Following the latter, he was hanged for high treason. Macdonald[ edit ] Macdonald —91 was the first Prime Minister of Canadain office —73, and again — He is a man of ambitions and will not let anyone stand in the way of his legacy.
Louis Riel is one of the most controversial figures in Canadian history. In the Canadian west in the majority of the settlers regarded him as a villain; today he is seen there as the founder of those movements which have protested central Canadian political and economic power.
French Canadians have always thought him a victim of Ontario religious and racial bigotry, and by no means deserving of the death penalty. He remains a mysterious figure in death as in life. Riel was the eldest of 11 children in a close-knit, devoutly religious, and affectionate family.
Sayer was released, an action which resulted in the end of that monopoly. Always an introvert, subject to moods of depression, he seems to have lost confidence in his qualifications for the priesthood and withdrew from the college in March of the following year without graduating.
But the subtleties of the law bored and annoyed Riel and he decided, in all likelihood into return to Red River. The Scots settlers had adhered strictly to the Presbyterian church. Riel found many changes on his return. Religious antipathies had become a notable feature of the settlement.
At the same time the political climate was both uncertain and volatile. The need for a new constitutional arrangement was acknowledged, but the issue was far from settled.
Moreover, the old inhabitants now recognized that although their settlement was still isolated, it was the object of expansionist aspirations on the part of both the United States and Canada. In French Canada, land seekers had been encouraged to look north in their own province, but their political leaders, by entering the confederation coalition ofhad tacitly accepted the idea of acquiring the northwest.
Meanwhile, a grasshopper plague in —68 had caused much distress in the settlement. Though the meeting underlined the need for concerted action, none was planned. But all representations were ignored by Macdonald. No poorer choice for the post could have been made, in view of the necessity for diplomatic caution in dealing with the officials of the HBC and with the lay and clerical spokesmen of the various groups at Red River.
The older, more established leaders had had little success and had shown little initiative.
Also on the 2nd, Riel, with followers reported as numbering up towho had been recruited from the fur-brigades recently returned to the settlement for the season, took possession of Upper Fort Garry without a struggle. Riel angrily denied this allegation. He did not succeed in rallying the English-speaking parishes behind this move.
It proposed representation in the Canadian parliament, guarantees of bilingualism in the legislature, a bilingual chief justice, and arrangements for free homesteads and Indian treaties.
More serious opposition was mounted by Schultz, Dennis, and the Canadian element of the settlement. Schultz, on the other hand, had fortified his house and store, and recruited about 50 followers as guards.
Realizing their position was hopeless, on 7 December the Canadians gave in and were imprisoned at Upper Fort Garry. The next day Riel established the provisional government, and Bruce was named president. Macdonald later admitted that under the circumstances the people of the community had had to form a government for the protection of life and property.Louis David Riel (English /ˈluːiː riːˈɛl/, French pronunciation: [lwi ʁjɛl]; 22 October – 16 November ) was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies.
Louis Riel Biography Louis Riel (22 October - 16 November ) was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies.
Born in , Louis Riel was the eldest son of a prominent St.
Boniface Métis family. Oct 19, · Louis Riel: Louis Riel, Canadian leader of the Métis in western Canada. Riel grew up in the Red River Settlement in present-day Manitoba.
He studied for the priesthood in Montreal (though he was never ordained) and worked at various jobs before returning to . Louis Riel Biography Louis Riel (22 October – 16 November ) was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies.
Born in , Louis Riel was the eldest son of a prominent St. Boniface Métis family. (Biography) Louis. –85, Canadian politician; hanged for treason after leading the Métis people in rebellion against the Canadian government riel (ril, riˈɛl).
Louis Riel is a historical biography in comics by Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown, published as a book in after serializion in – The story deals with Métis rebel leader Louis Riel 's antagonistic relationship with the newly established Canadian government.