’s to keep the peace at home and prevent harm from beyond its borders. Since then and largely because of him, security has been given the priority it deserves by the modern state.

Date: April 2011

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The Beginnings of the Parliamentary Centre

By Mr. Peter Dobell

I joined the Department of External Affairs in 1952 when Lester Pearson was a dominant figure. As years passed I became increasingly perturbed that the lack of knowledge and understanding of Members of Parliament on international matters was having a deleterious effect on Canada’s foreign policy. In the hope of contributing to improving this situation I decided that when I reached 40 years of age I would resign from the foreign service and set up the Parliamentary Centre. It was to serve as a non-governmental base for a program of activities designed to improve the knowledge and understanding of Canadian Members of Parliament on international affairs, foreign trade and defence.

Date: April 2011

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Best Practices and Procedures in Operating and Managing Legislative Drafting Units (LDUs) in Parliament

Date: October 2010

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Parliamentary Strengthening and the Paris Principles – Uganda Case Study

Date: January 2009

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Parliamentary Strengthening and the Paris Principles – Ghana Case Study

Date: January 2009

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Parliamentary Strengthening and the Paris Principles – Synthesis Report

Date: January 2009

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Parliamentary Strengthening and the Paris Principles – Cambodia Case Study

Date: January 2009

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Parliamentary Strengthening and the Paris Principles – Tanzania Case Study

Date: January 2009

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Parliamentary Strengthening and the Paris Principles – Four Country Case Studies

Date: October 2008

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Municipal System and Municipal Financial Control in Canada

Date: September 2007

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Minority Parliament Backgrounder

Date: May 2006

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Parliamentary Government (Special Edition) – Briefing Notes for New MPs

Date: February 2006

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Parliaments and Security Sector Oversight An Emerging Area for Capacity Development

Date: January 2006

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Overview of the Processes for Managing the Budgets of Committees of the Canadian Parliament

Date: October 2005

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Overview on Financial Management in Canadian Parliament

Date: October 2005

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Occasional Papers on Parliamentary Government – No.21 – A Challenge Facing the Canadian Public Service

Date: September 2005

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Re-tooling for New Challenges: Parliaments as Peace-builders

Date: June 2005

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An Overview of the Canadian Budget Process

Date: June 2005

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Occasional Papers on Parliamentary Government – No.20 – Democracy in the Global Village

Date: February 2005

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Politics as a Vocation and The Art of Peacebuilding

Date: November 2004

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Member of Parliament and Committees Backgrounder

Date: September 2004

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How a Parliamentary Legislative Employment Framework Can Contribute to Effective and Efficient Human Resources Management

Date: September 2004

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Potential of Distributed Communities of Practice for International Parliamentary Capacity Building, The

Date: May 2004

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Introduction of Value-For-Money-Auditing in Canada and the Link to Broader Changes in Planning and Expenditure Management

Date: April 2004

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Democratizing Security For A Safer World: Parliaments As Peacebuilders

Date: September 2003

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Occasional Papers on Parliamentary Government – No.19 – Parliamentary Reform: A Window of Opportunity

Date: September 2003

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Occasional Papers on Parliamentary Government No.17/18 E-Governance: Some Implications for Parliamentarians

Date: September 2003

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Occasional Papers on Parliamentary Government No.16 – Parliamentary Diplomacy

Date: May 2003

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Canada-Russia Parliamentary Program Pilot Project, The – the OAG Perspective

Date: October 2002

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Occasional Papers on Parliamentary Government No.13 – Building Better Relations

Date: May 2002

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Occasional Papers on Parliamentary Government No.11 – MPs Views on Committee Organization

Date: May 2002

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A Work Guide on Poverty Reduction and Parliamentary for Ghana Committees

Date: February 2002

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Occasional Papers on Parliamentary Government No.12 – The Question Period: What Former Members Think

Date: May 2001

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Occasional Papers on Parliamentary Government No.10 – Managing Staff

Date: September 2000

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Occasional Papers on Parliamentary Government No.9 – Stress and the MP

Date: November 1999

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