“La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu’il n’existe pas“
Marc-André Bédard had a very bad time of it in his years as Quebec’s Minister of Justice. From the Parti Québécois victory in 1976 through his replacement by Pierre-Marc Johnson in March 1984 Bédard presided over sticky judicial matters including the police shooting of David Cross by SQ officers on the Kahnawake Reserve south of Montreal, the petitioning by the father of Diane Dery for her cold case to be transferred to the SQ, and the Jacques Cartier Bridge murders of Maurice Marcil and Chantal Dupont. Then there was that uncomfortable business of all those unsolved murders in 1977, and the illegal police wildcat strikes that plagued late 1970s Quebec. At the close of 1983, Bédard was handed another messy case – a whopper, in fact – and another police shooting. This time, of two innocent carpet installers assaulted by an army of police officers in a tactical operation that was executed very poorly. Maybe this is why by March of the following year Bédard had finally decided he’d had enough.