Bernard Lortie

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Bernard Lortie (born c.1951) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada was a member of the Chenier cell of the Front de Libération du Quebec (FLQ) terrorist group.

Besides Lortie, the Chenier Cell of the FLQ terrorist group consisted of Francis Simard, the cell leader Paul Rose and his brother, Jacques Rose.

On October 10, 1970, Bernard Lortie's Chenier cell of the terrorism group kidnapped and murdered Quebec Vice-Premier and Cabinet Minister, Pierre Laporte. This crime was part of a terrorist insurrection referred to as the October Crisis. On November 6, 1970, Bernard Lortie was arrested when the police raided the hiding place of the FLQ's Chenier cell. Although the other three members escaped the raid, they were later captured in St-Luc, Quebec in late December. All four members were charged with the kidnapping and murder of Pierre Laporte. For his part in the kidnapping and murder, Bernard Lortie was sentenced to 20 years in jail. He was granted parole by the Canadian Parole Board after seven years.

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