But the hon. gentleman (Mr. Belcourt) was speaking of separate Schools. Now, after dealing with Protestant schools the statute of Ontario says :
And, upon the application in writing of five or more heads of families resident in any township, city, town or incorporated village, being coloured people the council of such township or the board of school trustees of any such city, town or incorporated village, shall authorize the establishment therein of one or more separate schools for coloured people.
After that I think the hon. gentleman (Mr. Belcourt) will desire to withdraw his *expression with regard to separate schools *of Catholics or Protestants. The expression means precisely what it means in English words-a school separate from the schools of other people. And when the hon. gentleman said that separate schools had a recognized meaning throughout Canada, he made a mistake in saying that it meant only Catholic or Protestant separate schools.