Robert Everett-Green | The Globe and Mail
Bring me the head of Louis-Joseph Papineau. There’s no evidence that those words were ever said by Lord Gosford, governor of Lower Canada in 1837, though he may have considered putting the Patriote leader’s head in a noose. Twelve of Papineau’s followers were hanged after their armed revolt, and many others went into exile. Papineau escaped to the U.S., which meant that no one ever collected the $4,000 reward Gosford offered for his capture.
La Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste thinks it has found a better purpose for that sum, as prize money for the three best short videos about an independent future for Quebec. The online contest is called La tête à Papineau, and it’s open to anyone willing to share “your dreams or your vision of a free Quebec.”