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Political intent?[edit]

It is not clear to me that the goal of the expedition was really to get Louis Riel, but rather to assert Canadian power in the new province of Manitoba. Certainly Orangeman militiamen elements of the expedition were out to get Riel, but the political intent in Ottawa seems less clear. Comments? Fawcett5 22:30, 22 Mar 2005 (UTC)

This site states that "...pressure was to come with the arrival of Colonel Wolseley and his troops who were sent from Canada by Macdonald to restore "order". Upon their arrival, Wolseley's troops set out to find the 'traitor' Louis Riel..." My comment is also based on a University of Manitoba student unit on the expedition. It states the purpose of the expedition was "to fight Louis Riel and the Metis."So it seems likely Riel was the real target. Denni 01:07, 2005 Mar 23 (UTC)
Are those not both the same thing? Riel by settling up his government had blocked Canada's attempts to assert control over the newly purchased Rupert's Land, so by pushing aside Riel that was also establishing Canada's control over Rupert's land.--A.S. Brown (talk) 00:59, 16 July 2012 (UTC)
At the time that the provisional government was set up, the Hudson's Bay Company's government had left, the sale had not yet gone through, and no government, Canadian or otherwise, existed. Wolseley came after successful negotiation with the provisional government for entry into confederation and Ottawa had made Manitoba a province. Wolseley himself had a different view of his expedition, given that his Prince Arthur's Landing proclamation was repudiated, and was sore at being given no civil responsibilities. The Colonial Secretary had made it clear that allowing the British expedition was conditional on "Canadian Government to accept decision of Her Majesty's Government on dispute points of the Settlers' Bill of Rights" and only made the payment to purchase the land after that was agreed to, the day before the Manitoba Act received royal assent. Is there any official evidence that either the Canadian government or the Colonial Secretary gave Wolseley the mandate to arrest Riel? Tono-bungay (talk) 14:34, 5 September 2012 (UTC)