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McKAY, James, Canadian legislator, born in Saskatchewan, Canada, about 1815; died there, 3 December, 1879. He was educated at the Red River settlement, was in the employ of the Hudson bay company for a time, and afterward became a contractor and superintended the construction of part of the Dawson route. When the province of Manitoba was formed Mr. McKay became a member of its legislative council, and was speaker for several years. He was appointed a member of the first provincial administration in January, 1871, with the office of president of the executive council, which he held till December, 1874. Soon afterward he became minister of agriculture, but resigned in 1878, owing to illness. His intimate acquaintance with the Indians and half-breeds, and the great influence he possessed over them, enabled him to render the government valuable aid in connection with the various treaties by which Indian land-titles were extinguished.
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