March 10, 1916

The Thornton Act is passed, abolishing the bilingual school system in Manitoba

The bilingual school system is abolished and, along with it, French-language education.

T.C. Norris’s government passed the Thornton Act following the Newcombe Report.

In 1915, before the Act was passed, Manitoba had 126 French-language schools. A century later, this number had dropped to 24.

To counter the effects of the Thornton Act, the Association des Canadiens français du Manitoba was founded.