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Dr. Valade’s home and office. NCC, credited to Cliff Buckman.

When Louis Riel was found guilty of high treason, his lawyers sought to have him declared legally insane in order to avoid the death penalty. Three doctors – including Dr. Valade – were brought in to decide this. Dr. Valade was the only doctor out of the three selected to conclude that Riel was legally insane, but his decision was altered by the Canadian government in order for it to appear as though he agreed with the other two doctors, ensuring that Riel’s sentence would be carried out. On November 16, 1885, Louis Riel was hanged at the North-West Mounted Police Barracks in Regina.

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