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Liberals Would Honour Louis Riel as Manitoba’s First Premier

April 9, 2016 4:05 PM | News

Louis Riel

A statue of Manitoba’s founder, Louis Riel, is seen behind the Manitoba Legislative Building. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Manitoba Liberals say they would formally recognize Louis Riel as the province’s first premier if elected on April 19.

“Liberals know that history matters and how we tell the story about our past tells all who come after us what we value and hold dear,” said leader Rana Bokhari.

“It’s time to officially honour the sacrifices of Louis Riel and that means a formal declaration that he is the first premier of Manitoba.”

St. Johns Liberal candidate Noel Bernier echoed those remarks, saying it’s the kind of declaration needed to make Manitoba whole.

“The Métis people are proud of their heritage, and Manitoba is too,” he said.

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