The October Crisis of 1970: Human Rights Abuses Under the War Measures Act

  title={The October Crisis of 1970: Human Rights Abuses Under the War Measures Act},
  author={Dominique Cl{\'e}ment},
  journal={Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'{\'e}tudes canadiennes},
  pages={160 - 186}
  • D. Clément
  • Published 1 February 2008
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes
In an attempt to revisit and stimulate debate on the long-term ramifications of the October Crisis, the following essay examines the crisis from a unique perspective: human rights. The literature on the crisis, particularly in English, is dominated by political histories and testimonials, as well as assumptions surrounding the public’s response to the use of emergency powers. Such accounts fail to convey the complex reaction to the use of the War Measures Act in peacetime. The author argues… 

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