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Commemoration of Louis Riel’s election

"Friends, colleagues, and guests,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you here today to commemorate the election, on October 13, 1873, of Louis Riel, to the House of Commons.

This Canadian hero was a founding father of Manitoba and a visionary leader of the Métis people.

It is humbling to imagine his bravery and perseverance, and I know all of you here share my pride in celebrating his legacy.

Duly elected three times, yet denied his seat, we can imagine the contributions he would have made as a parliamentarian.

Instead, we honour his memory and are reminded to always raise awareness and take action in the face of injustice and racism.

We are reminded to do the right thing, despite the judgment of our peers, and allow history to be our judge."