moved for leave to introduce Bill C-216, an act respecting Louis Riel.
Mr. Speaker, coming from the province of Manitoba, I am pleased to introduce this private member's bill regarding Louis Riel.
The bill seeks to reverse the conviction of Louis Riel for high treason and to recognize and commemorate his role in the advancement of Canadian Confederation and the rights and the interests of the Metis people and the people of western Canada, and to call him a father of Confederation.
I am pleased to introduce the bill on behalf of the many Metis people in the province of Manitoba and elsewhere in the country.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)