Parliamentary Relatives: Spouses

Article 10 / 11 , Vol. 45 No. 1 (Spring)

Parliamentary Relatives: Spouses

Municipally, provincially, and federally, governing bodies across Canada have seen numerous political families. Parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, brothers, sisters, in-laws—direct and extended-family dynasties are scattered throughout the nation’s political history.

Entrenched among these narratives are those of parliamentarians linked by love rather than blood. Of known couples, partners have often served in the House of Commons sequentially rather than simultaneously. Notably, many widows ran in subsequent elections after the deaths of their husbands.

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Organizational Governance Within Parliamentary Institutions: Starting with a Framework

Article 5 / 11 , Vol. 45 No. 1 (Spring)

Organizational Governance Within Parliamentary Institutions: Starting with a Framework

Artour Sogomonian is Clerk Assistant, Parliamentary Services at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia has created what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind governance framework for a parliamentary institution. This authoritative guide outlines the framework, processes and practices in support of good governance in the very unique parliamentary context. In this article, the author explains why the framework was established, details the principles informing it, and its general structure. He concludes by noting that when parliaments are proactive in establishing and maintaining good governance internally, they help create and sustain public confidence in these institutions.

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Accountability, Integrity and Administration: A Rock-Solid Framework for the House of Assembly in Newfoundland and Labrador

Article 4 / 11 , Vol. 45 No. 1 (Spring)

Accountability, Integrity and Administration: A Rock-Solid Framework for the House of Assembly in Newfoundland and Labrador

Kim Hawley George is Clerk Assistant (A) and Law Clerk of the House of Assembly in Newfoundland and Labrador. She has been appointed Queen’s Counsel.

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A Focus on Parliamentary Administration

Article 7 / 11 , Vol. 45 No. 1 (Spring)

A Focus on Parliamentary Administration

Many Canadians have never seen their federal, provincial or territorial parliaments in person. As a result, when asked to picture what goes on in these buildings, the image that may come to mind is most likely what they may have seen on television or the Internet: a fiery Question Period exchange, a recorded vote on contentious legislation, or perhaps scenes from a budget address or Speech from the Throne.

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