first is quite simple to amend. Stephen said:
"The Dionnes, they were known as. There were these five girls who were born from a single egg to a rather poor family, and the father started talking about exhibiting them himself because they were very famous; in those days, before all kinds of fertility treatments, it was much rarer to have this kind of multiple births. So the government took over and put them in a hospital, and then, slowly, the hospital started to admit people, and it became the single biggest attraction in Canada. In '98, Mike Harris, who was the, err, Prime Minister, travelled to apologise to the two remaining ones and give them four million dollars as compensation, and apologise on behalf of Canada"
"err" indeed. Mike Harris apologised to the Dionne Quintuplets on behalf of the government of Ontario, not the government of Canada - because he was Premier of Ontario, not Prime Minister of Canada. Nor has he ever been prime minister. In fact, one correspondent wrote: " His being in charge of Ontario was bad enough - let's not give him the rest of the country" - a stance that the elves could not possibly comment upon. It seems that it was something of a slip of the tongue by Stephen, for which we apologise.
Another slip came a few years later with the following: "No, it's easy to forget with the Mounties... That's the Canadian police. If you're a policeman in Canada you're a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP." Again, this is totally incorrect. The Mounties may well be the largest police force in Canada, but they're far from the only one; there are plenty of other law-enforcement agencies in the various Canadian provinces.
To elucidate a little further, the following comes from Paul Hepden from Croyden who asked, of all people, Canadian criminal author Michael Slade (pseudonym for Jay and Rebecca Clarke) - here was their response:
a little complicated. The Federal Government legislates Canada's
criminal laws, but the Provincial Governments enforce them. The
Mounties are Canada's police force for some offences. In addition,
municipalities can decide to contract with the Mounties for local
policing, or set up their own forces."
we stand corrected, and hope you Canadians continue to hold us to
task. In return, we'll keep trying to get the show onto your