The constitutional development of the North-West Territories, 1870-1888
Thomas, Lewis Herbert
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The subject of this thesis is The Constitutional Development of the North-West Territories, 1870-1888. In the North-West during this period, constitutional development is of interest for its own sake. In 1870 a vast geographic area was added to the Dominion of Canada for which some system of government had to be supplied. The province of Manitoba was a fortuitous creation: for the rest of this new part of Canada, the (federal) scheme of government embodied in the British North America Act did not apply. Consequently the system of government which was supplied by the Canadian statesmen of this period, has a rightful place in any history of Canada.