Friday, October 23, 2015

Justin Trudeau Note sold on eBay

A 2013 note in which, the then-Liberal leadership contender Justin Trudeau predicted he would beat Prime Minister Stephen Harper was just sold on eBay.
Michael Kydd was on a Porter Airlines flight on March 20, 2013, and passed a note to Trudeau asking "Can you really beat Harper?"
Trudeau responded with a quote from his famous late father — former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau — "Just watch me."
Trudeau, who was running for the Liberal leadership at the time, confirmed the note in a tweet on the same day saying, "Yup, it was me."
Bidding on the note —  attracted a top bid of  over $ 12,000.

On Oct. 13, 1970, Trudeau's father replied "Well, just watch me!" when asked by a reporter how far he would go to combat Quebec separatist terrorists during the October Crisis, [ the kidnapping of British diplomat James Cross and Quebec provincial cabinet minister Pierre Laporte by the FLQ.] ( Front de libération du Québec ).
The FLQ was a radical separatist group in Quebec. Founded in the early 1960s, it militantly supported the Quebec sovereignty movement. They wanted to become independent of Canada and self governing. There is still a large faction of the population in Quebec that support the idea. James Cross survived the kidnapping but Laporte was murdered by the FLQ.
Three days after the kidnapping, Pierre Elliott Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act, giving police more power in response to terrorist acts. It allowed mass raids and arrests to take place in order to find the group who had kidnapped Laporte and Cross.
 Trudeau said:
"The gun pointed at the heads of these innocent men have FLQ fingers on the trigger. Should any injury result, there is no explanation that could condone the act. Should there be harm done to these men, the Government promises unceasing pursuit of those responsible."
 Pierre Trudeau was as good as his word. He persevered until the criminals were caught and dealt with.  They were sentenced for murder, and served terms ranging from 20 years to life.
Mr Kydd says he will donate the money  to charity.

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