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Twenty-second Canadian Regional Conference Yellowknife, NWT, July 31-August 7,1982

This year, for the first time, a conference of the Canadian Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association will be held in the Northwest Territories. Due to the vast size of the Territories and the limited accommodation available the format of the 1982 conference will be slightly different than previous ones.

Delegates will be given a choice of four pre-conference itineraries. One will begin in Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island, another at Rankin Inlet on the west coast of Hudson's Bay, the third at Hay River on the South Shore of Great Slave Lake and the fourth at Inuvik in the Mackenzie delta. After three or four days touring points of interest in each of the areas the respective delegations will fly to Yellowknife where the formal conference sessions will be held.

Saskatchewan Members' seminar

On February 9, 1982, the Saskatchewan Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association held its first in what is planned to be an annual series of seminars for Members. The seminar was established by a recommendation of the Report of the Special Committee on the Review of Rules and Procedures of the Legislative Assembly, which proposed that a seminar on parliamentary procedure be held each year so that Saskatchewan members can get together to discuss shared concerns and keep abreast of new developments in the parliamentary field.

The seminar, which was not open to the press and public, dealt with the changing role of private members in Parliament and served as a general discussion of the Legislative Assembly o Saskatchewan's new rules and procedures adopted as a result of the recommendations of the special rules committee report. In particular, the seminar focussed on Saskatchewan's new committee system and its potential effect on the role of Private Members.

Hon. Jack Stokes, Ontario MPP and former Speaker of the Ontario House, served as guest theme speaker for the seminar and made a valuable contribution to the discussion. Mr. Frank Meakes, a former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, also participated in the seminar and shared his perspective on the changing role of private members.

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