Canadian Regional Seminar Halifax,
The Seventh Regional Seminar on
Parliamentary Practice and Procedure will be held in Halifax from November 25,
1981. The theme will be "Improving the Parliamentary System" and each
session will be devoted to a particular parliamentary function including the
political function, the financial function, the legislative function and the
This format will allow legislators from
across Canada to discuss a wide variety of topics ranging from the role of
committees, to the use of question period. There will also be an opportunity
for a panel to review and evaluate the discussions.
Nova Scotia thus becomes the second
province, after Ontario In 1979, to host a CPA parliamentary seminar. In 1977
the Quebec National Assembly also hosted a special seminar on "The British
Parliamentary System: An Anachronism or a Modern Reality?" Thus it seems a
tradition is developing of alternating seminars between Ottawa and various
provincial capitols; a practice that can only benefit the growth of
parliamentary institutions across the country.
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Fiji, October, 1981
The Fiji Branch will host the Twenty-Seventh
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference to be held from October 1125,
1981. Invitations have been extended to all branches of the CPA. to the United
States Congress, the Inter Parliamentary Union, the Association internationale
des parlementaires de langue franšaise, the European Parliament, the Commonwealth
Foundation. former members of the Executive Committee and to the Commonwealth
The CPA Executive Committee meeting will
take place in Suva on October 8 and 9. A mini conference for delegates from
smaller branches (population of less than 250,000) will also be held in Suva at
the same time. Beginning on October 12, delegates from all branches will spend
five days visiting various points of interest on the islands. The actual
conference will start October 19. The agenda includes plenary sessions on The
Commonwealth and World Security", Control of Pollution and Protection of
the Environment". Commodity Prices and the Relations between
Industrialized and Primary, Producing Countries", "The Relevance of
the Westminster Parliamentary. System in a Changing World",
"Parliament and the Security of the Executive". and "The
Member's Responsibilities to the Nation, to his Party and to his
Constituency". There will also be four panels where delegates will have
the opportunity to discuss "Population Growth and Control". "The
Year of the Disabled", The Promotion and Development of Tourism, and The
Social Consequences of Continuing Inflation and Unemployment."
The goal of the conference as for all CPA
activities, is to provide a forum for the exchange of views on matters of
mutual interest to parliamentarians and to facilitate understanding among
individuals engaged in parliamentary institutions throughout the Commonwealth.
Canadian Regional Conference St. John's,
The Twenty-first conference of the Canadian
Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association took place in St. John's,
Newfoundland, August 2-7, 1981 The conference was attended by some eighty
delegates from all provinces and territories, as well as by federal members and
senators. Representatives from the United Kingdom and eight Commonwealth
Caribbean countries were also in attendance along with many observers, mainly
parliamentary staff from across Canada. For the first time in CPA history, a
simultaneous translation of the entire proceedings was available in Inuktitut.
For many delegates the highlight of the
working sessions was a discussion of Elected Representatives and their
Communications. It focussed on the question of electronic eavesdropping and
whether such acts constitute a breach of parliamentary privilege. The
discussion was led by a panel consisting of Claude Vaillancourt, Speaker of the
Quebec National Assembly, Walter Baker, Opposition House Leader in Ottawa; Ray
Speaker, Opposition House Leader in Alberta and George MacMinn, Deputy Clerk of
the British Columbia Legislature. The conference discussed other issues such as
electoral reform, constitutional reform, the role of committees, the
transportation of dangerous goods and the Crowsnest freight rates.
By, the end of the weeklong conference
delegates had experienced all sorts of traditional Newfoundland hospitality
including a cruise on Conception Bay and a lobster boil in Harbour Main.
Perhaps the most unique social event was the house parties hosted '~y members
of the House of Assembly. The hospitality, offered by Les Thoms, Tom Lush, John
Carter, John Butt, Paddy McNicholas, Robert Aylward, Sieve Neary, William
Marshall, Gerry, Ottenheimer, and Hal Andrews was greatly appreciated and will
long be remember by all who attended.
New Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland
The new Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland
is Dr. W.A. (Tony) Paddon. A graduate of New York State Medical School, Dr.
Paddon served as surgeon in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World
War. For many years his father, Dr. Harry Paddon, had provided medical services
to the isolated outposts along the Labrador coast, a tradition continued by his
son who eventually succeeded him as head medical officer in Northwest River.
Tony Paddon later served as director of northern medical services for the
International Grenfell Association. Over the years he has received the Order of
Canada and many other awards for his humanitarian work. Upon taking office on
July 1, 1981 Tony. Paddon became Newfoundland's seventh Lieutenant-Governor
since that province joined Canada in 1949.
New Clerk Assistant in New Brunswick
The New Brunswick Legislative Assembly. has
appointed a new fulltime Clerk Assistant. The new table officer is Jean Martin,
a lawyer previously, in private practice in Edmundston. The office of Clerk was
also upgraded to a fulltime position. David Peterson who served previously, as
Clerk on a part-time basis now becomes the permanent senior official in the