Canada's crisis over the two hostages who have been held by the Quebec Liberation Front deepened further on Sunday (18 Oct.) as the Nation considered the news of the early-morning killing by Separatist extremists of Labour Minister Pierre Laporte.
LV Clock tower. Government Building, Ottawa.
People in crowd interviewed by report.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: REPORTER: "Do you think the Government has behave correctly?"
WOMAN: "Most definitely they have."
REPORTER: "I've heard this day described as the most tense since the 2nd World War. Would you agree with that?"
WOMAN: "It certainly was. It leaves me shaken right now."
REPORTER: "What do you think of the crisis?"
GIRL: "Well I really think the Government couldn't do anything but what they did, in the situation, and I don't suppose it really matters right now whether what they did was right or not. It's happened, and I think the FLQ is in a little too deep now."
REPORTER: "Do you have any sympathy with the FLQ?"
MAN: I have sympathy yes for it, some of their aims, but this is certainly the wrong method to use, that's about all I could say."
REPORTER: "Do you think that by invoking this War Emergency Act the Government has in any way provoked what has happened to mr. Laporte?"
MAN: "No, I don't think so, I think just the police manhunt itself would probably provoke these people. These people are obviously irrational."
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Background: Canada's crisis over the two hostages who have been held by the Quebec Liberation Front deepened further on Sunday (18 Oct.) as the Nation considered the news of the early-morning killing by Separatist extremists of Labour Minister Pierre Laporte.
Ordinary citizens interviewed in Ottawa outside the Parliament Building in Ottawa showed the deepest concern about the turn of events.
The car containing M. Laporte's body was found abandoned at an air-force base outside Montreal. A series of message to one of the French-speaking radio stations had laid the trail to the sport. A note said that Mr. Laporte had been "executed" because of "the arrogance and bad faith of the Federal Government."
On Sunday night (18 Oct.) Police confirmed that a letter had been received from the other kidnap victim--British diplomat Mr. James Cross, saying he was alive. With it was a new communique from the Quebec Liberation Front, reported to contain threats to kill Mr. Cross if their demands--which remain unchanged--are not met. the letter arrived about 12 hours after the discovery of Mr. Laporte's body.
These were some of the Ottawa citizens' reactions to the whole situation:-