"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Mr. Speaker, do your job

Another sorry moment in Parliamentary sycophancy, from last Tuesday:
MR. KENNEDY: Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House today to update residents of the Province on the progress of two new programs the Williams’ government announced earlier this year to assist families – the Progressive Family Growth Benefit and the Parental Support Benefit.
["Progressive Family Growth Benefit"? Real subtle, guys. — ed.]
Mr. Speaker, the Progressive Family Growth Benefit and the Parental Support Benefit add to the many family-focused supports that have been introduced or enhanced by the Williams’ government.
The semi-literate Hansard editor, who doesn't know how to use an apostrophe, should never have had to consider the question of whether "Williams" takes one or not.

There used to be a rule that you could not use the name of a member, even parenthetically, even in quoted material, during Parliamentary proceedings. The incumbent in the Speaker's chair has either forgotten that rule, or, more likely in the current atmosphere, never learned it in the first place.



At 9:35 PM, December 08, 2008 , Blogger Edward G. Hollett said...

You miss the point.

Supporting the talking points is his job.


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