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Memorable Manitobans: Legislative Council of Manitoba (1871-1876)

The short-lived Legislative Council was established in March 1871 by Manitoba’s Lieutenant-Governor Adams G. Archibald. On a meeting held on 4 February 1876, a vote to abolish the Council was held, resulting in a tie, with McKay, Ogletree and Gunn voting in favour of abolition and O’Donnell, Hamelin, and Dauphinais voting against. The tie was broken in favour of abolition by Colin Inkster, the Speaker.

James McKay
James McKay

(Speaker, 1871-1875)

John Harrison O'Donnell
John Harrison O’Donnell

(Speaker, 1875-1876)

Colin Inkster
Colin Inkster

(Speaker, 1876)

Thomas SpenceThomas Spence
(Clerk, 1871-1876)

Frank VilliersFrank Villiers
(Usher of the Black Rod, 1871-1872)

Victor BeaupreVictor Beaupre
(Usher of the Black Rod, 1873-1876)



Francois Dauphinais
François Dauphinais

(St. Norbert)

Donald Gunn
Donald Gunn

(St. Andrews)

Salomon Hamelin
Salomon Hamelin

(White Horse Plains)

Colin Inkster
Colin Inkster


James McKay
James McKay


John Harrison O'Donnell
John Harrison O’Donnell


Francis Ogletree
Francis Ogletree

(Portage la Prairie)


See also:

A Tale of Two Houses: The Rise and Demise of the Legislative Council of Manitoba, 1871-1876
by David W. Grebstad


A Political Manual of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by John P. Robertson, Winnipeg, 1887, pages 95-96.

“Manitoba’s Legislative Council, 1871-1876,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 October 1927, page 23.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 October 2017

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