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When a Provisional Government was formed with Louis Riel as president, Spence was elected to the Council. He also became editor of the New Nation which had succeeded the Nor' Wester.
Later he was appointed Clerk of the Legislative Council when the Provincial Government of Manitoba was formed. Following that, he became Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and in 1881, Census Commissioner for the North West Territories, then on to California as Canadian Immigration Agent.
His last known job was in Edmonton, Alberta, where he was an assistant in a land registry office. He died in Edmonton on March 22, 1900.
It seems highly improbable that all of the stories so detrimental to Spence's character were true, in view of the fact that he held the foregoing positions of trust after leaving Portage la Prairie.
The Daily Graphic of Feb. 10, 1945, contained a speech made by Chas. E. Greenlay, M.L.A. who was seconding the speech from the throne when the legislature opened. Toward the end of the lengthy narrative we read, (Quote) - "Some of you may not be aware that history records that in the early days - 1867 - one, Thomas Spence, established a Republic within the British Empire at Portage la Prairie, and that he set up a Government and imposed a customs tariff on imports to raise funds to construct a Court House and gaol. However, Mr. Spence was accused by a quarrelsome individual of using some of the money to buy liquor!" The narrative which followed that remark is not new so we will go forward to where he said, "I might add that but for this interference, Portage la Prairie might have been the seat of government rather than Winnipeg."
One thing which seems to be pretty well accepted is that his efforts in Portage Ia Prairie could have contributed greatly to Mani toba's decision in 1870 to enter Confederation, so he could conceiv ably be called one of the "fathers" of Manitoba's Confederation.
The Portage la Prairie where Spence ruled supreme for that brief span of time, is now tempered by a stable system of government and law, enriched by the fruits of an economy that draws strength from agriculture and industry, and the fact that it is peopled by harmonious folk of many nations, many races and many creeds united here in the common endeavor to make it progress and prosper.