Speech by Major Mulvey in the Manitoba Legislature, on the School question,
February 26th 1896; as reported in the Free Press of February 27th 1896.
Major Stewart Mulvey, member for Morris, made is maiden speech in the house
last evening, following Mr. Prendergast. Do would be remiss in his duties
to his constituents if at the first time he rose to speak in the house, he
did not enter his protest against interference with national schools. He
has been brought up in schools where children of all religions denominations
attended, and this was one reason why he was a firm believer in national
schools. All great reforms were not made without some violation of the
constitution, and as an instance, he mentioned the abolition of slavery in
the United States. The Dominion government was trying to take away our
rights and privileges and the rights of our children. We must enter a
solemn protest against the remedial measure. The speaker took up the act
clause by clause. The 26th clause deals with incorporated companies and
societies, showing that a portion of the taxes from such a source is to be
given to the support of separate schools. This will include the Orange
order; and Orange lodges will therefore be taxed to support separate schools.
"I wonder how the member for Emerson (Dr. McFadden), who I believe like my-
self is an Orangeman- I do not know whether he is a Protestant Orangeman-
can sit in his Orange lodge and square himself with the members for voting
against national schools. Officers of the law or the government, if they
do not enforce the by-law, if it is passed, are fined and sent to jail.
He believed that if such should result, almost every member of the house
would see that there was a general jail delivery. The liberties of this
province were never in such danger as at present. He had taken up his gun
four times to suppress domestic troubles; he was prepared to take it up for
the fifth time in the interest of the liberties of Manitoba. The member
for Russell tried to draw a tear of sympathy for the Catholic minority, for
this innocent, weak, harmless people, who have the finest organization in
The Dominion government is the slave to the Catholic church; Manitoba is in
a worse state, being the slave of a slave. He called upon his fellow
members to support national schools.