On Tuesday, May 16, 1989 Girve
Fretz the Member of Parliament for Erie was elected Chairman of the
Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Mr. Fretz was
first elected to the House of Commons in 1979 and re-elected in 1980, 1984, and
1988. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian and
Northern Development in 1984 and in 1985 was Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of State (Mines). He has been a member of the Standing Committee on
National Defence and Veterans Affairs as well as the External Affairs and
International Trade Standing Committee. Mr. Fretz, a former Mayor of Fort Erie
is a very active member in the community. He is married with three children.
Regional Council Meeting
On Saturday June 3, 1989 the
Canadian Regional Council of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association met in
Ottawa for its annual meeting. As noted by Speaker John Fraser of the
House of Commons in his opening remarks the Council not only transacts the
annual business of the Association but provides one of several opportunities
for presiding officers and parliamentary staff to get together and exchange
views about matters of commons interest. He welcomed the newest Speaker and
member of the Council, Tom Lush of Newfoundland.
Among other things the Council
chose Speaker David Carter of Alberta as President for the coming year.
Speaker John Reynolds of British Columbia was chosen to replace Herb
Swan as one of the three Canadian members of the international committee of
Speaker Carter outlined the program
for the forthcoming Canadian Regional Conference to be held in Calgary and
Edmonton from July 12 to 17, 1989. Topics on the agenda include: Oil and Gas
Industry: Energy Self-Sufficiency in Canada-Myth or Reality? Substance Abuse a
Challenge to Governments in the 1990s; Water Management-Development of the
Resource, National Parks Policy-Achieving a Balance Between Development and
Preservation; Special Waste Management -The Role of Government; and The
Viability of Energy Mega Projects.
Speaker Edward Clark
announced that Prince Edward Island would host the next Atlantic Parliamentary
Conference in Prince Edward Island and Speaker Red Pedersen of the NWT
confirmed that the next Regional Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and
Procedure would take place in the Northwest Territories in November 1989. The
following year it will be held in Manitoba and in 1992 the Yukon will host this
event. It was also agreed that the Northwest Territories would be the venue of
the next Conference of Presiding Officers.
Two other proposals for conferences
were considered and accepted by the Council. The Centre for Legislative
Exchange will organize a Seminar on Bilateral/Global Environmental Issues to be
held in Washington from September 26-28, 1989. A Commonwealth-wide
parliamentary seminar was tentatively scheduled to be held in conjunction with
the Regional Council Meeting next May or June.
New Speaker in Newfoundland and
Following the change in government
as a result of the recent election Tom Lush was elected speaker of the
Newfoundland House of Assembly.
Born in Gambo, Newfoundland, Mr.
Lush was educated at Memorial University and subsequently became a teacher. He
was first elected to the House in 1975 and re-elected in 1979 and 1982. He left
politics in 1983 but returned to the House in 1985. As Speaker he replaces Patrick
McNicholas who was defeated in the election.
Clerk of Committees in Manitoba
Patricia Chaychuk-Fitzpatrick has been appointed Clerk of Committees in
Manitoba effective April 17, 1989. She also serves as a procedural officer at
the table. Patricia has been a legislative intern in Manitoba and was the
research officer with the Clerk's Office in 1988-89. She has a B.A. Hons. and
has completed her Master of Public Affairs. She replaces Janet Summers
who has been named as the Assembly's members' benefits officer.