For the second time the Canadian Regional
Review is publishing a special Issue to coincide with the Canadian Regional
Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. As was the case for
the New Brunswick Conference in 1979 the background documents are being made
available, through the Review, to all members of the Association and to others
interested in subjects discussed at the 1980 conference in Victoria. The topics
were chosen by the British Columbia Branch of the CPA.
The Review acknowledges the assistance of
parliamentary and legislative research services in Ottawa, Toronto and Quebec
City for permission to publish some of the papers prepared for this Conference.
The Review is also grateful to David Adams and Clarence Reser of the Speaker's
Office in British Columbia for preparing an article on The Parliamentary
Tradition in British Columbia".
This marks the ninth issue of the Canadian
Parliamentary Review since its establishment in 1978. It was intended
primarily to inform members of Canadian branches of CPA about activities of
their Association but the Review has also published articles by federal members
of Parliament, provincial legislators, parliamentary and legislative staff and
others. In May 1980 the Editorial Board approved introduction of a new format
intended to rationalize the Review 's contents into more clearly defined
sections. New features on publications of interest to parliamentarians and
quarterly reports on legislative activities were added. These were consistent
with the Board's desire to increase provincial content.
Since establishment of a new format in the
June 1980 issue the Editor is encouraged by positive responses from past and
potential contributors in Ottawa and from several provinces. The Review will
continue to seek co-operation from provinces which for one reason or another,
have contributed very little in the past but the contents of future issues will
naturally continue to reflect the interests of those jurisdictions where
members and staff are willing to write for the Review.
The Canadian Regional Review is not
published by the federal branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
but rather by all Canadian branches. It is financed from a fund equally divided
between federal and provincial legislatures. Given enthusiastic and high
quality co-operation the Review can become an even better publication and
fulfill its objective of promoting the study of and respect for parliamentary
institutions in Canada.