A man who went to prison for two years and spent several more in exile in Cuba and France for his role in the 1970 October Crisis says he's switched his allegiance from Québec Solidaire to the Parti Québécois.
Jacques Lanctôt, who was in on the kidnapping and confinement of British diplomat James Cross in 1970, says if one re-reads the FLQ manifesto, it shows that the group were never against the PQ.
Lanctôt, who writes a column for the Journal de Montréal, says Québec Solidare appealed to him as a socialist and a supporter of Quebec independence. Now, he denounces QS as a "nuisance", and adds the PQ is the only party that can bring about independence.
The late Paul Rose, another former FLQ member who was imprisoned for 11 years for the murder of Quebec cabinet minister Pierre Laporte in October 1970, helped found Québec Solidaire and led one of its predecessors, the Parti de la démocratie socialiste.