Academic journal article Canadian Parliamentary Review

CPA (Commonwealth Parliamentary Association) Activities: The Canadian Scene

Academic journal article Canadian Parliamentary Review

CPA (Commonwealth Parliamentary Association) Activities: The Canadian Scene

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36th Conference of the Canadian Region of CPA, Regina

The annual parliamentary conference will be held this year in Saskatchewan from July 12-19.

There will be eight business session dealing with a variety of issues of interest to federal, provincial and territorial legislators.

As is customary at these conferences a number of activities designed to permit delegates and observers to familiarize themselves with the local culture and history are also included in the program.

On Saturday July 12 the Executive of the Association, the Canadian Regional Council will hold its annual meeting.

New Speakers

As a result of elections, resignations and retirements there are new Speakers in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Yukon.

Nova Scotia

A native of Concession, Wayne Gaudet had been a resident of Church Point since 1979.

Following graduation from Clare District High School, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Universite Sainte-Anne in 1977 and Bachelor of Education from St. Mary's University in 1978. He began his teaching career at Clare District High School the same year. He co-ordinated the Work Experience Program with students and local employers. He had experience in school administration. He was vice-principal and later principal of the Clare District Junior High.

Mr. Gaudet was active in community affairs as a member of the Board of Directors of the Clare Acadian Festival, Board of Directors of the St Mary's Credit Union and CJA (youth summer camp in Concession). He was active in Clare Minor Hockey and the Clare Gentleman's Hockey League.

He was first elected to the House of Assembly in 1993 and appointed Minister of Agriculture and Marketing and also Minister Responsible for Acadian Affairs. Mr. Gaudet became Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly on November 18, 1996.

Prince Edward Island

Wilbur B. MacDonald was born at Orwell, PEI and educated at Orwell Public School and St. Dunstan's High School.

Mr. MacDonald was elected to the House of Commons in May 1979 and he served on committees on agriculture, fisheries and regional industrial expansion. He was a member of the National Beef Import Committee in 1979, representing the Maritime provinces and appointed chairman of the PEI Land Use Commission in 1980. He was an unsuccessful candidate in the federal election of 1980 and the federal byelection of 1981.

In 1982 he was elected to the provincial legislature and was selected chairman of the Progressive Conservative caucus. He was chairman of legislative committees on agriculture, fisheries, tourism and industry in 1983-1984. On November 27, 1984, he was appointed Minister of Industry. He was re-elected in the general election in 1986 but defeated in 1989 and 1993 before returning to the House on November 18, 1996. He was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on January 3, 1997. He is chair of the Legislative Management Committee and the Legislative Audit Committee.

Mr. MacDonald is active in community work. He is past president and now director of the Sir Andrew MacPhail Foundation. He was actively involved in various farm organizations and the 4-H movement. He is a charter member and past president of the Vernon River Lions Club and of the Vernon River Council of the Knights of Columbus. He is Vice-President-Administration of the PEI Right to Life Association. He was a member of the National Parole Board from 1990-93.


The newly elected Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly is Ken Kowalski. He has been the MLA for Barrhead-Westlock since 1979.

He was born in Bonnyville, Alberta and received his education in Alberta graduating from the University of Alberta with a degree training in education.

He taught high school in Barrhead, Alberta from 1969 to 1974 and coached the National Reach for the Top High School Academic Championship Team from Barrhead in 1973. …

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