CPA Regional Seminar in Manitoba
Approximately thirty delegates and observers attended the annual Canadian
Regional Seminar of the CPA held in Winnipeg from October 16-19, 2008.
The federal election of October 14 precluded any delegates from the House
of Commons or the Senate from attending but nine other jurisdictions, every
province except Québec, sent delegates to the seminar.
The host for the Seminar was Speaker George Hickes of Manitoba. Several
other Speakers also attended including Speaker Bill Barisoff (British Columbia),
Speaker Roy Boudreau (New Brunswick), and Speaker Roger Fitzgerald (Newfoundland
The first topic dealt with the subject of the Urban-Rural Disconnect and
featured a presentation by Ralph Eichler MLA of Manitoba. A session on
Rural Development Initiatives in Prince Edward Island was given by Robert
Henderson MLA and Sonny Gallant MLA both of that province.
Elizabeth Marshall, MHA, Newfoundland & Labrador House of Assembly made
a presentation on the work of the Audit Committee in that province and
Laura Ross MLA of Saskatchewan spoke about the issue of Nurse Recruitment
The final topic was on the Role of Private Members Legislation and Public
Policy. It consisted of a presentation by Linda Jeffrey, MPP, of the Legislative
Assembly of Ontario.
Aside from the Business Sessions members were treated to a number of local
cultural events. They had an opportunity to attend Celebrations Dinner
Theatres performance of Corner Gassed.
The final dinner hosted by Speaker Hickes featured entertainment by four
different groups Fabuki Daiko (Japanese Blizzard Drumming), the Prairie
Heath Dancers (Scottish folk dancing), The Chingwu Athletic Association
(Chinese Dragon Dancing) and the Summer Bear Dance Troupe (Aboriginal Dance).
The invited delegates and observers were grateful to Speaker Hickes, the
Seminar co-ordinators Michele LaPointe and Ellen Douglas, and the entire
legislative staff led by Patricia Chaychuk, for making this such a successful
New Speaker in Nunavut
The new Speaker of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly is James Arreak. He
was first elected to represent the people of Clyde River and Qikirtarjuaq
in the Second Assembly of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in the 2004
general election. He was re-elected in 2008 as MLA for Uqqummiut. He served
on the Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Housing and Economic Development
and Standing Committee Ajauqtiit. He was Deputy Speaker for the last two
Before entering public life Mr. Arreak worked for Nordair which was the
airline of the North in the 1970s. He also operated his own business from
1978 to 2004. He has held elected positions with the Clyde River Hamlet
Council, NWT Legislative Assembly, Clyde River Co-op, Aarruya Development
Council and was one of the founding Chairs for Kakivak Association. He
was Mayor of Clyde River from 1984 to 1986.
Speaker of the House Re-elected
The House of Commons met on November 18, 2008 for the purpose of electing
a Speaker. The following candidates were given five minutes each to address
the House as to why they should be elected: Mauril Bélanger (Lib), Joe
Comartin (NDP), Barry Devolin (Cons), Royal Galipeau (Cons), Peter Milliken
(Lib), Andrew Scheer (Cons), and Merv Tweed (Cons). Presiding over the
election was the Dean of the House, Louis Plamondon (BQ) first elected
During their address all candidates emphasized the desire for better decorum
in the new Parliament than had been the case in the 39th Parliament. After
five ballots lasting nearly six hours the winner was Mr. Milliken who defeated
Messrs Scheer and Tweed on the final ballot.
Speaker Milliken becomes the first person to be elected Speaker on four
occasions. The only others to be chosen three times were Lucien Lamoureux
1966, 1968 and 1972 and Rodolphe Lemieux 1922, 1925 and 1926. At some
point during the present Parliament Speaker Milliken will surpass the record
of Speaker Lamoureux both for years of service in the Chair and number
of days in office as Speaker.
Mr. Milliken was born in Kingston, Ontario and educated at Queen's University,
Oxford University and Dalhousie University. A lawyer, he was a partner
with Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little and Bonham from 1973 until his election
to Parliament in 1988. He has held a number of positions in the House including
Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader, Deputy Chairman
of Committees of the Whole House Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the Committees
of the Whole House.
He was first elected Speaker on January 29, 2001. Following the 2004 general
election he was acclaimed Speaker of the House and re-elected to this office
in April 2006 following the election in January of that year. He has always
run for the House of Commons as a Liberal but he has been elected Speaker
under both Liberal and Conservative Governments.
In accepting office, the new Speaker acknowledged the desire for greater
decorum in the House. He said:
Sometimes each party has a different opinion on certain questions asked
of the Speaker. However, even that provides us with an opportunity to share
ideas and work together.
I hope that the party leaders in the House and I, and all of the other
members, if necessary, can start working together tomorrow as usual to
organize House business. At least from a procedural point of view, I hope
we can arrange to make the chamber more orderly....