28th Canadian Regional
The Twenty-Eighth Parliamentary
Conference of the Canadian Region, CPA took place in Charlottetown from July
All fourteen legislatures in the
Canadian Region sent delegates and there were also observers from the House of
Commons in Westminster, Bermuda and the Turks and Caicos.
One of the subjects on the agenda
was the idea of an association between Canada and the Turks and Caicos. Dan
McKenzie outlined some of the advantages from a Canadian perspective. Speaker
Larry Coalburne spoke about recent developments on the Islands which could lead
to discussions along the lines suggested by Mr. McKenzie. The third member of
the panel, Tom Pendry, a Member of Parliament from Westminster thought that any
such association would require a clear expression of opinion by the Islanders
before Great Britain would support the idea. He suggested a plebiscite as one
way of determining opinion on the Island.
The topic of plebiscites in a
parliamentary democracy was also discussed in another session. A paper prepared
by Patrick Boyer, MP was presented on Mr. Boyer's behalf by Lloyd Crouse. The
discussion openers were Denis Rocan of Manitoba and Richard Nerysoo of the
Sue Findlay formerly with the
Woman's Bureau of the Department of the Secretary of State presented a paper on
the status of women in Canada. Tom Sigurdson of Alberta and Jim McLachlan of
the Yukon were the opening speakers.
Three other sessions were held on:
Free Trade: The Cultural Dimension with Mavor Moore as the feature speaker;
Regional Development in Atlantic Canada with Don S. McPhail, president of
Atlantic Canada; and Marketing Initiatives for Agricultural products with Tim
Carroll, PEI, Minister of Agriculture.
Among the legislators to lead off
the discussion of these issues were Jean Joly, (MNA Quebec); Doug Reycraft,
(MPP Ontario); Glen Greening, (MLA Newfoundland); Jane Barry, (MLA New
Brunswick) Fred McCain, MP ad Ted Gleim, (MLA Saskatchewan).
The conference was hosted by
Speaker Edward Clark on behalf of the PEI Branch of the Canadian Region. The
business program and leisure events were equally well organised and drew
unqualified praise from the delegates and observers -- even those who failed to
catch anything on a deep-sea fishing trip offered by the organising committee.
13th Canadian Regional Seminar
The Thirteenth Canadian Regional
Seminar will be hosted by the Hon. John Reynolds, Speaker of the British
Columbia Legislative Assembly, on behalf of the British Columbia Branch, from
Thursday, November 17 to Sunday, November 20, 1988, in Vancouver at the Westin
Speaker Reynolds encourages each
Canadian Branch to participate in this seminar and welcomes the opportunity to
provide delegates with the usual British Columbia hospitality.
New Speaker in Manitoba
The new Speaker of the Manitoba
Legislative Assembly is Denis Rocan MLA for Turtle Mountain. Mr. Rocan,
39, has served in the Legislature since 1986.
Born in Somerset to French-Canadian
parents he spent his early years in the north end of Winnipeg, returning to
Somerset at age 12. He is bilingual and received his education at Sacré Coeur
in Winnipeg, Somerset Collegiate and Otterburne College.
Mr. Rocan has held supervisory
positions with Inco in Thompson and Eaton's in Winnipeg. He has also owned and
operated both a building and moving company and a grain and fertilizer hauling
business. He has been active in the community, is an avid curler and a member
of the Lions Club.
New Lieutenant Governors
On July 28 Prime Minister Mulroney
announced the appointment of two new Lieutenant Governors.
In British Columbia, David See-Chai
Lam replaces the Hon. Robert Gordon Rogers whose term has expired. Born in Hong
Kong, Mr. Lam came to Canada in 1967 and became a Canadian citizen five years
later. He has a B.A. from Longam University in Canton, China and an MBA from
Temple University in Philadelphia.
A businessman, Dr. Lam is Chairman
and President of Canadian International Enterprises Ltd., Vancouver. He is also
President of the Hong Kong Merchant's Association, an organisation he founded,
in 1967, to assist immigrants from Hong Kong in settling in Canada. Since 1955,
he has maintained an association with Hong Kong Baptist College, serving as Chairman
of its Medical Board until 1967 and remaining a member of the Board of
Mr. Lam is founder and President of
the Floribunda Philanthropic Society and the David and Dorothy Lam Foundation.
He was a major contributor to the building of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical
Chinese Garden in Vancouver, the only authentic Chinese-Style garden built
outside of China.
Dr. Lam has also been a principal
supporter of the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver and the United Chinese
Community Enrichment Services Society, service agencies dedicated to bringing
together the Chinese community and other communities in Canada.
In Saskatchewan the new Lieutenant
Governor is Sylvia Fedoruk, currently chancellor at the University of
Saskatchewan. She has served as director of physical services, Saskatchewan
Cancer Foundation and as professor of Oncology at the College of Medicine.
She has been a member of the Atomic
Energy Control Board since 1973 and is Vice-Chairman of the National Forum on
Post Secondary Education.
Sylvia Fedoruk was one of
Saskatchewan's outstanding female athletes having competed in a number of
sports including basketball, track and field, volleyball, golf and curling. She
was inducted into Saskatchewan's Sport Hall of Fame last year.