Montreal -- and all Canada -- was stunned at the news on Sunday that the kidnapped Quebec Labour Minister, Mr Pierre Laporte, had been found dead.
Montreal -- and all Canada -- was stunned at the news on Sunday that the kidnapped Quebec Labour Minister, Mr Pierre Laporte, had been found dead. In Montreal flags flew at half-mast and the city was much quieter than usual.
Two prominent politicians, the former Prime Minister, Mr John Diefenbaker, and the Mayor of Montreal, Mr Jean Rapeau, spoke of their feelings at the news.
Soldiers, brought in under the War Measures Act, patrolled a Montreal bridge that the Canadian Government had designated a rendezvous point for the kidnappers, should they decide to release the other kidnapped man, a British Diplomat, Mr James Cross. The Government said that the offer of safe conduct to the kidnappers still stood, despite the murder of Mr Laporte.
Quebec police have named two men, a 37-year-old taxi driver, Marc Carbonneau, and a 27-year-old schoolteacher, Paul Rose, as key suspects in their inquiries into the kidnappings. They have issued warrants for arrest of the two men.