The Hon. Member for Pottymouth
- October 22, 2009 5:22 PM
- By Janyce McGregor
(Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
Having blogged earlier about the merits of watching the House of Commons live, or at least watching the videotape later, I must confess that sometimes Hansard can be better than the real thing.
The official transcribers of the proceedings sit in the middle of the room, and hear things that aren't that clear on the audio and video recording.
A case in point:
Yesterday, a MP Twitter'ed that Government House Leader Jay Hill said a naughty word in the House at around 1530.
Now I like a good diversion as much as the next person. So I did take a moment and call up the tape when I had a chance to see exactly what he said.
On the tape, it's not that clear. Otherwise I'd have clipped it and posted it for you. Heck, maybe even made a ring tone.
But have no fear, enquiring minds... it didn't get by Hansard.
Here it is, recorded in the official records for posterity. Kids, don't say this at home.
Marlene Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Lachine, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask for unanimous consent of the House for the following motion:
(I've snipped the exact motion -- it's not important to this story)
Does the hon. member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Lachine have the unanimous consent of the House to propose the motion?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
Some hon. members: No.
Hon. Jay Hill:
Hon. Marlene Jennings:
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order.
The government House leader has just used profane language in characterizing my attempt to get unanimous consent of the House to have the government grant citizenship.
The government House leader can be in disagreement; I have no problem with that. However, to use profane language to characterize the motion is simply unacceptable. I would simply ask him to apologize and retract his statement.
Hon. Jay Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, I would be happy to apologize for the word that I just used and withdraw it. I offer my apologies specifically to the member. I was not directing it at the motion that she made. I was directing it at the repeated misuse of process in this chamber, a subject that I have raised on previous occasions.
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