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Oct 29, 2020
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A little over a half a century after then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau took the unprecedented step of invoking the War Measures Act to respond to a domestic crisis — specifically, the kidnapping of a Quebec politician and a British diplomat by supporters of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ), which was already believed to be responsible for a wave of bombings and attempted bombings across the province and in the national capital — the Bloc Québécois is about to ask the House to sign off on their demand for an official apology. As per the Bloc motion, it would be delivered by the current prime minister, who is, of course, also Trudeau’s son.
As previewed by iPolitics yesterday, the motion — which stands in the name of Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet — would have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologize “on behalf of the Government of Canada” for the decision to invoke the War Measures Act, as well as “the use of the army against Quebec’s civilian population to arbitrarily arrest, detain without charge and intimidate nearly 500 innocent Quebecers.”