Title: Letter of 16 February 1870 from John A. Macdonald to Alexandre Antonin Taché
Author: Macdonald, John A. (John Alexander), 1815-1891
Source: Société historique de Saint-Boniface Archives, Fonds of the Corporation archiépiscopale catholique romaine de Saint-Boniface, Taché Series T7142-146
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the Council, through Mr. McDougall,
ask the best means of speedily
organizing the Government with
Representative Institutions.
I hope that they will be able
immediately to take up that subject
and to consider and report, without
delay, on the general policy that
should immediately be adopted.
It is obvious that the most
inexpensive mode for the
administration of affairs should
at first be adopted. As the
prelimary expenses of organizing
the government after Union with
Canada, must in the first be
defrayed from the Canadian
Treasury there will be a natural
objection in the Canadian Parliament
to a large expenditure.
As it would be unwise to
subject the Government of the Territory
to a recurrence of the humiliation
already suffered by Governor McTavish,
you can inform him that if he
organize a local police of 25 men

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