21st CPA Canadian
Each year one branch of the
Canadian Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association hosts a seminar.
This year the 21st seminar was held in Edmonton, from November 20-22, 1998.
About 50 delegates and observers
from every jurisdiction except Quebec and British Columbia attended. The
seminar was hosted by Speaker Ken Kowalski of Alberta. Three other
Speakers were also in attendance including; John McKay (New Brunswick), Louise
Dacquay (Manitoba) and Sam Gargan (Northwest Territories).
The first business session was
chaired by Alberta MLA Mike Cardinal and featured a presentation by Michael
Percy, a former MLA and presently Dean of the Faculty of Business at the
University of Alberta. His topic was “The Economy – Is it a Soft Landing
or a Crash Dive?”
The second business session was
chaired by Alberta MLA Gary Dickson and featured a presentation by David
Olmstead of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly. He spoke on the
“Role of the Private Member”.
Howard Sapers MLA chaired the third session which
looked at “Private Members’ Business in Alberta”. The presenters were Don
Tannas and Mr. Dickson. The fourth session was chaired by Alberta MLA
Carol Haley. The presenter was John Ostashek, the Leader of the
Opposition in the Yukon. His topic was “Proportional Representation”.
As is usually the case at these
seminars much useful information was exchanged outside the formal sessions.
Speaker Kowalski and his staff extended traditional Alberta hospitality to
everyone in attendance. Next year the Regional Seminar will be held in
New Federal Branch CPA Chair
On Wednesday November 18, 1998
the Federal Branch of CPA held its annual meeting to elected a a new Chair. Sarmite
Bulte, MP was elected to succeed Bob Speller, MP. Mr. Speller
remains Canadian Regional Representative at the international level. Arthur
Donahoe Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association was
guest speaker at the dinner meeting.
First elected as a Liberal
Member of Parliament in 1997 Ms. Bulte represents Parkdale-High Park in the
House of Commons. She studied at the University of Toronto and the University
of Windsor where she obtained a law degree in 1978.
She has been active in a number
of organizations including the International of Women Entrepreneurs of Canada,
the Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF) Endowment Committee, the Judy Lamarsh
Fund and the Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs.
Since her election she has been
a member of the Liberal Task Force on Financial Institutions, the Standing
Committee on Canadian Heritage, Chair of the Sub-Committee of International
Trade, Trade Disputes and Investment and Chair of the Liberal Caucus Committee
on the CRTC.
In November 1998 she led a
Canadian Trade and Investment Mission to the Baltic States and was a member of
the Canadian delegation to the Women Leaders Network for APEC Economies which
was held in Kuala Lumpur.
She is a member of the
Canada-United Kingdom Parliamentary Association, the Canada-Europe
Parliamentary Association and Chair of the Baltic States Friendship Group.
Presiding Officers’ Conference will take place in Ottawa from January 7-10,
1999. It is co-hosted by Speakers Gildas Molgat of the Senate and Gilbert
Parent of the House of Commons. From January 5-8, the Standing
Committee of the Commonwealth Presiding Officers will also be in Ottawa for a
meeting to set the agenda for the year 2000 Conference in Australia. One
joint event, a dinner on the evening of January 7, will bring together the
Canadian and Commonwealth Presiding Officers.