October Crisis

Documents regarding the federal government’s use of the War Measures Act in 1970. It also gives materials relating to the response from human rights activists as well as an array of external links to documents concerning the crisis.

The October Crisis was one of the most stunning political events of the post-war period. For the second time in Canadian history the powers of the War Measures Act were employed to suspend Canadians’ civil liberties in peacetime. The following primary documents are related to the activities of the Front de libération du Québec and debates surrounding the implementation of the War Measures Act.

To complement his book The October Crisis, 1970: An Insider’s View, William Tetley provides numerous primary documents in English and French on his website:

  • Action: The October Crisis of 1970, directed by Robin Spry.
  • Black October, directed by Terence McKenna.
  • Les événements d’octobre, 1970, directed by Robin Spry.
  • October 1970, a CBC mini-series 2010.
  • Les ordres, directed by Michel Brault.
  • Reaction: A Portrait of a Society in Crisis, directed by Robin Spry.
  • CBC Digital Archives.

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