Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, things worked out differently in the provinces with an English-speaking majority. As early as 1867, two words-"by-law"-allowing judicial authorities to give our pact a narrow interpretation were inserted in the constitution, apparently without the knowledge of the Catholic population of the time.
As early as 1871, the New Brunswick legislature enacted the common school legislation compelling Catholics to choose between the painful alternative of sending their children to a school of which they disapproved in conscience, or building their own schools at the heavy cost of the dual tax.
This piece of legislation seemed so highly unfair to the people of New Brunswick that when brought before the legislature in 1869, it was defeated. In 1870 it was again rejected and only in 1871, thanks to the support of a narrow majority, was it embodied in the statutes.
This legislation was so obviously unfair to the people that the dominion parliament begged the king to make his influence felt in Fredericton in order to have it amended.
Subtopic: TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971