CPA Activities: The Canadian Scene
CPA Conference in Victoria
The 42nd Conference of the Canadian Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association was held in Victoria, British Columbia from July 12-18, 2003. The Speaker of the BC Legislature, Claude Richmond, welcomed the delegates and observers from every Canadian jurisdiction. The Chairman of the Executive Committee of CPA Bob Speller MP and the Secretary General, Denis Marshall also welcomed delegates to the Conference.
The official opening also featured entertainment from the Victoria Children's Choir and the Lekwungen traditional dancers from the Songhees First Nation led by Elder Elmer George.
The first business session focused on prospects for the new Citizen's Assembly on Electoral Reform. The speakers were Gordon Gibson of the Fraser Institute whose study provided the basic structure of the Assembly, Nick Loenen co-founder of Fair Voting BC and Professor Ronald Cheffins of the University of Victoria. The session was chaired by John Les MLA (British Columbia).
In the second session Ralph Sultan, MLA (British Columbia) and Jack Weisgerber a former MLA offered perspectives on actual and potential reforms to enhance the role of the private member. The session was chaired by Joy MacPhail MLA (British Columbia).
The third session, chaired by Debby Carlson MLA (Alberta) focused on health care policy and included presentations by Senator Jane Cordy, Rebekah Uqi Williams MLA (Nunavut), Susan Brice MLA (British Columbia) and Dr. Charlyn Black, Co-Director, of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Evaluation.
The session on Public Perception of Parliamentarians featured presentations by Sue Barnes MP and Kevin Krueger MLA (British Columbia). The chair was Charlotte L'Ecuyer MNA (Quebec).
A session on Measures of Effectiveness in Educating Our Children was chaired by Muriel Baillie MLA (Nova Scotia). …