The Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) of the Republic of Kenya was in Canada from 26th October, 2013 to 3rd November, 2013 for a parliamentary study visit to the Parliament of Canada and the Ontario Legislative Assembly (OLA). The delegation was led by Senator David Musila, Senator of Kitui County and accompanied by Senator Sammy Leshore, M.P., (Samburu County), Honourable Jimmy Angwenyi, M.P., (Kitutu Chache Constituency), Honourable Regina Chang’orok Nyeris, M.P., (West Pokot Constituency), Honourable Gladys Nyasuna Atieno, M.P., (Homa Bay County) and Mr. Jeremiah Nyengenye, Clerk of the Senate and the Secretary to the PSC.
The agenda for the visit was to understand the administration and management of a bicameral Parliamentary system in Canada. The Commission identified the Parliament of Canada as ideal for the benchmarking exercise owing to the similarities in managing bicameral setting and more so the existence of the Board of Internal Economy, an administrative body comparable to the Commission. Other areas of interest included operations and management of the Senate and the House of Commons, facilities provided for the members of Parliament, the structure and staffing at the Parliament of Canada and the relationship between the Parliament of Canada and the other Provincial and Territorial Assemblies.