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A simple saloon employee and salesman in a Winnipeg store, Alfred H. Scott was named representative for the population of American extraction in the Red River colony at the January 1870 convention. This nomination was probably due to his ties with his two American employers. He was also elected as delegate and, together with Judge Black and Father Ritchot, was given the responsibility of negotiating Manitoba's entry into Canadian Confederation.
According to accounts of the time, Alfred H. Scott was most self-effacing during negotiations with John A. Macdonald and George-Étienne Cartier. He preferred to let Father Ritchot and Judge Black negotiate with Prime Minister Macdonald and his Quebec lieutenant, George-Étienne Cartier.
Manitoba: The birth of a province. -- Ed. W. L. Morton. -- [Winnipeg] : Manitoba Record Society, 1984. -- P. xix
Morton, W. L. -- "Alfred H. Scott." -- Dictionnaire biographique du Canada. -- Vol. X. -- [Québec] : Presses de l'Université Laval, 1972. -- P. 706