12th Canadian Presiding Officers
Conference Yellowknife, NWT
Delegates from every jurisdiction, except
Quebec, travelled to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories for the 12th Canadian
Presiding Officers Conference, January 26-12, 1995. The President of the Quebec
National Assembly was due to take part but an extraordinary session of the
National Assembly preventing his attendance.
The conference was held in Canada's
newest legislative building, opened in November 1993 and widely-praised by
visitors from around the world.
Following welcoming remarks by the
Acting Speaker of the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly, Brian
Lewis, there was a round table discussion on procedural and administrative
happenings in each jurisdiction.
The next session dealt with
"Search Warrants Inside the Parliament Buildings" A paper prepared by
Pierre Duchesne, Secretary-General, National Assembly of Quebec was read by
Gwenn Ronyk, Clerk of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. Mr.
Duchesne concluded that it is the duty of the President or Speaker to ensure
that the rights and privileges of the Assembly and its Members take precedence
over the requirements of justice by refusing to allow the execution of a search
warrant for offices within the precincts of the legislature, or by deferring it
to a later date.
Another paper entitled 1mpartiality
of the Speaker vs. Effective Constituent Representation" was presented by
the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, David M.
Retirement of Ian Imrie,
Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Region, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
In December 1994, Ian Imrie retired
from the House of Commons and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Region,
He came to Parliament Hill in 1964
and within two years had organised two of the largest international
parliamentary conferences ever held in Canada, one for the Inter-Parliamentary
Union and one for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. His work with
parliamentary associations over the next thirty years made him one of the best
known members of the parliamentary community both in Canada and around the world.
He took a particular interest in the activities of the Canadian Region of
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association which consists of all the federal,
provincial and territorial legislators. Instrumental in establishing projects
including the Canadian Parliamentary Review in 1977, he was the last remaining
member of the original Editorial Board. His experience and wise counsel will be
missed by those who worked with him.
Duties performed by Ian Imrie have
been divided among three people: Micheline Rondeau-Parent, becomes Deputy
Principal Clerk, Committees and Parliamentary Associations Directorate. Mary
MacDougall becomes Secretary of the Canadian Branch of CPA. The new
Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Region of CPA is Paul Bélisle, Clerk of the