Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia

The Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia (French: Assemblée législative d'Assiniboine) was a short-lived legislature set up to pass laws for the North-Western Territory and Rupert's Land under the provisional government led by Louis Riel from 1869 to 1870. The Legislative Assembly was named after the Council of Assiniboia that previously managed the territories before the Hudson's Bay Company sold the land to Canada in 1869.[1]

The guidelines for the creation of the elected assembly had been established during the Convention of Forty in January and February 1870 and elections followed shortly afterwards. The number of representatives of constituencies considered to be English-speaking and those considered to be French-speaking were made equal. The assembly operated from March 9, 1870 to June 24, 1870. Its final act was to accept the agreement negotiated with Canada for the new province of Manitoba to enter Confederation and to ratify the Manitoba Act.[1]

Executive Officers of the Provisional GovernmentEdit

Position Officer[1]
President Louis Riel
Vice-president François-Xavier Dauphinais
Secretary of State Thomas Bunn
Under-secretary of State Louis Schmidt
Treasurer William Bernard O'Donoghue
Chief Justice James Ross
Adjutant General Ambroise-Dydime Lépine
Postmaster-General A.G.B. Bannatyne
Coroner C.J. Bird
Commissioner of Indian Affairs James McKay
Superintendent of Public Works John Bruce

Legislative CouncilEdit

Member District[1]
Pierre Poitras Baie Saint-Paul
William Auld Tait Headingley
William Fraser Kildonan
Pierre Delorme Pointe Coupée
Louis Schmidt
E.H.G.G Hay St. Andrew's
Thomas Sinclair Jr.
George Gunn Sainte-Anne
A.G.B. Bannatyne St. Anne's
John Bruce Saint-Boniface
William Bernard O'Donoghue
Louis Lacerte
Jean-Baptiste Beauchemin Saint-Charles
François Dauphinais
Thomas Bunn St. Clement's
François-Xavier Pagé Saint-François-Xavier
James McKay St. James'
A.G.B. Bannatyne St. John's
John Lazarus Norquay St. Margaret's
William Garrioch Jr. St. Mary's Laprairie
Pierre Parenteau Saint-Norbert
Baptiste Tourond
C.J. Bird St. Paul
John Sinclair St. Peter's
André Beauchemin Saint-Vital
Ambroise-Dydime Lépine
Hugh F. O'Lone Town of Winnipeg
Alfred H. Scott


  1. ^ a b c d Hall, Norma; Hall, Clifford P; Verrier, Erin. "A History of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia / le Conseil du Gouvernement Provisoire" (PDF). Government of Manitoba. Retrieved 2013-12-20.