Monday, 21 February 2011

Happy Louis Riel Day!

Louis Riel, Manitoba's Father of Confederation, defender of the rights of the Metis people against White Anglo-Saxon Protestant discrimination and corruption, targeted specifically by the Orange Order (Canada's equivalent to the Ku Klux Klan), condemned to death by a hand-picked white racist jury for "crimes" he did not commit, and allowed to be executed on November 16, 1885 by a white racist prime minister. Oh Canada!

Sir John A. Macdonald, that great paragon of virtue, who was instrumental in upholding Riel's sentence, is famously quoted as saying: "He shall hang though every dog in Quebec bark in his favour."

No comments: