Title: The Manitoba School Question: To the Orangemen and Protestants of Canada
Author: Mulvey, Stewart, 1834-1908
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG14 B21, Colin H. Campbell, Box 6, Manitoba School Question file
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and welfare of any community, and tends to lesson [lessen] and discredit
the responsibility of true citizenship, educating a certain
class in a manner which leads to a positive hatred of our
national institituions, and whereas the Ottawa Government
1889 most emphatically refused to disallow the obnoxious Jes-
uit Estate Act passed by the Legislature of the Province
of Quebec by which payment was made for lands confiscated by the
British Government over ninety years ago, because the said land
was held by a Society which had been outlawed and suppressed
by the Pope himself, and therefore having no legal or
corporate existence, and whereas by the decision of the Privy
Council in 1893 the Province of Manitoba is granted full and
exclusive control of its educational affairs.
Resolved therefore: That we the members of this
Provincial Grand Lodge of the Province of Manitoba, view with
the greatest alarm the present state of affaires which exist
between the Dominion and Local Governments, and we desire to
express our approval of the valiant stand taken by our represen-
tatives in the Provincial Legislature in maintaining our rights
and privelege in brooking no interference by the central govern-
ment in our educational affairs, and we call upon all Orangemen
and Protestants to support no candidate for the House of Commons
or the Local Legislature, who does not openly and unqualifiedly
pledge himself to determinedly oppose any and all attempts
towards the breaking up of our public school system, and the re-
imposing upon us and our children's childrens [children], the accursed
system of public separate schools.
Resolved further: That on account of Manitoba's
central location in the chain of Provinces which compose this
Dominion, and being separated from the Eastern Provinces by
six hundred miles of rocks and lakes forming an impassible barr-
ier on its eastern boundary, and being cut off from the Pacific
province by the Rocky Mountains, and having naught to bind us to
either save religion and language, and that inherent desire

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