As my hon. friend is in a questioning mood I would like to put him a question. Does he mean that this parliament can decide any matter of that kind by assuming powers which it may be found eventually not to possess V
I am here to assert that I consider this parliament has the right. I cannot be certain whether the future will agree with me or not, but I assert here that this parliament has to-day the right to decide what the law should be with regard to separate schools in .the Northwest. I go further than my hon. friend does.
Then I stand in a better position than does my hon. friend, and the government stands in a better position than he does because the government have decided as to its course while my hon. friend does not seem to be able to decide what is the meaning of Mr. BRODEUR.
his amendment. I may be mistaken, but X do say here that if under the amendment of the leader of the opposition, remedial legislation does not apply, then it is the most unjust proposition which has ever been brought before the parliament of this country. In view of the agreements which I have just quoted, in view of the agreement which was made in London in 1867, in view of the agreement which was made with regard to the schools in the Northwest in 3869, I say that we should be in a position now to declare whether we shall guarantee the rights and privileges which the minority should enjoy in this country ; that we should not leave it to the future to decide what shall be the position of the minority, but that we shall be brave enough to say to them : here is the law under which you shall live.
Certainly I attach a great deal of importance to it, and for the reason that if the legislature should establish separate schools in the Northwest Territories and if it should afterwards abolish these separate schools, then tins parliament would have the right to disallow that law as it should have the right to disallow a law so unjust.
We are not discussing the Manitoba Bill, we are discussing the Northwest Territories Bill and we find on this side of the House a party which stands for a definite position, and on .the other side we have a party which is divided against itself.
I will be very glad to discuss that question some other day. X have been speaking now for an hour, occasionally interrupted as I have been, and X will be* very glad to discuss that question any time my hon. friend makes a motion, and which I trust will be in clearer language than the one he has now before the House.