CPA Conference in Fredericton
The 30th conference of the Canadian
Region of CPA took place in Fredericton, New Brunswick from August 22-27, 1990.
Approximately 91 delegates from every Canadian jurisdiction attended the
conference. Also attending were legislators from Zimbabwe, the Isle of Man, the
British House of Commons and a representative of the Headquarter's Secretariat.
Following the official opening by
the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, the delegates considered the impact
of free trade on the Canadian economy and Canada's sovereignty.
The second business session
featured two panels both with guest speakers. Christopher McCormick of
the Native Council of Canada spoke on Problems in achieving a practicable
native self-government in one panel. The other featured Lorne Bozinoff,
Vice President of Gallup Canada and John Godfrey, Editor of the Financial
Post. They addressed the question of pollsters and the interpretation of
polls in influencing public opinion.
Two other sessions also featured
guest speakers. Senator Joyce Fairbairn and Dr. James Downey,
President of the University of New Brunswick spoke on the subject of combatting
illiteracy in the educational system. The transitional role of women in public
life was addressed by three guest speakers: Judge Gladys Young of the
Provincial Court of New Brunswick, Constable Patricia Thibodeau of the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Elizabeth Weir leader of the New
Brunswick New Democratic Party.
Other topics on the agenda
included: The state of the fishing industry in Canada; effective environmental
management of solid, toxic and nuclear waste; the independent role of the
private member within traditional party discipline; the future of Canada's
health care system; teen suicides; the powers of the Senate in theory and
practice; and Canadian identity, a multicultural Canada versus a common
The conference featured a number of
memorable social events including a lobster feast and a dinner cruise on a
paddle wheeler. Delegates were unanimous in their praise for the conference
host Speaker Frank Branch of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly and
the secretariat headed by David Peterson, Clerk of the Legislature, for
the thoughtfulness and attention to detail that went into making the conference
New Lieutenant-Governors have been appointed
recently in Quebec and Prince Edward Island. In Prince Edward Island the new
Lieutenant-Governor is a former Speaker, Marion Reid. She was educated
at North Rustico, Stella Maris School and Prince of Wales College where she
graduated with her First Class Teacher's License at age seventeen. She taught
for some twenty years on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island. During her
tenure she was awarded a sabbatical to return to university (1972-73) where she
earned her Teacher's Certificate.
She was first elected in a 1979
by-election and re-elected in 1982. After serving as Deputy Speaker from 1979
to 1982 she was elected Speaker at the opening of the 56th Legislature on March
8, 1983. She held that position until 1986.
The new Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec
is Martial Asselin. A lawyer, he was born in La Malbaie, where he later
became Mayor from 1957-1963. He was first elected to the House of Commons in
1958 and, althought defeated in 1963 was re-elected in 1965 and 1968. Mr.
Asselin was appointed to the Senate in 1972. He was Deputy Speaker of the
Senate from 1984 to 1988 and played an active role in the International
Association of French-Speaking Parliamentarians.