And I am opposed to a purely sectarian education. That is my own personal opinion, and I believe that l am as well entitled to hold that opinion and state it in the House as any other gentleman. In the public school system of the Northwest Territories provision is made to allow of religious teaching, as has been frequently stated in this House. But the impression which has been conveyed by many of the speeches that this religious teaching is the regular rule, is an erroneous one. It is not, as a matter of fact, the general 1 rule. In fact, I do not know personally of
one particular instance in which religious teaching is given during that last half hour, But it is open, under the ordinances, to any and every denomination to teach religious doctrine in the same school during the last half hour in the afternoon if they desire to do so and can obtain the consent of the parents and the trustees. If they do not do so it is the fault of the people themselves ; it means that they do not wish it, and I take the ground that they should not be forced to have it. The separate school system in its practical working out means a hardship in the case of any Roman Catholic who prefers a public school education in the Northwest Territories, and I would say again that there are many Roman Catholics in that country who do prefer a public school education.