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this day in the yesteryear: Quebec’s Pierre Laporte Kidnapped (1970)

Quebec’s Pierre Laporte Kidnapped (1970)

The separatist Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ) formed in the 1960s to bring about the independence of predominantly French Quebec from the rest of Canada. To achieve this aim, the FLQ carried out various terrorist activities, including the 1970 kidnapping of Quebec’s Minister of Labor Pierre Laporte and British diplomat James Cross. This touched off the October Crisis and led the Canadian government to assume sweeping emergency powers to combat the insurrection. What happened to Cross and Laporte? More… Discuss