For those of you interested in the Communist infiltration of the Catholic Church, have a look at the following pair of related posts:
The Son of a Canadian General of WWII
Gave Military Aid to Fidel Castro for the Cuban Revolution
A. R. L. (Andy) McNaughton, a Montreal consulting engineer, and the son of Canadian-born General Andrew George Latta McNaughton, ran guns for Fidel Castro, acted as Castro’s double agent, and fought in Cuba at the side of Castro and his rebels during the Revolution.
Speaking of McNaughton’s father, the General, The Canadian Encyclopedia says the General “endorsed the ill-fated DIEPPE plan”. Further on, the CE says:
“A compelling public figure for almost 2 decades after 1945, [General] McNaughton was Canadian representative on the UN Atomic Energy Commission, and president of the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada, 1946-48; permanent delegate to the UN, 1948-49“.
From what I have read, only Rhodes Scholars and leftists end up representing Canada at the UN, so this General being appointed as a “permanent delegate to the UN” does raise a question of leftist leanings, in my mind.
The name of the son, A. R. L. (Andy) McNaughton, comes up linked to Castro in news clippings in 1959, including The New York Times (January 6, 1959) and the Montreal Gazette (Monday, April 27, 1959).
The Montreal Gazette’s Bill Bantey described Fidel Castro’s Montreal visit on April 26th, 1959 for the front page of the Gazette:
With Castro as he flew here from Boston — three hours behind schedule — was a party of some 75 Cuban government officials and newspapermen.
Among those greeting the lawyer who toppled the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista was Andrew R. L. (Andy) McNaughton, a Montrealer who helped secure arms for the rebels during the uprising.
A smattering of newsclips from Castro’s 1959 visit to Canada helps to set the atmosphere:
Someone at typepad.com, an author, a blogger? by the name of Isabel Vincent (seems to be bilingual) has this to say about the General’s son:
“The rebels’ idealism also transcended borders as people from around the world rallied to their cause. Canadian Andy McNaughton, son of the famed Gen. A.G.L. McNaughton, was a case in point. McNaughton’s [son] worked for Castro as a double agent during the guerrilla war, in which he was code-named Esquimal, or “man from the north.” Officially employed as an arms buyer for Batista, he purchased weapons for the rebels with the Cuban regime’s money, as Canadian historian Robert Wright relates in his 2007 book Three Nights in Havana: Pierre Trudeau, Fidel Castro and the Cold War World. McNaughton, named an honorary citizen of Cuba after the revolution, told the Canadian press in 1959 that “I got to know [Cubans’] problems. You can’t close your eyes to some things. You have to make your decision and I made mine—to help the cause of freedom in Cuba.” [I accessed that passage on 23 February 2009 at quarter past midnight.]
Castro also connected with Belgian immigrant to Montreal, Georges Schoeters (a teaching assistant and a student at the French University of Montreal), alleged by some to have been a KGB agent. (I’m currently working on newer, contemporary research that shows a different inspiration for Schoeters and his terrorism: “the Red Priest”, François Houtart, a Marxist Jesuit (oxymorn), had known Schoeters in a Young Christian Workers’ residence in Belgium. There will be a post on that, eventually.)
Through Schoeters, to whom Castro gave aid and training in Cuba, the Communist Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) terrorists were set up. Their bombing spree began in early 1963. In his book, La Crise d’Octobre [The October Crisis] (written while occupying high office in Canada), Trudeau’s compadre, Communist Gérard Pelletier, admitted that the FLQ terrorists (whose logo was a gun-toting, pipe-smoking “patriote” [patriot] from the 1839 local “revolutions”), declared:
“that the Front de liberation du Québec has been gestating in that province for eight years, that it is a tool of the Communist Party, that none of the electronic equipment it has stolen since 1965 has ever been recovered, that it has “little concern for Québec nationalism despite its propaganda,” and links it to collateral red front groups such as the Front de libération populaire (People’s Liberation Front), and the Mouvement Syndicale Politique (Trade Union Political Movement).”
As I previously commented in my translation entitled “The Plan for Quebec: Communist State?” (NoSnow, April 22, 2012):
“In 1963, when twenty-three FLQ terrorists were picked up and charged, some of them, including Raymond Villeneuve, hired criminal lawyer Daoust to conduct their defense. It is therefore quite odd that Daoust should have organized Castro’s trip to Montreal on the very day in 1959 when Castro connected with Schoeters, who was used to set up the Front de Libération du Québec the (FLQ) terrorists; and that Daoust himself, three or four years later – at which date he is known as a lawyer for Cotroni – would end up defending some of the terrorists, one of whose leaders – Pierre Vallières, is a colleague of Trudeau, and of the two other men recruited by Lester Pearson to join the Liberals to “fight” these same terrorists whom they call “separatists” …. although, they are clearly not “separatists” but communists.”
Moreover, René Lévesque, a former war correspondent and a journalist in Montreal at the time of the 1959 Castro visit, was photographed interviewing Castro. In 1964, Lévesque told high school children, on at least two occasions, that they should resort to “guns and dynamite” if “Canada” refused to give Quebec “Associate State” status (modeled on the European system, the system of the globalists, transitional to one-world government) instead of Confederation. In 2002, Mikhail Gorbachev called that system the “New European Soviet”.While Castro was in town, he was accompanied by Montreal criminal lawyer, Raymond Daoust, later better known as a mob lawyer for the Cotroni clan. (The Cotronis were fans of the Liberals. They attended Liberal conventions; and their thugs occasionally showed up at polling booths with baseball bats, to stuff the ballot boxes. The Cotronis apparently offered to locate the kidnapped Labor Minister, Pierre Laporte, an offer declined by Liberal Quebec Premier and Rhodes Scholar, Robert Bourassa.)
Canada’s “Red Fed” Pampers the Terrorists
Peter Dauphin of the Edmund Burke Society wrote a couple of pieces in 1971 documenting the fact that known FLQ terrorists and other assorted subversives were being coddled by the Trudeau régime. The regime illegally funneled Canadian taxpayers’ money to the terrorists, supplying them with paid “volunteer” jobs, office equipment, and cash for National Defence ads in pro-Communist magazines.
The program used as the conduit was called the Company of Young Canadians (CYC); which had in fact been set up by (now known-to-be) Soviet agent, Prime Minister Lester Bowles Pearson. Obviously, the program would have allowed Soviet Pearson and then his “three wise men” from the Quebec Left (Trudeau, Pelletier and Jean Marchand) to stay in touch with the Communist subversives, while supplying them with perks and wages to float their terrorism.
Dauphin’s first piece on the subject is in particular worth reading:
Part 2 is here, The Pelletier Crisis by Peter Dauphin.And all of this emerges from a visit by Fidel Castro to Montreal in 1959, following a successful military campaign in Cuba aided by the son of a WWII Canadian General, who is later linked to the Communist UN. General McNaughton had been so close to MacKenzie-King (the latter a protégé of the same Rockefellers who co-financed the mass-slaughter of the Russian people by the Bolshevik Jews in 1917) that King wanted to make General McNaughton the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada.
I repeat, the son of a WWII Canadian General, supplied arms to Fidel Castro, resulting in the Communist overthrow of Cuba.
Castro then set up the Communist FLQ terrorists to aid in the overthrow of Canada.
The Red Terror in Canada gave the more elite moles a pretext to propose a “non-violent” “political,” “democratic,” “solution” to the terror (misportrayed as an ethnic war between the French Canadians and the “rest of Canada”), by instructing René Lévesque to set up the (Communist) Parti Québécois to run referendums to dismantle Canada. I’ll go into this particular background in a separate post on “The Secret Committee of Power”, from a book by “former” Marxist-Leninist leader, Jean-François Lisée.
It all appears to be a very tightly knit family: the mob, the Liberals, terrorism, politics, Soviet moles, lawyers both criminal and constitutional, and Soviet Communism.
The Daughter of a Canadian Major in WWII was an FLQ Terrorist who gave Explosives to a Communist-influenced Black Liberation Front to Blow up the Statue of Liberty
The exploits of Michèle Duclos, the RIN, the Black Liberation Front and the F.L.Q. are described in Chapter 7 (Le F.L.Q. et les Noirs américains) [“The FLQ and the American Blacks”] of Louis Fournier’s 1982 book, F.L.Q. Histoire d’un mouvement clandestin [F.L.Q. History of an Underground Movement].
Fournier is a journalist specialized in Quebec trade-unionism (“journaliste spécialisé dans le syndicalisme québécois“). Quebec trade-unionism is on the left. Mr. Fournier is also apparently on the left; but he is also a trained research journalist with degrees from the French University of Montreal and from Strasbourg University in France. Therefore, some of his information is useful.
Mr. Fournier’s partisanship is evident at the time of the October Crisis (during the kidnapping of British Trade Commissioner James Cross and Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte). Fournier, then a journalist with radio station CKAC, became the first to broadcast the F.L.Q. Manifesto. His initiative got him arrested by the Police. Fournier is therefore not only a journalist, but a man in the midst of the action. He refers to the F.L.Q. terrorists as “political prisoners”.
I’ll translate a bit on Michèle Duclos from Fournier’s pages 93-95.
De 65 à 68, les grandes émeutes urbaines feront 215 morts et plus de 9 000 blessés). Le 15 février, le leader du mouvement noir radical, Malcolm X, est assassiné à Harlem lors d’un ralliement de l’Organisation pour l’unité afro-américaine. Le FBI ne serait pas étranger à ce meurtre.
From 1965-1968, the great urban riots left 215 dead and over 9,000 wounded. On February 15th , the leader of the radical Black movement, Malcolm X, is assassinated in Harlem during a rally of the Organization for Afro-American Unity. The FBI would be no stranger to this murder.
C’est dans ce climat agité qu’on apprend l’existence de liens entre le F.L.Q. et un mouvement clandestin de Noirs américains, le Black Liberation Front. Le 16 février, le FBI appréhende à New York une Québécoise que la police fédérale américaine relie à un complot terroriste en vue de dynamiter des monuments historiques aux Etats-Unis, dont la célèbre statue de la Liberté. Michèle Duclos, 26 ans, est arrêtée à Manhattan où elle s’était rendue livrer de la dynamite qu’elle avait transportée en voiture depuis Montréal.
It is in this agitated climate that news emerges of the existence of links between the F.L.Q. and an underground movement of American Blacks, the Black Liberation Front. On February 16th, the FBI arrests a French-Canadian in New York whom the American federal police link to a terrorist plot to dynamite historic monuments in the USA, including the famous Statue of Liberty. Michèle Duclos, aged 26, is arrested in Manhattan, where she had gone to deliver the dynamite she had brought by car from Montreal.
Mme Duclos est une figure bien connue dans la métropole où elle a travaillé comme speakerine à la télévision. C’est la fille du major Jean Duclos du Régiment des Fusiliers Mont-Royal, un héros du débarquement des Canadiens français à Dieppe en Normandie. Militante en vue du R.I.N., elle a travaillé au secrétariat du parti durant six mois, en 1964, à titre de secrétaire personnelle de Pierre Bourgault.
Madam Duclos is a figure well known in the city (of Montreal) where she has worked as a television speaker. She is the daughter of Major Jean Duclos of the Mount-Royal Fusileers Regiment, a hero of the French-Canadian landing at DIEPPE and at Normandy. A militant with the RIN, she worked in the party’s secretariat for six months in 1964, as personal secretary to Pierre Bourgault.
A New York, le FBI épingle du même coup trois militants du Black Libération Front, Robert Collier, Walter Bowe et Khaleel Sayyed. A Montréal, la G.R.C. arrête quatre membres du R.I.N. : Michèle Saulnier, 31 ans, professeur de psycho-pédagogie à l’Ecole normale Jacques-Cartier, liée au groupe Parti Pris; Gilles Legault, un mécanicien de 31 ans militant de la première heure du R.I.N. où il est président de l’association du comté de Laurier, et deux jeunes travailleurs, Raymond Sabourin, 21 ans, employé de banque, et Jean Giroux, 20 ans, commis des Postes canadiennes. Un autre jeune militant du R.I.N., François Dorlot, étudiant en Droit à l’Université de Montréal, est détenu pour interrogatoire.
In New York, the FBI nabs three Black Liberation Front militants in a single strike, Robert Collier, Walter Bowe and Khaleel Sayyed. In Montreal, the R.C.M.P. arrest four members of the R.I.N.: Michèle Saulnier, aged 31, a teacher in psycho-education at the Ecole normale Jacques-Cartier, linked to the Parti Pris group; Gilles Legault, a mechanic aged 31 and an activist from the very beginning of the R.I.N. of whose Laurier County association he is the president; and two young workers, Raymond Sabourin aged 21, a bank employee; and Jean Giroux, aged 20, a clerk with Canada Post. Another young RIN militant, François Dorlot, a law student at the University of Montreal, is detained for questioning.
Le directeur du FBI lui-même, Edgar Hoover, annonce que le groupe sera accusé de conspiration pour dynamitage. Il révèle que le leader du Black Liberation Front, Robert Collier, a déjà séjourné à deux reprises à Cuba où il a rencontré Ernesto Che Guevara. C’est à La Havane que Collier a connu, lors d’un voyage à l’été 1964, le professeur Michèle Saulnier, qui serait son «contact» à Montréal. Il l’a revue dans la métropole à la fin de janvier 1965 alors qu’elle était en compagnie de Michèle Duclos. Celle-ci a également des relations avec des milieux officiels cubains, à Montréal et à New York, et des liens avec le F.L.N. algérien depuis qu’elle a travaillé pour l’Office national du tourisme à Alger.
The Director of the FBI himself, Edgar Hoover, announces that the group will be charged with conspiracy to dynamite. He reveals that the leader of the Black Liberation Front, Robert Collier, had already been to Cuba twice where he met Ernesto Che Guevara. It is in Havana, during a trip in the summer of 1964, that Collier met Michèle Saulnier, who would be his contact in Montreal. He saw her again in the city at the end of January 1965 when she was in the company of Michèle Duclos. The latter also had connections to official Cuban circles, in Montreal and in New York, as well as ties to the Algerian F.L.N. from the time she worked for the National Tourism Office in Algeria.
Un agent infiltré du FBI
An Infiltrated FBI Agent
C’est grâce à un agent secret infiltré au sein du Black Liberation Front, le sergent noir Raymond Wood, que le FBI a pu obtenir ces renseignements et éventer le présumé complot de dynamitage. Wood a même accompagné Collier à Montréal lors de la rencontre avec Saulnier et Duclos. Le groupe a été pris en filature par la G.R.C. à la demande du FBI. L’enquête s’est poursuivie dans la métropole sous la direction du sergent Gérard Barbeau de la G.R.C, assisté du sergent-détective Claude Désautels de l’escouade antiterroriste de Montréal. C’est ainsi que la police a remonté la filière de la fourniture d’explosifs.
It is thanks to a secret agent infiltrated into the Black Liberation Front, the Black Sergeant Raymond Wood, that the FBI was able to obtain this information and break up the presumed dynamiting conspiracy. Wood even accompanied Collier to Montreal during his meeting with Saulnier and Duclos. The group had been tailed by the RCMP at the request of the FBI. The investigation was pursued in the city under the direction of Sergeant Gérard Barbeau of the RCMP, assisted by Sergeant-Detective Claude Désautels of the Montreal anti-terrorist squad. Which is how the police had set up the tail from the explosives supplier.
En réalité, lors des audiences du comité sénatorial américain sur le terrorisme en 1973-1974, on révélera que le soi-disant complot avait été tramé à l’initiative même du FBI et que c’était un coup monté. Le policier Wood jouait le rôle d’agent provocateur. De surcroît, à la suite d’une entente FBI-G.R.C, un militant du F.L.Q. aurait été « manipulé » par la G.R.C. pour l’opération d’approvisionnement en dynamite 21.
In reality, during hearings of the American Senatorial Committee on Terrorism in 1973-74, it was revealed that the so-called plot had been framed at the initiative of the FBI itself, and that it was a staged sting. Police officer Wood played the role of agent provocateur. On top of it, further to an FBI-RCMP agreement, an FLQ militant had been “manipulated” by the RCMP for the dynamite supply operation 21
Quoi qu’il en soit, l’affaire aura un grand retentissement au Québec et aux Etats-Unis. Les trois militants noirs seront condamnés à 10 ans de prison. Quant à Michèle Duclos, elle se reconnaît coupable de contrebande d’explosifs et, par suite de cet aveu, on retire le second chef d’accusation, celui de conspiration contre la propriété fédérale des Etats-Unis. Le 16 juin, elle est condamnée à cinq ans de prison mais sa peine est révisée au bout de trois mois et commuée en sursis. Libérée après sept mois d’incarcération, interdite de séjour aux Etats-Unis et risquant sinon d’être inculpée, du moins de devoir témoigner devant les tribunaux québécois, elle part en exil. Après un séjour en France, elle ira au Liban pour travailler à la télévision de Beyrouth. Michèle Duclos ne rentrera au Québec qu’après huit ans d’exil, en février 1973. « Il n’y a aucun doute dans mon esprit que nous aurons notre indépendance », dira-t-elle à son retour.
Be that as it may, the affair had a big impact in Quebec and the United States. The three black militants will be sentenced to 10 years in prison. As for Michèle Duclos, she pleaded guilty to smuggling explosives and, on account of this, the second charge, that of conspiracy against federal property of the USA was withdrawn. On June 16th, she was sentenced to five years in prison but her punishment was revised after three months and commuted to a reprieve. Released after seven months of incarceration, banned from remaining in the USA or risk being further charged, at the least having to testify in Quebec courts, she went into exile. After a stay in France, she left for Lebanon to work in television in Beirut. Michèle Duclos would not return to Quebec until February 1973, after eight years of exile. “There is no doubt in my mind that we will have our independence”, she said upon her return.
In addition, according to Louis Fournier, there is a communist cell of the FLQ called DIEPPE. The reason might be intriguing to know, since Lieutenant-General Andrew George Latta McNaughton and Major Jean Duclos were both instrumental at Dieppe, and both produced children who aided Communist terrorism.
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Foreword: This post was in this web site, but has disappeared. I still have it in my backup site in localhost, so I’m putting it up again. Exclusive English translation for “No Snow In Moscow”:
Original French Title: “PARTI COMMUNISTE” [COMMUNIST PARTY] by Éric Duhaime
Original publication and date: Le Journal de Québec, 15 August 2011
A mega-gathering of the radical left will be held this weekend in St-Alphonse-de-Rodriguez, in Lanaudière [Quebec, Canada]. The “17th Alternative Days 2011” presents a shocking program of events.
On the menu, presentations by our local Left, from new president of the CSN, Louis Roy, to the leader of “Project Montreal”, Richard Bergeron, by way of New Democratic [NDP] Neo-MP, Alexander Boulerice, not to forget the representatives of United Quebec, the FTQ and other labour unions.
AS IN CUBA?
What is shocking about this conference on “human rights” is the presence of Leonel Gonzales, coordinator of international relations for the Parliament of Cuba, and Theresita Sotolongo Vicente, Cuba’s Ambassador to Canada.
Guest speaker Gonzalez is former Director of the Workers Central of Cuba, a puppet organization which holds the monopoly over representation of Cuban workers.
Cuba does not recognize the right to collective bargaining, nor to strike. Movements of the self-employed are illegal. The true union leaders are thrown into prison, persecuted, or worse, confined in secret.
Rather than reporting these excesses, the Quebec Left invites the autocrats of the regime to join them in denouncing capitalism, and to sing the communist International under the supervision of Castro’s representative in Canada.
THREE CHEERS FOR CHAVEZ?
That’s not all. The Leftist activists will also listen to Noel Marquez of the Council of Social Movements of ALBA, an organization created by Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro to broadcast their death-to-liberty ideology in Latin America, and which maintains links with terrorist Marxist groups such as FARC and the Shining Path.
A journalist-student of the Prince Arthur Herald of McGill University moreover revealed last week that the Bolivarian Society of Quebec, a local branch of sympathizers with dictators, holds its regular meetings at the CSN in Montreal.
With their communist comrades, our union activists shut their eyes to abuses of the rights of workers.
I am not alone in denouncing Cuban and Venezuelan anti-trade-unionism; so does the Confederation of International Trade Unions (CSI) of which the CSN is however a member!
This gathering of communists and of devils’ advocates for the worst dictatorships is organized by International Alternatives, the same organism which financed the Canadian ship for Gaza which never left the Greek islands.
Another workshop of the weekend is called “Against Harper”. If they were consistent, our Leftist friends would also denounce the “subsidies of Harper”.
In recent years, the Federal Government [of Canada] has contributed over 5 million dollars to “Alternatives” under the rubric of — hang onto your seats — “democratic partners”. The Quebec Governement added 1.8 million dollars. And that’s without counting projects currently underway which are costing the Federal Government $769,828 and the Quebec Government $541,340.
And thus our taxes are squandered to fight our democratic and union rights.
Unionized workers, how do you feel about your obligatory union dues being spent to bring in representatives of the torturers of Latin-american trade unionists?
We knew the Quebec Left was against freedom of association for workers. When it participates in circuses like this one organized by “Alternatives”, we must admit that it is against freedom, period.
Got the following message from Archive.org re this French post: “This URL has been excluded from the Wayback Machine.”
It’s therefore doubly fortunate that I saved the whole French text in 2011. See below.
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TEXT OF FRENCH ORIGINAL:
Un méga-rassemblement de la gauche radicale se tiendra ce week-end à St-Alphonse-de-Rodriguez, dans Lanaudière. Les 17e journées alternatives 2011 proposent une programmation qui étonne.
Au menu, des intervention de notre gauche locale, du nouveau président de la CSN, Louis Roy, au chef de Projet Montréal, Richard Bergeron, en passant par le néo-député néo-démocrate Alexandre Boulerice, sans oublier les représentants de Québec solidaire, de la FTQ et des autres syndicats.
COMME À CUBA?
Ce qui choque dans cette conférence sur les droits de la personne, c’est la présence de Leonel Gonzales, coordonnateur des relations internationales du parlement de Cuba et de Theresita Sotolongo Vicente, ambassadrice de Cuba au Canada.
Le conférencier Gonzalez est l’ancien directeur de la Centrale des travailleurs de Cuba, organisation fantoche qui détient le monopole de représentation des travailleurs cubains.
Cuba ne reconnait pas le droit aux négociations collectives, ni à la grève. Les mouvements de travailleurs indépendants sont illégaux. Les vrais leaders syndicaux sont jetés en prison, persécutés ou, au mieux, confinés à la clandestinité.
Plutôt que de dénoncer ces excès, la gauche québécoise invite des autocrates du régime pour dénoncer, avec eux, le capitalisme et chanter l’international communiste, sous la tutelle de la représentante de Castro au Canada.
Ce n’est pas tout. Les activistes gauchistes écouteront aussi Noel Marquez du Conseil des mouvements sociaux de l’ALBA, une organisation créée par Hugo Chavez et Fidel Castro pour diffuser leur idéologie liberticide en Amérique latine, qui entretient des liens avec des groupes terroristes marxistes comme les FARC ou le Sentier Lumineux.
Un journaliste-étudiant du Prince Arthur Herald de l’Université McGill révélait d’ailleurs la semaine dernière que la Société bolivarienne du Québec, une antenne locale des sympathisants de ces dictateurs, tient ses réunions à la permanence de la CSN à Montréal.
Avec les camarades communistes, nos syndicalistes ferment les yeux sur les abus des droits des travailleurs.
C’est pas juste moi qui dénonce l’anti-syndicalisme cubain et vénézuélien mais aussi la Confédération syndicale internationale (CSI) dont est pourtant membre… la CSN!
Ce rassemblement de communistes et de suppôts des pires dictatures est organisé par Alternatives Internationales, même organisme qui finançait cet été le bateau canadien pour Gaza qui n’a jamais quitté les îles grecques.
Un autre atelier du week-end s’intitule « Contre Harper ». S’ils étaient conséquents pour deux cents, nos amis gauchistes s’élèveraient aussi contre les subventions d’Harper.
Le gouvernement fédéral a versé, ces dernières années, plus de 5 millions $ à Alternatives à titre de, tenez-vous bien, « partenaire démocratique ». Le gouvernement québécois ajoutait 1,8 millions $. Sans compter les projets présentement en cours qui s’élèvent à 769,828$ avec le fédéral et 541,340$ avec Québec.
Notre argent dilapidée à combattre nos droits démocratiques et syndicaux.
Comment trouvez-vous ça, travailleurs syndiqués, de payer des cotisations obligatoires pour inviter les représentants des tortionnaires d’organisations syndicales latino-américaines?
On savait la gauche québécoise contre la liberté d’association des travailleurs. Lorsqu’elle participe à des cirques comme celui d’Alternatives, on doit constater qu’elle est contre la liberté tout court.
KM/HCC 1 September 2011
Once upon a time in Canada, you and I were lied to, over and over again. The Trudeau fairy tale is one long lie from start to end. Official accounts of Trudeau’s 1960 canoe stunt off the Florida Keys are just one instance of the endless fabrications that have been sold as “history”. Here is the real story, from Red Pierre, himself.
Download Key West Canoe Coverage 1960 in a zip file.
Read the stories here: Canadians Plan Canoe Trip To Cuba By Don Daniels.
When Did Pierre Trudeau and Fidel Castro
meet for the first time?
The Official Story: they first met in 1976
Robert Wright, the author of Three Nights in Havana, contributed an opinion piece to The Globe and Mail on 26 November 2016, updated 11 April 2017; accessed 2 October 2019: “Castro and Trudeau: a famous, but also fraught friendship.”
In a three-paragraph segment, Wright establishes the “first time” Trudeau and Castro “crossed paths” (1970) and their subsequent alleged first meeting on a state visit to Cuba when Trudeau was prime minister:
“Pierre Trudeau’s and Fidel Castro’s paths crossed for the first time in 1970, when the Canadian government sought to negotiate the exile of members of the FLQ, who had kidnapped British trade commissioner James Cross. Fidel Castro obliged the Canadian PM by providing a refuge, and in a private letter Mr. Trudeau later extended his heartfelt gratitude.
In January, 1976, when it looked as though the United States was about to lift its trade embargo and normalize relations between Washington and Havana, Pierre Trudeau embarked on a state visit to Cuba. Practically from the moment he stepped off his Armed Forces Boeing 707, Mr. Trudeau, his wife Margaret and his newborn son Michel endeared themselves to Fidel Castro and vice-versa. Three days later, it became obvious that the two leaders had become fast friends.”
The National Post is a bit more precise, although the title is half the length of the article: “No, internet, Fidel Castro isn’t Trudeau’s real father. The Canadian prime minister just really, really looks like him” by Tristin Hopper, February 14, 2017, 1:59 PM EST; Last Updated February 14, 2017 6:08 PM EST. Accessed 2 October 2019. Two paragraphs of note:
“Meanwhile, any personal contact between Castro and the Trudeaus was still years away. By early 1971, the only real contact between the prime minister’s office and Cuba had been a 1970 exchange of letters during the October Crisis to arrange the exile of FLQ terrorists.
The spear-fishing trips, the ‘Viva Castro!’ speeches, the glowing descriptions in Margaret and Pierre’s autobiographies; those would all come following Pierre and Margaret Trudeau’s first meeting with Castro in 1976.”
The REAL Story: Pierre and Fidel met in 1960
Sixteen years before their alleged first meeting in 1976, Pierre Elliott Trudeau “encountered” Fidel Castro while apparently only pretending to “fail” in a bid to row a three-man, home-made canoe to Havana.
The true historic moment is revealed in a 1-minute, 25-second clip from Volume I of Pierre Trudeau’s DVD Memoirs, featured at this page along with a transcript.
The voice-over is apparently by Terence McKenna, who according to the production credits at the end of the full-length installment, wrote and narrated the Trudeau Memoirs for this big-production 10-GB epic sold on DVD.
The documentary was produced by Les Productions La Fête Inc. in association with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and La Société Radio-Canada (the French-language CBC) with the participation of Téléfilm Canada. Trudeau himself, interviewed in studio and filmed revisiting the scenes of his past with old red colleagues, Gérard Pelletier and Fidel Castro, collaborates in this production to commemorate his life.
Someone has put the whole first segment, Trudeau Memoirs V1, at Youtube. The 1960 canoe-trip to Cuba is in that segment @ 36 minutes 24 seconds in. If it’s missing from Youtube, you can view the full-length Volume 1 of the Memoirs here: https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZrrlRkZ5why1k4EY14YrajWlWGWWbSfWDuy
If the canoe clip excerpt is missing from YouTube, you can view it here: https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZTvlRkZDMpWknMeme5ODC7FHzkkxLhRt9S7
[ Male Voice-over by Terence McKenna: ]
Some of Trudeau’s travels in the 1950s contributed to his reputation as a radical. He didn’t worry about it. He attended an economics conference in Moscow and wrote about it for Le Devoir.1 He would eventually visit Communist China, and he came here to Cuba in the early days of the Castro regime. All this at a time when anti-Communist hysteria was raging in North America.
His 1961 [sic] attempt to row a gerry-rigged canoe from Florida to Cuba was a source of great amusement to Fidel Castro, whom Trudeau encountered at the time, and with whom he eventually developed a close friendship.
[ A retired Trudeau, at a table with Castro, is heard reminiscing in Spanish. ]
[ Male Voice-over by Terence McKenna continues, clearly interpreting the Spanish conversation: ]
Trudeau was accused of trying to smuggle arms to the Cuban revolutionaries in his canoe.
Castro says it would have been more useful at the time if Trudeau had brought him an aircraft carrier.
[ Trudeau and Fidel embrace and take leave of each other. ]
[ Male Voice-over by Terence McKenna continues: ]
Trudeau’s trips to the Communist world and his reputation as a radical are amusing now; but back then, they had serious consequences.
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The Year Trudeau met Castro was 1960, and
Here’s the Proof
Terence McKenna says “1961” is the year of Trudeau’s “attempt to row a gerry-rigged canoe from Florida to Cuba”. The year is wrong. It could have been a typographical error, or a slip while McKenna was reading the script he wrote. But, the canoe stunt and the Quebec election of Jean Lesage both took place in 1960. I have an article here on that election: “June 22nd 1960 — the Election of Jean Lesage”. Also see: “The Quebec Elections of 1960 – Lesage Minority ‘Liberals’ Make First Attempt at a Communist Plan”.
Other Trudeau biographers and sources on Trudeau confirm the canoe escapade took place in 1960. Here are some of them:
Max and Monique Nemni, two official biographers of Pierre Trudeau (and two fellow Reds), confirm the year of the canoe escapade was 1960 in Trudeau Transformed: The Shaping of a Statesman 1944-1965. (Volume Two of Trudeau, Son of Quebec, Father of Canada, translated by George Tombs, A Douglas Gibson Book, McClelland & Stewart, 2011) They also identify Trudeau’s two rowing companions:
“With all this excitement, one might think that Trudeau would stay in Quebec, at least until the elections. But no. He threw himself into a crazy scheme, dreamed up and meticulously organized by Alphonse Gagnon, director of Gagnon Frères, a Chicoutimi furniture store. On April 29, 1960, the Key West Citizen of Florida reported that three men — Alphonse Gagnon, Pierre Trudeau, and Val Francoeur — planned to take a canoe from Florida to Cuba in twenty-four hours: ‘The technique calls for one man paddling in conventional fashion while another lies backward in the boat and rows with oars attached to his feet. The third man rests. They plan shifts of two hours on the oars and one resting and will switch positions for each shift.’ These daredevils fortunately took the precaution of being escorted by another boat. On Monday, May 2, the Montreal Star reported the adventure had come to an end: They had covered 50 miles of the 90 miles distance across the rough Florida straights (sic) when they quit Saturday night. The three said they would have continued if the salt water had not put their flashlights out of commission. They feared they might lose their escort boat in the darkness.’ Trudeau returned to Quebec and became active once more in the struggle to bring about democracy in Quebec.”
The millionaires brought flashlights that weren’t water-proof on a sea-going exploit. Sure.
Before we move on, I have to clarify, When the Nemnis say “Trudeau returned to Quebec and became active once more in the struggle to bring about democracy in Quebec,” they mean “industrial democracy,” also called “participation” or “worker control,” the form of communism at that time in Tito’s Yugoslavia and long promoted in Canada by the NDP (Trudeau’s first political party). This is the same “participation” referred to in Quand nous seront vraiment chez nous (I now call my English, “When we are truly on our own”); see my translation of the 1972 PQ manifesto, linked in the sidebar. This is what the “separatists” (communists) have been working on for decades and still is the goal today: third-world Communism for Canada.) Sometimes, things are so bad, all I can do is make a cartoon about them; this link is caricature and satire based on the truth (industrial democracy): Jagmeet Singh, the NDP and World Government.
Back to the canoe. I contacted the Key West Citizen of Florida newspaper, hoping to buy a scan of their article, and any follow-up. However, the Citizen hasn’t got those old issues any more. Library and Archives Canada claims not to have them, either. Local Key West libraries also claimed they were not on microfilm, which despite the listing to 1976 only goes to 1954.
The Montreal Star article quoted by the Nemnis was titled: “Stormy Seas Spell Defeat for Canoeists”. It appeared on Monday May 2nd, 1960 on page 49. The issue is preserved on Microfilm: Roll 664, The Montreal Star, 1960 May 1-15, NJ.FM.821, AMICUS No. 8404664 by Preston Microfilming Services, 2215 Queen St., East, Toronto, Ontario, M4E 1E8.
Robert Wright, in his book, Three Nights in Havana, excerpted for the National Post (Latest Edition) on 28 Apr 2007 as “Halfway to Havana” (Press Reader) notes:
“On the first day of May 1960, just a year after Fidel Castro’s visit to Montreal, two 40-something Canadian millionaires and a 30-something friend set out to paddle a homemade canoe from Key West to Havana.”
The Ottawa Citizen of January 12, 2008 confirms the year as 1960:
“On the first day of May 1960, Trudeau and two other Montrealers tried to paddle a home-made canoe from Key West to Havana. No match for the powerful currents, pounding waves and blistering sun of the Strait of Florida, the three exhausted Canadians agreed to abandon the crossing the next day.”
Trudeau’s other official biographer, John English (fellow member of the CIIA, Canadian branch of the international bankers’ world-government front in London, the RIIA, headquarters of the Rhodes Scholarships—the CFR in the USA being a “sister institute”), confirms the canoe-trip year as 1960:
“Certainly, he made himself difficult to contact — a small canoe in the middle of the ocean could not have been more impossible to reach — as the forces of opposition to Duplessis swelled behind Lesage and his team.
Once the Cuban canoe escapade was over, Trudeau returned to Montreal and wrote an editorial in Cité Libre that appeared before the election of Jean Lesage on June 22, 1960.”
Nino Ricci, in his ‘Extraordinary Canadians: Pierre Elliott Trudeau,’ confirms the canoe escapade took place during the 1960 election campaign in Quebec:
“Even Cite Libre was slipping from him, caught up in a factionalism to which his own anti-nationalist views had given rise. The moment had come for change, and he had not been part of it. When the chance had come to replace the Union Nationale after Duplessis’s death, several of Trudeau’s colleagues and friends had run for the Lesage Liberals as René Lévesque had. Trudeau, however, had been down in Key West during the campaign, attempting to paddle to Cuba in a homemade canoe. Lévesque later claimed that Trudeau, too, had been asked to run, but others said he had never been approached.”
And, one more time: the naive Edith Iglauer, who gushes over Trudeau, is recorded by The Free Library in “Pierre Trudeau: Champion of a Just Society” (Circa 2000):
“The attraction of Cuba for Trudeau began as early as 1960, when he made a legendary if unsuccessful attempt when he was forty with two Montreal friends to row in an experimental canoe from Key West, Florida, to Havana. Trudeau is said to have lain on his back in the vessel, working oars with his feet while his two companions steered and rowed with what would appear in photographs to be traditional oars. The second morning out, about half way across the turbulent Florida Straits, three very seasick men gave up.”
As we now know from his DVD Memoirs, the “attempt” was indeed “successful”: for “Trudeau encountered” Castro at the time.
In his book, Three Nights in Havana, excerpted for the National Post (Latest Edition) on 28 Apr 2007 as “Halfway to Havana”, author Robert Wright sums up the canoe stunt:
“When he [Trudeau] was fished out of the Straits of Florida on that balmy spring day in 1960, he betrayed no disappointment about the failed crossing. ‘That would call for a demonstration of emotion,’ recalled Don Newlands, the cameraman in the shrimp boat, ‘and that was not in him.’”
Trudeau “encountered” Castro on “May Day,” 1960
If Trudeau, according to Newlands, “betrayed no disappointment about the failed crossing,” perhaps he had not been disappointed; because the canoe trip was the front and not the objective; the objective being achieved. And that was for Trudeau to meet Castro at a critical moment in Canada’s history being crafted by these two men. The claim the trip had “failed” would avert all risk of Trudeau’s later being linked with Castro’s FLQ, once it emerged. For, Castro was recruiting and training the terrorists to be loosed on Canada when Trudeau and he had their “encounter” … apparently on “May Day”.
And what is May Day?
Observed in many countries to celebrate the coming of spring, May Day is observed in Russia and related countries in honour of labour. A telegram sent by Jean-Louis Gagnon to a Communist May-Day rally in Montreal on May 1st, 1946 illustrates the importance of May Day to Communists. Here is the English translation published by Alan Stang in the John Birch Society’s offprint of Stang’s April 1st, 1971 “CANADA” article in American Opinion (look for my post, “Singing tomorrows”):
“On this first post-war victorious May Day we
can foresee the victory of the working
class STOP Fraternal greetings to all trade
union leaders STOP Let us go forward to Peace STOP
Long live the glorious Soviet Union STOP Long live
singing tomorrows STOP”
Personally, I prefer the classic definition: “An internationally recognized distress signal via radiotelephone (from the French m’aider, “help!”)”.
What are the odds that Trudeau and friends were cruising over the Strait to Communist Cuba … on May Day … just as a lark to ridicule the Balseros (more below)?
When Pierre ascended the Throne of Canada, Stang reports he “created Information Canada, named Gagnon to run it at $40,000 a year. … And he (Jean-Louis Gagnon) is a dues-paying member of the Communist Party.”
Fred Rose, a Soviet spy convicted of espionage and jailed for treason was Gagnon’s boss in the Party. Igor Gouzenko, who defected from the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa, revealed that Jean-Louis Gagnon had supplied Soviet Colonel Zabotin with the information that the exact date of D-Day was June 6, 1944.
D-Day was the date of the Allied landing in France in World War II. World War II is another kettle of fish. What misguided country would enter a war with Stalin as their ally? But, anyway.
We have, I think, corrected Terence McKenna’s typographical error. The sentence he wrote now reads:
“His 1960 attempt to row a gerry-rigged canoe from Florida to Cuba was a source of great amusement to Fidel Castro, whom Trudeau encountered at the time.”
THE REAL VEHICLE TO HAVANA WAS
THE “ESCORT BOAT” (OBVIOUSLY)
In our final extract above, from “Halfway to Havana,” author Robert Wright confirms that the Nemnis’ “escort boat” for the canoeists was indeed a “shrimp boat”. Shrimp boats off the Keys in 1960 looked like this:
There were only two vehicles on the Straits according to every version of the story: the home-made “gerry-rigged” canoe, and a “shrimp boat”.
Based on that information, there is only one conclusion. The shrimp boat, the escort boat, made it to Havana late in the day on May 1st, 1960. Or Trudeau met Castro far out at sea off the radar.The failed canoe stunt is a fairy tale, a cover-up for the real expedition on the shrimp boat, precisely to meet Castro. The date of that meeting fits in perfectly with the timeline my research is producing. I have Pierre Elliott Trudeau and his communist friends in league with the federal government to revolutionize Quebec by a referendum in the early 1960s. My research post, in development, centers on the false-flag event we call “The Donald Gordon Incident” (November-December 1962). Another name for it might be, the communist mobilization of the non-communist population.
(The “DGI” was scripted by Trudeau, published in his pro-Soviet CITE LIBRE in early 1961, play-acted by Canada’s number one bureaucrat, Donald Gordon, pulled off by the federal government and a parliamentary committee, with Trudeau’s Communist friends running both major French dailies who escalated it with riots and near-riots led by Trudeau’s Marxist law student, Bernard Landry, and by communists in the street. That is how the Reds got a “royal commission” they could use to crack the Constitution and replace it; that’s how the Red carpet was unrolled to bring in the FLQ to sharpen the need to break Confederation. And the reason, as always: You need all the powers to construct a Communist Plan. An independent State of Quebec would have had all the powers. Subscribe and look for it.)
The story told in the DVD Memoirs, that the US Coast Guard suspected the men of trying to “smuggle arms in their canoe” is a cartoon to make you laugh and stop thinking.
Referring once again to author Robert Wright in his excerpt for the National Post “Halfway to Havana”:
“When he [Trudeau] was fished out of the Straits of Florida on that balmy spring day in 1960, he betrayed no disappointment about the failed crossing. ‘That would call for a demonstration of emotion,’ recalled Don Newlands, the cameraman in the shrimp boat, ‘and that was not in him.’”
But, Trudeau wasn’t “disappointed.” The crossing didn’t “fail.” Trudeau’s DVD Memoirs tell us he “encountered” Castro “at the time”.
THE ATMOSPHERE IN CUBA IN 1960
The Trudeau canoe stunt was a gesture of ridicule toward people who were desperately trying to escape the communist-humanist paradise of Fidel Castro. Thousands of Cubans are reported to have drowned in the attempt to flee.
Blogger Richard Martineau, in “Le penchant de Pierre Trudeau et de ses fils pour la tyrannie” (“The fondness of Pierre Trudeau and his sons for tyranny”) describes the Cuba toward which Trudeau and friends were rushing via canoe and shrimp boat in May of 1960. Says Martineau:
En 1960, alors que des milliers de Cubains assoiffés de liberté bravaient la mer à bord d’embarcations de fortune, Trudeau, lui, a fait le chemin inverse : il a tenté de joindre Cuba à bord d’un canot en partance de la Floride !
In 1960, when thousands of Cubans thirsting for liberty braved the sea aboard makeshift rafts, Trudeau was going the other way: he tried to reach Cuba aboard a canoe bound from Florida!
(Rappelons qu’en 1960, on a répertorié 631 condamnations à mort, 146 fusillés et 70 000 prisonniers politiques à Cuba. Pour le respect des droits de la personne, on repassera …)
(Remember that in 1960, there were 631 death sentences, 146 executions by firing squad and 70,000 political prisoners inventoried in Cuba. As to respect for individual rights, we’ll skip it …)
SCHOETERS: FLQ LEADER IN CUBA 1960
Louis Fournier, a Sorbonne-trained French-Canadian journalist and partisan of the Marxist left, called jailed FLQ terrorists “political prisoners” We already know that both Schoeters and René Lévesque met Castro in Montreal at the end of April 1959. Fournier documents the sequel to the Schoeters meeting: the beginning of training in Cuba for Schoeters, a future leader of the first cell of FLQ terrorists. Said Fournier:
“Georges Schœters est une sorte de marxiste humaniste, surtout tiers-mondiste. Il a effectué un voyage à Cuba aux débuts de la révolution, en août 1959, en compagnie d’une douzaine d’étudiants de l’Université de Montréal où il vient de terminer sa scolarité de maîtrise en science économique. Le groupe, invité par l’Institut national de la réforme agraire, a rencontré Fidel Castro et le commandant Camilo Cienfuegos. À l’automne 1959, Schœters retourne à Cuba pour travailler pendant quelques mois à la réforme agraire. Il y rencontre alors Che Guevara.”
“Georges Schœters is a kind of Marxist humanist, above all a third-worldist. He took a trip to Cuba at the beginning of the revolution, in August of 1959, accompanied by 10 students from the Université de Montréal where he had just completed his Masters in Economics.2 The group, as guests of the Instituto Nacional de Reforma Agrariae (National Institute of Agrarian Reform), met Fidel Castro and commandant Camilo Cienfuegos. In the Fall of 1959, Schœters returned to Cuba to work for a few months at agrarian reform. At that time, he met Che Guevara.”
In Last Stop Paris: The Assassination of Mario Bachand and the Death of the FLQ, author Michael McLoughlin places Georges Schoeters in Cuba in 1960. Speaking of others (Raymond Villeneuve, Gaston Collin and André Garand), McLoughlin says:
“Three weeks later, the three would-be revolutionaries ran out of money and were taken under the wing of ICAP, the Cuban Institute for the Support of Peoples, the organization that in 1960 gave hospitality to Georges Schoeters, two years before he became a founder of the FLQ. They were given free room and board and 250 pesos a month. There was, of course, a price for such generosity. ICAP was an arm of the Cuban Tourist Bureau, which was an arm of the General Intelligence Directorate (DGI), the Cuban intelligence service, so it was not a typical tourist agency. One of its roles was to invite to Cuba foreigners who had the potential to become agents of influence after they returned home.”
Pierre Elliott Trudeau met Castro on May Day in 1960 while the first cell of the Communist Front de Libération du Québec was being hand-picked and groomed in Cuba. Why admit it now? At the end of his life, his vanity got the better of him. He wanted to leave a note at the scene of his crime, in grand contempt for those he had betrayed. The victims he had charmed with his lies would surely never notice it.
This admission, in Trudeau’s DVD Memoirs, shatters the Trudeau myth. He manipulated his way to power to consummate from above the treason he commenced below.
Pierre had a busy year in 1960. First, he met Castro who was organizing the FLQ to attack Canada. Then he got the Reds to vote Liberal when Jean Lesage was planning a communist regime for Quebec and a referendum to secede to do it. Then Pierre went to Beijing to celebrate the victory of the Reds imposing their power on mainland China. That was not a State visit. That was a personal visit by Communist Pierre, supporting his own cause.
This is the dictator that Pierre and Margaret found charming and sexy when they allegedly “first met” him, the year Castro was filmed below (1976):
(We Warn You)
[Fidel Castro:] “If the Cuban government were to dedicate time to doing terrorism, and to respond with terrorism to terrorism, we believe that we would really be very effective terrorists.”
[Audience: wild applause (compulsory)]
“Let no one be mistaken. If we were to dedicate ourselves to terrorism, with all certainty, we would be very effective. But the fact that the Cuban Revolution has never applied terrorism, doesn’t mean that we never will.
We warn you.”
[Credits:] Discurso de Fidel Castro por el 15to aniversario del MININT en el Teatro Carlos Marx, La Haban, 6 de junio del 1976.
Discourse of Fidel Castro on the 15th anniversary of the MININT, in the Karl Marx Theatre at Havana on 6 June 1976.
The Ministero del Interior (known as MININT) is Cuba’s state agency responsible for internal security.
In Canada on 26 April 1959, Belgian immigrant Georges Schoeters met Fidel Castro at the Montreal Airport. Schoeters would go three times to Cuba to be trained by Castro to set up the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) and recruit other terrorists.
English translation by cubacenter The Center for a Free Cuba (CFC) at YouTube.
MUSIC: Life is So Short.
Artist: Shane Newville
Album: Beats Collection Vol. 1
Thanks, again, to cubacenter, for the great translation. A decade later, it still packs a punch. This video was produced at Montreal on 21 April in 2009.
For more information on the planned end of Canada, visit:
HABEAS CORPUS CANADA
1. Trudeau’s 1952 7-part series on the Moscow conference is now available in English from NoSnowInMoscow, and also at AntiCommunist Archive: I’m Back From Moscow, by Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1952).
2. “A very interesting Belgian source online who did in-depth research published in 2013, says that Schoeters finished his Masters while in prison for an FLQ bombing that took a life. Christophe Lamfalussy of La Libre Belgique says that on early release, Schoeters was put on a plane and expelled from Canada on 25 September 1967. Then, in 1968, (translation): “Schoeters obtained his Masters in Economics from the Université de Montréal because he had been able to pursue his studies in prison.” (“Georges Schoeters, le Belge qui voulait libérer le Québec”). Schoeters therefore did not have a Masters when he went to work for Castro. We have a battle of sources here, and frankly, I’m more inclined to Mr. Lamfalussy because unlike Fournier, the Belgian doesn’t appear to have an agenda. Lamfalussy in French: “Schoeters obtient cette année-là de l’université de Montréal une maîtrise en sciences économiques car, en prison, il avait pu poursuivre ses études.”
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