Statement issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Louis Riel Day

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Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Louis Riel Day:

“Today, I join the Métis people, Manitobans, and Canadians across the country to commemorate Louis Riel: a champion of minority rights, a Founder of Manitoba, and a key contributor to Canadian Confederation.

“Louis Riel made important sacrifices to defend the rights, the freedoms, and the culture of the Métis people. The ideals that Louis Riel fought for – ideals of inclusiveness and equality – are now the very same values on which we base our country’s identity.

“As we work to renew a nation-to-nation relationship with the Indigenous peoples of Canada, including the Métis people, let us take a moment to reflect on the life of Louis Riel, and celebrate the many contributions of Métis communities to our great country.”

See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/02/15/statement-prime-minister-canada-louis-riel-day#sthash.6ydIb5MN.UT04JG9D.dpuf

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2 Responses to Statement issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Louis Riel Day

  1. Thanks David, I’m going to post your response.

  2. David Doyle says:

    David Doyle,
    David Doyle,
    I wish to thank Prime Minister Trudeau for his reflections on Louis Riel – “The ideals that Louis Riel fought for – ideals of inclusiveness and equality – are now the very same values on which we base our country’s identity.” There remains however a great dycotyme; although recognized by Canada’s Prime Minister Louis Riel remains a criminal – guilty of High Treason – a “traitor” to Canada. The trial and unjust execution of Louis Riel has been Canada’s “great divide.” Only now is it healing. Across Canada and internationally friends of Louis Riel are seeking rectification. They seek to have Riel’s conviction revoked by Parliament. After 130 years the evidence is in, Metis lawyer and author George Goulet has written “Louis Riel: Justice and Mercy Denied” – the definitive analysis of Louis Riel’s trial, appeal and execution. We know and can prove Riel’s trial was “fitted-up.” Justice was not served, then or now. Respectfully I suggest it is time to heal this scar upon Confederation and for the Trudeau government to take up its historic role in reconciliation of Canada’s “great divide. Revoke Riel’s conviction for High Treason and formally recognize Louis Riel as Canada’s Aboriginal (Metis) Father of Confederation in time for Canada’s Sesquicentennial—July 1, 2017. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA.

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