7th Manitoba Legislature

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The members of the 7th Manitoba Legislature were elected in the Manitoba general election held in July 1888. The legislature sat from August 28, 1888, to June 27, 1892.[1]

The Liberals led by Thomas Greenway formed the government.[2]

John Norquay served as Leader of the Opposition until his death in 1889.[3] Rodmond Roblin was leader of the opposition from 1890 to 1892.[4]

On March 31, 1890, the legislative assembly enacted the Public Schools Act of 1890 which removed public funding for Catholic and Protestant denominational schools and established a tax-funded non-denominational public school system. On the same date, the assembly enacted the Official Language Act, making English the sole language of records, minutes and Manitoba government laws.[5] This removed the rights granted to French-speaking Manitobans under the Manitoba Act of 1870.[6]

William Winram served as speaker for the assembly until his death in February 1891.[7] Samuel Jacob Jackson succeeded Winram as speaker.[1]

There were five sessions of the 7th Legislature:[1]

Session Start End
1st August 28, 1888 October 16, 1888
2nd November 8, 1888 March 5, 1889
3rd January 30, 1890 March 31, 1890
4th February 26, 1891 April 28, 1891
5th March 10, 1892 April 20, 1892

John Christian Schultz was Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.[8]

Members of the Assembly[edit]

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1888:[1]

Member Electoral district Party[9]
  John Crawford Beautiful Plains Liberal
  Charles Mickle Birtle Liberal
  James A. Smart Brandon City Liberal
  Clifford Sifton Brandon North Liberal
  Herbert Graham Brandon South Liberal
  Martin Jérôme Carillon Liberal
  Thomas Gelley Cartier Liberal
  Ernest Jameson Wood Cypress Conservative
  Daniel McLean Dennis Liberal
  Rodmond Roblin Dufferin Liberal
  James Thomson Emerson Liberal
  John Norquay Kildonan Conservative
  Finlay McNaughton Young Killarney Liberal
  Kenneth McKenzie Lakeside Liberal
  Edward Dickson Lansdowne Liberal
  William Lagimodière La Verendrye Liberal
  Robert George O'Malley Lorne Conservative
  William Winram Manitou Liberal
  James Gillies Minnedosa Conservative
  Alexander Lawrence Morden Liberal
  Alphonse-Fortunat Martin Morris Liberal
  Thomas Greenway Mountain Liberal
  Samuel Thompson Norfolk Liberal
  Joseph Martin Portage la Prairie Liberal
  Samuel Jacob Jackson Rockwood Liberal
  Enoch Winkler Rosenfeldt Liberal
  James Fisher Russell Liberal
  Frederick Colcleugh St. Andrews Liberal
  Roger Marion St. Boniface Conservative
  James Harrower Shoal Lake Liberal
  Archibald McIntyre Campbell Souris Liberal
  Thomas Henry Smith Springfield Independent
  John Hettle Turtle Mountain Liberal
  Thomas Lewis Morton Westbourne Liberal
  Daniel Hunter McMillan Winnipeg Centre Liberal
  Lyman Melvin Jones Winnipeg North Liberal
  Isaac Campbell Winnipeg South Liberal
  James Prendergast Woodlands Liberal



By-elections were held to replace members for various reasons:

Electoral district Member elected Affiliation Election date Reason
Winnipeg Centre Daniel Hunter McMillan Liberal May 18, 1889 D.M. Hunter ran for reelection upon appointment as Provincial Treasurer[10]
Dennis Daniel McLean Liberal September 15, 1889 D. McLean ran for reelection upon appointment as Provincial Secretary[10]
Kildonan Thomas Norquay Conservative February 1, 1890[10] J Norquay died July 5, 1889[11]
Portage la Prairie Joseph Martin Liberal March 28, 1891 J. Martin ran for federal seat[10]
Brandon North Clifford Sifton Liberal August 8, 1891 C. Sifton ran for reelection upon appointment as Attorney-General[10]
Manitou James Huston Liberal January 13, 1892[1] W Winram died February 12, 1891[7]
Winnipeg South John Donald Cameron Liberal January 13, 1892[1] I Campbell ran for federal seat[12]



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  2. ^ Thomas Greenway – Parliament of Canada biography
  3. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition - Manitoba". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  4. ^ Adams, Christopher (2003). Politics in Manitoba: Parties, Leaders, and Voters. University of Manitoba Press. p. 26. ISBN 088755704X. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  5. ^ Statutes of the Province of Manitoba. Province of Manitoba. pp. 55, 179–233. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  6. ^ "Manitoba Act". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  7. ^ a b "William James Winram (1838–1891)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  8. ^ "Past lieutenant governors". Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-01-05. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  9. ^ "Historical Summaries" (PDF). Elections Manitoba. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  10. ^ a b c d e "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30.
  11. ^ "John Norquay (1841–1889)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  12. ^ "Isaac Campbell (1853–1929)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-10-18.