The Cross and Laporte Kidnappings, Montreal, October 1970

by Eleanor Sullivan Wainstein

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Analyzes events surrounding the kidnapping of British Trade Commissioner James R. Cross and Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte by members of the militant French Canadian Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ). Laporte was murdered; the Canadian government was able to negotiate Cross's release unharmed, but only after invoking the War Measures Act. The report is one of a series of case studies of international incidents involving diplomatic kidnapping and hostage negotiations. Policy implications of government actions, conduct, and treatment of the hostages, and details of the release negotiations are emphasized. (See also R-1597.)

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