MONTREAL - A dozen more suspicious packages containing a non-harmful white powder arrived at political and media offices across Quebec on Thursday, adding to the nearly two dozen received the previous day.
Police said that once again, provincial politicians were targets as well as media organizations in a half-dozen Quebec cities. The powder was not dangerous.
Police said 12 new envelopes arrived Thursday, some with notes signed by a group calling itself the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Quebec.
The Quebec provincial police anti-terrorism squad is investigating and police urge anyone with information to contact it.
On Wednesday, nearly two dozen suspicious letters were sent to Quebec media and political targets, including the riding office of Premier Jean Charest.
Provincial police said the name of the organization being cited closely resembled that of a 1960s group with ties to the Front de liberation du Quebec, a defunct terrorist group commonly known as the FLQ.
One of the packages received this week was confirmed to be baking soda — although police said they were still testing the others.
Who Was Canada's Best Premier?
Policy Options magazine asked 30 historians, political scientists, economists, journalists and policy advisers from across Canada to pick their top five choices for best provincial premier since 1972. Here are the answers. (CP)
5. Robert Bourassa
Bourassa served as premier of Quebec from 1970 - 1976 and then from 1985 - 1994. (CP)
4. Frank McKenna
McKenna served as premier of New Brunswick from 1987 to 1997. (CP)
3. Allan Blakeney
Blakeney served as premier of Saskatchewan from 1971 - 1982. (CP)
2. William Davis
Davis served as premier of Ontario from 1971 - 1985. (CP)
1. Peter Lougheed
Lougheed served as premier of Alberta from 1971 - 1985.<br><br> The magnitude of support for Lougheed in the survey spanned the country, with first-place votes in all regions Jury members were also asked to rate premiers according to nine questions pertaining to various aspects of leadership, such as vision and communications, fiscal and economic management, intergovernmental relations and other important files. Lougheed's ratings were higher than the others on all questions, and ranged from 4.23 on interprovincial relations to 4.77 on ability to win over voters and elections. (CP)