New Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
On June 4, Prime Minister Trudeau announced
that John Black Aird had been chosen to
succeed Pauline McGibbon as
Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario.
Mr. Aird's appointment is to take effect in early
September. Named to the Senate in 1964 after a career in law and business, Mr. Aird was Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign
Affairs and presided over a number of studies on Canada's
relations with the Caribbean, Europe, the Pacific Rim and the United States.
Although he was the last Senator appointed for life before the 1965 compulsory
retirement amendment, Senator Aird left the Senate to
become Chairman of the Institute for Research on Public Policy in 1974. When
Senator Aird resigned, Ray Perrault, his
colleague and Government Leader in the Senate, characterized him as “a
mild-mannered, unassuming man of exceptional ability. His counsel is much
sought after and his opinions enjoy the respect of everyone. His influence was
strongly felt all the time here.”
New Liberal Leader in Nova Scotia
At a convention held in Halifax in early June the Liberal Party of
Nova Scotia chose a new leader to succeed Gerald Regan who is now a
minister in the federal cabinet. Three of the four candidates, Vince
MacLean, Fraser Mooney and A.M. (Sandy) Cameron were members of the Nova
Scotia Legislature. The winner, Mr. Cameron, is a third generation politician
from Guysborough County. He won the
leadership on the third ballot defeating Mr. MacLean by a vote of 558 to 356.
Mr. Cameron is a graduate of Nova Scotia Agricultural College
and McGill University. In addition to farming he
has worked as an agricultural commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation and he was also a manager of a property development business. Mr.
Cameron was appointed Minister of Fisheries shortly after his by-election
victory in 1973. He also served as Minister of Lands and Forests and Minister
of Development which is the senior economic portfolio.
New Clerk Assistant in the Senate
The Senate Standing Committee on Internal
Economy, Budgets and Administration has recommended the appointment of a new
Clerk Assistant effective August 1. The new Table official is Richard Greene.
Born in Aylmer, Quebec, Mr. Green was Acting Chief of
English Minutes and Journals in the Senate from December 1978 to November 1979
at which time he was appointed Chief of the Branch. Mr. Greene is married and
has two children. He replaces Mr. Alcide
Paquette who was Clerk Assistant of the Senate from June 1958 to December 1978.
Resignations and Retirements
On July 7 Senator Donald Smith of Nova Scotia retired.
Senator Smith was first elected to the House of Commons in 1949. Six years
later he was appointed to the Senate. At the time of his retirement he was
eighth in seniority in the Upper House. Senator Smith was a former Chairman of
the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration. Failing
health had prevented him from regular attendance in the Senate in recent years.
Senator Smith's retirement left six vacancies in the Senate, one each from Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia
and two from Quebec.
André Raynauld, Liberal Member of the Quebec National Assembly for Outrement
retired from politics after less than four years in office. Dr. Raynauld is a former professor of economics at the Université de Montréal and a member of the Royal Commission
on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. He was formerly President of the Economic
Council of Canada from 1972-1976. He retired from politics in order to return
to his original interests as an economist. His resignation brought to four the
number of vacancies in the Quebec National Assembly.
From June 6-13 the Ontario Branch of the Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association hosted a delegation from the Tynwald
of the Isle of Man, composed of Mr. Clifford Irving, and Mr. John Norman Radcliffe. Members of the House of Keys. and Mr. Robert Quayle,
Clerk of Tynwald. The delegation visited Toronto and Ottawa.
toured the Urban Transportation Development Corporation.
From July 20 to 28th a delegation from
the Parliament of the United Kingdom, composed of Mr. James Batten, M.V.O. Assistant Secretary, C.P.A. United Kingdom
Branch, Mr. Marcus Kimball, M.P.,
Mr. Jonathan Aitken, M.P., Lord Avebury,
Mr. Phillip Whitehead and Mr. George Foulkes, M.P.
visited Toronto and Ottawa and as well toured the nuclear generating facilities
at Pickering, pulp and paper mills in Terance Bay and
historic sites at Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay. The full delegation was
scheduled to visit Quebec, however, a vote of confidence at Westminster
required the Members of the House of Commons to return to London as a result of the Whips cancelling
On June 13 a delegation from Southeast Asia region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association arrived. The group consisted of parliamentarians from Singapore and Malaysia.