36th Conference of the Canadian Region of CPA, Regina
The annual parliamentary conference will be held this
year in Saskatchewan from July 12-19.
There will be eight business session dealing with a
variety of issues of interest to federal, provincial and territorial
As is customary at these conferences a number. of
activities designed to permit delegates and observers to familiarize themselves
with the local culture and history are also included in the program.
On Saturday July 12 the Executive of the
Association,, the Canadian Regional Council will hold its annual meeting.
As a result of elections, resignations and
retirements there are new Speakers in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia,
Alberta and Yukon.
A native of Concession, Wayne Gaudet had been a
resident of Church Point since 1979.
Following graduation from Clare District High School,
he obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Universite Sainte-Anne in 1977 and
Bachelor of Education from St. Mary's University in 1978. He began his teaching
career at Clare District High School the same year. He co-ordinated the Work
Experience Program with students and local employers. He had experience in
school administration. He was vice-principal and later principal of the Clare District
Mr. Gaudet was active in community affairs as a
member of the Board of Directors of the Clare Acadian Festival, Board of
Directors of the St Mary's Credit Union and CJA (youth summer camp in
Concession). He was active in Clare Minor Hockey and the Clare Gentleman's
He was first elected to the House of Assembly in 1993
and appointed Minister of Agriculture and Marketing and also Minister
Responsible for Acadian Affairs. Mr. Gaudet became Speaker of the Nova Scotia
House of Assembly on November 18, 1996.
Prince Edward Island
Wilbur B. MacDonald was born at Orwell, PEI and
educated at Orwell Public School and St. Dunstan's High School. Mr. MacDonald
was elected to the House of Commons in May 1979 and he seined on committees on agriculture,
fisheries and regional industrial expansion. He was a member of the National
Beef Import Committee in 1979, representing the Maritime provinces and
appointed chairman of the PEI Land Use Commission in 1980. He was an
unsuccessful candidate in the federal election of 1980 and the federal
by-election of 1981.
In 1982 he was elected to the provincial legislature
and was selected chairman of the Progressive Conservative caucus. He was
chairman of legislative committees on agriculture, fisheries, tourism and
industry in 1983-1984. On November 27, 1984, he was appointed Minister of
Industry. He was re-elected in the general election in 1986 but defeated in
1989 and 1993 before returning to the House on November 18, 1996. He was
elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on January 3, 1997. He is chair of
the Legislative Management Committee and the Legislative Audit Committee.
Mr. MacDonald is active in community work. He is past
president ,and now director of the Sir Andrew MacPhail Foundation. He was
actively involved in various farm organizations and the 4-H movement. He is a
charter member and past president of the Vernon River Lions Club and of the
Vernon River Council of the Knights of Columbus. He is
Vice-President-Administration of the PEI Right to Life Association. He 'was a
member of the National Parole Board from 1990-93.
The newly elected Speaker of the Alberta Legislative
Assembly is Ken Kowalski. He has been the MLA for Barrhead-Westlock since 1979.
He was born in Bonnyville, Alberta and received his education in Alberta
graduating from the University of Alberta with a degree training in education.
He taught high school in Barrhead, Alberta from 1969
to 1974 and coached the National Reach for the Top High School Academic
Championship Team from Barrhead in 1973. In 1974, Mr. Kowalski joined the
Government of Alberta as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Premier. He was
appointed Deputy Minister, Regional Transportation Services in 1979. In 1979 he
resigned to run for election as an MLA.
Since his election, M:r. Kowalski has held a variety
of positions. He has served as Chair of the Select Committee on Surface Rights,
Chair of the Heritage Savings Trust Fund Select Committee and as a member of
the Syncrude Board of Directors. He was appointed Minister of the Environment
and Minister of Alberta Public Safety Services in 1986. After his re-election
in 1989, he was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Public Works, Supply and
Services, the Wild Rose Foundation and ACCESS Corporation. lie has also served
as Minister of Career Development and Employment and as Minister of Economic
Development and Tourism responsible for Technology Research and
Telecommunications, International Trade Offices and Lotteries. He was
Government House Leader from June 15, 1993 to December 15, 1993. NLr. Kowalski
served as Deputy Premier from 1992 to 1994.
Mr. Kowalski has received a number of honours during
his term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. Most notably in August 1992 from
the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council Special
Achievement Award; December 1992 - Governor General's Commemorative Medal for
the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation; Mr. Kowalski was honoured on
April 24, 1993 when The Alexis First Nations bestowed upon him the title of
Honourary Chief Wa-she-zu-Chada-ooshege-na (White Man with a Kind Heart).
In an unusual series of events the new Speaker in
Yukon, Robert Bruce, is also the old Speaker. On September 30, 1996 he was elected
as the Member for the electoral district of Vuntut Gwich'in. He was
subsequently elected Speaker of the House on December 4, 1996. His election as
MLA for Vuntut Gwich'in was declared void and set aside by a Supreme Court
order on February 27, 1997. On March 24, 1997, the first day of the Spring
Sitting, Doug Livingston, Member for Lake Laberge was elected Speaker.
On April 1, 1997 Mr. Bruce was re-elected as MLA for
Vuntut Gwich'in in a by-election and was sworn in as a member on April 14. Mr.
Livingston resigned as Speaker upon adjournment of the House on Thursday April
10. The next sitting day, Monday April 14 Mr. Bruce was once again elected
New Lieutenant-Governor in New Brunswick
Marilyn Trenholme Counsell was born in on April 18,
1997. A medical doctor and cabinet minister, she is a well-known public figure
in New Brunswick. She was born in Baie Verte on October 22, 1933.
After studying science at Mount Allison University,
she obtained her medical degree from the University of Toronto. She also
studied at the University of New Brunswick and Cornell University. Dr.
Trenholme worked as a consultant nutritionist with the New Brunswick and
Ontario departments of health, and as a family physician in Toronto and
Sackville, New Brunswick. She was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of
New Brunswick in 1987. Since 1995 she has served as Minister of State for
Family and Community Services.
New Clerk in PEI
Verna Bruce was born and raised near Charlottetown,
PEI. She received her elementary and secondary education in PEI, graduating
from Charlottetown Rural High School in 1970. She spent one year at Mount
Allison University on full scholarship, then transferred to Carleton
University. She graduated in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in economies, with
an emphasis on regional economic development and the economics of third world
In 1975, Ms. Bruce began to work with Treasury Board
as a budget analyst. After two years, she accepted a position with :he
Department of Social Services as a policy analyst, and later progressed from
senior planner to team leader of the Research, Evaluation and Development Team
witlan the combined Department of Health and Social Services. In the early
1980s, she was seconded to a project with the Cabinet Committee on Employment
Development and later to the Hospital and Health Services Commission as senior
policy advisor to the chief executive officer. During this part of her career,
she wrote legislation, designed numerous new programs for government, including
the first Job Creation Program, a radiation safety program and a student
venture capital program, and was heavily involved in federal-provincial
She was appointed as the first director of home care
and support in 1985, and had the opportunity to design and create the initial
integrated program for home care in the province. In December of 1988, she was
appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, and
one year later was named Deputy Minister for that department. She has also served
as Deputy Provincial Treasurer and Secretary to Management Board, Deputy
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Minister of Higher Education,
Training and Adult Learning. In December 1996, she was appointed as Clerk of
the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet, and Clerk of the Legislative