Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The End of the “Gentlemen’s Agreement”: the Collapse of Catholic Education in Nova Scotia
Robert Bérard, Professor and Director of Graduate Education, Mount Saint Vincent University
The paper looks at the history of the so-called “Gentleman’s Agreement” between Nova Scotia Premier Charles Tupper and Archbishop of Halifax Thomas Connolly to provide limited public support for Catholic schools within a non-denominationsl public school system, particularly at the collapse of that informal arrangement just over one hundred years later. Demographic, political and cultural changes in Nova Scotia within the Catholic Church put an effective end to the “Gentleman’s Agreement” and, in turn, to the closure of most non-public Catholic schools in the province.