MP Earl Dreeshen Speaks on Legislative Transparency at ParlAmericas Conference in Panama

April 14, 2015

RED DEER - Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, represented the House of Commons at a recent gathering of ParlAmericas, a network of national legislatures from North, Central, and South America as well as the Caribbean. The ParlAmericas Conference saw member countries discuss issues surrounding legislative transparency that was held in conjunction with the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

Dreeshen participated as a panel member for a discussion entitled “Democratic Innovations.” Among the topics he spoke about were open government, political financing, private members legislation and petitions. The panel also consisted of fellow legislators José Roberto Alejos (Guatemala), Gina Godoy (Ecuador), Domingos Neto (Brasil) and Alejandro Encinas (Mexico).

Dreeshen said that Canada's membership in the ParlAmericas promotes economic security and prosperity as well as democratic dialogue between member countries. "Last week’s meeting coincided with the VII Summit of the Americas, so it was a tremendous opportunity to bring together parliamentarians who are focused on serving their citizenry" said Dreeshen. "Canada obviously has a stake in these discussions and we welcome the opportunity for dialogue with other democratic countries," he added.

During the opening ceremony, Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, highlighted that “regional efforts must be directed towards promoting freedom and human rights in all communities across the Americas. Democracy must be cultivated,” he stressed to the parliamentarians in attendance.

While in Panama, Dreeshen also had the opportunity to join Prime Minister Stephen Harper in meeting with Canadian synchronized swimmer Élise Marcotte and swimmer Tera van Beilen at a reception highlighting the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. Marcotte and van Beilen discussed with Dreeshen the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games that Red Deer will be hosting and expressed their excitement over the event. “Both athletes spoke highly of the Canada Games as the place where they first met many people involved with their sport who they have competed with or against throughout their careers” said Dreeshen. “They really identified with the excitement around the upcoming games and were happy to hear that Red Deer is Ready to host such an important event.”