Eighteenth Canadian Regional
Less than three weeks after the
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference in Banff a much smaller
activity will take place in Ottawa. This is the 18th Canadian Regional Seminar.
It brings together about 60 federal, provincial and territorial members for
discussion of matters of common interest. This year the theme is
"Parliamentary Government in an Age of Restraint". The programme for
the seminar including some possible questions for discussion is outlined below.
First Session Internal Economy
Committees: A Comparative Perspective
Every legislature has a Committee
with responsibility for internal administration. This session will compare the
various structures and operation of the various committees. How much autonomy
do they have? To what extent have they been successful in reducing
expenditures? What reforms are required.
Second Session: The Size of
Several jurisdictions have
considered capping or even reducing the size of their legislatures. This
session will focus on the issue of whether the number of seats can be fixed or
reduced. Who would benefit and who would suffer from keeping legislatures at
their present size or smaller. If size cannot be reduced is the present redistribution
Thirds Session: ns and Benefits
A number of provinces have recently
re-examined the issue of remuneration for elected officials. Is there a better
way to determine a fair value for the work involved and to make changes as
required over the years. Should more legislators be part-time member and thus
able to augment their income from other sources.
Fourth Session: Highway for
During the 1970s and 1980s many
legislative services were computerized, often at considerable cost. What
lessons have been learned from initial experience with computer technology? Are
there ways to make technology more cost effective. Today the emphasis is on
information and communication technology. This session will focus on what is
being done or contemplated in such areas as videoconferencing, E-Mail,
databanks, etc. Will information technology eventually effect the way
parliamentarians and legislators interact with their constituents, with each
Fifth Session: Controlling the
Deficit: Is There a Role for Parliamentarians
As governments have grown and
become more complex it has become more difficult for legislatures to hold the
Executive accountable for financial management. What can legislators do to help
reduce the debt? Should the practice of deeming estimates adopted at a certain
date be reconsidered? Should consideration be given to some sort of legislation
or constitutional amendment to require balanced budgets?
For each session there will be two
or more lead speakers each of whom will have about 15 minutes to introduce the
topic. This will be followed by general discussion.
The purpose of the seminar is to
offer an opportunity for parliamentarians, particularly newly elected ones, to
reflect upon specific issues related to their unique profession.
New Lieutenant Governors for
Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia
John Edward Wiebe was sworn into office on May 31, 1994 as
Saskatchewan's 18th Lieutenant Governor.
Mr. Wiebe was born in 1936 at
Herbert, Saskatchewan. He received his education at Herbert Elementary and High
Schools, Luther College, Regina and the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.
In 1969 Mr. Wiebe and his wife, Ann
received a Master Farm Family Award. From 1970 to 1985 he was President and
owner of L & W Feeders Ltd. He has played an active role in Saskatchewan
Co-operatives serving as chair of the Main Centre Wheat Pool Committee, Member
of the Board of the Herbert Credit Union, chair of the Herbert Co-op, and
Saskatchewan Co-operative Advisory Board. He has served on the Board of
Directors of Sask Power Corporation and VIA Rail Canada Inc. as well as serving
on the Federal Department of Agriculture Trade Commission to China and the
Canadian Wheat Board Trade Commission to Brazil.
Mr. Wiebe has played an active role
in his community serving as founding member and secretary-treasurer of the
Herbert Ferry Regional Park, Herbert Lion's Club, and Rush Lake Multiple 4-H
Club, senior hockey coach and referee. He served as Member of the Legislative
Assembly of Saskatchewan from 1971 to 1979 for the Morse constituency.
He is a member of the Canadian
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Saskatchewan Branch).
John James Kinley was appointed as Lieutenant Governor of
Nova Scotia by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien on May 24, 1994.
Born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in
1925, Mr. Kinley is a professional engineer and businessman. He is Chairman of
Lunenburg & Engineering Ltd., President of Lunenburg Marine Railway
Company, and owner of Interlaken Farm.
Mr. Kinley had wartime service in
the Canadian Merchant Navy and the Canadian Navy, from which he later retired
as a Lieutenant Commander. He has an outstanding record of public service in
veterans organizations, business and professional associations, and community
groups. He has served as a member of the Canadian Military Colleges Advisory
Board, a member of the Atlantic Development Council, and National President of
the Navy League of Canada. Mr. Kinley and his wife Grace live in Lunenburg.