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October Crisis: Laporte kidnapping was last-minute decision

In October 1970, tanks roamed city streets and soldiers in full battle gear raided homes in their hunt for "terrorists." They were looking for the Front de libération du Québec; French Canadian nationalists who abducted a British diplomat and a Quebec minister. Some felt like they were living in a police state. How far would Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau go? "Just watch me," he said. Three days later he invoked the War Measures Act and a nation waited with civil liberties suspended.

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Ten years later, it is revealed that the labour minister was one of many diplomats targeted for the abduction.

Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Morning
Broadcast Date: Oct. 12, 1980
Guest(s): Jérôme Choquette, Jacques Cossette-Trudel, Robert Lemieux, Paul Rose
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Terence McKenna
Duration: 11:07

Last updated: March 15, 2013

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