Canadian Regional Council Meeting
The Canadian Regional Council of the
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association held its annual meeting in Ottawa on May
8, 1982. The program for the Twenty-second Regional Conference was outlined by
Don Stewart, Speaker of the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly, who
will be host of the conference. The Council approved an agenda which will deal
with such topics as "Constitutional and Political Development in the
Territories", "The Importance of Mega-projects for Economic Development
Across Canada", and "The Social and Local Impacts of Major Resource
In other matters the Council agreed to help
to defray some of the expenses of Gerald Ottenheimer of Newfoundland during his
term as chairman of CPA's international Executive Committee. The Council felt
Mr. Ottenheimer will be representing not only CPA but Canada as a whole and
that he should be able to rely on the Canadian Region for any expenses not
covered by CPA international.
On a motion by Quebec, the Council agreed to
establish a task force to study the growing number of organizations devoted to
promoting exchanges among legislators and which are asking for financial
assistance to carry out their programs. The committee will report as to whether
there is duplication of effort between these organizations and the Canadian
Region of CPA and what, if any, should be the relationship between CPA and
these extra-parliamentary organizations. The task force will consist of
Speakers Claude Vaillancourt (Quebec), John Turner (Ontario), Harvey Schroeder
(British Columbia), Arthur Donahoe (Nova Scotia) and Mr. Keith Penner (Ottawa),
Chairman of the Canadian Branch of CPA. They are to report their findings at
the next Regional Council meeting.
The Council confirmed that the eighth Canadian
Regional Seminar would be held in Ottawa from October 31 to November 4, 1982.
The Twenty-third Regional Conference will be held in Manitoba from August 8 to
Zimbabwean at the Table in Saskatchewan
Under the auspices of the Saskatchewan
Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr. Austin Zvoma,
Assistant Secretary to the Parliament of Zimbabwe, is spending a three-month
attachment with the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.
Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia, became an
independent black-ruled country two years ago. The country's new parliament has
been sending newly-hired staff outside of Zimbabwe on training programs. While
in Saskatchewan Mr. Zvoma will observe the entire operation of the provincial
legislature through the office of the Clerk of the House. He has also visited
the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and plans to spend a week in Ottawa before
returning home to Zimbabwe.
New Speaker in Manitoba
The new Speaker of the Manitoba legislature
is James Walding. An optician by profession, Mr. Walding came to
Winnipeg from England in 1961. A former Commissioner of both the Manitoba
Telephone System and the Manitoba Centennial Corporation, he first rant for
office in the 1969 provincial election and was defeated by the narrow margin of
23 votes. In 1971 he won a by-election in St. Vital and has represented that
riding ever since. Mr. Speaker Walding is a former Deputy Chairman of
Committees. He was Chairman of the New Democratic Party Caucus from 1974-1982.
During his tenure in the legislature he has also chaired the following
committees: Municipal Affairs, Privileges and Elections, Public Utilities,
Public Accounts, Private Bills, and Statutory Regulations and Orders. Mr.
Walding was sworn in as Speaker on February 25, 1982.
Marian J. Powell has been appointed as the new Legislative Librarian
for the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. Mrs. Powell succeeds Christine
MacDonald who retired April 30, 1982, after 36 years of service. Mrs.
Powell was born in Saskatchewan and received her B.A. with Distinction from the
University of Saskatchewan, Regina. She then graduated from the University of
British Columbia with a Bachelor of Library Science degree. Since 1970, Mrs.
Powell had been employed with the University of Regina's library. As
Legislative Librarian her mandate will include implementation of the
recommendations of the recent Report of the Special Committee on the Review of
the Legislative Library.
Also in Saskatchewan Elizabeth Bourns
has been appointed Clerk Assistant (Administrative). Ms. Bourns, who was born
in Hamilton, Ontario, holds a B.A. (Honours) from McMaster University and an
M.P.A. from Queen's. She had worked for the provincial government of Alberta
before coming to Saskatchewan where she served with the Department of
Intergovernmental Affairs. Her new responsibilities as Clerk Assistant
(Administrative) include advising the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly on
personnel, financial and administrative matters. She will administer Members'
services for the Saskatchewan legislature and also serve as secretary to the
Board of Internal Economy.
The new Sergeant-at-arms in Manitoba is Mr. Ernest
Diack. A retired police man. Mr. Diack. was active in the Canadian Legion. He
replaced Edward Laing at the beginning of the present session of the
On March 1. a new Assistant Clerk was
appointed to the Ontario Legislative Assembly. Mr. Simirle Forsyth. a
barrister and solicitor, was formerly a Clerk of Committees, a position he held
since July. 1978, He served as Clerk of the Standing Committees on
Administration of Justice. Regulations and Other Statutory Instruments and on
Procedural Affairs and as Clerk of the Select Committee on Constitutional