Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The FLQ and the Quebec October Crisis

Exiled for Life?

On Nov. 6, police acting on a tip raided the hideout of the Chenier cell and arrested Bernard Lortie. The Rose brothers and Simard managed to escape -- and promptly delivered a taunting communique that belittled police for their ineptitude.

Bernard Lortie
Bernard Lortie

Meanwhile, for weeks the government had been negotiating with the Liberation cell through a lawyer. In early December they reached an agreement: freedom for Cross in exchange for passage to Cuba.

Marc Carbonneau
Marc Carbonneau

The trade commissioner, who had been held in a house in Montreal North, was freed on Dec. 3. Soon, Jacques and Louise Cossette-Trudel, Marc Carbonneau, Yves Langlois and Jacques Lanctôt and his wife and child boarded a Canadian Armed Forces airplane that delivered the Liberation cell to Havana and Fidel Castro.

Yves Langlois
Yves Langlois

The Canadian justice minister vowed they were being exiled for life. He would be proven wrong.

 

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