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Before passing judgment on decision to invoke War Measures Act, consider the context

By Wyatt Schierman      

Not only are many in Quebec using the opportunity to condemn Pierre, but some are going so far as to demand that the current prime minister, Justin Trudeau, issue an apology on behalf of his father for invoking the act and suspending habeas corpus.  

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, right. There are calls for the current Trudeau to issue an apology over his father's decision to invoke the War Measures Act. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

Over the past few weeks, Quebec politicians from across the political spectrum, ranging from Bloc Quebecois separatists to sovereigntists in the National Assembly, have lined up to denounce Pierre Trudeau for his contentious 1970 decision to invoke the War Measures Act.  

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