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2014 Stapleford Lecture

Thu., Mar. 13, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Location: ED Wing 106.1, Education Building, University of Regina Main Campus

Speaker: Dr. Gordon Barnhart, S.O.M., historian and former Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan

Date/Time: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Cost: Free.  All are welcome. Complimentary parking available in lots 13M and 14M areas. (Go to Parking & Transportation website for details.)

2014 Lecture: "Senate Reform: Is it necessary and can it be done?"

Senate reform has been much debated; it has even become an oxymoron. It is a bit like the weather – everyone talks about it but no one does anything about it. Dr. Gordon Barnhart S.O.M. - the former Lt. Govenor of Saskatchewan - will discuss the topic of Senate reform drawing on his extensive research of the subject and his previous experience serving as Clerk of the Senate. Dr. Barnhart will outline the many past attempts at reform, and make suggestions for possible future action.

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Dr. Gordon Barnhart is an historian and recognized expert on the Canadian parliamentary process. His extensive experience in government includes twenty years as Clerk of the Saskatchewan Legislature and five years as Clerk of the Canadian Senate. He served as Saskatchewan’s 20th Lieutenant Governor, Chancellor of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and Vice-Prior of the Order of St. John in Saskatchewan. Dr. Barnhart obtained a Ph.D. in history at the University of Saskatchewan, where he taught political studies and served as University Secretary. As a consultant he has also worked to strengthen democratic governance in countries around the world.