Gevernment Buildings, Winnipeg
March 30, 1896.
Honorable Arthur R.. Dickey,
Honorable Alphonse DesJardines,
Sir Donald A. Smith, K.C.M.G.
We have had under consideration the
memorandum handed to us on the 28th inst.[instant], containing your
suggestions for settlement of the Manitoba School Question,
and have the honor to submit herewith our reply thereto.
We desire, first, to refer to the understanding
upon whcih the conference was preceeded witt. You will re-
member that we thought it necessary before proceeding with
the discussion of the question involved to stipulate:
1st. That while the conference was proceeding
the Remedial Bill now before Parliament should be held in
abeyance, and no proceedings taken thereon in the meantime
provided that the conference did not extend beyond Tuesday
2nd. That in the event of a agreement being
reached for settelement the Remedial Bill should be at once
withdrawn, and the execution of the terms of the agreement
left to the parties.
These stipulations were agreed to by your-
selves without hesitation, but notwithstanding such agreement
and in violation of its terms, the Remedial Bill was advanced
a stage in the House of Commons on Satruday morning. While
not desirous of taking any advantage of this departure from
the conditions upon which the negotiations were opened, we