Kenora MP Bob Nault’s schedule just got even busier. Yesterday, Nault was named as the new President of ParlAmericas. Nault has been serving as the institution’s Vice-President since 2016.

“It’s both an honour and a privilege to become ParlAmericas’ President,” said Nault, following the announcement.

“In my new role, I’ll do my very best for parliamentarians throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, and for ParlAmericas as an institution, as we continue our proud tradition of working together to pursue solutions to the issues that truly matter in the daily lives of people.”

ParlAmericas’ mission statement states that they are committed to improving and enhancing national and hemispheric democratic processes, by providing a leadership forum that channels a continuous conversation of key issues of concern throughout the Americas.

“As parliamentarians, we play an integral role in protecting our democratic values, both now and into the future. Democracy is key to maximizing our prosperity, to protecting our freedoms and to ensuring our collective security.”

The announcement was made at a Canadian all-party parliamentary delegation, representing the Canadian section of ParlAmericas in Victoria, British Columbia. At the meeting, Nault’s opening remarks focused on accessible labour markets, advancing Indigenous women’s leadership, and social inclusion.

“I’m really looking forward to exploring the ways in which democracy can help us ensure that our youth – our future – are engaged citizens who have opportunities to assume leadership, express their vision for their future, and contribute to sustainable development of societies throughout the western hemisphere.”

In Nault’s closing remarks, he outlined his priorities as the organization’s new President, which included the themes of open parliaments, gender equality and climate change.

ParlAmericas was founded 17 years ago in Ottawa, and is the only inter-parliamentary institution headquartered in Canada. The Canadian section of ParlAmerica works closely with the organization’s International Secretariat to advance parliamentary diplomacy and political dialogue.

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