Gerald Amerongen was re-elected Speaker of the Alberta Legislative
Assembly on May 24, 1979. He is the M.L.A. for Edmonton Meadowlark. Graduate of
the University of Alberta; Arts and Law. Member of Edmonton law firm of
Amerongen, Burger, Spencer & Ross; named Q.C. in 1966. Has been a member of
advisory boards of Misericordia, General and St. Joseph's hospitals;
participated in establishment of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre,
Edmonton. Has served as president of Progressive Conservative Association of
Alberta and national vice-president for Alberta of the Progressive Conservative
Association of Canada; first president of Edmonton Centre Federal Progressive
Conservative Association. First elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1971;
re-elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1975 and in 1979. First elected
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in 1972 and re-elected in 1975.
Harvey Schroeder was re-elected Speaker of the British Columbia
Legislative Assembly on June 6, 1979. He is the M.L.A. for Chilliwack. Social
Credit Party. Former Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. First elected
to Legislature 1972. First elected Speaker in 1978. Born 1933. Married, three
children. Graduated in Theology in Saskatchewan, 1958. Cost accounting with
Canada Packers; Retail merchandising; established Palm Interiors of Chilliwack,
1954; Television and Stage production; public relations.
Robert McReady was elected Speaker of the New Brunswick Legislative
Assembly on March 12, 1979. Speaker McCready was first elected to the New
Brunswick Legislative Assembly in 1967 and re-elected in 1970. Was Speaker of
the same Assembly between 1968 and 1970.
New Commissioner of NWT
In January 1979, the former Prime Minister
of Canada named John Parker Commissioner of Northwest Territories. Mr.
Parker took office on April 15, 1979.
Mr. Parker was born in 1929 in Didsbury,
Alberta. While attending the University of Alberta where he graduated with a
B.Sc in Engineering, he was employed by Eldorado Mining Co. Following
graduation in 1951, Mr. Parker was employed as geologist and mining engineer
(Saskatchewan). engineer and manager of a mine (Yellowknife). From 1956 to 1964
he was engaged in mining exploration and with a partner formed Pucambrian
Mining Services, in 1964, and established a consulting and exploration service
in Yellowknife. In December, 1958, Mr. Parker was elected to the Yellowknife
Town Council and was later Mayor of Yellowknife for two terms (1963 and 1965).
In June of 1966 Mr. Parker was appointed to the Carrothers Commission, which
was established to study and to report on the problems of the NWT. On March 2,
1967, John Parker was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the NWT. Mr. Parker and
his wife, Helen, reside in Yellowknife with their two children Sharon and
Gordon. Mr. Parker succeeds Mr. Stuart Hodgson in the office of Commissioner.
New Clerk in New Brunswick
David L.E. Peterson was appointed Clerk of the New Brunswick Legislative
Assembly in March 1979, to replace Charles Blake Lynch. Born at
Frederiction in 1942. Educated at New Brunswick Teachers College, University of
New Brunswick (B.P.E. 1965) and (LL.B. 1969). Admitted to the Bar of N.B. 1969.
Elected to municipal council 1974. Member Canadian Bar Association.
Visit to Canada by the President of the
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
At the close of the 24th Commonwealth
Parliamentary Conference in Jamaica last year, the Honourable John R. Harrison,
M.P., Speaker of the House of Representatives of New Zealand, took office as
President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Recently, President
Harrison undertook a goodwill CPA tour that took him to numerous Branches of
the Association and the Canadian Region of the CPA was among his points of
President Harrison and Mrs. Harrison arrived
in Montreal on May 6 for a weeklong tour as guests of the Speakers of the
Federal and Provincial Parliaments and Branches of the Canadian CPA Region. As
there was a general federal election in process at the time of his visit,
Speaker Harrison set out principally to call on Provincial Parliaments and his
visit, therefore, included such provincial capitals as Quebec City, Halifax,
Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Edmonton. This cross-country tour gave Speaker
Harrison an excellent opportunity to meet the provincial Speakers and a large
number of his Canadian parliamentary counterparts in the provincial
Legislatures. A provincial election was also taking place in British Columbia;
however, the Hon. Grace McCarthy, Deputy Premier and Minister of Human
Resources of British Columbia was able to attend the Farewell Dinner offered in
Vancouver by representatives of the Canadian Parliament.
Speaker Harrison who was born in 1921, is a
member of the National Party of New Zealand and was first elected to Parliament
in 1963. He served as an officer during World War II in various postings at
home and abroad. Since elected to Parliament he has served as Government Whip,
Opposition Whip, Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees. Speaker Harrison
has attended several CPA Conferences and other Commonwealth Parliamentary
As President of the Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association, Speaker Harrison will be the host to some 200
parliamentary delegates and observers who will attend CPA's 25th Annual
Conference in New Zealand next November. The October issue of this Review will
carry an article on the host Country and Parliament of the Conference.
Ghana and Nigeria Return to Civil
On June 18, Ghanaians voted to elect a
president and a 140-Member Parliament. For the election of their President, the
people of Ghana will return to the polls in a runoff election as none of the 10
presidential candidates obtained a clear majority. In the parliamentary
election, Ghanaians have given half of the 140 seats to the People's National
Throughout the month of July Nigerians will
elect the Members of their future Senate, House of Representatives and State
Houses of Assembly. On July 28, each of the 19 States will elect its Governor,
and on August 11, there will be an election to elect the President of Nigeria.
Tynwald: A Thousand Years of Unbroken
For the Isle of Man, 1979 is a year to
remember as it celebrates a unique milestone the marking of the Millennium of
its Parliament of Tynwald. One thousand years ago, the Island came under the
domination of the invading Norsemen from Scandinavia the Vikings; they set up
their kingdom of Mann and the Isles with a form of government based on the
principle of freemen knowing the law and observing it. The proclamation of this
law took place on occasions like the pagan feast of the Summer Solstice,
usually to an assembly in an open field. The tradition is upheld and according
to custom, on July 5 there is an open air assembly at the meeting place of the
Vikings, the parliament field (in old Norse, Thing Vollr) on Tynwald Hill.
To celebrate the Millennium Year, the
Government of the Isle of Man has set up a yearlong program of festivals,
cultural exhibitions and ceremonial occasions. The main ceremony will, of
course be the open air assembly on July 5.
The Canadian Branches of the CPA will be
represented by a small parliamentary delegation during the period of the
official Tynwald ceremonies. On July 4, the Canadian delegation will plant a
Canadian red maple tree on Tynwald Hill to commemorate the founding of this
thousandyearold parliamentary institution.
The Country (Capital Douglas) The Isle of Man, which has an area of approximately
572 sq. km, is located in the northern part of the Irish Sea, just below
Scotland; in 1976, the population was estimated at 66.496. "Manx" is
the old Norse name for the Isle and there is a "Manx" language still
being spoken. In 1901, the number of Manx-speaking people was under 5,000; this
number decreased over the decades and was reduced to 165 in 1961; in 1971,
however, it had increased to 284.
Constitution and Government The sovereignty of the isle was for many centuries
vested in grantees of the Crown called "Lords of Man and the Isles"
but the sovereignty was purchased by George III of England in 1765. (1) The
Isle of Man is still a possession of the Crown but has a very large degree of
The Isle of Man is administered in accordance
with its own laws by the Court of Tynwald, consisting of the Governor,
appointed by the Crown; the Legislative Council, composed of the Lord Bishop of
Sodor and Man, the Attorney-General and 8 members selected by the House of
Keys; and the House of Keys, a representative assembly of 24 members chosen on
adult suffrage. Bills after having passed both Houses are signed by the
members, and then sent for the Royal Assent. After receiving the Royal Assent,
a Bill does not become law unless promulgated within the ensuing twelve months,
and on the first "Tynwald Day" (July 5) following it is announced in
the English and Manx languages on the Tynwald Hill. On the promulgation taking
place a certificate thereof is signed by the Lieutenant-Governor and the Speaker
of the House of Keys.
Finance and Economy Revenue is derived mainly from income tax and
customs duties. A special relationship exists between the Isle of Man and the
European Economic Community providing for free trade and adoption by the Isle
of Man of the EEC's external trade policies with third countries. The Island
remains free to levy its own system of rates and taxes. The principal
agricultural produce of the island consists of oats, wheat, barley, potatoes
and dairy products. Another important sector of the Isle's economy is tourism.
The Parliament of the Isle of Man is a member of the CPA and is represented in
the Association by an auxiliary branch.
1 An Encyclopaedia of Parliament"
by Norman Wilding and Philip Laundy (Cassell, London, Fourth (revised) edition,