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Oct 05/10 - Pt 1: October Crisis - James Cross

It was 40 years ago today that then-British diplomat James Cross was kidnapped by the Front de Liberation du Quebec. He was held hostage for 59 days, during which time Canada was plunged into the October Crisis. James Cross talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about his ordeal and how it has affected him since. 



PART ONE

It's Tuesday October 5th.

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This is The Current.

October Crisis - James Cross

We started this segment with a clip from 40 years ago today, October 5th, 1970. And those 48 hours passed, with no word about British diplomat James Cross. In the end, James Cross was held hostage for 59 days, by the Front de Liberation du Quebec.

A few days after he was abducted, Quebec's Labour Minister, Pierre Laporte was also taken hostage, and later murdered. Those events sparked the October Crisis. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act, and armed soldiers patrolled the streets of a Canadian city.

All the while, James Cross was following the news from an apartment in Montreal where he was being held. He agreed to speak to us this morning about his ordeal. James Cross was in Seaford, England.

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