Louis Riel Should not have been Hung: Agree or Disagree?

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Justice is fairness. Justice is equality. Justice is necessary. In today's society, justice isn't always served. Over a hundred years ago, justice wasn't always served. Louis Riel was just one of the many back in the days of John A Macdonald who was discriminated against and treated without respect. He was a Canadian politician, a devoted Métis leader, and most of all, a martyr for his people. Throughout his 41 year life, from 1844 - 1885, he brought Manitoba into Confederation with Canada. During these times, there were many conflicts with the government of Canada. Even at those times, Riel stood his ground and never consented to violence. He was a peaceful spiritual leader and was a role model for his people. Even then, the people of English-speaking Canada treated him without justice. He was falsely accused of murder and high treason, which lead to his death by the gallows.

For these reasons, Louis Riel should not have been hung.

Manitoba is part of Canada today because of one man's efforts ... and for that reason, Riel should not have been hung. In the late 1860s, many problems arose from the Red River settlement. The Canadian government ignored the Métis in their requests and petitions for education and proper medication in Manitoba. In response, the Métis captured Fort Garry, creating a huge uproar in English speaking Canada. The people of Red River meant to be heard. Under the superb negotiating skills and determination of Riel, the government of Canada and the Red River Settlement came to an agreement on July 15, 1870. Even today, Louis Riel is known as the 'Father of Manitoba' for his unwavering efforts to make his people heard.

Though many have accused Riel of being a troublemaker and a murderer, he was actually a...