Titre: Letter of 30 March 1896 from Clifford Sifton and J. D. Cameron to Arthur R. Dickey, Alphonse Desjardines, and Donald A. Smith
Auteur: Sifton, Clifford, Sir, 1861-1929
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG14 B41, Clifford Sifton - Affidavits, etc. re: Manitoba School Question
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might be distributed by the resignation of the Catholic mem-
bers of the refusal of Catholic nominees to accept office.
It would also be impossible to give a Statutory privilege of
representation to one religious denomination without accord-
ing the same privilege to others.
The proposal to adequately assist a Separate
Normal School we could not consider. It would be absolutely
unjustifiable. The Normal School is a technical training
school for teachers. We endeavor to raise it to the highest
possible standard by devoting to it as much of the school
funds as can be spared .There can be no argument advanced
in favor of dividing the funds, or of separating Roman Catholic
teachers in process of training from the others. The Roman
Catholic teachers would not be prevented from acquiring
religious instruction elsewhere, but it is clear that their
own educational interests and that of the schools to be plac-
ed under their charge would be best served by their attendance
at the Provincial Normal School.
As to the question of permits: The proposition
in the memorandum might be agreed to by the Government, to be
carried out as a matter of administration.
The last clause of the memorandum referring to
the terms upon which the Remedial Bill would be withdrawn is
not it is submitted, in accordance with the understanding
arrived at upon the opening of the conference. The under-
standing was that in the event of a settlement being made,
the Remedial Bill should be immediately withdrawn. The pass-
ing of the necessary legislation, and the carrying out of the
terms of the settlement, was to be left to the parties. The
clause of the memorandum referred to is therefore a deparature
in that it requires as a condition of the withdrawal of the
Remedial Bill, that legislation to carry out the terms of the

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