Preparing for a Parliamentary Committee

How to Appear Before Government Committees with Confidence

Committees are an important procedural tool of Parliament at both the Senate and the House of Commons.  A committee is a working group that is established to review bills and existing legislation, and to study and evaluate government programs and policies.  As part of these studies individuals may be invited or they can request to appear before them, or present a written brief.  This workshop will provide you with the tools to effectively present at a parliamentary committee.

This workshop is offered within organizations for groups of 5 people or more.

Course duration: 1 day
Course language: English

Program Topics

• How does Parliament work?
• Researching the Committee and member viewpoints and issues
• How to research the history of the relevant study
• What do you want to accomplish with this appearance?
• Preparing an opening statement and consideration of a presentation or material for the Committee
• How to plan for Members’ questions
• What to do when you leave?
• Mock appearance: opening statement, Member questions and debate

Who Should Attend?

This workshop will assist stakeholders, Indigenous governments and organizations, and public servants in preparing for appearances at House or Senate Committee meetings for review of government legislation and policy.

For more information on this workshop, please contact:
Sophie Gouédard
Tel: 613-234-2020, ext. 21

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