…The Minister said in reply to our questions that they were in a position to assure us that amnesty would be granted immediately after passing the Manitoba Bill.
The nineteenth clause of our instructions is as follows: -
“That ... none of the members of the Provisional Government, or any of those acting under them, be in any way held liable, or responsible, with regard to the movement, or any of the actions which led to the present negotiations.”
I asked that this clause should form part of the Bill, but they replied that it was not expedient that it should form part of the Bill, inasmuch as the Bill belonged to the House, while the amnesty was a matter for the administration. I asked for their written assurance, but they answered that it was not necessary, and that we might trust to their word...