Title: Letter of 30 March 1896 from Clifford Sifton and J. D. Cameron to Arthur R. Dickey, Alphonse Desjardines, and Donald A. Smith
Author: Sifton, Clifford, Sir, 1861-1929
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG14 B41, Clifford Sifton - Affidavits, etc. re: Manitoba School Question
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settlement if made, should be enacted before the withdrawal
of the Bill. Apart from the understanding which was had it
would be impossible to accede to the terms of the last clause.
The Legislature cannot meet until the Sixteenth of April, and
under the ordinary procedure, the Government could not under-
take to have a Bill passed before the Twenty-fifth of April,
the day upon which the Dominion Parliament expires by efflux-
ion of time.
It wil be seen from the above remarks that
the plan proposed involves the establishment of a State aid-
ed denominational system of separate schools, which in prac-
tical effect would carry with it the evils of the system
which prevailed prior the 1890, and would also involve grave
additional evils and difficutlties of which we have not
hitherto had experience.
The objection may be summarised as being:-
1st. The Statutory division of the people into
separate denominational classes:
2nd. The necessary inferiority of the separate
shcool:
3rd. Impairment of the efficiency of the pub-
lic through division of school revenues:
4th. The burdening of non-catholic ratepayers
by compelling them to maintain separate schools:
5th. The according of special privileges to
one denomination which could not on principle be denied to
all the others, but which in practise could not be granted
to such other without entire destruction of the school system.
It will not therefore be a matter of surprise
to you that we are unable to accede to the proposition made,

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