November 16, 1896

In Manitoba, bilingual schooling is authorized where numbers warrant

Called the Laurier-Greenway Compromise, this agreement seeks to resolve the controversial issue of religious schools in the province. Laurier and Greenway are the names of the Liberal Prime Minister of Canada at the time, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, and the Liberal Premier of Manitoba, Thomas Greenway.

The Laurier-Greenway Compromise authorized the teaching of languages other than English in rural schools where at least 10 students spoke the language and in urban schools where at least 25 students spoke the language. This put French on an equal footing with Polish, Ukrainian, German, etc. Thirty minutes of religious education was also permitted after normal class hours.

The Laurier-Greenway Compromise was short-lived. In 1916, new legislation cancelled this provision and made English the only language of instruction in all Manitoba public schools.

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