The 27th Canadian Regional
The 27th Canadian Regional Conference
of CPA was held in Regina and Saskatoon in July 1987. Among the 150 delegates
and observers were representatives from every Canadian Legislature as well as
parliamentarians from the United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands, Grenada and the
Turks and Caicos Islands.
One of the highlights of the
conference was a panel discussion on "The Parliamentarian and The
Press" featuring Premier Grant Devine, of Saskatchewan, Professor David
Smith of the University of Saskatchewan and Jeffrey Simpson of the Toronto
Globe and Mail.
There was also a stimulating
discussion of moral questions in politics. The leadoff speaker was Marty Dolin,
MLA of Manitoba.
Among the other legislators who
introduced topics on the agenda were Stan Darling, (House of Commons) and James
Hodder, MLA (Newfoundland) who spoke on "Immigration and the Question of
Refugees"; Allan Nording, MLA (Yukon) and Gerald Muirhead, MLA
(Saskatchewan) on "Education and the Teaching of the Basics"; Lloyd
Crouse (House of Commons) and Maximilien Polak, MNA (Quebec) on "Special
Interests Groups"; T. Neil Vant, MLA (British Columbia) and Dr. Colin
Stewart, MLA (Nova Scotia) on "Conflict of Interest"; Halvar Johnson,
MLA (Alberta) and Douglas Reycraft, MPP (Ontario) on "Free Trade".
The host, Speaker Arnold Tusa, the
conference co-ordinator Gordon Barnhart and the conference staff organised
numerous social events to augment the business sessions.
The conference took place while the
legislature was in session. This complicated the task of the organizing
committee but did not prevent the conference from being a tremendous success.
Lieutenant Governor of New
The new Lieutenant Governor of New
Brunswick is Gilbert Finn , chairman of the board and chief executive officer
of Assumption Mutual Life Insurance Co. Born in Inkerman, N.B., and now a
resident of Dieppe, N.B., Mr. Finn, 66, will replaced George Stanley who has
been ill for some time.
As chairman of the Atlantic
Enterprise Board, which recommends projects to the provincial Minister for
Regional Development, Mr. Finn was the driving force behind the founding of Le
Matin, the Government backed French language daily newspaper in New Brunswick.
A graduate of the Seminaire de Chicoutimi and Laval University, he has been
active in numerous community organisations, including the University of Moncton
and the New Brunswick Productivity Council.
Table Officer Appointments
There have been changes recently
among Officers at the Table in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the House of Commons.
The new Clerk of the House of
Commons is Robert Marleau. Born and educated in Cornwall he holds a
Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa. After a brief career as
a high school teacher, he joined the House of Commons in 1969 where he served
with the Committees Branch from 1969 to 1974. For the next seven years he was
with the Parliamentary Relations Secretariat.
In 1981 he was promoted to
Principal Clerk of the Committees and Private Legislation Branch and in 1983
became Clerk Assistant (Legal). He was appointed Clerk of the House in July
1987 replacing C.B. Koester who becomes special advisor to the Speaker of the
The new Deputy Clerk is Mary Ann
Griffith. A graduate of Carleton University she has served in a number of
capacities with the House since 1970 . She has been a committee clerk,
executive assistant to the administrator, and to the Clerk, principal Clerk in
charge of the Table Research Bureau and most recently Clerk Assistant
In Alberta, Speaker David Carter,
announced the appointment of David McNeil as Clerk and Miss Karen South
as Deputy Clerk. Originally from Calgary Dr. McNeil is a graduate in
Engineering from the University of Alberta and Management Services from the
University of Waterloo. He joins the Legislative Assembly after serving as
Director of Executive Programs with the Government of Saskatchewan. Previously,
he held increasingly responsible managerial roles with the Government of
Alberta, Associated Kellogg Ltd., Bechtel Canada and Kodak Canada. Dr. McNeil
has also lectured in Management at the University of Waterloo and the
University of Alberta.
Karen South has been employed by the Legislative
Assembly Office for the past six years, the last four as the Assistant Clerk.
She graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1976 and has
worked in the public and private sectors in increasingly responsible
secretarial and administrative positions. For the past six months, she has been
the Acting Clerk.
In Saskatchewan the new Clerk
Assistant is Greg Putz. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he is a
graduate of the University of Regina and has an M.A. in history from the
University of Western Ontario. He was previously employed in Ottawa by the
Canadian Institute for Historical Micro Reproductions.