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"The National Assembly of Québec and its experts are available to assist in strengthening parliamentary institutions."

Jacques Chagnon, President of the National Assembly of Québec

Expertise-sharing

The National Assembly of Québec comprises 125 Members and more than 700 employees specialized in a wide range of areas. It also plays an active role in a number of interparliamentary organizations and, as a result, can rely on a vast network of parliamentary partners.

At the heart of democracy in Québec since 1791, the National Assembly has been helping to consolidate and strengthen parliaments’ capacities internationally since 1996. Over the years, dozens of its parliamentarians and public servants have taken part in cooperative activities involving 16 parliaments, mainly in French-speaking Africa and Haiti.

The National Assembly, one of the oldest parliamentary institutions in the Americas, has built on its combined French-British heritage, while integrating itself into the North American reality. This diversity enables it to play a multi-faceted role in parliamentary development.

The National Assembly offers services tailored to the needs of its partner assemblies, providing experts able to assist foreign parliaments in all sectors of activity related to their parliamentary mission.

 

What better than a parliament to contribute to strengthening parliamentary democracy?

Representatives of the National Assembly have shared their expertise with their counterparts from many francophone countries, including:

Algeria - Benin - Burkina Faso - Cameroon - Congo – Ivory Coast - Gabon - Haiti - Madagascar - Mali - Morocco - Niger - Togo

Since 1996, the National Assembly has organized or participated in more than 120 interparliamentary cooperation activities, including:

  • training workshops and seminars on drafting legislation, optimizing parliamentary work and ensuring parliament building security;
  • missions to assess needs, support development of strategic plans and assist in debate broadcasting and publishing.

 

Targeted, adapted action

The National Assembly intervenes to pursue the following goals:

  • Make the management tools and methods of a modern parliament available to parliamentary institutions within emerging or consolidating democracies;
  • Offer parliamentary institutions expertise tailored to their needs.

Essentially, the National Assembly’s initiatives take three forms:

  • Needs assessment and support services
  • Training seminars
  • Practical workshops and internships

In keeping with the nature of the needs identified, these services are provided in the offices of the partner assembly or of the National Assembly of Québec. Distance services, including video conferencing, are also available. When the needs of the partner assembly are not clearly defined, the National Assembly performs a needs assessment and tailors its action to the case at hand.

 

A full range of services

The National Assembly’s services are intended for parliamentarians and public servants and are geared mainly toward the following sectors:

  1. General administration of a parliament (library and archives, communications, human resource, financial and material management, security)
  2. Organization of sittings (planning and follow-up of ordinary sittings and parliamentary committee meetings, transcription of debates, etc.)
  3. Legislative process (drawing up of legislation, drafting of amendments, etc.)
  4. Parliamentary control and accountability (budget estimate analysis, public hearings, question period, etc.)
  5. Public communications and citizen participation (petition management, debate broadcasting, Internet and social media)
  6. New parliamentarian training at the start of a legislature.

The National Assembly can also count on the cooperation of other organizations, including:

 

Procedure

Legislative Council ChamberThe Cooperation Service of the National Assembly is initially contacted by a group providing support to a parliament or by the parliament itself. The process unfolds in four stages:

  1. Needs assessment

    This stage consists in clearly defining the parliament’s needs to determine whether the National Assembly can be of assistance. This may involve performing a needs assessment mission on-site. The subsequent stages apply to needs assessment and any other action.

  2. Action plan

    The National Assembly proposes an action plan to the parliament or the support group. The plan comprises an implementation schedule, a budget, a team profile and a description of the services to be provided. The action plan is then approved, modified or rejected by the parliamentary partner.

  3. Service delivery

    Once the action plan has been approved, the services are delivered by the National Assembly team. Action is geared toward strengthening local skills and delegating tasks, not taking the place of local experts. Most experts assigned by the National Assembly have significant experience in emerging countries or in development; all team members are concerned with transferring tools and methods that are applicable in the specific context.

  4. Follow-up and assessment

    Depending on the needs, the follow-up required to implement the various elements involved can be performed from a distance. In all cases, an activity report containing the team’s main observations, recommendations and results closes the operation.

 

Partners since 2005

  • World Bank
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • State University of New York (SUNY)
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
  • Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF)
  • Development Alternatives (DAI)
  • Canadian Parliamentary Centre
  • Research Chair on Democracy and Parliamentary Institutions at Université Laval
  • Chief Electoral Officer of Québec (DGEQ)
  • Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF)

 

To contact us:

Sébastien Jobert
Coordinator, Interparliamentary Cooperation
Interparliamentary and International Relations and Protocol Directorate
Interparliamentary Cooperation Service

Email : cooperation@assnat.qc.ca

Édifice André-Laurendeau, 4e étage
1050, rue des Parlementaires
Québec (Québec)  G1A 1A3
Canada
Phone: 1-418-643-7391
Fax: 1-418-643-1865