300 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE Ralfe: You’re going to use it up pretty fast at this rate. Trudeau: What do you mean at this rate? Second reporter: Let me interpolate something here. You seemed to be thinking, you thought at least in your statement in the House this morning, you seemed to be saying that the press had been less than responsible in its coverage of this story so far. Could you elaborate on that? Trudeau: Not less than responsible. I was suggesting they should perhaps use a bit more restraint, which you’re not doing now. You’re going to make a big news item out of this, I’m sure. Second reporter: Well, it is a big news item. Trudeau: No, but, the main thing the FLQ is trying to gain from this is a hell of a lot of publicity for the movement, and I’m suggesting that the more recognition you give to them the greater the victory is, and I’m not interested in giving them a victory but … Ralfe: … but surely … Second reporter: … but is it your proposition that … perhaps it would be wise to use less inflammatory terms than the use of the term “bandits” when you’re talking about a bunch people who have the lives of two men in their hands? Trudeau: You don’t think they’re bandits? Second reporter: Well, regardless of what I think, I don’t think I’d be inclined to waive a red flag in their face if they held two of my friends or colleagues with guns at their heads. Trudeau: Well, first of all, I didn’t call them bandits; I called the people who are in jail now bandits, who had been tried before the law and condemned to a prison term, and I said that you people should stop calling them political prisoners. They’re not political prisoners; they’re outlaws and they’re criminal prisoners. They’re not political prisoners, and they’re bandits. That’s why they’re in jail. Ralfe: But you seem to … but with your army troops you seem to be combatting them almost as if it was a war. And if it is a war, does anything they say have validity? Trudeau: Don’t be silly. We are not combatting them as if it’s a war, but we are using some of the army as peace agents in order that the police be more free to do their job as policemen and not spending their time guarding your friends against some form of kidnapping. Ralfe: Are you suggesting … But you said earlier that you would protect them in this way. But you have said before this kind of violence, what you’re fighting here, the kind of violence of the FLQ can lead to a form of a police state. Trudeau: Sure. That’s what you’re complaining about, isn’t it? Ralfe: Well, yes. But surely that decision’s yours, not the FLQ’s. Trudeau: Yes, but I’ve asked you what your own logic is, and it’s to let them abduct anybody and not give protection to anyone. Call off the police. That seems to be your position.
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