The Delegates to Ottawa

[Writing In Progress]

“Judge Black remained in Ottawa from his arrival on the 21st April to the 18th May [when he departed from Ottawa]; he took part in the negotiations at every meeting held during that period.”[1]

Black “and Mr. Ritchot had no less than fifteen meetings, at nine of which Sir John A. Macdonald was present, while in twelve of these sessions Sir George Cartier took part and the other delegate, Mr. Scott, attended only at ten of them.”[2]

Alfred H. Scott, “after his return, was taken sick. During his illness I [Taché] often visited him in the hospital at St. Boniface where he died in May, 1872.”[ibid.]

 

Rev. N.-J. Ritchot averred:

[T]he principal object of their mission was to obtain, for the settlers at Red River and the North-West Territory, such political institutions as would place them in a position to become part of the great Confederation of the Dominion of Canada

[Canada, Parliament, House of Commons, “Report of the Select Committee on the Causes of the Difficulties in the North-West Territory in 1869–70,” 75.]

Of the Manitoba Act, Ritchot said:

A measure has happily been passed, by which a part of the North-West Territory and Red River will be admitted as one of the Provinces of the Dominion of Canada, under the name of Manitoba, with the same rights and privileges, with few exceptions, as were granted to the Provinces already comprised in the Confederation.

[Canada, Parliament, House of Commons, “Report of the Select Committee on the Causes of the Difficulties in the North-West Territory in 1869–70,” 75.]

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[1] A.-A. Taché, Separate Schools, Part of the Negotiations at Ottawa in 1870 (St. Boniface: n.d. [c. 1900?]), 3, 5.

[2] Taché, Separate Schools, Part of the Negotiations at Ottawa in 1870 (St. Boniface: n.d. [c. 1900?]), 5.

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