New Speaker of the Senate
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
announced the appointment of Dan Hays as Speaker of the Senate on
January 26, 2001.
Dan Hays was born in Calgary, Alberta,
in 1939. He was appointed to the Senate on June 29, 1984 to represent Alberta.
He was appointed Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate on October 12,
1999. At the time of his appointment, to the Senate, Mr. Hays was Chair of the
Executive Committee of Macleod Dixon, one of the largest law firms in Western
Canada. He is also a highly successful rancher and farmer.
New Speaker of the House of Commons
Peter Milliken was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario.
He was educated at Queen’s, Oxford, and Dalhousie Universities. In
1973, he was called to the bar of Ontario and enrolled as a Solicitor of the
Supreme Court of Ontario. Mr. Milliken was a partner in a Kingston law
firm from 1973 until 1988 before his election to Parliament. He was first
elected to the House of Commons in 1988 as the Liberal Member of Parliament for
Kingston and the Islands and was re-elected in 1993, 1997 and 2000.
He has held several positions
including, in opposition, Party Critic for Election Reform and Associate Critic
for Seniors, Assistant Party House Leader (House Business), Vice-Chairman of
the Special Committee on Electoral Reform and Member of the Standing Committee
on House Management.
In government, Mr.
Milliken has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader,
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and Co-Chair
of the Special Joint Committee on a Code of Conduct. In 1997, Mr.
Milliken was elected Deputy Speaker of the House, and Chairman of the Committees
of the Whole House. He is also a member of the Board of Internal Economy.
In 1997, he was awarded the
Padre Laverty Award from the Queen’s University Alumni Association in
Kingston. In November, 1999, he received the Agnes Benidickson Award from the
Queen’s University Alumni Association in Ottawa.
Eighteenth Canadian Presiding
The Presiding Officers of
Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial legislatures meet annually
to discuss issues relating to their office. This year the meeting was
held in Fredericton, New Brunswick from January 25-28. The host of the
Conference was Speaker Bev Harrison of New Brunswick. Every legislature
was represented except the House of Commons where preparations were underway
for the Opening of the 37th Parliament on January 29, 2001.
The First session was chaired by
Speaker Jean-Pierre Charbonneau of Quebec dealt with “Changing
Procedural Authorities” and featured a paper by Bev Bosiak, Deputy Clerk
of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Speaker Mildred Dover made a
presentation on the “Functioning of Boards of Internal Economy” in the second
session which was chaired by Speaker Ron Osika of Saskatchewan. Speaker Murray
Scott of Nova Scotia chaired the third session which dealt with “Declarations
of Outside Interests”. A paper on this topic was presented by Gary
O’Brien Deputy Clerk of the Senate. Speaker Ken Kowalski chaired the
session on Speakers Alternative to Findings of Privilege. Claude DesRosiers,
Clerk of the Ontario Legislative Assembly presented a paper on this subject.
Speaker Lloyd Snow of Newfoundland chaired a session which looked
at rules limiting debate and whether they constitute a threat to parliamentary
democracy. A paper was presented by Pierre Duchesne, Secretary General
of the Quebec National Assembly.
There were also two round table
discussions chaired by Speakers George Hickes of Manitoba and Kevin
O’Brien of Nunavut. These dealt with procedural developments in
each Jurisdictions. Each jurisdiction was given eight minutes to
summarise recent developments.