16 November 2010

You can almost smell the rainbows...

...and candied unicorns...

-- OTTAWA -- He led two rebellions against the government of Canada, set up a provisional government for Manitoba and took part in the execution of Thomas Scott, but the NDP's Pat Martin says Louis Riel has been wronged by the history books and it's time to set things right.

Louis Riel is a hero, not a traitor,” Martin told a news conference in Ottawa Tuesday.
Apparently, in Canada, there's no such thing as a bad boy anymore.

Remember... friends don't let friends vote NDP.


11 comments:

Kerry Forrest said...

The thing is no one(that Mr. Martin is speaking to) will bother to look past the hype to discover the truth. I guess the next thing the big dipper will tackle is how mis-understood the Fenian Brotherhood really was

Mark said...

In university, my first history essay called Riel a traitor to Canada and I got a C. My next one was a fawning review of Stalin and I got an A. I wish I was making this up.

Sean M said...

Pat Martin, continuing to do what he does best. "Lying his ass off".

Dance...dance to the radio said...

Riel was a traitor.
Pat Martin likes all revolutionaries.
What he would do if he had the chance?

Neo Conservative said...

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i dunno... everything today seems to be about closure.

happy, happy closure.

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Kerry Forrest said...

Too bad John A's closure on this issue wasn't the final word

Frances said...

Depends on where you live, Neo. Given the aggressive nature of the Ontarians (Ontarioans?) who went west to claim the former HBC territories for Canada, Louis Riel's first 'rebellion' won a lot of sympathy with the locals, if not total support. How would you like it if some outsider suddenly arrived at your property and announced it was to be re-surveyed according to a different standard and that you might not even own it? That was the attitude of the Easterners who arrived at the Manitoba colony. Small wonder that M Riel had a fair bit of support for his initial uprising, even among the descendents of the Selkirk settlers who were also feeling threatened. Things went badly wrong, but Louis Riel is still remembered as a man who - though flawed - stood up for Western rights against the Ontario hegemony.

Neo Conservative said...

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"frances says... Things went badly wrong"

i'll say... especially for thomas scott... whom riel & his buddies executed after putting themselves in the driver's seat.

hey... is pat martin saying he supports capitol punishment?

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Brett said...

Even David Chartrand, the head of the Manitoba Metis Federation doesn't support this.

ebt said...

Thomas Scott was a traitor every bit as blameworthy as Riel, and just as deservingly killed.

Riel was both a traitor and a hero. How hard is that to grasp, really?

Neo Conservative said...

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yes, of course... because you say so.

case closed.

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