Pssst, want to check out Les ordres in our new look?
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Having English parents from Montreal, I have usually heard nothing but praise for Trudeau's invocation of the War Measures Act during the October Crisis. The suspension of civil rights and the breach of public trust are too often submerged beneath a justifying narrative that focuses on the murder of Pierre Laport--although I don't mean to diminish that crime. The apparent ease with which the police and their auxiliaries participated in the dehumanizing of ordinary citizens is disturbing if not entirely surprising. The ease of following "orders." I have never had much faith in the integrity of governments, even in Canada, and this film certainly confirms the fact that rights simply cannot be taken for granted. Even if Les Ordres were completely one-sided, and if some of the allegations are untrue (although somehow I doubt it) this would still be a complete miscarriage of justice and violation of the public trust. There is no way you could go through something like this and think of your country and society in the same way. It's unfortunate that few of us who haven't had similar experiences really take the time to consider the implications. Ultimately the scariest part is the fact that so few people in the general population took any significant exception to the internment.
A sobering and necessary film that should be required viewing for Canadians.
GREAT comment 3rdman, and being an American living through the current administration, this couldn't be more timely.
I would replace the last word of your post with "humans" though.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!
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This movie ranks #10 in TIFF's Top Canadian Films
This movie ranks #171 in ICM Forum's 500<400
This movie ranks #880 in Doubling the Canon