Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques

The Earl of Dufferin (1826 - 1902)

The Earl of Dufferin
(Courtesy of the Archives of Manitoba)
Installed 1958
West Entrance, Legislative Building
Osborne Street, Winnipeg

The Earl of Dufferin (1826 - 1902), Governor-General of Canada from 1872–1878, the first Vice-Regal Representative to visit Manitoba. In an address at Winnipeg's City Hall in 1877, he referred to Manitoba as "the Keystone of that mighty arch of sister provinces which spans Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific." From this phrase has developed the term, "Manitoba - the Keystone Province."