Ex-FLQ terrorist backs PQ

André Pichette/LA PRESSE

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.

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  1. Joseph posted on 03/21/2014 01:16 PM
    This guy is a work of art. The PQ needs more like him.
  2. Paul posted on 03/21/2014 01:46 PM
    I can still remember the members of the PQ standing up and applauding the FLQ terrorists/murderers like they were heroes. it was sickening. Still is.
    1. jim posted on 03/22/2014 08:00 AM
      @Paul sad case
  3. maria posted on 03/21/2014 02:35 PM
    What another embarrassment for the pq, keep them coming - Are these (the flq)guys even relevant anymore - I wonder what the pq has to say about this - qs must be relieved!!!
  4. Skipper posted on 03/21/2014 03:19 PM
    Is this really news worthy , who cares what this terrorist think or does, The PQ deserve him!!!
  5. George73 posted on 03/21/2014 03:38 PM
    So no doubt Marois will welcome the support of terrorists (there is no such thing as an ex-terrorist) just as she welcomes the supports of MNA candidates who's opinions can most charitably described as intolerant, but to most people would be deemed racist.

    Is there anyone Mme Marois will not get into bed with in her lust for power?

    Hollywood casting couch? Is there a room reserved at the Chateau Frontenac?
  6. Mike d posted on 03/21/2014 05:09 PM
    Wow wish the Liberals had great human beings supporting them like the PQ has. They must be so proud.
  7. Sandy posted on 03/21/2014 05:16 PM
    One of Quebec's finest home grown...he's the best reason not to support Pauline, Drainville and company!
  8. More BS posted on 03/21/2014 06:19 PM
    Could you imagine the book of founding fathers of the country of Quebec?
    A proud piece of work that would be.
  9. JG posted on 03/22/2014 03:16 PM
    Do we really care what party a terrorist like Lanctot supports? He should still be in jail - oh I forgot, he is a hero to some people.
  10. Pierre posted on 03/23/2014 03:08 PM
    It just shows the type of people the PQ attracts. Shameful.
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