At the time this article was written C.
B. Koester was Clerk Assistant House of Commons in Ottawa
The Canadian Study of Parliament Group was
established over the course of the last two years to bring together on an
informal basis those interested in examining parliamentary institutions in
Canada. The Group includes academics, parliamentary and legislative officials,
legislators, representatives of the media, public servants and other interested
persons. The Group hopes to stimulate study and discussion of parliamentary
institutions and the legislative process by providing a forum for the exchange
of information and opinion.
While the range of activities envisaged by
the Constitution of the Canadian Study of Parliament Group is almost unlimited,
the Group has so far confined itself to holding seminars on particular aspects
of the legislative process. To date, three such seminars have been held, one on
the budgetary process, one on accountability and one on the role of second
chambers. Verbatim reports of the seminars are available to Members and
libraries. In addition to the seminars and other activities, the Group meets
annually in a business session. The membership fee is $20.00 per year.
The executive elected at the last annual
meeting consists of:
C.E.S. Franks, Chairman, Jean-Pierre
Gaboury, Vice-Chairman, Henriette Immarigeon, Treasurer, Councillors G.W.
Baldwin, Gordon Barnhart, Douglas Fisher, J. J. Macdonnel, J. M. Reid, and John