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Pierre Trudeau Just Watch Me This 1970 clip of Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau is probably unknown to Americans, but it's very famous in Canada. In October 1970, a radical French-Canadian separatist group, the FLQ, began a reign of terror in the province of Quebec. James Cross, a visiting British diplomat, was kidnapped. Shortly afterward, Pierre Laporte, a Quebec cabinet minister, was also kidnapped. (Laporte's dead body was found a few days later.) Prime minister Trudeau responded by invoking Canada's War Measures Act which gave the government extraordinary powers to preserve order. The civil libertarians didn't like it, but it was the most popular thing Trudeau ever did. Watch him as he fields questions from a left-leaning TV reporter.
Tags: Pierre  Trudeau  FLQ  crisis 
Added: 13th December 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Steve on 2007-12-13 
I remember this very well, but then again I always listened to the news even as a kid!
Posted by: Sophia on 2007-12-13 
Yes, this was all over the news when it happened, but this is the first time I've seen this clip..interesting.
Posted by: Sophia on 2007-12-13 
Good for Trudeau!... look how quickly he turned the questioning around and put that reporter on the defensive!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-12-13 
Canada has an interesting political landscape. Trudeau was generally reviled in western Canada, but his actions during the FLQ crisis were widely applauded there.
Posted by: Wikiriwhi on 2007-12-17 
what was it about this man.

In New Zealand we know nothing about Canadian politics, yet we all know Pierre Trudeau.

He was a pop politician ahead of his time.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2013-05-19 
I recently read an interesting commentary about this incident. Left-leaning Canadians generally say they liked Trudeau--except for the time he invoked the War Measures Act in 1970. Right-leaning Canadians generally despise Trudeau--except for when he invoked the War Measures Act.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2014-10-24 
Quite a few people in Canada were discussing this situation earlier this week when the terrorist was killed at Parliament Hill.
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