Discuss the Manitoba Schools Question. (5)
When Manitoba became a province there were 2 publicly funded, church-run school systems, a Catholic where instruction was in French and a Protestant where instruction was in English. By 1890, only 10% of the province spoke French so the legislature created one publicly funded school system that was non-denominational and English. French Catholics didn't like this and as a compromise in the Manitoba law, Roman Catholic teachers could be hired, and religious and French instruction were allowed. In 1916, the Manitoba government ended this law and went back to English only because of the suspicion of European immigrants during World War I.