Tim Ralfe (27 octobre 1938 - 27 octobre 2000) était un journaliste canadien ayant travaillé pour la CBC. Il est surtout connu pour avoir interrogé le premier ministre du Canada Pierre Elliott Trudeau le 13 octobre 1970 à propos des mesures prises par ce dernier lors de la Crise d'Octobre. Ralfe demanda à Trudeau jusqu'où il irait avec ces mesures et ce dernier lui répliqua la phrase « Well, just watch me ».

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  • Tim Ralfe (27 octobre 1938 - 27 octobre 2000) était un journaliste canadien ayant travaillé pour la CBC. Il est surtout connu pour avoir interrogé le premier ministre du Canada Pierre Elliott Trudeau le 13 octobre 1970 à propos des mesures prises par ce dernier lors de la Crise d'Octobre. Ralfe demanda à Trudeau jusqu'où il irait avec ces mesures et ce dernier lui répliqua la phrase « Well, just watch me ». Cette remarque, à la fois fameuse et controversée, est désormais considérée comme un moment charnière de l'histoire canadienne contemporaine. L'expression est encore utilisée régulièrement dans le milieu politique canadien.Tim Ralfe est décédé le 27 octobre 2000 à Ottawa, deux semaines après avoir subi une crise cardiaque.
  • Tim Ralfe (27 October 1938 – 27 October 2000) was a Canadian television journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation who provoked a controversial moment in Canadian political history. During the October Crisis on 13 October 1970, Ralfe interviewed then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and pointedly questioned Trudeau about the use of the military to protect cabinet ministers and senior officials, and the possible threat that this represented for civil liberties.About five minutes into the interview, Trudeau stated: "Well, there are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don't like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is, go on and bleed, but it is more important to keep law and order in the society than to be worried about weak-kneed people." Ralfe then asked how far Trudeau would go to deal with terrorists, and Trudeau famously responded, "Well, just watch me".Ralfe's persistence was condemned by CBC managers who accused him of being too aggressive during a time of national crisis. Peter Trueman, executive producer of national television news wrote a message to Ralfe on an open, inter-office teleprinter link. It said that Ralfe's questioning of Trudeau violated every journalistic standard that Trueman had ever heard of. Trueman ordered severe cuts to the video tape to eliminate Ralfe's most argumentative questions. He also insisted that a formal reprimand be placed on Ralfe's employment file. In his 1980 book, Trueman wrote that he regretted his actions.Ralfe was a reporter for CTV when in 1973 he exploited a loophole in Canadian law that allowed surreptitious recording under certain circumstances. He placed a recording device in the New Democratic Party caucus room at Parliament Hill then confronted party leader David Lewis with an audio tape of a meeting in that room. The report earned CTV a Michener Award the following year. Canadian law was later changed to further restrict such recordings.Ralfe was born in Shanghai, China in 1938 and returned to Canada with his parents before the Japanese invaded China. Ralfe graduated from Bedford Park Public School and Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute, then to Carleton University for journalism.He died on 27 October 2000 in Ottawa after suffering a heart attack two weeks before. He was 62 and worked as a consultant at that time.
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  • Tim Ralfe (27 octobre 1938 - 27 octobre 2000) était un journaliste canadien ayant travaillé pour la CBC. Il est surtout connu pour avoir interrogé le premier ministre du Canada Pierre Elliott Trudeau le 13 octobre 1970 à propos des mesures prises par ce dernier lors de la Crise d'Octobre. Ralfe demanda à Trudeau jusqu'où il irait avec ces mesures et ce dernier lui répliqua la phrase « Well, just watch me ».
  • Tim Ralfe (27 October 1938 – 27 October 2000) was a Canadian television journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation who provoked a controversial moment in Canadian political history.
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