03/14/2013 01:21 EDT | Updated 05/14/2013 05:12 EDT

FLQ October Crisis Figure Paul Rose Dies


Paul Rose, one of the key figures in Quebec's October Crisis, died today of a stroke at the age of 69.

Rose was the leader of the Montreal-based Chénier cell of Front de libération du Québec, the militant nationalist organization behind the 1970 kidnapping and murder of then-Quebec labour minister Pierre Laporte.

He was convicted in Laporte's strangling death, but was paroled in 1982, two years after the Duchaine report found he was not present at the time of the murder.

After his release, Rose worked as a union representative and for l'Aut'journal, a sovereigntist French-language newspaper.

He was also a member of several left-wing Quebec political parties, including Québec Solidaire.

Rose died at Sacre-Coeur hospital in Montreal.

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