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New Speaker of the House

On November 6 John Bosley, 37, was elected Speaker of the House of Commons. Born and educated in Toronto, Mr. Bosley was an alderman in Toronto from 19741978. In 1979 he was elected as the Progressive Conservative member of Don Valley West.

Re-elected in 1980 Mr. Bosley has held a number of party and parliamentary positions. He was parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Joe Clark in 1979, opposition critic for cultural policy during the last parliament, vice chairman of the Conservative task force on Revenue Canada and a member of the committee that staked out the Conservative party strategy during the constitutional debate.

Mr. Bosley's nomination by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was seconded by Opposition Leader John Turner and by Ed Broadbent on behalf of the NDP.

New Chairman, Executive Committee, CPA

The Speaker of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly Herb Swan was elected President at the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at the General Conference held in the Isle of Man in October. This year Saskatchewan will host the General Conference.

New Speaker of the Senate

The new Speaker of the Senate is Guy Charbonneau, 62, Born in Three Rivers he studied at Jean de Brébeuf college, the University of Montreal and McGill University. Mr Charbonneau was a Montreal insurance executive and successful fund raiser for the Conservative Party in Quebec. He was appointed to the Upper House in 1979.

Changes at the Table

New Clerk Assistants have been appointed in Manitoba and Alberta and one table officer has retired in Quebec.

In Alberta the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Gerard Amerongen announced the appointments of Robert Bubba as Clerk Assistant and Charles P. Eliuk as Director of Administration. Mr. Bubba has been associated with the Assembly since 1972, when he joined the editorial staff of Alberta Hansard. He was appointed Associate Editor of Alberta Hansard in December 1978 and Editor in December 1982.

Mr. Eliuk holds degrees in science and commerce from the University of Alberta, and has held appointments in several departments of the Alberta public service.

In Manitoba Beverly Bosiak is the new Deputy Clerk replacing Gordon Mackintosh who resigned to attend the University of Manitoba Law School.

Miss Bosiak was employed by the Manitoba Association of School Trustees for ten years and held the position of Administrative Officer for the past three years. As Deputy Clerk her responsibilities include House and Committee administration and services, procedural advice, as well as financial and personnel administration. She is the first woman to be appointed Clerk-at-the-table in Manitoba.

In Quebec René Blondin, Secretary General of the National Assembly has retired. He will remain as an advisor and has been commissioned to prepare a book on parliamentary procedure in Quebec. The Deputy Secretary General, Pierre Duchesne, has taken over Mr. Blondin's duties on an acting basis.

In British Columbia Brian Smith, Attorney General, announced that George MacMinn, Deputy Clerk has been made a Q.C. (Queen's Counsel) in recognition of his 25 years service to the Assembly.

In Saskatchewan the table officers will welcome an attachment from the United Kingdom in the person of Alan Sandall, Clerk of the Committee of Ways and Means of the House of Commons

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Last Updated: 2020-03-03