Governor General Elect's Connections to FLQ Marxist Terrorists


Governor General Elect's Connections to FLQ Marxist Terrorists
Commentary by John Muggeridge

TORONTO, August 12, 2005 ( - Since the appointment to
the Governor Generalship of Michaelle Jean, a refugee immigrant Haiti
and CBC reporter, conservatives in Canada have been wondering what this
relative newcomer to public life has to offer a deeply divided country
that seems to hover perpetually on the edge of disunion. While Jean's
personal accomplishments are seen in English Canada to be
insubstantial, on the other side of the French curtain, darker
implications are starting to be revealed.

An article in French by the Quebec novelist, Rene Boulanger published
in the sovereigntist magazine Le Quebec, sheds a clearer light on
Jean's connections to the Front for the Liberation of Quebec (FLQ), the
violent Marxist separatist organization that harried Quebec in the

The Governor General is the representative of the head of state of
Canada, Queen Elizabeth II, and ,as such, is the office where Canadians
must turn for a steady hand in any constitutional crisis. The office
is, historically, understood to be above partisan politics. Jean,
however, along with her immediate predecessor, is entirely beholden to
the Liberal Party and is an enthusiastic proponent of its ongoing
leftist social re-engineering project, but with the Boulanger article,
her connections may offer reasons for more serious concerns.

"Michaelle Jean et les felquistes (Michaelle Jean and the F.L.Q.),"
documents the ties that linked the soon-to-be Governor General and her
film-maker husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond with the FLQ whose
bomb-throwing, robbing, kidnapping and murdering career disturbed the
peace in Quebec and this Dominion, thirty-five years ago.

Boulanger says that the soon-to-be Viceregal Consort, Jean-Daniel
Lafond, has no truck with such "trashy" (de pacotille) politicians as
Belinda Stronach and Jean Lapierre. The former philosophy professor, he
says, deals only with pure revolutionaries, like the ones during the
1970 October Crisis, for example, whose violent behaviour, Boulanger
proudly points out, provoked Ottawa to declare martial law and send the
army into Quebec.

One example that should stir some of Canada's longer-term memories, is
of one of Lafond's script writers and closest associates, Francis
Simard. Simard was a member of the Chenier F.L.Q. cell who, together
with his fellow terrorists, Paul and Jacques Rose and Bernard Lortie,
seized Quebec's deputy premier and labour minister, Pierre Laporte
while he was playing football with his children. He later used
Laporte's religious medal to garrote him and stuffed his body in the
trunk of a car.

During the crisis, seven people died and dozens were injured. One bomb
was planted somewhere in Quebec every 10 days. The country hovered on
the brink of collapse and the federal government declared martial law
under the War Measures Act.

Boulanger, himself a script-writer, has had professional dealings with
Lafond whose loving documentary about the FLQ "freedom fighters" has
won accolades. He recalls visiting the future royal couple in their
Petit Bourgogne apartment to discuss film writing. Before they got
down to business, his host showed him round the place, pointing with
particular pride to a recently renovated library. The man Lafond hired
to do the renovations was none other than Jacques Rose, who not only
put up shelves but also created a hidden compartment for Lafond to
stash weapons in.

The same Jacques Rose likely built the fake wall behind which he and
his fellow murderers hid while the police searched for them in vain. As
Boulanger admiringly remarks, Lafond doesn't keep company with just

In case anyone is thinking that Muggeridge is making it all up, I draw
your attention to the comments made today in the Montreal Gazette by
the separatist head of the Organization Against Canadian Corruption and
Propaganda and a former president of the Societe St-Jean Baptiste,
Gilles Rheaume to the effect that there is little doubt in Quebec that
Jean and her husband are sovereigntists. Rheaume said, "In the
nationalist circles, many people were sure that Mme. Jean and her
husband were sovereigntists. Many persons believed that."

Rheaume speaks for more than a few when he demands to know how Jean
voted in the 1995 Quebec referendum. Rheaume said yesterday that Prime
Minister Paul Martin should have checked Jean's credentials more
carefully and called him "an amateur to name a person who many believe
is a sovereigntist, to name this person head of state."

It seems the political stuff is already hitting the fan. Alberta MP
Leon Benoit, chairman of the government operations committee of the
House of Commons was interviewed by the Globe and Mail today saying
that Jean and her husband need to make clear statements of their
support for the federalist position and distance themselves from any
separatist position.

Half of all Canadians are not yet 40 and modern methods of teaching
history and civics precludes the kind of objectivity that would raise a
cloud of alarm at the appointment to the highest office in the land of
a woman with such connections. Moreover, a strong and unbiased hand is
likely to be crucial for Canada's next few years, as the country
continues its perpetual constitutional identity crisis and the Liberal
Party attempts to solidify its grip on power.

Boulanger expects his revelations to create a furor in English Canada.
Let's hope they do, but some how I doubt it. Paul Martin knows how
bored we all are with middle-class Marxist twaddle. Let's hope he has
misjudged us.

John Muggeridge is a retired professor of History and English and a
long-serving pro-life activist. He writes from his home in Toronto.