In June 2013, the Parliamentary Centre celebrated 45 years of providing support to legislatures around the world. Since 1968, the Parliamentary Centre has become one of the leading and longest serving non-governmental organizations dedicated to the strengthening of parliamentary democracy in Canada and around the world.
To celebrate this important milestone in Centre history, we held an cocktail event on the evening of June 5th, 2013, inviting a wide range of partners, supporters and long-standing friends of the Parliamentary Centre. Click here to read about the event.
The Parliamentary Centre was originally established to strengthen the capacity of Canada’s parliament, offering research and consultation services to multiple parliamentary committees. In the mid-nineties, an opportunity arose for the Parliamentary Centre to expand its geographical reach and the Centre has since contributed to strengthen the capacities of legislatures in Africa, Americas, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East to better serve their people.
Introducing Mr. Peter C. Dobell
Peter Dobell, CM, D.S.L., is the founding director of the Parliamentary Centre, a position he has held since he founded the organization in 1968 after serving for 16 years in the Canadian foreign service. Mr. Dobell is the author of two books on Canadian foreign policy, a history of the Institute for Research on Public Policy after 30 years, and numerous articles on foreign policy and on parliamentary government. He is considered one of Canada’s leading experts on parliamentary strengthening. Mr. Dobell is a member of the Order of Canada. He serves as secretary of the Canadian Group of the Trilateral Commission.
To read more on the beginnings of the Parliamentary Centre, in Mr. Dobell’s own words, please click here.