So, in 1865 Louis Riel wrote three letters to George-Etienne Cartier in verse praising him and telling him how much he admired him as a person and politician. AND THEN. In 1872 Riel ran in the federal election to represent Manitoba in the national assembly (which would have been crazy since that would have put him in the House of Commons with John A.) but stepped down because everyone realized what a bad idea it would be to have him in the House of Commons with John A.! The only reason Riel agreed to step down though was because George-Etienne was the one taking his place, and Riel thought George-Etienne would support the Metis cause, which he might have! George-Etienne was, after all, the only member of Parliament who meant to pass an amnesty for Riel for forming the Provisional Government. But George-Etienne died a few months after winning his seat in Manitoba. As a result, Riel was re-elected but John A. flat out refused to let Riel onto Parliament Hill.
So once again I’m totally amazed that nobody ever talks about how different things would have turned out if George-Etienne wouldn’t have died so early. And this whole secret bromance between Riel and George-Etienne is new to me, and sort of makes me extremely happy tbh.
And George-Etienne was responsible for drafting the Manitoba Act, which pretty much means that he had a meeting with Riel, Poitras, and Schmidt to sign off on it. akdggkagdgdkags