Louis Riel's Long Lasting Effects On Canadian History

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Louis Riel's execution has had a long lasting effect on Canadian history. Louis Riel’s execution made him the martyr of the Metis people. In Central Canada the political fallout from Riel’s hanging enlivened French Canadian nationalism and propelling Honoré Mercier, who came to power in Quebec in 1886 based on the feelings aroused by Riel's hanging. Riel’s death also caused a fundamental shift in Quebec's voting trends and moving the province’s traditional support of the Conservative Party to the Liberal Party led by Sir. Wilfrid Laurier.

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