Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau (19192000)
There are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just dont like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is go and bleed It is more important to keep law and order in society than to be worried about weak-kneed people Society must take every means at its disposal to defend itself against the emergence of a parallel power which defies the elected power.
PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU, prime minister of Canada, impromptu exchange with reporters, criticizing those who questioned his decision to use soldiers to protect federal officials and diplomats in Ottawa, October 13, 1970.Time, October 26, 1970, p. 33.
On October 16 Trudeau invoked the 1914 War Measures Act, for the first time in peacetime, to deal with Separatist terrorists who had kidnapped two high-ranking officials.