As a result of recent appointments and elections four new Speakers have
been elected and one former Speaker has been returned to the office.
In the Northwest Territories Paul Delorey was re-elected Speaker following
the NWT elections on October 18, 2007. He was first elected to the legislature
as the member for Hay River North on December 6, 1999. He was acclaimed
for a second term in office on October 31, 2003, and re-elected for a third
term to the 16th Legislative Assembly on October 1, 2007.
Prior to his election as Speaker he was a Member of the Standing Committee
on Governance and Economic Development, the Standing Committee on Rules
and Procedures, the Standing Committee on Accountability and Oversight
and served as the Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole. In addition,
he was a member of the Special Committee on the Implementation of Self-Government
and the Sunset Clause.
Mr. Delorey was born in Guysborough, N.S., the second youngest child in
a family of 13. He moved to Hay River in 1968 and, two years later, began
work for Canadian National Railway as a trainperson before advancing to
locomotive engineer. He has an extensive history of volunteerism and community
service having been an active member of the Knights of Columbus for 24
years and has held many executive positions including District Deputy for
the Northwest Territories for four years. He was the local representative
for the United Transportation Union for 10 years and sat on the Hay River
Recreation Board for two years.
An avid curler, Mr. Delorey represented the NWT/Yukon at the Canadian Mixed
Curling Champion- ships in 1987 and represented Canada in the Strathcona
Cup Championships in Scotland in 1998. He coached junior curling for 22
years as a fully qualified Level 2 coach. He also served as a Director
on the NWT Curling Association Board for three years and as the president
of the Hay River Curling Club for five years.
The new Speaker of the Ontario Legislative Assembly is Steve Peters. Born
in St. Thomas, Ontario he is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario
where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.
He was elected to St. Thomas Council as an alderman in 1988 and as Mayor
1991. He was re-elected Mayor in 1994 and 1997. First elected to the Ontario
Legislature in 1999 he was appointed Critic for Persons with Disabilities.
He moved to the agriculture critic portfolio the next year and continued
in that role until his re-election in October 2003. Premier McGuinty appointed
him to Cabinet as the Minister of Agriculture and Food shortly after the
election. He served as Minister of Labour from July 2005 to October 2007.
At the time of his election to the Chair he was Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister of Transportation.
Mr. Peters was elected Speaker by secret ballot on November 28, 2007 defeating
four other candidates Michael Brown, Ted Arnott, David Zimmer and Lorenzo
In Newfoundland and Labrador the new Speaker is Roger Fitzgerald. Acclaimed
in the General Election of October 9, 2007 in the District of Bonavista
South, Mr. Fitzgerald was also acclaimed Speaker of the House of Assembly
on November 1, 2007.
He was first elected to the House of Assembly for the District of Bonavista
South in 1993. He was re-elected in 1996, 1999, and 2003. In November 2003,
he was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.
Over the years he has served in a number of positions including: Opposition
Shadow Critic for Social Services; Fisheries and Aquaculture; Agrifoods;
Development and Rural Renewa1; Industry, Trade and Rural Development; and
Intergovernmental Affairs; as a member of the Public Accounts Committee;
as a Member of the Caucus Strategy Committee; and as Vice-Chair of the
Caucus Economic Development Committee.
He was Vice-Chair of the House of Assembly Standing Committee on Social
Services and Vice-Chair of the House of Assembly Select Committee reviewing
the Property and Casualty Insurance Industry in Newfoundland and Labrador;
as a Member of the House of Assembly Standing Committee on Resources; and
as Opposition Party Whip. He then served as the Opposition Critic for Tourism,
Culture and Recreation and Municipal and Provincial Affairs.
On October 25 Alfie MacLeod was elected Speaker of the Nova Scotia House
of Assembly replacing Cecil Clarke who resigned after being appointed
to the Cabinet as Provincial Secretary.
Mr. MacLeod represents Cape Breton West and has a long history with the
Progressive Conservative Party of NS, serving many roles from Constituency
President to President of the Provincial Party. He was MLA representing
Cape Breton West from 1995-1998. He was the Provincial Field Organizer
for the PC Party from 1998 until the successful election in 1999. He recently
served as the Cape Breton Co-ordinator of the leadership campaign for Premier
Rodney MacDonald. He was re-elected in 2006 and served as the Government
(PC) Caucus Chair and member of the Public Accounts, Law Amendments and
Human Resources legislative committees.
He is the Vice-Chair of the Cape Breton Community Housing Association and
is on the Board of the Two Rivers Wildlife Park and the Horizon Achievement
Centre. He is also a Member of the Sydney Port Authority and the Ports
Day Planning Committee.
On November 27 Roy Boudreau was elected Speaker of the New Brunswick Legislative
Assembly replacing Eugene McGinley who was named to the Cabinet as Minister
of State for Seniors and Housing.
Mr. Boudreau was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the provincial
election held June 9, 2003, as the Liberal MLA for Campbellton. During
the 55th Legislature, he was opposition critic for family and community
services, tourism, education (Anglophone), culture, and sport. He was a
member of the Standing Committee on Law Amendments.
He was reelected to the 56th Legislature on September 18, 2006 for Campbellton-Restigouche
Centre. He was elected Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and was
a member of the following standing committees: Committee on Crown Corporations;
Committee on Private Bills; Committee on Procedure; Committee on Privileges;
Legislative Administration Committee.
Born in Campbellton on October 24, 1946 Mr. Boudreau was a graduate of
the Assomption Academy, in Campbellton. He furthered his education at the
New Brunswick Teachers College, and then went on to the Université de
Moncton, where he received his B.Ed. (Primary), B.Ed. and P.A.C.
Mr. Boudreau retired after spending 33 years in the education system as
a teacher, vice-principal, principal, chairman of the local teachers council,
and provincial representative on the audiovisual subcommittee. Until recently,
he was a Campbellton city councillor, responsible for sports and leisure.
He has been actively involved in community organizations: The CNIB; the
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges parish council, as chairman of the management committee;
the board of directors of the 2003 Canada Winter Games; the management
committee of the 2003 Canada Winter Games; the Campbellton Youth Centre;
the board of directors of the Campbellton Civic Centre; the management
committee of the Civic Centre, as chairman. A qualified captain and recipient
of the Canadian Forces Decoration, he has been commanding officer of the
Campbellton cadet corps, commanding officer of C Company Campbellton, and
transportation officer for the Campbellton, Bathurst, and Miramichi cadet
Twenty-nineth CPA Regional Seminar, Yukon
The annual Seminar of the Canadian Region, CPA was held in Haines Junction,
Yukon from September 7-9, 2007. The seminar was originally scheduled to
take place in the Northwest Territories later in the fall but due to Territorial
Elections in the NWT Speaker Ted Staffen of Yukon agreed to host the 2007
seminar. Twenty MLAs from eight jurisdictions participated along with
a number of officials.
The first business session was chaired by Gary McRobb MLA (Yukon). The
topic was Kluane National Park - its History and Current Challenges. The
presenter was Michael Riseborough, Superintendent, Kluane National Park.
The second session was on the topic of Long-Service Awards for Political
Staff. The presenter was Myron Kowlasky, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
of Saskatchewan. The session was chaired by Cliff Cullen MLA (Manitoba).
The third session dealt with Disability Issues Presenting Challenges
to the Provinces. The presenter was Rob Lougheed MLA, (Alberta). This
session was chaired by Alan McIsaac MLA (PEI).
Olive Crane MLA (PEI) gave the presentation on the Changing Role of the
Rural MLA at the fourth business session. The chair was Bill Barisoff,
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.
The final session dealt with Financial Compensation for Elected Members:
Whats Fair? Whats Acceptable? How Do We Get There? The presenter was
Patrick Michael, former Clerk of the Yukon Legislative Assembly and Chair
of the independent commission established by the Assembly to review the
salaries and benefits of Yukon MLAs. The session was chaired by Speaker
Delegates who attended the seminar expressed their gratitude to Yukon members
and staff for their hospitality and particularly to Speaker Staffen for
accepting to host the seminar on relatively short notice.
Sixth Canadian Parliamentary Seminar
The Sixth Parliamentary Seminar of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association was held in Ottawa from October 21-27, 2007.
The theme of the seminar was Strengthening Democracy and the Role of Parliamentarians:
Challenges and Solutions. It brought together some 20 legislators from
10 Commonwealth jurisdictions along with four members from provincial legislatures.
The host of the seminar was Russ Hiebert MP, President of the Canadian
Branch of CPA.
The following sessions were held for the visiting parliamentarians.
Overview of the Role and Operation of the Canadian Parliament
Chair - Russ Hiebert, MP
Paul Bélisle, Clerk of the
Audrey O'Brien, Clerk of the House of Commons
The Commonwealth and the Role of CPA
Russ Hiebert, MP, Chair, Canadian Branch, CPA
Shem Baldeosingh, CPA Headquarters, (London, UK).
The Canadian Political Scene
Chair - Leanne Rowat, MLA, (Manitoba)
David Smith, Senator, (Canada)
John Reynolds, former MP, (Canada)
Role of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians
Chair - Vicki Dunne, MLA, (Australia)
Maria Minna, MP, Canadian Branch
Getting There: Political Recruiting and Women in the Political Process
Chair - Sumitra Majajan, MP, (India)
Judy Wasylycia-Leis, MP, (Canada)
Ann Wicks, Executive Director, Equal Voice Canada
The Parliamentary Presence of Political Parties: The Role of Party Caucuses
Chair - Richard Mulcahy, MLA, (Australia)
Karen Redman, MP, Chief Opposition Whip, (Canada)
Rahim Jaffer, MP, Chair, National Caucus, CPC, (Canada)
Parliament and Civil Society
Chair - Geoffrey Southern, Deputy, (Jersey)
Rob Anders, MP, (Canada)
Chair - Sonny Gallant, MLA, (Prince Edward Island)
Nicole Demers, MP, (Canada)
Patricia Davidson, MP, (Canada)
Dealing with the Competition: Have the Media Taken Over the Representational
Job of Parliamentarians?
Chair - Robert K. Lewis, MP, (Saint Lucia)
Kady O'Malley, Maclean's
Parliamentary Committees: What Works and What Doesn't
Chair - Gerard Jennissen, MLA, (Manitoba)
John Williams, MP, (Canada)
Engaging Citizens: Resources and Tools
Chair - Solamalemalo Keniti, MP, (Samoa)
Carolyn Bennett, MP, (Canada)
Connecting with Constituents: Representing Pluralistic Constituencies
Chair - John Otekat, MP, (Uganda)
Derek Lee, MP, (Canada)
Influencing Governments and Regulating Influence: Parliament and Lobbyists
Chair - Bernice Olsson,
Joe Jordan, Principal, Capital Hill Group
The final session was devoted to discussion of topics suggested by delegates
and included the Role of Emerging Economics from Commonwealth in Supporting
Fellow Developing Countries by Smt Sumitra Mahajan, MP, (India) and Improving
Voter Turnoutby Gerard Jennissen, MLA, (Manitoba).