Nineteenth Canadian Regional
The Nineteenth Regional Seminar of
the Canadian Region was held in Toronto from November 24-26, 1995.
Parliamentarians (including a number of Speakers) from every province, , as
well as representatives from the Senate, the House of Commons and Yukon
attended the seminar which was held at Queen’s Park.
Delegates were welcomed by Speaker
Allan McLean of Ontario who also hosted a reception and dinner for the visiting
The first session was on the
"Role of Independent Commissions in Determining Members’
Remuneration". The opening speaker was Herman Rolfes of Saskatchewan. A
number of factors that should be taken into account when fixing salaries were
discussed including the very high rate of turnover among Canadian legislators.
The second session looked at
"Information Systems, Modern Technology and the Chamber". The
lead-off speaker was Denis Heard of Alberta. This session gave members a chance
to compare notes about where their respective legislatures were going in this
rapidly changing area.
The third session dealt with
"Improving the Public Image of Politicians". The opener was Bert
Johnson of Ontario. The fourth session dealt with the "Role of the
Backbench in a Downsized Legislature". Nancy Guptill, Speaker of the
Prince Edward Island was the opener.
The last session dealt with
"Constitutional Renewal in Canada after the Referendum". The opener
was Don Boudria from the House of Commons. A wide range of views were expressed
and there seemed general agreement that changes, both administrative or
constitutional, were needed.
This was the first time the seminar
was reduced in length to one and one half days and held on a week-end but
judging from the level of discussion and participation the format seemed to be
appreciated by the delegates.
There are new Speakers in New
Brunswick and Newfoundland, the former as a result of a recent provincial
election, the latter following a resignation
The new Speaker of the New
Brunswick Legislative Assembly is Donald (Danny) Gay.
Mr. Gay was born on December 12,
1950 in Chatham, New Brunswick. He received his early education in the public
schools of Neguac, and graduated from St. Michael’s School in Alma, Quebec. He
has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Francis Xavier University and a Bachelor
of Education degree from Mount St. Vincents. He completed additional courses at
the University of Ottawa.
Mr. Gay has a broad range of work
experience. He was a labourer in the Gold Mines in Yellowknife, NWT; an officer
with the Canadian Armed Forces; a course facilitator with Native peoples at the
New Brunswick Community College. He was employed by School District No. 8 as a
teacher at Harkins Junior High School in Newcastle before entering politics.
Mr. Gay was first elected to the
Legislative Assembly on October 13, 1987. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1991
and 1995 for the constituency of Miramichi Bay. He has served on the
Legislative Assembly’s Special Committee on Social Policy Development; the
Select Committee on Land Use and the Rural Environment, and on several Standing
Committees including Public Accounts and Crown Corporations, Estimates, Private
Bills, Public Accounts, Procedure, and Law Amendments. During the 52nd
Legislature he served as Party Whip.
Mr. Gay is active in community
affairs. He is a former chairman of an anti-vandalism program, secretary, and
president of the Miramichi Jaycees. In 1986 he won the Jaycees’ Atlantic Region
Effective Speaking Contest.
On October 16, 1995, Lloyd Snow
became Speaker of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland. He was born in
Victoria, Conception Bay, in 1943. Subsequent to completing high school at E.J.
Pratt Memorial in Brownsdale, he went on to attend Memorial University. There,
he earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Science and Arts (Education). With 25
years teaching experience, Mr. Snow taught in numerous communities, including
Brownsdale, where he held the position of Vice Principal.
He entered politics when he became
Deputy Mayor and later Mayor of Hant’s Harbour. He held a position on the Joint
Mayor’s Association, was a president of the Hant’s Harbour Lion’s Club, and was
on the founding committee of an Air Cadet Squadron in the Hant’s Harbour area.
In April 1989, Mr. Snow was elected
MHA for the District of Trinity-Bay de Verde. Upon entering the House of
Assembly, he was appointed Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees, a position
which he held following his re-election in 1993.
New Regional Representative
During the 41st Commonwealth
Parliamentary Conference held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, last fall Stanley S.
Schumacher, Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly was elected Canadian
Regional Representative to the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth