Meeting of Regional Council
The Canadian Regional Council of
the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association held its annual meeting in Ottawa on
May 30, 1987.
The outgoing Chairman of the
Association, Speaker Hugh Edighoffer of Ontario reported on the various
seminars and conferences held in Canada during the past year. He noted that
there seemed to be considerable interest in activities of the association among
federal, provincial and territorial parliamentarians.
The Canadian Regional
Representatives to CPA, Lloyd Crouse, Herb Swan and Pierre Lorrain presented
reports on international conferences and meeting of the CPA. The Council then
proceeded to nominate a person to replace Speaker Lorrain on the CPA
international executive since his three year term had expired. For the first
time in many years there was more than one candidate for the position.
Following a secret ballot the name of Speaker Edighoffer will be presented to
the CPA meeting in Malaysia this September. The Speaker of the British Columbia
legislature, John Reynolds, was nominated as an alternate for Speaker
Edighoffer. After considerable discussion as to whether it was possible under
the constitution to name alternates to persons already in office it was agreed
that Speaker Don Stewart of the Northwest Territories would serve as an
alternate to Herb Swan on the Executive Committee.
The time and place of a number of
future regional meetings were discussed. The 27th Regional Conference will take
place in Saskatchewan in July 1987. Prince Edward Island, Alberta and New
Brunswick were confirmed as venues for the 1988, 1989 and 1990 conferences
respectively. The annual seminar on parliamentary procedure and practice will
take place in Ontario during the fall of 1987 and the Fifth conference of
Presiding Officers will be held in New Brunswick in 1988. The Council agreed to
one special seminar to be financed from the program
enrichment fund. A seminar on
Canadian-United States Fisheries and Agricultural Trade issues will be
organised by the Centre for Legislative Exchange.
The meeting concluded with a
discussion, initiated by Speaker David Carter of Alberta, concerning the timing
of future meetings of parliamentarians and clerks and possible ways to reduce
costs associated with such activities.
Conference in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan will be hosting the
27th Regional Conference which will begin in Regina on Monday, July 20, 1987.
After two days of working sessions delegates will be give an opportunity to see
some of the province and the conference will conclude with two days of sessions
Among the topics on the agenda are:
"Native Self-Government and Land Claims", "Free Trade and
Regional Interests", "The Parliamentarian and the Press",
"Conflict of Interest", "Immigration and the Question of
Refugees", "Education and the Teaching of the Basics". The final
session is will deal with "Politics and Moral Questions".