Martin apparently admitted, somewhat contritely, to Premier Greenway that he may have been carried away by the situation and by the knowledge that the Liberal caucus had already decided to act on the school matter. Now Greenway could have disavowed Martin's statements but he chose to proceed instead.
Early in 1890, Martin introduced the new legislation and caused a political upheaval that lasted over a decade. He may have initially benefited from the popularity of the measures but he was also under attack from the Manitoba Free Press for conspiring to rig land sales in Portage La Prairie. He chose, perhaps wisely, to leave that charge unanswered.
But Martin's influence in Manitoba was on the wane. Add to that his constant quarrels with local notables and he was becoming a political liability. In February of 1891, he resigned his provincial seat to contest Selkirk unsuccessfully in the federal general election in March. Fortunately, he was able to regain his provincial seat in the by-election, which was held later that month. In mid-April, he resigned as attorney general and went back to his law practice in Portage La Prairie. He represented the province of Manitoba in the Barrett case on appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada and in London before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, where the provincial legislation was upheld in a decision rendered on July 30, 1892.
Friday, I will tell you about how Joseph Martin came to British Columbia. Thanks to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography website.
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