At a news conference on Parliament Hill, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet discusses his party’s opposition day motion, which is set to be debated in the House of Commons. The motion calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to apologize on behalf of the federal government for its decision to invoke the War Measures Act in 1970 during the October Crisis in Quebec. Trudeau’s father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was prime minister at the time of the crisis. In October 1970, the federal government invoked the Act and deployed the army in response to the kidnapping of Quebec cabinet minister Pierre Laporte and British diplomat James Cross by members of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ). Nearly 500 Quebeckers were arrested and detained.
The Bloc Québécois leader also answers reporters’ questions about a new suspected terrorist attack in France. Three people were killed in a knife attack in a church in Nice. The attack comes almost two weeks after the murder of teacher Samuel Paty in Paris. (October 29, 2020) (no interpretation)