March 16, 1910

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I would ask my hon. friend where the difficulty would arise in carrying out the recommendation would it be in the printing of the evidence?

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Victor Geoffrion

Liberal

Mr. GEOFFRION.

Before that report was made I communicated with the reporters and they said it would be very difficult for them even with two sessions a day, and now that we are trying to get through as quickly as possible and trying to have three sessions a day they said it would be very hard to have the report from day to day.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Was that after the motion was passed?

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LIB

Victor Geoffrion

Liberal

Mr. GEOFFRION.

It was before that when I had a conversation with the reporters.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

How did that arise when the motion had not then been presented?

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LIB

Victor Geoffrion

Liberal

Mr. GEOFFRION.

It was in the general course of the proceedings of the committee. When there was a question of having another session in the afternoon the reporters said it was very doubtful if they could manage to have the whole thing reported.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Printed.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Prepared.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I would ask my hon. friend (Mr. Geoffrion) whether he denies that there has been a change in the recommendation. I do not understand that my hon. friend denies that; I do not understand the Prime Minister denies it, because we have the papers here to show exactly what took place. The recommendation of the committee was in these words:

Mr. Lennox moved that the committee recommend that their proceedings and the evidence taken by them be printed and reported to the House from day to day.

That motion was agreed to, but the report which is made to the House omitted the important words: ,

* and reported to the House/

There has obviously been a change. My hon. friend (Mr. Geoffrion) does not deny there has been a change. Was that change a mistake or was it intentional?

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I am not making an insinuation. I am asking a very plain question.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Then it was not intentional and was a mistake?

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Then if it was a mistake why is it that my hon. friend when he had his attention directed to that mistake on Friday last has not taken steps to correct it?

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LIB

Victor Geoffrion

Liberal

Mr. GEOFFRION.

I have answered that. I said that I was obliged to leave the city, that I was absent, and that it was only last night I could look into the matter.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Does my hon. friend say he will take the first opportunity of correcting it?

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LIB

Victor Geoffrion

Liberal

Mr. GEOFFRION.

I will take the first opportunity to see what can be done, and if anything should be remedied, it will be remedied as it should be.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Does my hon. friend take the position that knowing there was a mistake-because he has admitted that-and declaring that that change was [DOT]not intentional, does he now take the position that he will not correct it?

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LIB

Victor Geoffrion

Liberal

Mr. GEOFFRION.

I say that it is for the committee, and that my hon. friends on the other side, if they wish, can attend-

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March 16, 1910