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Sévigny attacks TV crew

If Lucien Cardin had kept his mouth shut on March 4, 1966, the sensational political sex scandal may have never surfaced. But, fuelled by taunts, the Liberal minister implied that a German playgirl and alleged KGB spy had relationships with top ministers in Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's government. In the frenzied atmosphere of the Cold War, Cardin's allegations sent the country into a tizzy, sparking the first political sex scandal in Canadian history.

Angered by reporters asking for a response to the Spence Report, former associate justice minister Pierre Sévigny and his companion physically attack a CBC Television crew. The incident takes place outside a Montreal restaurant. Sévigny kicks and waves his cane around while his friend, a former boxer, starts throwing punches. The scuffle lasts eight minutes. Sévigny and his friend end up smashing a cameraman's glasses and destroying some sound equipment.
• Prime Minister Lester Pearson was so desperate to divert attention from the sensational Munsinger scandal that he opened an explosive debate about capital punishment that would eventually lead to the elimination of the death penalty on July 14, 1976. Pierre Sevigny
Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News
Broadcast Date: Sept. 23, 1966
Guest(s): Pierre Sévigny
Reporter: Jean Pierre Fournier
Duration: 3:21

Last updated: April 16, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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