‘They chose the wrong person’: Pierre Laporte’s son reflects on his murder 50 years after October Crisis | CBC News
It’s been almost 50 years since Jean Laporte learned from a television report that his father had been killed by a radical group of separatists trying to turn Quebec into an independent socialist state. But as he looks back over the unprecedented events that helped shape his life, Jean barely addresses the politics over the emotional loss of the time.
The kidnapping and murder of Pierre Laporte, Quebec’s labour minister and a senior member of the province’s cabinet, was, for the tightly knit Laporte family, not about historical significance but about the loss of a cherished father, husband, brother and uncle.
And for Jean, the death of the man he idolized was only ever about losing someone he thought of as the “king of the world.”
“My only conclusion — and it’s a simple one…