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Louis Riel: To pardon or not to pardon?

Who was Louis Riel? The Métis leader commanded two rebellions in western Canada and was tried, convicted and hanged for treason in 1885. Until well into the 20th century Riel was regarded as "misguided and impetuous" at best and a psychotic traitor at worst. But in the 1960s Riel's image began to turn around. Today most Canadians, particularly the Métis, have reclaimed him as a heroic patriot, founder of Manitoba and a Father of Confederation.

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Peter Gzowski asks a panel of Canadians to rule on a commission of inquiry into the Riel case.
Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: May 7, 1985
Guest: Jan Catano
Host: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 4:59

Last updated: October 30, 2013

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