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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Do you doubt that if the two new Provinces of Alberta
and Saskatchewan had been admitted into Confederation at the same
time, they woud have received the same treatment?
If my friends will not take any account of the principles
laid down in the Confederation Act, if they will, in this respect,
forget the teachings of George Brown, who himself framed the policy
embodied in that Act, then, of course, I must accept the conse-
quences. But if my friends, such as you are and have always been
to me, will reflect that situated as I am, I must give to all
classes the treatment provided in the constitution, I expect that
they will change their judgment, and take a different view of
the question.
In Manitoba, it was supposed, in 1870, when the Province
was admitted into the Dominion, that there had been a system of
separate schools in existence, either by law or practice. It
turned out that this was a misconception, and the highest judicial
authorities of the British Empire decided that at the time of the
entry of Manitoba into confederation, there had been no system of
separate schools either by law or by practice and that, consequently,
the power of Manitoba, in matters of education, was not trammelled
as that of the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and was absolutely
Therefore, in accordance with the very principle laid
down in section 93, I opposed the so-called Remedial Bill, which

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