Sir WILFRID LAURIER:
Mr. Speaker, I desire to draw your attention to an error in the Hansard report of the sitting of the 2nd of March. On that day there was a discussion on the Estimates between the hon. member for Regina (Mr. W. M. Martin) and the Minister of Militia (Sir Sam Hughes) regarding a certain correspondence which was alleged to have passed between the Minister of Militia and high officials in the Conservative party in Regina. The Minister of Militia is reported to have spoken in this way:
Sir Sam Hughes: There was no quarrel between that gentleman and myself as to who should dictate the patronage. The trouble was that I found something not exactly square, and I did not care whether he was Grit or Tory, i his head came off.
I was not present at the discussion, but I am informed that certain words of the Minister of Militia were not reported. My information is to this effect that the minister said:
There was no quarrel between that gentleman and myself as to who should dictate the patronage.
The words omitted were: " I found that fellow grafting, and "- Then followed the words at the end of the sentence: " his
head came off." But, as I have read, the1 report in'Hansard continues, after the word " patronage ":
I found something not exactly square, and 1 did not care whether he was Grit or Tory, his head came off.
But, as I am informed, the words which the minister used were: " I found that
fellow grafting." The reason why I bring the matter to the attention of the House is that the words have been reported in some newspapers as they are alleged to have been spoken, and as I have just quoted. They were so reported in the Globe, and the report in the Globe was copied in the Leader, of Regina. A suit for libel is taken against the Leader, and therefore it becomes important that the exact truth should be known, and that,
if the words were spoken as alleged, the Hansard report should be corrected. Personally, I know nothing of the matter. The reports of Hansard are generally very fair and very correct; I have no complaint to make and do not think that anybody will make complaint. But sometimes errors will creep in; and, in this case, if I am correctly informed, there has certainly been an omission. I am told that if you, Mr. Speaker, will call the attention of the reporters to the matter, a correction will be made. Therefore I ask that the matter be rectified.