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Saskatchewan historian Bill Waiser Photo: Michelle Berg/ Saskatoon

Say it Ain't So: Territorial premier fought for Sask. rights, but no separatist

It was a dream of the region as a whole, in its entirety... It was not, however, a dream of a stand-alone entity, separate and apart from Canada.

There's been much talk lately about the imagined province of Buffalo - one large western province between Manitoba and British Columbia, as reported by the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

That was Territorial Premier Frederick Haultain's proposal when the question of provincehood was first debated in the North-West Territories assembly in Regina in November 1896.

"A dream of one large province holding its own in confederation, the most powerful province in confederation" Haultain rhapsodized, "would be a much more desirable thing... than a number of small areas confined in their powers and their influence."

It was a dream of the region as a whole, in its entirety - the physical expression of a territorial identity.

It was not, however, a dream of a stand-alone entity, separate and apart from Canada.

Read more at https://thestarphoenix.com/opinion/.

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