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Francophone caller supports FLQ manifesto

The Story

A francophone caller to CBC Radio's Double Take is frustrated with English Canada. She says many Quebecers support the Front de libération du Québec manifesto and, even though she's not a violent person, she says the kidnappings could finally make Ottawa listen to francophone concerns. Out of respect she always addresses English speakers in English first, but says most anglophones don't return the courtesy.

Medium: Radio
Program: Double Take
Broadcast Date: Oct. 13, 1970
Host: Paul Rush
Duration: 4:52

Did You know?

• Quebec's Radio-Canada read the FLQ manifesto on radio and television, one of the group's demands for the release of then British Trade commissioner James Cross and then Quebec Labour minister Pierre Laporte.

• The manifesto called Robert Bourassa, Quebec's premier during the crisis, a "hypocrite," then Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau a "dog" and then prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau a "pansy."

• Also in compliance with FLQ demands, newspapers across the country published the manifesto.

• While out on bail, FLQ member Pierre Vallières spoke about the manifesto to a crowd of University of Montreal students on Oct. 15. During his address, students voted for the release of FLQ "political prisoners," for the manifesto to be circulated, and to boycott classes until the crisis was resolved.

• That day, René Lévesque and other Quebec leaders also called for the release of the "political prisoners."


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