February 23, 1909 (11th Parliament, 1st Session)


Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)


There are serious objections to the proposals contained in this report and I do not think it should be concurred in by the House. One proposal is that instead of the English revised edition being distributed to the public and the press as at present, a sufficient number of copies of the daily unrevised edition should be circulated. To this I take exception. It is not proper to hold members responsible for what appears in the unrevised edition of

'Hansard' when they have had no opportunity of correcting any errors which may have crept in from one cause or another. This proposal means that the unrevised edition uneorrected will be circulated and published in the press of the country, and that members may be held responsible for statements which were never made by them. That is an injustice to the members and it is misleading to the public. That system has been found in the past not to work well, and I do not believe it should be resorted to again. The report also says that the debates be translated into French from the daily unrevised edition which means that the errors in the unrevised English edition will be translated into the French edition. That would be very unfair to the French members, and it would be unfair to the English members. >

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