Presiding Officers meet in
Speaker Hugh Edighoffer of
Ontario hosted the 7th annual Canadian Presiding Officers' Conference in
Toronto from January 19 to 21 which brought together presiding officers and
clerks from 12 of the 13 CPA branches in Canada.
The Conference delegates discussed
papers presented on "Beyond the Standing Orders - Practices and Precedents
in Cases Unprovided For", the "Role of the Speaker", the
"Use of the Sub Judice Convention in the House of Commons",
"Approaching Questions of Privilege on the GST Advertisements", the
"Relationship of the Speaker with the Press Gallery and Media",
"Speaker/Clerk - The `A' [administration] Team", the "Speaker's
Relationship with the Executive, and the Government Caucus and the Opposition
Caucuses". The delegates also discussed the role of the Speaker in
The Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario,
the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, and Her Honour Mrs. Yvonne
Alexander received the delegates, their spouses and children at a luncheon
in the Lieutenant-Governor's Suite. The delegates were joined by the Chief
Justice of Ontario, the Honourable W.G.C. Howland.
In June 1989 the First
Commonwealth-wide Parliamentary Seminar organized outside of the U.K. was held
in Lusaka, Zambia. The second seminar will take place in Canada from May 25 to
June 3, 1990.
At its last meeting the Canadian
Regional Council of CPA set up a planning committee chaired by Speaker Arthur
Donahoe of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly to coordinate the
organization of the seminar.
The proposed topics include:
Canada as a Federation: The Political Scene
Canada as a Federation: The Parliamentary Scene
The Speaker's Role in Parliament
A Parliamentarian's Dilemma: The Party, the Electorate and Personal
Parliament and the Media
Parliament and the Executive
Educating the Public About Parliament
The Committee System
Is There a Role for a Second Chamber in Commonwealth Parliaments
Members and former Members of
Parliament will act as resource persons for most of the agenda items.
Before the seminar the delegates
will visit Toronto where they will have an opportunity to meet members of the
Ontario Legislative Assembly. While in Ottawa they will also have an
opportunity to visit local points of interest.
Approximately 30 parliamentarians
from the seven regions of CPA will attend along with unofficial observers from
the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man.
The annual meeting of the Canadian Regional
Council of CPA will coincide with the end of the seminar.
New Governor General
In January Ramon Hnatyshyn
was installed as the new Governor General of Canada replacing Jeanne Sauvé
whose term had expired.
A native of Saskatoon, Mr.
Hnatyshyn studied at the University of Saskatchewan and practised law before
winning a seat in the House of Commons in 1974. He became Minister of Energy,
Mines and Resources in the Clark administration in 1979. Later under Prime
Minister Mulroney he served as Government House Leader and President of the
Privy Council before becoming Minister of Justice and Attorney General of
Following his defeat in the 1988
election he had been practising law as a senior partner with Gowling, Strathy
& Henderson in Ottawa.
New Deputy Clerk in Saskatchewan
On December 7, 1989 Speaker Arnold
Tusa announced the appointment of Gwenn Ronyk as Clerk of the
Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. Ms Ronyk has served in an acting capacity
since March 1989 and has eight years experience as Deputy Clerk and seven years
experience as Clerk Assistant in Saskatchewan. She is the first woman appointed
Clerk of the Legislative Assembly in Saskatchewan. The appointment was made by
the Board of Internal Economy on Speaker Tusa's recommendation.