The Speakers of the Senate and House of
Commons hosted the third annual Speakers' Conference. Speakers and Clerks from
every province were invited although several Speakers were absent on account of
recent or impending elections.
Speaker John Bosley distributed a paper
explaining recent changes to the Standing Orders including new practices
concerning voting procedure, the removal of confidence from the Standing Orders
relating to supply days, the new method of choosing a Speaker, changes to
private members business, the committee system, review of delegated legislation
and order-in-council appointments and establishment of a registry of travel. He
pointed out a few practical problems with the new orders but concluded that
nevertheless, "they offer concrete evidence that the House is still
serious about trying to make Parliament a more meaningful and effective place.
In working out new rules, in trying to overcome the frustrations that sometimes
burden Members, and reduce the tension between Government and opposition must
continue to be what it has been for centuries the Grand Inquest of the
Other items on the agenda to generate some
discussion were included the casting vote of the Speaker and appeals to
Accountability Session, Federal Branch
About thirty-five members of the federal
branch of the CPA held their annual Accountability Session on March 19, 1986.
Reports were circulated on various
activities which took place over the past year. These included the 25th
Regional Conference in Quebec City, the 10th Seminar in Ottawa and the Mst CPA
General Conference in Saskatchewan. Reports were received from delegates to
Barbados, Bermuda, and the United Kingdom.
The federal branch also sent members to a
meeting of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization, the annual parliamentary
seminar at Westminster and a colloque on the Commonwealth held in Leeds.
The Chairman of the federal branch Lloyd
Crouse presided at the accountability session. He thanked members for the time
they spent receiving visiting parliamentarians and emphasized the importance of
the Association in building bridges between Canada and many countries of the
Twenty-sixth Regional Conference The 1986
Canadian Regional CPA Conference will be held in Toronto from July 26 to August
2, 1986. Among the items on the agenda are the following: Canada's Workforce in
Transition, Provinces and States What is the state of our relation?, Does the
Family Farm have a future?, Water Management Is Canada's water for :3ale?, Regeneration:
Is it a success or is it the final assault on Canadian forestry? and Acid Rain
Money versus nature, which takes priority?
In Prince Edward Island Premier Joe Ghiz
announced the nomination of Edward Clark as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
Mr. Clark, 54 was born and raised on the Island. A farmer and beef producer he
served for two years in the Royal Canadian Navy. He has been President of the
P.E.I. Shorthorn Breeder's Association and served for more than twenty years as
the 4H Leader in his community. Mr. Clark was first elected to the legislature
in 1970 and re-elected five times. He served briefly as Minister of Agriculture
and Forestry in 1978-79.
In Manitoba Myrna Phillips was
elected Speaker on May 8, 1986. First elected to the House in 1981, she was
re-elected in 1986.
In New Brunswick Loredana Catalli-Sonier
was appointed Clerk Assistant (Procedural) of the Legislative Assembly
effective November 4, 1985. Prior to her appointment, Mrs. Sonier had been
Registrar of the Nurses' Association of New Brunswick and, before that, had
practised law. In her new position she replaces the previous Administrative
Assistant to the Clerk, Enid McDonald, who retired last fall.
Mickey Akavak at 19 became the youngest Sergeant-at-Arms in Canada
when he was named to the position by the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest
Territories. Mr. Akavak is acting as sergeant-at-arms, a position traditionally
held by retired police or military officers, during the current session of the
Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife. As such, he is
responsible for the safe-keeping of the mace, the symbol of authority of the
The new Commissioner of the Yukon is John
Kenneth McKinnon. Mr. McKinnon was born and educated in Manitoba before
moving to Yukon is 1956. He is a former member of the Yukon Legislative
Assembly, representing Whitehorse North Centre in 1961. He was re-elected in
1967, 1970 and 1974. Selected by Rotary Club in 1970 as recipient of an International
Travel Bursary to study in Japan for two months in 1970, Mr. McKinnon was
nominated by Whitehorse Jaycees as Outstanding Young Canadian in 1974 in
recognition of his many services to the community.