1869

The Quebec legislature adopts Chapter 16 of the Statutes of the Province of Quebec, an education provision for the English-speaking minority

The new bill grants additional privileges in education for the Anglo-Protestant minority.

Chapter 16 of the Statutes of the Province of Quebec granted the Anglo-Protestant minority a series of privileges in education that went beyond the province’s constitutional obligations set out in the British North America Act, 1867. This was the result of lobbying by the English-speaking minority and its supporters within the French-speaking majority. Quebec’s English-speaking minority would continue to exercise a significant degree of autonomy over its schools in the decades to come.

In the coming years, the magnanimity of the French-Catholic majority toward the Anglo-Protestant minority would be invoked by French-language communities outside Quebec and by their supporters as they lobbied to protect French-Catholic education rights.