At the time this article was written
Henry Muggah was Clerk of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly and Past
President of the Association.
A challenging agenda faced the Clerks at the
11th Annual Meeting of the Association in Winnipeg, August 2 - 4, 1979,
following a warm welcome by Hon. Harry E. Graham, Speaker of the Legislative
Assembly of Manitoba.
Represented were all Provinces and
Territories except Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia
whose members were detained at home by legislative or governmental
responsibilities. Welcomed for the second time as an observer was Mr. Patrick
E. Flahaven, Secretary of the Senate of Minnesota, and immediate past
president. of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries.
The topics for discussion and the
jurisdiction leading it included:
Private Members Bills (Quebec)
Administration and Reorganization of the
National Assembly (Quebec)
Televising of Debates (Saskatchewan)
Motion To Refer (Northwest Territories)
Amendment of Money Bills (Northwest
A Matter of Privilege (Northwest
Hour of Ordinary Adjournment (Nova Scotia)
Responsibilities of the Clerk other Than
Relationship of the Clerk with the Speaker
and the House (Ontario)
The challenge of the agenda was well and
ably met by the delegates in productive discussions and analysis of each topic.
In addition, the feasibility of joint
meetings of the Association and the American Society was explored, leading to a
consensus that they could well be productive.
The invitation of Prince Edward Island to
meet there in 1980 was gratefully accepted with the understanding that the time
and place would be fixed by that Province.
Officers for the coming year:
President: Mr. Pierre Duchesne, Assistant
Secretary General of the Quebec National Assembly
Vice-president: Ms. Gwenn Ronyk, First
Assistant Clerk of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
Secretary: Mr. Harold W. Brown, Clerk
Assistant of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
The hospitality, which included dinners, a
riverboat cruise and an outdoor barbecue, was superb and certainly well
appreciated by all who attended.