Re: the complete non-commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the kidnapping and assassination of Pierre Laporte
October 10, 1970 October Crisis comes to a head. Chronology of this day: 5:30 pm - Quebec government refuses to free Front de Libération du Québec prisoners; 5:45 pm - Government rejects other FLQ conditions; 6:00 pm - Justice Minister Jérôme Choquette opens a news conference to announce that the government refuses to negotiate with FLQ terrorists; 6:18 pm - Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte 1921-1970 kidnapped by FLQ cell while playing football with his son outside his suburban home in St-Hubert; 7:10 pm - intense police activity around Montreal as the search begins for Laporte.
Letter of Pierre Laporte to Robert Bourassa
Letter sent on October 11, 1970
My dear Robert,
I feel like I am writing the most important letter I have ever written.
For the time being, I am in perfect health, and I am treated well, even courteously.
In short, the power to decide over my life is in your hands. If there was only that involved, and the sacrifice of my life would bring good results, one could accept it ...
You know how my personal situation deserves to draw attention. I had two brothers, both are now dead. I remain alone as the head of a large family that comprises my mother, my sisters, my own wife and my children, and the children of Rolland of whom I am the guardian. My departure would create for them irreparable grief, and you know the ties that bind the members of my family ...
You have the power of life and death over me, I depend on you and I thank you for it.