May 2, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Louis-Philippe Brodeur (Minister of Inland Revenue)



I think my hon. friend is entirely mistaken as to that. He reminds me of something which I have read somewhere. that it was perfectly understood between Mr. Galt. Sir George E. Cartier and Sir John A. Macdonald that when they went to England they would see that the Protestant minority in Quebec was absolutely protected. and would receive special power to dispose of their money and control the administration of their schools. I think my hon. friend must remember that. Therefore it was not understood that those Quebec resolutions should he embodied in a law passed in England in precisely the same form as they were passed here. No, there was a conference de novo, the delegates of each province united together, discussed the question and they came to the conclusion, a conclusion which cannot be denied, that the compact in regard to separate schools should

apply not only to both Canadas but to all ol' the provinces

the provinces which were' then entering confederation as well as the provinces which would come later on into the confederation.

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