It is subsequent to the revised Bill-I think it is March 15 :-
If the news from Ottawa that there is to he no interference with the present educational system of the west is true, the agitation which has arisen, mainly in Ontario, will in all probability subside. A creed disturbance is always of a most rancorous kind-it spreads like a prairie fire and in its train leaves a bitterness where harmony prevailed. Sir Wilfrid's decision is sure to be regarded with strong favour throughout the west.
With regal'd to the existing separate schools the Calgary ' Herald ' goes on to say :-
All regulations have been made by the Regina government, and he must be blind indeed who cannot see that even if separate schools were detrimental to the country's true interests, all objectionable features have been clipped off. Harmony prevails : why disturb it ? It is
worth repeating that the west is glad that the federal premier has changed his mind.
I have here an expression of opinion of a member of the Northwest legislature, a gentleman who voted for Mr. Haul tain's draft Bill. I withhold the name. This letter was written on March 25 :-
I must congratulate you on the Autonomy Bill. It is almost impossible to find a person here who is dissatisfied with it. Of course, some people, for political reasons probably, are very sorry that the public lands have not been given us, that Canadian Pacific Railway exemptions are to be allowed to remain, and that the separate school question has been forced upon us, but their opposition is so very faint that no one has for one instant any idea hut that everybody is more than pleased with the way things have been managed by our representatives, and the generous treatment we have received from the Ottawa government. As far as I can see we have got everything that we hoped for and a good deal more than we expected, and I think the sentiments I express are only those of the people at large throughout the country.
One of the newspapers of the Northwest Territories which took strong ground against tlie original section 16, the Medicine Hat ' News,' speaks as follows :-
A general feeling of relief and pleasure is being experienced throughout the Territories by reason of the announcement that the Autonomy Bill has been re-introduced with the educational clauses modiSeil to meet the wishes of the people principally concerned and their representatives in parliament. The provisions affecting the school question are now so framed as to maintain in the west the same system which has been in vogue in the past and under the conditions of which educational matters were conducted most harmoniously. The amended clauses have already met with the endorsation of the leading papers in the Territories, including the Calgary ' Herald ' and others which were greatly concerned as to the effect which would be the outcome of the clause as originally presented.