Parti Canadien

Papineau: A Divided Soul

While Papineau was the most articulate and powerful spokesman for his party and his people, his message was a tangled skein of conflicting ideas. On October 23rd, 1837 some 5000 people gathered at Saint Charles, Lower Canada. They came to hear their inspiring leader Louis-Joseph Papineau. It was a new phenomenon in the young democracy, an angry crowd demanding political change.