I congratulate my friend Eric for writing frankly about the flq. The Quebec intellectual class has been whitewashing these murderers for far too long. Rene levesque had little use for the flq and neither should anyone else. Whitewashing the flq crimes dishonours the victims.
While the House of Commons unanimously adopted a Bloc Quebecois motion last week to denounce the widely-read Maclean’s article describing Quebec as the most corrupt province, L’Actualite, the French equivalent of Maclean’s, ran a cover story on the Front de liberation du Quebec (FLQ), a communist and sovereigntist paramilitary group in Quebec, active in the ’60s and early ’70s.
L’Actualite has a provocative feature on the 40th anniversary of the October Crisis that led to the kidnapping of then British trade commissioner, James Richard Cross, and the killing of then Quebec labour minister, Pierre Laporte.
Between 1963 and 1970, the FLQ committed more than 200 violent crimes, including bombings, bank holdups, and kidnappings, in which at least five innocent people were killed and a few dozen more injured.
The cover story of this week’s L’Actualite is entitled “The FLQ: Who Sacrificed Pierre Laporte?”