October crisis

Simultaneously, under provisions quite separate from the War Measures Act and much more commonly used, the Solicitor-General of Quebec requisitioned the deployment of the military from the Chief of the Defence Staff in accordance with the National Defence Act. It allowed police searches and arrests without warrants, and prolonged detentions without charges and without the right to see a lawyer.

October Crisis in Canada

In the trunk was the body of Pierre Laporte. Laporte to his friend, premier Robert Bourassa "You have, in short, the power over my life"the army in the streets of Montreal, prime minister Pierre Trudeau presaging his next October crisis with his "Just watch me" response to a reporter, a pro-FLQ rally, the declaration of the War Measures Act - and then the death of Mr.

I still do it sometimes, unconsciously. Although three members escape the raid, Bernard Lortie is arrested and charged with the kidnapping and murder of Pierre Laporte. Moreover, police officials sometimes abused their powers and detained without cause prominent artists and intellectuals associated with the sovereignty movement.

The October Crisis, 40 years later

The World Series is often interrupted for updates on the "Cross Kidnapping". The City of Montreal had already made such a request the day before. Invocation of the War Measures Act The kidnapping raised a swift response from the federal government under Liberal leader Pierre Trudeau.

The terms of the ransom note are the same as those found in June for the planned kidnapping of the U. According to some, Premier Robert Bourassa similarly conceded that the use of the War Measures Act was intended to rally popular support to the authorities rather than to confront an "apprehended insurrection.

An eight-part miniseries about some of the incidents of the October Crisis titled October was released on October 12, However, in its Manifesto, the FLQ stated: A sixth Cross kidnapper remained in Montreal and was arrested in July and convicted of kidnapping.

How far would you extend that? This meant that "A person who was a member to this group, acted or supported it in some fashion became liable to a jail term not to exceed five years. In another communique issued by the "Liberation cell" holding James Cross, his kidnappers declare that they are suspending indefinitely the death sentence against him, that they will not release him until their demands are met, and that he will be executed if the "fascist police" discover them and attempt to intervene.

The FLQ ceased activities in This is the only time that the War Measures Act had been put in place during peacetime in Canada. Cross was released and his kidnappers exiled to Cuba. Laporte had been arrested. Documentary relating the events of October On November 6, Bernard Lortie was arrested when the police raided the hiding place of the Laporte kidnappers.

The FLQ subsequently wanted to use his death to its advantage by convincing the government that they should be taken seriously. They would later be charged with the kidnapping and murder of Pierre Laporte. This results in the implementation of the War Measures Actallowing the suspension of habeas corpusgiving wide-reaching powers of arrest to police.

The federal government sent in the army to protect politicians and important buildings. The Quebec Government appoints Robert Demers. Paul Rose and Francis Simard received life sentences for murder. The FLQ insisted these people were political prisoners. The October Crisis of and Reaction: The two named Canadian Forces operations were Operation Ginger to mount guards on government of Canada buildings and important residences outside of Quebec, and Operation Essay to provide aid to the civil power in Quebec.

They were all convicted of kidnapping and sentenced to jail terms.During the October Crisis, the Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ), a militant separatist group, kidnaps Quebec labor minister Pierre Laporte in Montreal. Five days earlier, FLQ terrorists had seized British trade commissioner James Richard Cross.

The October Crisis A radical Quebec group raises the stakes on separation and Ottawa invokes the War Measures Act In the fall ofCanada was plunged into its worst crisis since the Second World War when a radical Quebec.

The October Crisis began 5 October with the kidnapping of James CROSS, the British trade commissioner in Montréal, by members of.

October Crisis

On October 5th, one of the most traumatic episodes in Canadian political and social history began when members of the Liberation cell of the FLQ (Front de libération du Québec) kidnapped James Cross, the British Trade Commissioner, from his home on Redpath Crescent in Mont Royal in Montreal.

On this date 40 years ago, British trade commissioner James Cross was kidnapped by a cell of the Front de libération du Québec. A few days later, on Thanksgiving weekendQuebec's labour.

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