schools are protestant, as alleged in some of their petitions,
than the objection can be fully and finally disposed of by
If the real objection be the desire to have
along with efficient secular education, proper religious
training, then the second part proposed offers an effective
method of attaining the object desired. In fact it is
difficult to conceive what better plan could be proposed even
were we dealing with a system of schools entirely Catholic.
It would be in any event necessary to have some general pro-
vision as to the time alloted for religious exercises and
teaching. The individual school could not be permitted to
act without restraint. The time suggested seems to be a
reasonable and sufficient proportion of the school hours and
the hour in the day is undoubtedly the most convenient for
the operation of the conscience clause.
At the same time no distinction of any kind
between denominations would be made. Absolutely equal rights
would prevail. Non-catholics desiring a greater amount of
religious instruction than is given at present might carry
out their views. While this desirable and could be accomplish-
ed the uniformity and efficiency of the schools to which the
children of all denominations would go, would remain absolute-
ly unimpaired and unaffected.
(sd) [signed] Clifford Sifton,
(sd) J. D. Cameron.