Title: Letter of 7 March 1905 from Wilfrid Laurier to Rev. George Bryce
Author: Laurier, Wilfrid, Sir, 1841-1919
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG14 C15, Rev. George Bryce, 1874-1922 No. 47
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Transcription

Ottawa, 7th March, 1905.
Private
My dear Doctor Bryce,-
You have always been such a good friend of
mine, that your criticism comes to me with an importance far exceed-
ing that of any which I have heretofore received.
You refer me to the Act of 1875. I refer you
to the Act of 1867, to the Confederation Act itself. The position
which I have taken is that whenever a Province enters the Dominion
in which there exists a system of separate schools, it is entitled
to that system under section 93 of the British North America Act.
You are familiar with that disposition of the Act. Let me, however
recall it again to your attention.
"93. In and for each Province the Legislature may exclusively
"make laws in relation to Education, subject and according to the
"following provisions:-
"(1) Nothing in any such Law shall prejudicially affect any
"right or Privilege with respect to Denominational Schools which
" any class of persons have by law in the Province at the Union".
Under that provision, as Ontario and Quebec
had separate schools when they were admitted into Confederation,
that system of schools came under the guarantee provided by it.

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