The October Crisis

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Published on January 16, 2008

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The October Crisis December 5, 2007

Front de libération du Québec Formed in the early 1960s Was a Marxist/Communist group who believed that English Canada was oppressing French Canadians Wanted to overthrow Quebec’s government, separate Quebec from Canada, and form a French-Canadian workers’ society Responsible for 200 bombings and 5 deaths By 1970, 23 members were in prison

Formed in the early 1960s

Was a Marxist/Communist group who believed that English Canada was oppressing French Canadians

Wanted to overthrow Quebec’s government, separate Quebec from Canada, and form a French-Canadian workers’ society

Responsible for 200 bombings and 5 deaths

By 1970, 23 members were in prison

The Kidnappings One FLQ cell kidnaps James Cross, a British diplomat, on October 5 Another FLQ cell kidnaps Pierre Laporte, a Minister in the Quebec provincial government on October 10 October 15 – 3000 students gather at a Montreal arena to show support for the FLQ

One FLQ cell kidnaps James Cross, a British diplomat, on October 5

Another FLQ cell kidnaps Pierre Laporte, a Minister in the Quebec provincial government on October 10

October 15 – 3000 students gather at a Montreal arena to show support for the FLQ

Government reaction Government calls in for army help to guard politicians and diplomats, especially in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City On October 16, the Quebec premier asks Trudeau for emergency powers Trudeau brings in the War Measures Act

Government calls in for army help to guard politicians and diplomats, especially in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City

On October 16, the Quebec premier asks Trudeau for emergency powers

Trudeau brings in the War Measures Act

The Arrests October 17 – Pierre Laporte is strangled to death and his body abandoned in the trunk of a car At the same time, police start arresting hundreds of suspected FLQ members and sympathizers Held without charge and no legal rights

October 17 – Pierre Laporte is strangled to death and his body abandoned in the trunk of a car

At the same time, police start arresting hundreds of suspected FLQ members and sympathizers

Held without charge and no legal rights

Of the 497 people arrested, 435 are eventually released without charge On December 3, FLQ members holding James Cross release him in exchange for being allowed to leave Canada for Cuba Later that month the people who murdered Laporte are found and arrested

Of the 497 people arrested, 435 are eventually released without charge

On December 3, FLQ members holding James Cross release him in exchange for being allowed to leave Canada for Cuba

Later that month the people who murdered Laporte are found and arrested

Legacy Was the government’s reaction to the crisis justified? Was their an intelligence failure by the police in this? Do we handle terrorism any better now than we did then?

Was the government’s reaction to the crisis justified?

Was their an intelligence failure by the police in this?

Do we handle terrorism any better now than we did then?

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