EbeneMagazine – CA – Federal apology demanded for actions in Quebec 50 years ago


Newspaper vendor holds up newspaper with banner headline invoking the War Measures Act, in Ottawa, October 16, 1970, the first time Canada invoked the law in peacetime The law was put into force following the kidnapping of British diplomat James Cross and Quebec labor minister Pierre Laporte by the terrorist FLQ d, and defends the terrorist FLQ The federal Bloc Québécois calls today an official apology (PETER BREGG / THE CANADIAN PRESS

By Marc Montgomery | English @ rcinetcaPosted: Thursday October 29, 2020 12:11 PM
Last update: Thursday, October 29, 2020 2:32 PM

Today, the separatist Bloc Québécois will table a motion in Parliament asking the government to apologize to Quebec for invoking the War Measures Act in 1970 in the predominantly French-speaking province

The law, invoked for the first and only occasion in peacetime, was intended to help suppress what was believed to be an insurgency in the province fomented by the Marxist Liberation Front of Quebec (FLQ) terrorist had set off dozens of bombs in recent years, their targets being what he considered to be capitalist or English-speaking federal institutions They had committed thefts and murders in their quest to make Quebec a distinct socialist state

Although police made several arrests, when other members kidnapped the British Trade Commissioner and Quebec Minister of Labor, as well as large labor and student groups protested in favor of the FLQ, provincial authorities judged the situation beyond the control of the police

The provincial government at the time led by Prime Minister Robert Bourassa, with the support of all parties in the provincial assembly, including the Parti Québécois, a provincial separatist associated with the Bloc, asked the government federal to send military The mayor of Montreal also supported the request

The military was dispatched to support civilian authority by guarding buildings and politicians while the law gave civilian police extraordinary arrest powers to try to locate the two victims and quell the growing unrest

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With the law, some 500 people were arrested without a warrant or access to lawyers, suspected of links to the FLQ, they would then be released, on average after a week in prison

Today, the leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves François Blanchet, will ask for an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose father Pierre Trudeau was then Prime Minister

Blanchet’s motion will be that the « House demand a formal apology from the Prime Minister on behalf of the Government of Canada for the enactment, on the 16th, 1970, of the War Measures and Use of the Army Act against the civilian population of Quebec to arbitrarily arrest, detain without charge and intimidate nearly 500 innocent [Quebecers] « 

Bloc Québécois leader Yvew François Blanchet speaks in Parliament on his motion asking federal governments to apologize for invoking the War Measures Act 50 years ago (CPAC) t

It was after the announcement of the law on war measures that the next day, October 17, 1970, that the FLQ revealed where to find the body of Minister of Labor Pierre Laporte whom they had killed by strangulation

The motion being debated will not be supported by opposition conservatives In today’s debate, Conservative Quebec MP Gérard Deltell noted that the FLQ had planted some 200 bombs, killed people , terrorized the province and assassinated Pierre Laporte

He also noted that the law was invoked after years of violent and murderous events He said it was the Quebec provincial government that asked for the army, that it was the provincial police that had arrested and jailed people, and that it was the provincial government that then offered compensation to those summarily arrested

The Bloc Québécois is the third largest party in Parliament and for the non-binding motion to pass, it should have the support of the other parties

We do not know how the Liberal majority will vote, although a member of the New Democratic Party (NDP) from Quebec, Alexandre Boulerice, spoke in favor of the motion

Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that the ‘October Crisis’ of 1970, and the invocation of the War Measures Act will always spark debate, but his own thoughts are with Laporte and his family

Quebec, Front de liberation du Quebec, October Crisis, War Measures Act

EbeneMagazine – CA – Federal apology requests for actions in Quebec ago 50 years
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