The co-operative sector has cause to celebrate as an all-party Parliamentary Caucus on Co-operatives prepares to hold its first meeting.
The caucus will look to continue the work that the House of Commons Special Committee on Co-operatives began during the 2012 International Year of Co-operatives, which resulted in the Status of Co-operatives in Canada report based on interviews with over 46 co-operative organizations and written submissions from over 60 sector stakeholders. Joe Preston, Conservative MP and former member of the House of Commons Special Committee on Co-operatives, will be chairing the caucus and will be joined by Liberal MP Mauril Belanger and NDP MP Hélène LeBlanc, among others. All MPs and Senators have been invited to attend the first meeting.
The creation of this new Parliamentary Caucus is due in large part to the tireless work of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.
Check out Hon. Mauril Belanger's update on Co-operatives.