Thursday, January 23, 2020
Oakville Conference Centre
2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville, Ontario (QEW & Bronte Rd.), L6L 6P8
Registration/Cash Bar 6 pm; 3-Course Dinner & Speaker 7 – 9:30 pm Members $40 Non-Members $50
Journalist and Author
“The Making of the October Crisis: Canada’s Long Nightmare of Terrorism at the Hands of the FLQ”
Half a century has passed since the October Crisis of 1970, when members of the Front de Liberation du Québec kidnapped James Cross, a British diplomat, and Pierre Laporte, a prominent Quebec politician. The kidnappings threw this country into the gravest peacetime crisis of the 20th century. Soldiers patrolled the streets of Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City. The federal government proclaimed the War Measure Act and police arrested and detained nearly 500 people in Quebec, most of whom were never charged with criminal offences.
More than fifty years has passed since the emergence of the FLQ and its long campaign of terrorist attacks. Felquistes, as the terrorists became known, were responsible for over 200 bombings. They robbed dozens of banks. They broke into armouries and stole weapons and ammunition. They were responsible for the deaths of six people and all this occurred before October 1970.
In his new book The Making of the October Crisis: Canada’s Long Nightmare of Terrorism at the Hands of The FLQ, D’Arcy Jenish explores the origins of this underground, revolutionary movement. He explains what kept it going for nearly eight years and why the passage of time has not deepened and clarified our understanding of this traumatic period in the history of our country
Different Drummer Books will be present with a selection of D’Arcy’s books and D’Arcy will be pleased to sign all purchases.
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