The Hon. Dick and Ruth Bell Chair for the Study of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy was created in 2009 thanks to a generous gift from alumna Dr. Ruth Bell, MA/65, LLD/84, a distinguished citizen of Ottawa who is a lifelong women’s activist, political scientist and member of the Order of Canada. Dr. Bell views this gift as a lasting legacy to a lifetime of civic and political engagement and to commemorate the love she and her late husband Dick shared for Canada, for community and for Carleton University. Dr. Bell also sees this as an opportunity to pay tribute to the Honourable Dick Bell, who served as a Member of Parliament for the former riding of Carleton, as well as minister of citizenship and immigration in the Diefenbaker government. The Chair, which resides in the political science department within the Faculty of Public Affairs, will initiate courses and conferences to promote a better understanding of the dynamic and ever-evolving Canadian parliamentary system. The inaugural holder of the Hon. Dick and Ruth Bell Chair for the Study of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy is Dr. William Cross.