Roblin's government was progressively oriented, negotiated the extension of the railway, bought Manitoba's Bell telephone operations in order to establish a government run system (later to be MTS), introduced corporate taxation, and created a public utilities commission while running a budgetary surplus.
The Manitoba Conservatives received their greatest strongest from the francophone community in the 1915 election, due to the fact that the party was seen as more supportive than the Liberals of francophone education rights.
Note: John Thomas Haig led the Manitoba Conservatives as parliamentary leader in the legislature from 1920 to 1922.
At the time of the Union of Manitoba with Canada, the total population of the province was estimated to be around 12,000, about equally divided between the French and the English, and with a slight majority for the Catholic population.
Manitoba's population was estimated at 152,506 in 1891 and grew to 255,211 in 1901.
Essentially, Manitoba recognized that the two sides were at cross purposes: the federal proposals were predicated on the view that the Roman Catholics of Manitoba had a right to separate schools and that, consequently, the Manitoba laws had infringed on such rights while the Government of Manitoba felt that no such right existed.
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