New Clerk in Manitoba
In December, William Henry "Binx"
Rernnant was named to succeed the late Jack Reeves as Clerk of the Manitoba
Legislative Assembly. Mr. Remnant was the unanimous choice of the all-Party
Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections chaired by Andy Anstett. The
Committee considered 26 applications from across Canada.
A native of British Columbia, Mr. Remnant
worked for the federal Department of Northern Affairs in Manitoba, Quebec and
Ottawa before joining the government of the Northwest Territories in the early
1960s. He had been Clerk of the NWT Legislative Assembly since 1966.
Mr. Remnant's resignation was announced at
the end of the fall session of the NWT Legislative Assembly. The Speaker of the
Assembly, Don Stewart, said: "When we say goodbye to Binx we are saying
goodbye in part to what has really become an institution as far as the
Legislature of the Northwest Territories is concerned." The Speaker noted
that when Mr. Remnant first went to work for the NWT Council in 1963, it was
composed of five appointed and four elected members and was chaired by the
Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs and Natural Resources, who also served as
Commissioner of the NWT. The Council met in Ottawa and travelled to the NWT
once a year. The Assembly now is made up of 22 elected members. Seven of the
nine members of its Executive Committee are elected members who hold
ministerial responsibilities and report to the House for their ministries.
Mr Remnant took up his new position in
Manitoba on January 1, 1983. Mr. David M. Hamilton, Clerk Assistant, has been
appointed Acting Clerk in the Northwest Territories.
Each year more and more exchanges take place
among legislative staff of Commonwealth countries. Some are part of organized
exchange programmes. Others are done informally, on a bi!ateral basis. An example
of the latter is the attachment of a Sri Lankan table officer, Mr. B.S.B.
Tittawella to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. Mr. Tittawella will spend
approximately six weeks in Saskatchewan during the Spring of 1983.
From May 30 to June 25, 1983 an official
with the parliamentary library of New South Wales, Australia, Mr. Greig
Tillotson, will be attached to the Library of Parliament in Ottawa. Mr.
Tillotson is presently doing graduate studies and research on the subject of