Series 1 - Operation Ginger and Operation Essay

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Operation Ginger and Operation Essay

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CA ON00093 86/383-1

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  • 1971-1979 (Creation)

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Files 2-43

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Series consists of files concerning Operation Ginger and Operation Essay during 1970-1971. Includes operational logs, operational instructions, situation reports, nominal rolls and memoranda.

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Operation Ginger was the first phase of military participation in the October Crisis, and the mission is to act as peace officers, supporting "other federal government departments"-namely, the RCMP. Across Ottawa, soldiers of The Royal Canadian Regiment appeared in fighting order to guard important government facilities and the residences of Cabinet ministers, diplomats and other high-level officials.

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Operation Essay began on 15 October 1970, and convoys from Valcartier and Petawawa brought soldiers of the Royal Canadian Regiment, the Royal 22e Régiment, the Canadian Airborne Regiment and the Canadian Signals Regiment to Montréal to guard essential infrastructure. On 13 October Premier Robert Bourassa of Quebec requested military "aid to the civil power."

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