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October 13, 2010

"PROFUNC " A Draconian Canadian Anti-Communist Govt Programme Revealed to exist from 1950-1984, transl. by Andy Taylor from Radio Canada story, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 20 h 26

40 years ago, police in Quebec began to list the people who would be arrested within days under the War Measures Act, adopted October 16, 1970, in the wake of the October crisis.
In the hours that followed the proclamation of this law, nearly 500 people were arrested by police.

Since then, a  mystery has existed about the true motives of arrests made during this period because we know that anti-terrorism experts of the three police forces - municipal, provincial and federal - had at most a few dozen suspects.

"The largest number [of names of suspected FLQ] I've seen on console, it was about sixty," said Julien Giguère, who was then director of intelligence of the Anti-Terror Branch of police in Montreal .

But the Surete du Quebec, responsible for arrests, judge this number to be  ridiculous considering the scale of the resources in place, with  The War Measures Act and the presence of 8000 soldiers. They appealed to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to extend its list so that the scale of operation would better reflect the resources deployed.
Waterlot Daniel, who was then a communist bookstore in Montreal, was among those who were arrested. "On 16, at 4 am, boom, there is the
War Measures Act . They go into my library, they break everything! [...] Me, I'm not the FLQ. I am of the Communist Party, this is not the same! " 

This extensive record of the RCMP, consulted by Radio-Canada, in fact contains no reference to the FLQ, but there is a form of arrest linked to a top secret program set up in 1950 , during the Cold War and the era of McCarthyism in the United States. This included the imprisonment of Canadian Communist Party activists in the event of a conflict with the USSR.

The program, called PROFUNC, aimed at ensuring continuous monitoring of thousands of leftists and their detention in internment camps, without charge and without time limit. Officially, it was dismantled in 1984 when the RCMP was split into two to create the Service.
PROFUNC had its only
practical application in October 1970 , as accredited by a draft of a secret report of the  Duchaine Committee, which investigated the events surrounding the October crisis.

In this document, which Radio-Canada has studied, it was reported that the names proposed by the RCMP had no connection with  FLQ terrorism, but were actually activists known for their Communist activities.

The information was not found in the official report, as the existence of  national camps for political prisoners was top secret.
With reporting by Guy Gendron. 

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