Other Interparliamentary Groups

In addition to those Parliamentary Associations and Interparliamentary Groups which have been recognized by the Joint Interparliamentary Council (JIC), there are a number of other interparliamentary groups, often referred to as “Friendship Groups”, which receive no administrative support or funding from the Parliament of Canada. Many of these groups, nevertheless, are quite active and play a role in supporting ongoing parliamentary relations with the identified country or in providing an opportunity for parliamentarians interested in a specific international cause to engage with colleagues with a similar interest. These groups are not required to register their activities or membership with the Joint Interparliamentary Council.

Please note, while every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of the information, it is solely based on information the International and Interparliamentary Affairs Directorate receives therefore we cannot completely guarantee its accuracy at all times.

Group Name Chair(s) (or other contact) Tel. (613)
BRIC Trade Development
Canada Arab World Parliamentary Association
Canada-Argentina Parliamentary Friendship Group Pablo Rodriguez, M.P. 995-0580
Canada-Armenia Friendship Group Arnold Chan, M.P. 992-4501
Canada-Australia-New Zealand Parliamentary Friendship Group
Canada-Azerbaijan Friendship Group Jamie Schmale, M.P. 992-2474
Canada-Bangladesh Parliamentary Friendship Group Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, M.P. 992-2115
Canada-Belgium Parliamentary Friendship Group Hon. Claudette Tardif, Senator
Steve MacKinnon, M.P.
947-3589
992-4351
Canada-Bosnia and Herzegovina Friendship Group
Canada-Brazil Friendship Group Julie Dzerowicz, M.P. 992-2576
Canada-Brunei Friendship Group
Canada-Bulgaria Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group Hon. Yonah Martin, Senator
Joe Peschisolido, M.P.
947-4078
992-1385
Canada-CARICOM Parliamentary Friendship Group
Canada-Chile Parliamentary Friendship Group
Canada-Croatia Friendship Group Bob Bratina, M.P. 992-6535
Canada-Cuba Interparliamentary Group Hon. Pierrette Ringuette, Senator 943-2248
Canada-Cyprus Parliamentary Friendship Group
Canada-Dubai Parliamentary Association
Canada-Georgia Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group
Canada-Greece Friendship Group
Canada-Holy See Parliamentary Friendship Group
Canada-Hong Kong Friendship Group Hon. Michael Chong, M.P. 992-4179
Canada-Hungary Friendship Group
Canada-India Parliamentary Association Chandra Arya, M.P. 992-1325
Canada-Indonesia Parliamentary Friendship Group Hon. Deepak Obhrai, M.P. 947-4566
Canada-Iraq Friendship Group Hon. Salma Ataullahjan, Senator 947-5906
Canada-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group Hon. Robert Nault, M.P. 996-1161
Canada-Korea Interparliamentary Friendship Group Hon. Yonah Martin, Senator 947-4078
Canada-Lebanon Friendship Group Fayçal El-Khoury, M.P. 992-2659
Canada-Malaysia Friendship Group    
Canada-Mexico Friendship Group William Amos, M.P.
Julie Dzerowicz, M.P.
995-3950
992-2576
Canada-Moldova Parliamentary Friendship Group Alexandra Mendès, M.P. 995-9301
Canada-Mongolia Interparliamentary Group Hon. Joseph A. Day, Senator 992-0833
Canada-Morocco Parliamentary Group Hon. Salma Ataullahjan, Senator 947-5906
Canada-Netherlands Friendship Group Hon. Mark Eyking, M.P. 995-6459
Canada-Nordic-Baltic Parliamentary Friendship Group Jamie Schmale, M.P. 992-2474
Canada-Pakistan Friendship Group Rob Oliphant, M.P.
Salma Zahid, M.P.
992-2855
992-6823
Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Group Alexandre Boulerice, M.P. 992-0423
Canada-Peru Parliamentary Friendship Group Hon. Daniel Lang, Senator
Randy Hoback, M.P
947-6234
995-3295
Canada-Philippines Interparliamentary Group Hon. Tobias C. Enverga Jr., Senator
Kevin Lamoureux, M.P
943-1945

996-6417
Canada-Poland Parliamentary Friendship Group
Canada-Portugal Parliamentary Friendship Group Alexandra Mendès, M.P.
Peter Fonseca, M.P.
995-9301
996-0420
Canada-Republic of Macedonia Parliamentary Friendship Group
Canada-Romania Parliamentary Friendship Group
Canada-Russia Parliamentary Group
Canada-Saudi Arabia Parliamentary Friendship Group
Canada-Scotland Friendship Group Hon. Kirsty Duncan, M.P. 995-4702
Canada-Serbia Friendship Group Hon. Larry Campbell, Senator 995-4050
Canada-Slovenia Friendship Group
Canada-Sri Lanka Friendship Group Yasmin Ratansi, M.P. 992-0919
Canada-Taiwan Friendship Group Hon. Judy Sgro, M.P. 992-7744
Canada-Tamil Parliamentary Friendship Group
Canada-Thailand Parliamentary Association Blaine Calkins, M.P. 995-8886
Canada-Tunisia Interparliamentary Friendship Group
Canada-Turkey Friendship Group Dave Van Kesteren, M.P. 992-2612
Canada-Ukraine Friendship Group Borys Wrzesnewskyj, M.P. 947-5000
Canada-United Arab Emirates Friendship Group Hon. Percy Downe, Senator 943-8107
Canada-Uzbekistan Friendship Group Ziad Aboultaif, M.P. 992-0946
Canada-Vietnam Parliamentary Association Hon. Thanh Hai Ngo, Senator
Anne Minh-Thu Quach, M.P.
943-1599
995-2532
Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) Hon. Raynell Andreychuk, Senator 947-2239
Canada-Myanmar Parliamentary Friendship Group Bruce Stanton, M.P. 992-6582
Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong
Parliamentary Friends of the Kurds Tom Kmiec, M.P. 992-0846
Parliamentary Friends of Tibet Arif Virani, M.P. 992-2936
Save Darfur Parliamentary Coalition
The Global Health Caucus on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Hon. Mobina Jaffer, Senator
Brenda Shanahan, MP
Dean Allison, MP
Don Davies, MP
992-0189
996-7265
995-2772
943-0267

*Parliamentarians involved in the coordination of one of these groups or any other international or interparliamentary group are encouraged to advise the International and Interparliamentary Affairs Directorate of any necessary updates, by sending an email to IIAD@parl.gc.ca.