“Did Radicals Aim to Overthrow Government?”  Soviet Agent Jean-Pierre Goyer “Blows Whistle” on Red Friends of Red Mole Pierre Trudeau

Did Radicals Aim To Overthrow Government?

Did Radicals Aim To Overthrow Government?  The Winnipeg Free Press, 27 January 1977, Front Page.

This article, “Did Radicals Aim To Overthrow Government?”, in the The Winnipeg Free Press of 27 January 1977, is careful to exclude most names of individuals and of the “radical” organization subject of Solicitor-General Jean-Pierre Goyer’s “letter” “warning” government departments of subversive activities.  However, the reference to a $68,000 federal-government grant to the “radical group” by Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, identifies the unnamed radical organization working to overthrow the government of Canada as Praxis Corporation, also then known as the “Research Institute for Social Change”.

One name the WFP does reveal is that of Walter Rudnicki, described by the WFP as “policy planning director of Central Mortgage and Housing Corp”.  That raises my question, was Rudnicki responsible for the CMHC award to Praxis of the $68,000, its main operating budget?

The question is important because just prior to Rudnicki’s employment with the CMHC, he was an official in the Privy Council Office of Canada which conducts research to advise the Prime Minister.

Rudnicki’s official biography (a short one, to cover his personal and professional archives on file with the Archives, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg), describes his positions with the PCO and then the CMHC this way:

“Rudnicki also worked within government as Secretary of the Social Policy Committee, in the Privy Council Office (PCO), and as a senior policy advisor for Cabinet Minister Robert Andras (1968-1970).  In 1969 he left the PCO and became the Executive Director of the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and advised the Minister on housing and urban development.”

Rudnicki will figure in an upcoming post on the Edmund Burke Society, founded in 1967 by three men, including University of Toronto student, F. Paul Fromm as an “anticommunist” group.  Information that I currently have indicates that Walter Rudnicki exposed the Edmund Burke Society as a national police operation (a front) of the federal government of Canada.  Therefore, this initial post will help to connect Rudnicki himself to the Trudeau federal government.

In this article in the 1977 Winnipeg Free Press, Jean-Pierre Goyer, Solicitor General in 1971, identifies Rudnicki as one of 21 “subversives” linked to the Communist Praxis Corporation, working to overthrow the government of Canada.  Somehow, Rudnicki cleared himself, and returned to work for the federal government and its agencies.

Meanwhile, why did Solicitor-General Jean-Pierre Goyer decide to blow the whistle, naming some twenty-one individuals as likely “radicals” (subversives) involved in a plot at Praxis to overthrow the government of Canada?  The question is important, because, as American anticommunist Alan Stang reveals in the April 1971 issue of American Opinion, Jean-Pierre Goyer himself was a communist.  Said Stang:

Another thing you need if you are imposing a dictatorship is control of the police.  In Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are controlled by the Solicitor-General.  So Trudeau made Jean-Pierre Goyer the Solicitor-General — when Parliament was not in session and could not question him.  Goyer, it goes without saying, was a regular contributor to Cité Libre.  Isn’t everybody? He was once arrested for staging a sit-in outside the office of the Premier of Quebec.  He has been involved in several pro-Communist fronts.  And he has attended Communist meetings behind the Iron Curtain.  Like his friend Trudeau, he is a revolutionary.

This is the man now running the national police of Canada.

In the same long article, in a section headed “The Poor War Revolution”, Stang also talks about Praxis.  He says, “Praxis is what the Communists call an “agit-prop” outfit (agitation and propaganda), egging people on to Marxist revolution.”

The Poor People’s Conference run by Praxis had been financed by the federal government of Pierre Elliott Trudeau through funds contributed by Trudeau’s Minister of Health and Welfare John Munro, through such federal agencies as the National Council of Welfare.

Stang quotes from a speech by Alex Bandy to the Poor People’s Conference run by Jerry [Ferry] Hunnius via Praxis:

“… The way Munro tells it, the government is really, secretly, on our side.  It’s everybody else who is against us and that’s why the government can’t help us.  So, the master plan is to give us money to organize and demonstrate and win popular support, then the government will move ….”  [Emphases added.]

Obviously, the de facto federal government of Pierre Elliott Trudeau was not at all hostile to Praxis Corporation.

Stang describes the kind of “social change” that Praxis “radicals” were working for:

… in March, 1970, Praxis had run another conference, on “industrial democracy,” at which Gerry Hunnius, who runs Praxis, said workers should “control the means and processes of production.”  What that means, said Hunnius, is this:  “It should be obvious that a fully operational system of workers’ self-management cannot operate within a Capitalist system …. ”

In October, 1970, Praxis had run still another Conference — this one on “Workers’ Control and Community Control” — at which a demand was made to destroy Capitalism by revolution.  Capitalism would be replaced by “radical Socialism.”  Confrontation is obsolete, the conferees were told.  What they should do now is “infiltrate,” and, like “microbes,” destroy Canada from within.”

Furthermore, Stang links Hunnius to Pierre Elliott Trudeau:

It is interesting to note that in 1962, Gerry Hunnius, who runs Praxis, which ran the Conference Pierre paid for, was in Moscow at the World Congress for General Disarmament and Peace, sponsored by the Communist World Peace Council – which had sponsored Trudeau’s trip to Moscow ten years before.  In 1963, Hunnius went to work as European representative of the Canadian Peace Research Institute, which the Canada Council supports with public funds — and two directors of which, at one time, were Trudeau and Pelletier.  Another director, named in 1962, was Communist Jean-Louis Gagnon.  [Emphases added.]

Which brings us full-circle to our equally Communist Solicitor-General, and back to my question, why would Jean-Pierre Goyer (appointed by Trudeau “when Parliament was not in session and could not question him” said Stang) “blow the whistle” on the radicals at Praxis?  Goyer himself, like Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Jean-Louis Gagnon are penetrated Communists working “like microbes” to “destroy Canada” … for the Yugoslav system of Communist “worker control” or “industrial democracy”.

According to my original research, the Trudeau objective is excactly the Praxis objective:  Yugoslav-style Communist “Worker Control”, aka “industrial democracy” of the kind practiced under Marshall Tito.  That information comes from a reading of the 1972 manifesto of the Parti Québécois for a Communist state of Quebec — which I have translated into English — together with a 1972 Radio-Canada transcript and audio tape — which I have also translated into English — in which the manifesto is identified as calling for Yugoslav-style Communism for Quebec.

For a free download of the 1972 manifesto and the radio show in one zip file, see the Download button on the top menu.

Furthermore, the Parti Québécois was set up by Lévesque (1967-1968) on orders of Trudeau and other embedded Reds under Soviet Agent Lester Bowles Pearson.  That news emerges from a 1967 dispatch of American CIA agent Edward C. Bittner, then stationed in Ottawa; confirmed by Jean-François Lisée (a main PQ strategist and prolific author of state-funded political pot-boilers) in circa 1990 by interviews with parties mentioned in the dispatch.  the Bittner dispatch, said Lisée, revealed the existence of a “secret committee” of “Liberals”  most being cabinet ministers from Quebec in the Lester Pearson federal government.  On the committee were Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Jean Marchand, Maurice Sauvé and others  [translation]:

“the Committee encouraged René Lévesque and his sympathisers within and outside the Liberal Party of Québec to set up a distinct party, which would be soundly defeated in an electoral showdown.”  [Emphasis added.]

“Electoral” meaning “referendum”.  And thus we have the true source of our Quebec “independence” or “sovereignty” referendums.

Obviously, the “radicals'” plan to penetrate and destroy Canada “like microbes” had long been well under way at the federal level.  Lester Bowles Pearson was in fact a Soviet agent, exposed in the U.S. McCarran hearings and to the FBI by defecting GRU Elizabeth Bentley (formerly with Soviet military intelligence).

Jean-François Lisée — a known Communist — is now the elected leader of the Communist PQ [7 October 2016], succeeding multimillionaire Pauline Marois, Lucien Bouchard, Bernard Landry, Jacques Parizeau and René Lévesque in their goal of making the province of Quebec into a Communist banana republic attached to the “rest of Canada” and to the “USA” by “trade agreements”.

I have read that the Canada Council was actually funded or majority funded from the outset by David Rockefeller (whose Chase Manhattan bank co-funded the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution), but I haven’t got the footnote handy right now.  However, and cautiously, a few words on Praxis from the Lyndon Larouche group.  “Former” Marxist Lyndon Larouche’s Executive Intelligence Review (EIR) of July 12, 1977, Vol. IV, No. 28 (ISSN 0146-9614), referring to EIR’s own research (“Praxis:  The Institute for Policy Studies’ Canadian Extension”), has alleged:

A preliminary investigation of the actual nature of the Praxis Corp. network reveals it to be the centerpiece in a broad-based, largely Rockefeller-inspired, conspiracy directed at all phases of the Canadian policy making process.  Information on Praxis and associated networks gathered in Canada and gridded against the extensively documented activities of the terrorist controllers at the U.S.-based Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) both in North America and in Europe show the Praxis Corp. to be an IPS-Canadian front organization.

The EIR concludes:

This iden­tification, matched in turn against known official Rockefeller policy options for Canada, allows the ef­ficient assemblage of the complete profile of Rockefeller and allied network agencies of subversion directed at Canadian national sovereignty.

 
READ The Winnipeg Free Press:  “Did Radicals Aim To Overthrow Government?” (27 January 1977.
 
READ “Goyer Cites Destructive ‘New Left'”, also on the front page.

The Real Pierre Elliott Trudeau — A Child’s View, in Retrospect

The Real Pierre Elliott Trudeau - A Child's View in RetrospectForeword:

The cartoon-girl is supposed to be me, but actually, I had curly hair. I just couldn’t draw curls in Windows Paint to save my life. And if my grandmother had seen that short red dress, she’d have been letting the hem down overnight and sneak it back into my closet before the morning. But the house and the school are kinda cute, very close to the real things where I grew up and where

I studied for the first seven years of school at Saint Augustine’s of Canterbury. The school was right next door to our Catholic church of the same name, whose bells could be heard ten blocks away in bed, every Sunday morning.

I wrote the script and drew the initial cartoon slides in 2011, intending to make a video. Then my Dell D600 hard drive crashed.

I have learned the hard way not to entrust my hard drives to repair technicians. They have an unfortunate habit of deleting the contents. (Especially when I pay them using my bank card, which is being traced.)

I therefore had to learn (a) to repair my own D600 with second-hand spare parts and “How To” videos from YouTube, (b) instal Windows XP Pro SP3, (c) configure all my own programs, and finally, (d) use various kinds of recovery software to rescue my files from crashed hard drives.

It took me until late in 2013 to recover the drive that crashed in 2011. Among the treasures that I dredged back up was this old, incomplete animated video, a Child’s View of Trudeau.

Only two minutes of the video had been finished out of the 8-10 minutes planned. It would take too long right now to finish it, so pardon me if I grab a few slides to illustrate the gist, and give you the script, below.

Animation and cartoons aside, this is a real story about The Real Pierre Elliott Trudeau — A Child’s View in Retrospect.

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The Story

When I was about 12 or 14 years old, and home from school for the afternoon, I switched on our old black and white floor-model TV, and there was Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

This would be around 1965-1967. Trudeau was not yet Prime Minister. As I was not a political kid, I couldn’t tell you what he was at the time. But, from my reading today, I would say that during that broadcast, he had probably already been recruited by Soviet spy, Prime Minister Lester Pearson, and had been or would soon be elected to Parliament as a so-called “Liberal” and enter Pearson’s cabinet.

This was on channel 6 or 12 (CBC or CTV in Montreal, Canada). We had rabbit ears and picked up only channels 2 and 10 (which were French), and 6, 12, 3 and 5 (which were English; but 3 and 5 were American, ABC and NBC).

So, I suspect that Trudeau was on channel 6 at the time, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a national “news” and entertainment network formed by federal statute, the Canadian Broadcasting Act, 1936 and By-Laws. (In other words, looking back, this was Canada’s Pravda.)

So, there was Trudeau in a suit being interviewed. He was describing his ideal society. And, again, looking back, he must have been testing the waters; for, as he never openly discussed it again, in these terms, he must have decided that viewer response was not sufficiently favorable to openly  inflict Communism on Canada.

I know I remember this pretty well, because after the show, I quickly descended the basement stairs of our wholly-owned non-mortgaged duplex at 2264 Hingston Avenue in NDG to the old Underwood manual typewriter, and I wrote a funny story about Trudeau’s ideal society.

I called my story “CLANADA”, with an “L” in it; that’s not a typo.

However, back to Trudeau — and keep in mind, I could write this as an affidavit.

In Trudeau’s ideal society, there would be no private property. You would own nothing. You would not even own the chair you sat in to watch Mr. Trudeau on television. And obviously, you would not own the television.

Because, said Trudeau, there would be no stores. You could not buy things any more. Instead, you would go to a central warehouse run by the government where you would receive all you need, which is to say, all that government decided  you need. You would exchange a chit for this, which the government had issued.

For example, said Trudeau, in this warehouse there would be only a few models of couches, beds and chairs, and a limited assortment of pictures to put on your wall. The purpose of this limitation in style and variety was “equality”. Said Trudeau, people would be “equal” only if they all owned nothing and had the mere use of pretty much the same “things”.

Keep in mind, this is coming from a man who when he finally left the home owned by his mother, bought himself a mansion which he later fitted with an indoor swimming pool. Newspaper columnist Peter Worthington suspected the pool was at Canadian taxpayers’ expense, although it was said to have been a gift of wealthy businessmen. (If the latter is true, perhaps the wealthy capitalists were “equalizing” one of their own with themselves.) Therefore, Mr. Trudeau, his wife and his own children, did not have to mingle with the “equal” people at the low-brow community swimming pool.

pool

Mr. Trudeau certainly did not live the lifestyle he recommended for others.

One would therefore have to think that Trudeau did not consider himself “equal” to others. Apparently, in his ideal society, he would be “more equal” — as no doubt would friends of his who also lived up the hill in pool-equipped mansions, or in posh Westmount homes.

As a kid, I didn’t know what Communism was, so I really just thought Trudeau was crazy.

I snorted and chuckled with amusement as I banged out my child’s satire of the great man’s views for Canada on my grandfather’s old Underwood — which in Trudeau’s ideal world, I would not have the use of, due to abolition of inheritance, and more importantly, laws against criticizing Communism. (As a child-intellectual with all the wrong views, I’d have been quickly sent for “re-education”. But I know for sure, it wouldn’t have worked. I’d have ended up, like Vladimir Bukovsky, in lunatic asylums for penning politically incorrect views about the North American Union, and slurring the Canadian Commisars.)

The story I wrote was of Trudeau’s ideal country, where you didn’t even own the bed you slept in.

Moreover, in my story, you had to share  your bed with a neighbour, because it rolled through the wall in the morning, into the next apartment, to be slept in by someone else coming home from his shift at the workplace.

I no longer have a copy of that story, and I can’t remember any more details. But, obviously, today, I know for sure that Pierre Elliott Trudeau was a Communist. Which is to say, he merely advocated  Communism for the rest of us. (It just took Alan Stang to remind me.)

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UPDATE 26 November 2015: Researchers can now DOWNLOAD files of all chapters of the 1972 Parti Québécois Manifesto for a Communist State of Quebec, that I have translated into English to date. That is 90% of it, more than is currently posted online in html. This links expires in 5 days from 26 Nov 2015. I will try to replace it as necessary:

https://www.sendspace.com/file/31b9n3

 

Simon Reisman (FTA negotiator) Suspected Communist Subversive: RCMP

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I have obtained an authentic copy of an old draft article by noted journalist Peter Worthington (born February 16, 1927) which contains names of suspected Communists in the federal government of Canada, as revealed in the RCMP’s now-quashed “Featherbed File”.

Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau squelched the Featherbed file with an Order-in-Council before he left office. Trudeau himself was named in it as a suspected Communist subversive.

Many headlines could be drawn from this article. However, the one that comes to my mind first is that Sol Simon Reisman, who negotiated the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA), was a suspected Communist subversive. RCMP Featherbed investigators objected in vain to the renewal of Reisman’s high-level security clearance with the federal government of Canada.

In 1982, Trudeau ordered a royal commission convened: the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada, known as the Macdonald Commission, and chaired by Trudeau’s friend and co-Bilderberger, Liberal Minister of Finance, Donald Stovel Macdonald.

The Macdonald Commission reported to Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1985. It recommended free trade with the USA, and the conversion of Canada to a socialist welfare state.

Saul Simon Reisment, Free Trade negotiator, and RCMP suspected communist subversiveIn May of 1986, Canadian and American negotiators began to work out a so-called trade deal, known as the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The Canadian team was led by former deputy Minister of Finance Simon Reisman and the American side by Peter O. Murphy, former deputy United States trade representative in Geneva.

The FTA was deepened by the coming into force on January 1, 1994 of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement involving Canada, the USA and Mexico, and spanning the continent.

A number of informed and well placed observers have identified the NAFTA and the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) which followed it on the pretext of so-called terrorist attacks of September 2001, as the building blocks of a North American Union modeled on the European Union. Today, The European Union is called both Marxist and “post-democratic” by some members of the press and intellectuals such as Professor John Fonte.

American Charlotte Iserbyt has warned of an impending North American Soviet Union, citing Michail Gorbachev who in 2002 called the European Union the “New European Soviet”.

American-Lithuanian Vilius Bražėnas viewed the series of trade deals on this continent in a similar light. Bražėnas, a survivor of Communism, died on October 3, 2010 at the age of 97. In his final passionate articles, he warned against the FTA, NAFTA, the FTAA and related trade-zone accords as tantamount to a multiple coup-d’état which in the end would impose a Communist regional union in North America.

Former Soviet dissident, Vladimir Bukovsky, who survived over a decade as a prisoner of Soviet mental hospitals, has warned on video and in print that the European Union is “the old Soviet model in western guise.”

Is anyone listening? I know I am.

U.S. Congressman Lawrence Patton McDonald, April-1-1935 to September 1,1983In particular because U.S. Congressman Lawrence Patton McDonald in 1983 publicly warned America that the Marxist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Marxist Trilateral Commission and other related non-governmental entities were pushing for a Communist regional union through a series of apparently harmless trade deals.

In the words of Congressman McDonald himself on Crossfire, speaking of the CFR and related circles of elites:

“[T]heir objective is to try to bring about a gradual transition in our society -– a dissolving of sovereignty -– and a moving steadily to the left on the political spectrum.”

Canada’s FTA under Reisman certainly shifts Canada to the left while initiating the North American merger process.

Speaking specifically of the CFR during an interview with Larry McDonald on the television program Crossfire, McDonald said:

CFR (Council on Foreign Relations)[Y]ou are looking at a group (the CFR et als) that has worked to bring about a dissolution of national sovereignties on the road to world government.”

McDonald then quotes Arthur Schlesinger in the May-June 1947 issue of the Partisan Review:

”He [Schlesinger] said that the objective -– the secret policy of which we can’t tell the American public because they’re not sophisticated enough to see the value — is that through a steady result of erosion of NEW DEALS, we bring the American society steadily to the left, and through a signed concept of benign containment, we merge into the vital center of the socialist left. Those were his words, not mine.”

Congressman McDonald continues further on replying to Crossfire host Pat Buchanan’s question whether the concept of the UN as the basis of a world government is not passé:

”Well, I think there are those who realize that moving straight from a prototype of the United Nations into world government perhaps is tactically impossible. But phasing out increasingly national sovereignty into REGIONAL GOVERNMENT and phasing out sovereignties into international treaties ….” is the order of the day.

Today, with these warnings in mind, I invite you to read Peter Worthington’s old draft article exposing the chief negotiator of the FTA — which forms the initial basis of a clearly incoming REGIONAL UNION in North America — as someone the RCMP had warned the federal government not to trust because he was likely a Communist subversive.

However, the warnings fell on deaf ears, no doubt because the very Prime Minister’s Office the RCMP attempted to alert was itself already infested with one-world government types and suspected Communist subversives such as Soviet agent Lester B. Pearson, and Soviet mole Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

As a consequence, the very basis of Communist regional union in North America was negotiated by someone Canada’s national police and security apparatus long believed to be a Communist subversive.

Following is an exclusive typed transcript made by me from Worthington’s own typed, draft article, which he hand-edited.

For ease of reading, i am retyping the draft clean, without indicating Mr. Worthington’s deletions and insertions.

TRANSCRIPT – DRAFT – THE FEATHERBED FILE
by Peter Worthington (circa 1979)

(Scan of actual draft article is embedded below)

Operation Featherbed, a 14-year RCMP investigation into suspected subversives in high places, tried to warn the federal government it was being systematically infiltrated.

Trudeau, Pearson, Diefenbaker ignore RCMP warnings of high-level communist penetration of CanadaBut the governments of John Diefenbaker, Lester Pearson, and Pierre Trudeau dismissed the Featherbed warnings as unsubstantiated Communist witch-hunting.

Besides, it would have been too embarrassing to repudiate people their governments had promoted to positions of influence.

Featherbed suspected that Communist infiltration of the federal bureaucracy had been set in train in 1923 with the co-option of O.D. Skelton, renowned as the “father of the civil service”.

The Featherbed analysts concluded that over the years, any promising “agents of influence” were talent-spotted at Communist study clubs in universities and brought into the civil service.

Inside, a shadowy network promoted “birds of a feather,” which gave the operation its code-name.

Robert BryceAmong the more prominent (civil servant) subjects of Featherbed investigation were Robert Bryce, who rose from the Finance Ministry to the top post as cabinet secretary; his successor as deputy minister of finance, Sol Simon Reisman; and the husband-and-wife team of Bernard and Sylvia Ostry.1

Sylvia_Ostry, RCMP-suspected communist subversiveBernard Ostry became deputy minister of communications despite RCMP objections. He was recently appoint(ed) at $65,000 a year as government special adviser on culture and communications based in Paris.

Sylvia Ostry, former chief of Statistics Canada, the Economic Council of Canada, and deputy minister of consumer and corporate affairs, was appointed last fall to head the economics and statistics branch of the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris.

 Soviet mole Pierre Trudeau and Soviet espionage agent Lester PearsonOperation Featherbed also plumbed the pasts of prime ministers Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau — Trudeau for his travels to Warsaw, Moscow, Peking and Havana, Pearson for allegedly having supplied information while a diplomat, that was transmitted to Moscow by a U.S. spy ring.

(Trudeau once called for his Featherbed file, “chuckled” as he read the report about his travels, associations and indiscretions, and sent it back to RCMP files).

Bernard Ostry, RCMP-suspected communist subversiveFeatherbed began as a search for suspected Communist subversives in the hierarchy of the civil service, branched out delving into university professors, lawyers, the media and trade unions.

It involved extensive surveillance, wiretapping and bugging under the code-name Operation Mercury (Featherbed was the analytical side). The winnowed-down conclusions were summarized in a thick, black-edged book that held the names of 245 “professional” people as members of the Communist Party secret underground in Canada.

Not all the subjects of initial investigation found their way into the wrap-up black book.

Featherbed opened files on 87 CBC staffers as suspected subversives but there was no evidence of any operating network and only a handful were named in the final summation.

Tim BuckAnd Featherbed never learned the identity of “our agent in Canadian Press” that Communist Party of Canada chief Tim Buck frequently boasted about to his mistress, Bess Nascolo. A bug in Nascolo’s house on Jones Ave., Toronto, picked up the drunken boasts after a shipment of Russian embassy vodka.

Featherbed believed that Lewis Rasminsky, former governor of the Bank of Canada, was only flirting with Communism when he attended party cell meetings in the Depression, as many disillusioned people did, and that he had rejected the ideology.

After a Featherbed investigation, the RCMP Security Service blocked the intended 1969 appointment of Grace Hartman to the government’s national commission on the status of women. She became head of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Featherbed also conducted an investigation of Shirley Carr, vice-president of the Canadian Labor Congress.

What prompted Featherbed’s start in 1958 was an accusation by the U.S. Senate Internal Sub-Committee that Robert Bryce had been a member of a Communist closed party cell at Harvard university in 1935-37.

Herbert NormanThe subcommittee the previous year had cited Herbert Norman, then ambassador to Cairo, as a Communist.

Norman leaped to his death in Cairo a day after he told his doctor that if he were called to testify in a royal commission, he would to identify 60 to 70 Canadians as Communists.

Norman was a good friend of Lester Pearson and Robert Bryce and Pearson’s denunciation of U.S. interference in Canadian affairs caused the jittery RCMP brass to sever relations with the FBI.

When they were resumed, the FBI handed the information about the Silvermaster spy ring to the RCMP. The ring’s courier, Elizabeth Bentley, told the FBI that Norman was a source of information sent to Moscow.

John GriersonShe also said that she had reported to her Soviet at spy handlers that Pearson also had been a source of information, along with John Grierson, head of the National Film Board, and his secretary, Freda Linton.

Featherbed was launched with the concept that the Silvermaster ring — which led to the indictments of Alger Hiss, assistant to the U.S. Secretary of State, and Harry Dexter White, a senior official in the U.S. Treasury Department — had its counterpart in Ottawa.

The initial investigation turned up 12 suspected equivalents in the Ottawa civil service hierarchy. The files on the dozen were taken away by W. H. Kelly, director of RCMP Security and Intelligence, and never returned to Featherbed investigators.

After the U.S. subcommittees naming Bryce, he voluntarily went to RCMP headquarters to explain.

He admitted having attended Communist party study cells at Harvard and contended to his RCMP questioners that “you’re making too much of it. I was only flirting with the Communists.”

Featherbed with the help of the FBI investigated his claim but concluded that Bryce had played a greater role in the study cells than he owned up to.

Harold "Kim" Philby (British Secret Service) 1955 file photoThe delving also turned up a class parade photo taken at Trinity College, Cambridge, in the early 1930s. [Sitting] in the front row were Bryce, Lester Pearson, Herbert Norman and Kim Philby.

Philby went on to penetrate and sell out British Intelligence as a Soviet KGB master agent and now lives in Moscow. The picture raised questions but answered none.

RCMP of Operation Mercury put Bryce under surveillance for many months but found nothing incriminating.

The Mercury Mounties wiretapped Simon Reisman for a long time and intercepted phone calls from a Russian embassy military attache identified as “A. Lobatchev.”

The RCMP Watching Service glued on to Reisman but never found him meeting with Lobatchev. However, Featherbed found that Reisman’s wife had attended a Communist party training school in Port Hope, Ont., in 1954.

When Reisman’s top security clearance came up for renewal, the RCMP put in a report that it shouldn’t be renewed. But the government’s security screening panel disagreed.

Bernard Ostry was the subject of RCMP surveillance under the code-name “Apache.” That came after British Intelligence reported in 1962 that Ostry had attended a meeting of the Communist Party of Britain.

The Watching Service reported that Ostry had met Russian Intelligence Service agent Rem Krassilnikov at the Green Gables restaurant in Ottawa.

The RCMP took Bernard Ostry’s file to Trudeau but he dismissed their objections to his promotion to deputy minister of communications, the department that includes intercepting Soviet communications and bugging of embassies.

“I don’t want to hear any more about the Ostrys,” Trudeau said. “I would work with the devil if necessary. Don’t bother me any more about the Ostrys.”

The RCMP had filed objections to Sylvia Ostry’s promotions on the basis of her Communist associations. Trudeau dismissed that, too.

The RCMP could never reveal, even to Trudeau, the source for their objections to the Ostrys.

With Trudeau’s disinterest, Featherbed ground to a listless effort in 1972 and died completely by 1975.

A stroke of luck had uncovered secret Communist party memberships of several higher-ups in the trade union movement and in the civil service.

An RCMP “garbage patrol” picked up the membership list of secret section number seven of the United Jewish People’s Order in Montreal. Section seven was the UJPO’s underground party apparatus for professional people.

Tom KentThe subject of one Featherbed file, Tom Kent, complained to Pearson that it was unfair. Kent was a policy advisor to the prime minister and assistant deputy minister of immigration.

Featherbed’s file on Kent outlined his connections with Communist front groups while he was managing editor of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Professor C. B. MacphersonOf the many university professors in Featherbed’s files, the most important was deemed to be Prof. C. B. MacPherson of University of Toronto.

The RCMP bugged MacPherson’s island cottage near Gananoque for the regular visits by two Russian Intelligence Service officers from the Ottawa embassy.

Kay MacPhersonMacPherson’s wife, Kay, was leader of the Voice of Women movement that paraded for rejection of nuclear weapons by Canada.

Twenty years after Igor Gouzenko defected, Featherbed analysts got around to poring through the neglected kit-bags full of papers seized in the spy-ring roundup.

In the yellowing notebooks and memo pads, they found names and phone numbers of calls made in wartime. Tracing the numbers back to wartime government phone books, they traced calls made to civil servants who by then (1965) had risen high in the bureaucracy.

They also found evidence implicating a wartime RCAF wing commander and an army colonel in the Soviet spy rings. But by then, the trail had gotten too cold. Ironically, the colonel was by then dealing with Soviet trade missions for the government.

Another trail too late to pick up was a curious coincidence that went unexplained.

That was the belated discovery that Col. Nicolai Zabotin’s spy ring had used an electronics shop in Rideau St., Ottawa, as a “live letter drop.”

A card was put in the shop window to signal that a letter was waiting to be picked up. The card’s appearance usually coincided with the visit to the manager’s office at the rear by two middle-rank civil servants.

The pair rose high in the bureaucracy and retired with honors and indexed pensions.

Operation Featherbed folded for lack of government interest.

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1 Trudeau himself was feared by the RCMP to be a Communist agent. Lester Pearson absolutely was one. And police suspected Bernard and Sylvia Ostry, as well. Now, grasp this, if you can. According to Don Newman, in his autobiography, xxxxxx, Trudeau routinely held his federal Cabinet meetings at the private palatial home of the Ostries, straddling the border between Hull, Quebec and Ontario.

 
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