45th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference
The annual conference of the Canadian Region of the CPA will take place
in Winnipeg, Manitoba in July 2007. The first day of the conference, Tuesday
July 24, will be devoted to sessions organized by the Commonwealth Women
Parliamentarians. Eight Business sessions will be held in the Fairmont
hotel on July 25, 27 and 28. On July 25 delegates will have an opportunity
to participate in one of four optional tours designed to acquaint them
with various aspects of Manitoba. The Regional Council meeting of CPA
will be held on Friday, July 15.
New Clerk in Ontario
The new Clerk of the Ontario Legislative Assembly is Deborah Deller. Her
appointment was announced by Speaker Michael Brown and became effective
on March 21, 2007.
Ms Deller is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. She has
worked for the Assembly in numerous capacities since 1979. In the course
of her career she has held many positions with the Assembly including Information
Officer, Committee Clerk, Clerk Assistant, Deputy Clerk and Director of
In addition to her responsibilities at the Ontario Legislative Assembly,
Ms Deller has been actively involved in several international advisory
projects and missions. In February of 2006, Ms Deller was asked by the
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to be part of a team conducting
a post election seminar in Tanzania. This was an interactive training
seminar aimed at sharing expertise with newly elected Tanzanian Members
on certain key areas of Parliamentary roles and processes including the
role of the Speaker, the role of the Opposition, privilege and financial
oversight processes. Ms Deller was the only Clerk on the team which otherwise
consisted of the Speaker of the House from Kenya and the Leader of the
Opposition from Ghana.
Currently Ms Deller is the Team Leader for a CPA initiative for the Organization
of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). This Technical Assistance Program
for the OECS involves the updating and harmonization of Standing Orders
for 9 member states. The project is expected to be completed in the spring
with a workshop organized by the project team to follow.
Ms Deller has been a presenter and participant in various forums including
the Canadian Association of Clerks-at-the-Table, the American Society of
Legislative Clerks and Secretaries; Australia and New Zealand Society of
Clerks-at-the- Table and the Association of Chief Clerks of Mexico's State
Legislatures and the Federal District of Mexico.
Ms Deller is a regular participant in an education program operated jointly
by the Canadian Study of Parliament Group and the Association of Clerks-at-the-Table
in Canada. Under the auspices of this speaking tour program Ms Deller
has undertaken speaking engagements at various universities including:
Trent, Waterloo, McMaster; and Queen's.
New Clerk in the Yukon
The new Clerk of the Yukon Legislative Assembly is Floyd McCormick. He
replaces Patrick Michael, who retired at the end of March 2007.
Dr. McCormick has been Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly since August
15, 2001. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of
Alberta, and a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts, also in political
science, from the University of Western Ontario. He is a member of the
Society of Clerks-at-the-Table in Canada, having served on that organizations
technology and professional development committees. He is also a member
of the Society of Clerks-at- the Table in Commonwealth Parliaments. Dr.
McCormick has been a member of the Canadian Political Science Association
and the Société québécoise de science politique since 1990. Prior to accepting
the position of Deputy Clerk, Dr. McCormick was a political commentator
for CBC Yukon and the Yukon News. He also taught a political science
course on Yukon First Nations land claims and self-government at Yukon College.