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unitary divisions was based on his opposition to the loss of local control it would entail; the centralization of administration in an undesirable manner and the delegation of power to the appointed finance board. He also disliked the element of bribery in the scheme. 13 This constellation of traditional Mennonite concerns, combined with the religious appeal of the Social Crdit party was enough to win Froese re-election throughout the 1960's. It was not coincidental that the year after elemen­ tary schools were brought into the unitary division, Froese lost his legislative seat to Arnold Brown, a businessman from Winkler.

One indication of the attitudinal change concerning education in Rhineland involved the Rhineland School Division and the Mennonite Collegiate Institute. The introduction of the unitary division in Rhine­ land in the 1960's and 1970's, raised the possibility that government funding might be available for the MCI through a shared services agreement with the Rhineland School Division. Under this plan the MCI would receive government grants based on the number of division students attending the private school. This grant would be administered through the Rhineland School Division.

Arnold Brown - Progressive Con­ servative MLA for Rhineland 1973- .

Credit: Echo

What was notable when this idea was introduced in the mid 1970's was that the opposition did not come from the government, but from the Rhineland School Division Board. This opposition within the munic­ ipality itself, while it encompassed a number of factors including the legacy of the MCI-MEI controversy in 1905 and the fact that a cost

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