New Speaker in Ontario
Born in Toronto in August 1955, Gary
Carr is a graduate of the business administration program at Ryerson Polytechnical
Institute. His career includes experience as a sales and marketing manager, a
position he held within the transportation industry.
In addition, he played
professional hockey in the farm system of the Boston Bruins and Quebec
Nordiques for five years. He was a member of the 1975 Memorial Cup champions,
Mr. Carr was first elected to
the Ontario Legislature in September, 1990, as the MPP for Oakville South. He
was re-elected again in 1995, and for a third consecutive term in June, 1999,
to represent the new riding of Oakville. On October 20, 1999 he was elected as
Speaker of the House.
Mr. Carr served as Parliamentary
Assistant to the Solicitor General and Minister of Correctional Services from
July 1995 until April 1997. He co-chaired the Government's Task Force on Strict
Discipline for Young Offenders. While in opposition, he was the PC Party Deputy
House Leader and critic for the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.
Canadian Regional Seminar
The 22nd Canadian
Regional Seminar of the CPA was held in St. John’s Newfoundland from
October 21-24, 1999. The host of the seminar was Lloyd Snow,
Speaker of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Seminars bring together
individuals from across Canada for the discussion of matters related to their
common interest as legislators andrepresentatives. Approximately thirty
parliamentarians from the Senate, the House of Commons and every province
except Ontario were in attendance
The first session, chaired by Erda
Walsh, Deputy Chair of Committee of the Whole in British Columbia dealt
with the Role of Committees and began with presentations by Rosaire Bertrand
and Russell Williams of Quebec.
The second session featured a presentation
about the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association by Bob Speller MP who
is one of Canada’s Regional Representatives on CPA.
The next session, chaired by Gerald
Smith, Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole in Newfoundland, focused
on Information Technology in Legislatures. The topic was introduced by Denis
Herard of Alberta.
Myron Kowalski of Saskatchewan chaired the next session
on Question Period which featured a presentation by Greg Deighan, Deputy
Speaker of Prince Edward Island.
The Speaker of the New Brunswick
Legislative Assembly, Bev Harrison, led off the next session on the
Balance Between the Legislature and the Executive. It was chaired by Peter
Forbes of New Brunswick.
The only presentation by a non
parliamentarian was by Dr. John Fitzgerald of Memorial University who
spoke about Newfoundland and Confederation. The session was chaired by Harvey
Hodder of Newfoundland
One of the liveliest sessions
dealt with Relations Between Parliament and the Media. The topic was
introduced by Colleen Soetaert of Alberta. Daryl Reid of
Manitoba chaired the session.
The seminar wound up with a
presentation on problems related to the Forestry Industry by Brooke Taylor,
Deputy Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. The session was chaired
by Peter George Dyck of Manitoba.
Aside from the business sessions
delegates were exposed to some traditional Newfoundland culture and hospitality
which included a performance of “Paddy McGuinty’s Wake” at the Haymarket Square
Dinner Theatre. The closing dinner, hosted by Speaker Snow, showcased
local entertainers including the Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir and the Ennis
Delegates were unanimous in
their praise of Speaker Snow and John Noel, Clerk of the Assembly for
putting together such a successful event. Next summer Newfoundland will
be marking 1000 years of European settlement and several persons indicated
their intention to return for a longer visit.