Academic journal article Canadian Parliamentary Review

CPA: The Canadian Scene

Academic journal article Canadian Parliamentary Review

CPA: The Canadian Scene

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12th Canadian Presiding Officers Conference

Yellowknife, NWT

Delegates from every jurisdiction, except Quebec, travelled to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories for the 12th Canadian Presiding Officers Conference, January 26-12, 1995. The President of the Quebec National Assembly was due to take part but an extraordinary session of the National Assembly preventing his attendance.

The conference was held in Canada's newest legislative building, opened in November 1993 and widely-praised by visitors from around the world.

Following welcoming remarks by the Acting Speaker of the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly, Brian Lewis, there was a round table discussion on procedural and administrative happenings in each jurisdiction.

The next session dealt with "Search Warrants Inside the Parliament Buildings" A paper prepared by Pierre Duchesne, Secretary-General, National Assembly of Quebec was read by Gwenn Ronyk, Clerk of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. Mr. Duchesne concluded that it is the duty of the President or Speaker to ensure that the rights and privileges of the Assembly and its Members take precedence over the requirements of justice by refusing to allow the execution of a search warrant for offices within the precincts of the legislature, or by deferring it to a later date. …

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