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Parliamentary Officers' Study Programme

Deputy Clerk of Tynwald Mr Jonathan King has returned from a parliamentary officers’ study programme hosted by the Parliament of Canada at its seat in Ottawa.

Mr King (pictured back row extreme left) joined other senior officers from foreign legislatures and Canadian jurisdictions in the two-week programme aimed atoffering an insight into the functioning of the Parliament of Canada and extending access to senior Canadian parliamentary officials.

The programme involved the three partners of the Parliament
of Canada: the Senate, the House of Commons and the Library
of Parliament.

Mr King explained: ‘The study programme was highly
structured and included sessions with Members and the
Canadian parliament’s two Speakers, the Hon Noël Kinsella and the Hon Andrew Scheer MP. We were also able to observe proceedings in the two chambers and in a number of committees.’  Mr King went on to say that the programme had been ‘a real eye-opener’. He said that of particular interest was discovering how many jurisdictions had appointed second chambers, representatives from a number of which - Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Jordan and Trinidad and Tobago -were among the delegates. The programme also provided Mr King an opportunity to promote the Isle of Man and its parliament. During a 10-minute presentation he explained the significance of Tynwald Day, provided an overview of Tynwald’s tricameral system and outlined the Hansard voice recognition system, the latter attracting considerable interest from officials of the Canadian Senate and provincial legislature of Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr King added that representatives from the Parliament of Uganda had indicated some of its Members might be interested in visiting the Isle of Man to learn more about the Manx parliamentary system.

Picture of Jonathan King (Mr King is pictured, left, before a map of the Kingdom of Mann and the Isles delivering his presentation on the Isle of Man). He concluded: ‘Participating in what was a very well organised programme was valuable, not only to learn how the Canadian parliament operates but also to share experiences with parliamentary officials from so many different jurisdictions. Among points to be considered from a Tynwald perspective is how we may be able to improve our administrative practices, in addition to which experiencing the study programme from a delegate’s point of view will help in the planning of any future visits we may host.’ 

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Group photograph courtesy of the Parliament of Canada. Photograph of Mr King taken by the delegate from Bahrain.

For further information contact:

Jonathan King
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW

Tel:   01624 686303
Email: j.king@tynwald.org.im

Published - 24/05/2012