The explosif issue is whether the metal container was emptied by terrorists for contents or by project site workmen.
Everyday we hear of some sort of terrorist event that happens somewhere on the globe and because Quebec had its moment when bombs were going off almost daily we worry seeing this image.
During the early 1960s and into 1970s at least 70 bomb explosions happened because a group called the FLQ, Front de libération du Québec used bombs as their terrorist method in their attempted insurrection against Canada. Bent on succession or separation of the province of Quebec from Canada they believed terror was their fool-proof way for attaining their goal.
One of the methods these terrorists got their explosives was to raid construction and mining sites and steal any explosives stored at
these locations. These same explosives would later be used to bomb targets that included Canadian Forces armories, a Canadian Army Recruiting Centre, the Montreal Stock Exchange, RCMP headquarters, Department of National Revenue, 11 different mailboxes in the city of Westmount , and even a shoe manufacturer’s office.
This wave of terror’s end began in October 1970 during the ‘October Crisis‘ with the kidnapping of the British Trade Commissioner, James Richard Cross, and the kidnapping and murder of Minister of Labour and Vice-Premier of Quebec, Pierre Laporte.
Shortly after this happened the Pierre Eliott Trudeau Canadian Liberal government dusted off the old War Measures Act resulting in mobilization and entry of the Canadian military into major Quebec cities (Montreal and Quebec) and the nation’s capitol, Ottawa, to secure various strategic landmarks.
Meanwhile in Quebec, mass arrests of hundreds of suspected “Felquistes”, members and sympathizers of the group were happening many in the dead of the night. Most of those detained were totally innocent and everybody denied their civil rights including the right to have a lawyer. Only a handful were ever charged with anything however, all detained released later without any reason given them.
It all ended in 1971 with swift police arrests of about two dozen FLQ terrorists however, in July 1980 police finally arrested the remaining sixth member of the Cross kidnapping group. This perp, Nigel Barry Hamer, a British radical socialist and FLQ sympathizer, belonged to that terrorist cell called ‘Liberation’.