British Trade Commissioner James Cross

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On October 5th 1970, the British trade commissioner James Cross was kidnapped by the Liberation cell of Front de Libération du Québec (FLQ) in the morning. The FLQ demanded the Canadian government to release 23 of its members in prison, $500,000 of ransom, the publication of its manifesto, revealing the identity of police informants, a save passage to travel to Cuba or Algeria, and the rehiring of the Lapalme postal truck drivers and stop all police suppression.[ Chronology of the October Crisis, 1970, and its Aftermath, Claude Bélanger, Department of History, Marianopolis College] The government had considered these demands and decided that they were unreasonable. But some media had published the FLQ’s manifesto and it caused concerns that the government should make concession to secure Cross’s released. Following this incident, on October 10th 1970, Pierre Laporte, the provincial Minster of Labor, was abducted by another FLQ cell named Chénier cell. To fully understand the situation, we need to take a deeper look into the conflicts and hostile atmosphere between Anglo Canadian and Francophone Canadian in Quebec. Even before Canadian Confederation, the was tension between the two party. Quebec and Montreal Area are mainly consist of Francophone Canadians and they have strong will to preserve French culture, language, religions, and their well being in Canada. Since 1960s, social change had played a huge role in people’s lives here in Canada and the slow pace of change in
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