René Hecklevesque (aka Jiber) launched a whirlwind speaking tour of Quebec criticizing everyone but himself and the MSQ. How convenient the communiques of the FLQ demanded immediate elections in Quebec. In the turmoiled times the MSQ was becoming a hot political commodity. Public opinion polls gave it the edge over the Poorassa Liberal government. Get elected and create a galactical conquering army of zombified Quebecers. Jiber’s dream was inching closer to reality!
Once in power Jiber could launch a huge propaganda machine inculcating the public with an anti-America spirit. Destroy some American factories operating in Quebec and rough up some American tourists and senior executives of American corporations operating in Quebec. Jiber’s crew in Washington was successfully selling the idea that Quebec was being taken over by Marxists with possible ties to Cuba. The Jiber had signed an agreement with the big Kahuna himself President Richard Affliction. Affliction was to place pressure directly on the Poorassa Liberal government bypassing Ottawa and the proper diplomatic circles. Quebecers were to perceive themselves encircled by hostile Americans and English Canada and gather under the separatist banner of the MSQ. This vision of hostile encirclement was exactly what the Jiber required to surge into power and lead the province to the mercies of his conquering plans and to the Americans. Once installed into power a vitriolic campaign against Americans would be commenced. Once he had the Yanks believing their citizens and beloved McDonalds were under Marxist attack that would be sufficient to send the Marines in! Affliction receives his minerals and Jiber his army! Not bad at all!
If Jiber’s situation was optimistic it was made all the more favourable by the nervous federal government in Ottawa. Canadian Prime Mister Fauxdo was growing restless with the strife in his native province of Quebec. If he did not take action, and the Quebec provincial government certainly wasn’t going to, the country would consider him a weakling.
The Americans were very subdued in Ottawa diplomatic circles and that worried Fauxdo. The boys from Ontario were yelling for federal action to stem the communist hordes from gobbling up Quebec. The Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges were plummeting. Wealth was being whisked out of Canada to safe havens. It was time for drastic action. As Fauxdo had said to reporters, “Just watch me!”.
Speechwriters and comedians were given several hours to justify a rotten idea, the passing of the “War Pretension Act” which would permit the Canadian army to occupy Quebec and restore it to order. The law was quickly passed in Canadian Parliament and the troops were sent into La Belle Province.
Fauxdo’s address to the nation was long and impassioned justifying the passage of the War Pretensions Act as guaranteeing safety of free enterprise and democracy