As Canadian citizens living in Quebec face the unknown future under separatist pressures, I am reminded that, in the Nazi era, "friends" and neighbours helped the Nazis kill and rob Jewish families. And in 1941, thousands of Jewish people were slaughtered by their neighbours in Baghdad. The Jews had lived in Baghdad for 2600 years. Why do you think it can't happen here?
It almost happened in Montreal, Quebec in 1970. We called it "The October Crisis."
Quebec Minister of Labour, Pierre Laporte, was murdered and British trade commissioner, James Cross was kidnapped. Mailboxes were blown up in the City of Montreal and at least one man was maimed.
I was on Place d'Armes facing Notre Dame Basilica for Pierre Laporte's funeral. Our family had paid our respects at his coffin the previous day. I was in the Church. I saw Pierre Laporte's body. Racism and greed and hate and murder are very real when you see the dead body of a man you knew.
1970The October Crisis began 5 October 1970 with the kidnapping of James CROSS, the British trade commissioner in Montréal, by members of the Front de Libération du Québec (FLQ).