New Speaker in Saskatchewan
On March 20, 2001, Myron Kowalsky, Member
for Prince Albert Carlton, was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of
Speaker Kowalsky was born in North
Battleford, Saskatchewan. He received his high school education at North
Battleford Collegiate and Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon. He obtained a
Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Education Degree with distinction and a
Post Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies from the University of Saskatchewan
Mr. Kowalsky began teaching in 1961.
He taught at Quill Lake High School, Unity Composite School, Riverside
Collegiate in Prince Albert and at Carlton Comprehensive High School in Prince
Albert. During his teaching career Mr. Kowalsky was active with the Unity
and Prince Albert Lions Club and the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation at both
the local and provincial level. He also spent time in Gambia on “Project
Overseas”, aimed at strengthening professional skills of teachers. This
project was jointly sponsored by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and the
Canadian International Development Agency.
Throughout his professional carrier, Speaker
Kowalsky remained interested in agriculture, assisting in the operation of his
family’s farm(s), being employed as a crop hail adjuster and in home
construction. He served on the Wapiti Regional Library Board and the John M.
Cuelenaere Library Board. Speaker Kowalsky is keenly interested in and is
an advocate for the fine arts, with a special interest in drama and dance. He
also enjoys cross-country skiing.
Speaker Kowalsky was first elected to the
Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in 1986 and re-elected in 1991, 1995 and
1999. He has served as Government Whip and on various committees. Most
recently he chaired the Special Committee on Tobacco Control.
New Chairman of Canadian Branch of CPA
At the 2001 annual general meeting of the
Canadian Branch of CPA, Sue Barnes was elected as Chair of the
Canadian Branch replacing Sarmite Bulte who continues as a Regional
Representative to CPA’s international executive.
Born in Malta, Ms Barnes grew up in Ontario
and Northern Quebec and has resided in London, Ontario since 1974. A
graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Law School she was admitted to
the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1979 and worked as a lawyer until her
election to the House of Commons in 1993.
She has served as Chair of the Standing
Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development from 1999-2000,
Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Revenue from 1996-1998 and
Chair of the Ontario Liberal Caucus from 1995-1996.
She has frequently participated in
activities of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the
Ms. Barnes is currently a member of the
Advisory Committee of the Youth Action Centre in London and a member of the
Orchestra Advisory Board. She has served on a number of other community
associations including the Girl Guides of London, the Board of Directors of the
University of Western Ontario Alumni Association, the Brain Tumor Foundation of
Canada, and the Advisory Board of the Canadian National Institute of the Blind.
Regional Council Meeting
The annual meeting of the Canadian Regional
Council of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association was held in Ottawa on
Saturday, June 2, 2001. All provinces and territories except Nunavut and Yukon
The Council adopted the budget for 2001-2002
and reviewed programs undertaken during the last year and proposed for the
future including the 2004 CPA conference that will be held in Canada. The
Council approved the venue for the following regional conferences: New
Brunswick (2002), British Columbia (2003), Newfoundland (2005) and Ottawa
(2006). Future regional seminars will take place in Saskatchewan (2001), Quebec
(2002), Nunavut (2003), Prince Edward Island (2005) and British Columbia
The Council approved a proposal by the
Centre for Legislative Exchange to organize a visit to Washington D.C. and
Annapolis, MD to explore the concept of e-governance. The objectives of the
visit would be to compare the on-line operations of state and provincial or
territorial governments and to discuss issues of concern regarding on-line
policies and legislation such as privacy as well as the use of new technologies
to further citizen engagement.
2001 Regional Conference
The 40th Canadian Regional Conference will
be held in Edmonton, Alberta from July 17 to 22, 2001. The theme of the
conference is The Future of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy. Among the
business sessions are the following:
- Future Challenges to Parliamentary Privilege
- Impact of Globalization on Federal and Provincial
- Impact of Demographics on Services/Voting Trends
- Future of Electoral Systems
- e-gov: How Legislatures and Governments Inform Citizens
- Citizens and Their Representatives
- The Virtual Assembly
- The Informed Member: The Knowledge Base for Members
In addition, social activities have been
coordinated to ensure that delegates will be able to experience summer events
and local attractions unique to Edmonton. It is expected that some 100 members
from the 14 branches of the Canadian Region will attend.