The Duchaine report: The October Crisis served as a pretext for widespread repression
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La Presse, October 10, 1980

Political and police authorities did not provoke, nor deliberately prolong the October Crisis, but it gave them a pretext for repressing and manipulating public opinion to serve their political purposes. [...] Police measures that resorted to the War Measures Act, he said, "Represented a manoeuvre to intimidate all dissenting Quebec political groups." [It] enabled a procedure that led to the arrest of 450 to 500 people, virtually all of whom were innocent and the majority of whom were militants in groups with independence tendencies [...] invoking the War Measures Act was not justified, and this gesture which was linked to the intervention of armed forces, was made with the intention of giving public opinion in Quebec the same type of shock treatment used in psychological warfare.