December 16, 1910 (11th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are called, I would like to make a suggestion to the right hon. the Prime Minister with respect to the proceedings of the delegation which waited upon the government and upon parliament this morning. The occasion was rather a memorable one, not only on account of the very great number of delegates, but also on account of the force and earnestness with which they presented their views, as well as on account of the great ability with which those views were put forward. The occasion, I may say, was also a memorable one to myself, for another reason, that it was the only occasion since 1896 on Which I have seen the treasury benches occupied toy gentlemen in whom I had complete confidence. But the suggestion I desire to make is this. We do a good deal of printing in connection with the proceedings of parliament. Some of this printing does not really subserve any useful purpose afterwards, the documents being piled up and stacked away, and not put to very much use. But it would seem to me that the proceedings of this morning, the addresses that were made, the resolutions that were submitted to the government, and as I understand to parliament as well, and the reply of the right hon. the Prime Minister, might very well be printed, so that they would be available for the use of members, and also perhaps to some extent for distribution throughout the country, so far as they might be required by persons interested in the matters of public interest which were discussed by the delegation and toy the right hon. gentleman. I do not know whether the government made anv arrangement to

have the proceedings reported. I observed that there was one of the ' Hansard ' stenographers taking shorthand notes. 1 do not know whether that was for the government or not ; but, in any case, as practically all the addresses were in manuscript, there would be no difficulty at all about securing the necessary material for making a complete report. I would, therefore, urge as this delegation addressed itself not only to the government but to parliament, that the House should pass an order for the the printing or 20,000 or 25,000 copies of the proceedings, which would thus be available for the purpose to which I have already referred, and I earnestly hope that the government will act on my suggestion.

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