Mr. Macdonald, the jury has found Riel to be guilty of treason. Why have you delayed his execution?
Well, I have that election coming up and if I kill him, I’ll lose votes from Quebec. But, if I don’t kill him, I’ll lose votes from Ontario. You see?
Hmmm yes that is quite a pickle. However, the number of voters in Ontario is larger than the number of voters in Quebec so theoretically, if you were to kill Riel, you would probably still win the election.