The Trial of Louis Riel

November 16, 1885
Louis Riel addressing the jury during his trial for treason in 1885 by O.B. Buell. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Louis Riel addressing the jury during his trial for treason in 1885 by O.B. Buell. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Sir John A. ordered that the trial of Louis Riel be held in Regina, which assured a Protestant jury rather than risk a potentially diverse mixed jury in Winnipeg. Riel was tried and convicted for treason for his role in the Northwest Resistance. Although the jury recommended mercy, Sir John A. pushed for Riel's death saying, "He shall die though every dog in Quebec bark in his favour."