History Through Our Eyes: Feb. 11, 1967, Paul Martin Sr.

Arriving at McGill University’s Arts Building, Paul Martin “walked into a cauldron of demonstrating students,” we reported on Feb. 11, 1967, recounting the previous day’s events. But Canada’s External Affairs minister had been unfazed.

Martin — not the prime minister of the same name, but his father — “politely invited (the protesters) to join him inside in Moyse Hall,” where he was to speak on the “Political and Economic Aspects of Canadian Policy in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.”

As they all proceeded inside, reporters asked Martin what he thought of his reception.

“I find this all extremely healthy. It’s a free country and everyone has a right to express his views,” he replied.

Martin ended up putting his prepared text aside and “spent the greater part of the hour allotted to him answering prepared questions submitted by the Association at McGill to End the War in Vietnam.” The…

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