QUEBEC CITY -- Provincial Liberals in Quebec (PLQ) rejected a motion asking for an official apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the 36,000 victims of the October Crisis Thursday.

The Parti Quebecois motion received the support of the governing Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) and Quebec Solidaire (QS), but official opposition house leader Andre Fortin refused his consent.

Fifty years ago, the federal government imposed the War Measures Act on Quebec at the request of the Liberal government of Robert Bourassa, then premier of Quebec.

The motion recalled that in October 1970, 497 Quebecers "were unjustly arrested and imprisoned, and 36,000 people were the subject of an unreasonable search for their political (leanings towards) independence."

-- this report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2020.