Louis Riel


Louis Riel should not have been hung because he 
represented those who couldn't represent themselves. 
Louis Riel was disappointed with the way the Métis were, 
so he took it upon himself to represent the Métis and their 
rights. Even though the actions that followed, such as 
keeping the new governor out the colony, was illegal and 
very wrong. Riel risked it for the rights of the Métis. As for 
Thomas Scott, Riel has absolutely no legal right to have 
him shot, but Riel himself never touched a gun for that 
purpose. He had a firing squad shoot Scott. Although, Riel 
may have ordered the squad to shoot, but the men could 
have backed down, no matter how powerful Riel seemed. 
After the rebellion, he was elected by Manitoba to sit in 
the House of Commons. Riel went to Ottawa but was not 
allowed to sit as a member in the House, for he was 
threatened by many to be shot if he appeared in the 
House. This was the mistake of the government. They 
should have sopped the nonsense and threats. For Riel 
was a man of ideas. He was a man who was knowledged in 
the government. It was obvious since he formed his own 
government. Riel would have been an asset to the 
Canadian government. 
 In 1884, Gabriel Dumont rode to Montana and asked 
Riel to defend the Métis once again. Riel returned to help 
the natives once more. Riel was risking capture when he 
returned. This was a very noble act on his part. Instead of 
staying nice and safe in Montana, Riel gave up his safety 
for the Métis. Riel decided to try an unviolent approach 
this time instead of starting an all out rebellion. Riel and 
the Métis drew up a petition and presented it to the 
government. The petition, which demanded more food 
and money for the natives, was looked over but not acted 
upon. The petition was fair in all parts but the government 
turned it down. It only demanded that what belonged to 
the natives be returned. 
 In early 1885, Riel formed another provisional 
government, and started another rebellion. His followers 
killed many army troops, but once again it was not the 
hand of Riel that killed so many. It was of people who had 
their own thoughts and intuitions. They could have easily 
said no to Riel instead of shooting. In which case Riel was 
not fully responsible for the deaths. After a long rebellion 
consisting of many battles, Riel gave himself up. It was his 
actions that stopped the fighting and the killing. A lesser 
man could not have done such a thing. 
 Riel was a prisoner of the Canadian government and 
was brought to trial for his part in the rebellion. During his 
trial, Riel's lawyer thought the only way to get Riel out of 
this mess was for him to plead insanity. Riel would not 
plead insanity for he did not want his followers to look 
foolish. It was said, "how could an insane person lead 700 
people into a rebellion unless they were all insane?" Louis 
was a truthful man and would not plead insane because he 
was considerate as well. Riel believed he had an unfair 
jury, as the jury consisted of six english speaking settlers 
were chosen. Riel's arguments were not listened to and he 
died an innocent man. Not guilty of killing many people, 
treason, forming a provisional government, and standing 
up for the right of the natives.


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