Raymond Villeneuve

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Raymond Villeneuve (born September 11, 1943) is a Canadian political activist.[1][further explanation needed]. He was also a founding member of the FLQ responsible for the mailbox bombing attack.

Villeneuve remained out of the spotlight as he was volunteering for the Parti Québécois from 1988 until the 1995 referendum. He then became "fed up" and created the MLNQ, espousing both his preference for peace and his preparedness for violence.[1]

On September 23, 1996, Villeneuve appeared on Le Point du Jour, a popular morning show on CKVL hosted by Pierre Pascau. While on the show, Villeneuve made some extreme comments against Jews and Anglophones, including that bombs or Molotov cocktails could be used against Anglophone activist Howard Galganov.[2] The following Sunday, Villeneuve published a newsletter entitled La Tempête (The Storm), Raymond Villeneuve denounced Montreal's English speaking Jews for their longstanding opposition to the Quebec separatist movement and Bill 101 and sent this warning: "What will happen on the day after the victory to those communities who refused to prove conciliating towards the people of Quebec? Independence will come sooner or later and these communities must prepare now for cohabitation in harmony and agreement with the choice of Quebecers." [3] The incident put the mainstream separatist movement on the defensive as the Federal Liberal Party tried to link Bloc Quebecois leader Michel Gauthier to Villeneuve's remarks.[2]

Following a police complaint by partitionist leader Gary Shapiro and a statement from Premier Lucien Bouchard disassociating himself and the Parti Québécois government from these[which?] comments, Villeneuve clarified that he hadn't intended to be taken literally. "I meant we will use political force. We will be the commandos, the troops," he explained.[4]

Quote[edit]

On the September 11 attacks: "I'm really jealous of [what happened in New York]. Those types of actions, we could never do that. But me, I was thinking about tank trucks. Apparently even Bin Laden has thought about that. Blowing up tank trucks is way easier than hijacking planes. It could happen in Toronto or it could happen in the West Island of Montreal where there are a lot of Canadians.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Montreal Mirror, October 10, 1997, http://www.montrealmirror.com/ARCHIVES/1997/103097/cover.html.
  2. ^ a b "Separatist-Jewish animosity spills into Commons". Canadian Jewish News. October 10, 1996. 
  3. ^ "de beste bron van informatie over mln q. Deze website is te koop!". mlnq.net. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Partition group files criminal complaint against separatist." Ottawa Citizen, September 25, 1997, p. A7.
  5. ^ "Je suis jaloux beaucoup [de ce qui a été fait à New York]. Ce type d'action-là, on ne pourra jamais faire ça. Mais moi, ce que j'avais pensé, c'était des camions-citernes. Il semble que même Ben Laden y a pensé. Faire sauter des camions-citernes, c'est plus facile que de détourner des avions. Ça peut être à Toronto comme ça peut être dans l'ouest de l'île de Montréal où il y a beaucoup de Canadiens". Voir, November 15, 2001 – http://www.voir.ca/actualite/actualite.aspx?iIDArticle=18522