October 1970 Manifesto
Front de libération du Québec - Manifeste
The Front de liberation du Quebec is not the Messiah, nor a modern-day Robin Hood. It is a group of working people of Quebec who are committed to do everything they can for the people of Quebec to take their destiny in their hands.
The Front de liberation du Quebec wants the total independence of the Quebecois, brought together in a free society, purged forever of its band of voracious sharks, the patronage-dispensing big bosses and their servants who have made Quebec into their private preserve of « cheap labour » and of exploitation without scruple.
The Front de liberation du Quebec is a movement not of agression, but of response to aggression - the aggression organized by high finance through the marionettes of the federal and provincial governments (the Brinks « show », Bill 63, the electoral map, the so-called « social progress » tax, Power Corporation, Doctor's Insurance, the men of Lapaime...).
The Front de liberation du Quebec finances itself by voluntary taxes taken from the corporations which exploit the working people (banks, finance companies, etc...).
«The moneyed powers of the status quo, the majority of the traditional guardians of our people, have gotten the reaction they hoped for: the step backward, rather than the change we have worked for as never before, for which we are going to continue working.» - Rene Levesque, April 29, 1970.
The «democracy » of the rich
We believed, once, that it was worth the effort to channel our energies, our impatience which Rene Levesque expresses so well, within the Parti Quebecois; but the Liberal victory shows clearly that what is called a democracy in Quebec is, and always has been, nothing but the « democracy » of the rich. The Liberals' victory in this way is nothing but the victory of the Simard-Cotroni election riggers. As a result, British parliamentarism is finished, and the Front de Liberation du Quebec will never let itself be diverted by the electoral crumbs which the Anglo Saxon capitalists toss into the Quebecois lower courtyard every four years. Numbers of Quebecois have understood, and they are going to act. Bourassa in the year to come, will see an idea ripen: 100,000 revolutionary working people, organized and armed.
Yes - there are reasons for the Liberal win. Yes, there are reasons for unemployment, for poverty, for slums, for the fact that you, Mr. Bergeron of Visitation Street, and also you Mr. Legendre of Laval who earns $10,000 a year, you do not feel free in our country, Quebec.
Yes, there are reasons, and the men of Lord and Cie know them; the fishermen of the Gaspesie, the workers of the North Shore, the miners of Iron Ore, of Quebec Cartier Mining, or Noranda Mines, they also know those reasons. And the decent, honest working people of Cabano whom they tried to screw one more time know lots of those reasons.
The « golden vessels »
Yes, there are reasons why you, Mr. Tremblay of Panet Street, and you, Mr. Cloutier, working in construction in St.-Jerome, why you can't afford « golden vessels » with beautiful string music and trappings put on by Drapeau the aristocrat - the one who is so concerned about slums that he puts colored billboards and fences in front of them so the rich tourists will not see our misery.
Yes, these are reasons why you Mrs. Lemay of St.-Hyacinthe, you can't afford little trips to Florida, as the crooked judges and MP's (deputy) can with our money.
The good, honest workers of Vickers and Davie Ship, the men who were given no reason for being kicked out of their jobs, know those reasons. And the men of Murdochville, smashed for the sole reason that they wanted to unionize, the men who were made to pay over two million dollars because they wanted to exercise this elementary right. The men of Murdochville know about justice and they know a lot of reasons.
Yes, there are reasons why you, Mr. Lachance of St.-Marguerite Street, you went to drown your despair, your bitterness, your rage in that dog's beer, Molson's. And you, Lachance junior, with your marijuana cigarettes.
Yes, there are reasons why you, welfare people, you are being kept on the dole from generation to generation. There are all sorts of reasons, the Domtar workers in Windsor and East Angus know about them. And the workers at Squibb and Ayers, and the men at the Liquor Board and Seven Up and Victoria Precision, and the manual labourers of the cities of Labal and Montreal and the men of Lapalme, they know the reasons well.
The Dupont of Canada workers, they also know them, even if soon they will only be able to tell about them in English (thus assimilated, they will increase the number of immigrants, Neo-Quebecois, the favorite children of Bill 63).
And the policemen of Montreal, the arms of the system, they must have understood those reasons, they must have seen that we live in a terrorized society, because without their force, without their violence, nothing functioned on the 7th of October.
The Canadian federalism
We have had our fill of the Canadian federalism which penalizes the dairy producers of Quebec to satisfy the needs of the Anglo-Saxons of the Commonwealth; which maintains the decent taxi drivers of Montreal in a state of half-slavery while blatantly protecting the exclusive monopoly of nauseating Murray Hill and its assassin-owner Charles Hershorn and his son Paul, who repeatedly, on the night of October 7, grabbed the 12 gauge shotgun from the hands of his employees to fire at taxi drivers and so fatally injure Corporal Dumas, killed as a demonstrator; which carries out an insane import policy while throwing into the street, one by one, the small wage-laborers in the textile and shoe industries, the most downtrodden in Quebec, for the profit of a clutch of accursed « money-makers » in their Cadillacs; which classifies the Quebecois nation as one of Canada's ethnic minorities.
We, like more and more Quebecois, have had our fill of a government of hand-puppets which performs a thousand and one acrobatics to charm U.S. millionaires, begging them to come and invest in Quebec. La Belle Province where thousands of square miles of forests full of game and fish-stocked lakes are the exclusive property of these same all-powerful Seigneurs of the twentieth century;
The Brinks armored cars
Of the hypocrite, Bourassa, who falls back on the Brinks armored cars - the true symbol of the foreign occupation of Quebec - to keep the poor Quebecois « natives » in fear of the misery and unemployment to which we are so accustomed;
Of our taxes which Ottawa's man in Quebec wants to hand out to the English-speaking bosses to give them « incentive », I kid you not, to speak French, to negotiate in French: « repeat after me cheap labour means main-d'oeuvre a bon marche ».
Of promises of jobs and prosperity, when we will always be the faithful servants and boot-lickers of the « big shots » as long as there are Westmounts, Town of Mount Royals, Hampsteads, Outremonts, all those fortresses of high finance of St. James Street and Wall Street; as long as all of us, Quebecois, have not driven out by any means necessary, including arms and dynamite, those economic and political « bosses », who are ready to stoop to any level in order to screw us better.
We live in a society of terrorized slaves, terrorized by the big bosses: Steinberg, Clark, Bronfman, Smith, Neapole, Timmins, Geoffrion, J. L. Levesque, Hershorn, Thompson, Desmarais, Kierans. (Besides these: Remi Popol, the gasket; Drapeau, the « dog »; Bourassa, the Simard sidekick; Trudeau, the faggot; they are « peanuts ».)
The masters of consumption
Terrorized by the capitalist Roman Church, even if this seems less and less obvious (but who owns the Stock Exchange Tower?), by payments to Household Finance, by the advertising of the masters of consumption, Eaton's, Simpson's, Morgan's, Steinbergs, General Motors...;
Terrorized by the closed precincts of knowledge and culture called universities and by their monkey directors like Gaudry and Dorois and by the submonkey Robert Shaw.Our numbers are growing, we who know and are ground down by this terorist society; and the day is approaching when all the Westmounts of Quebec will disappear from the map.
Working people in the factories, in the mines and in the forests; working people in the service industries, teachers, students, unemployed: take what belongs to you, your labor, your determination and your freedom. And you, workers of General Electric, it is you who make your factories run; you alone are capable of producing; without you, General Electric is nothing.
Working people of Quebec, begin today to take back what belongs to you; take yourselves what is yours. You alone know your factories, your machines, your hotels, your universities, your unions; do not wait for a miracle organization.
Make your revolution
Make your revolution yourselves, in your neighborhoods, in your work places. And if you do not make it yourselves, more usurpers, technocrats or others, will replace the handful of cigar puffers we now know, and everything will have to be done over again. You alone can build a free society.
We must fight, no longer one by one, but together, until victory, with all the means at our disposal, as did the Patriots of 1837-1838 (those whom our holy mother the Church hastened to excommunicate, the better to sell itself to British interests).
Let all, in every part of Quebec, scornfully dismissed as « lousy French » and drunkards, take up with vigor the battle against the club smashers of freedom and justice, and strip their power to harm from the professionals of hold-ups and fraud: bankers, « businessmen », judges, sold out politicians...
We are Quebecois working people and we will go to the end. We want, with all the people, to replace this slave society with a free society, functioning of itself and for itself, a society open to the world.
Our struggle can only be victorious. Not for long can one hold in misery and scorn, a people once awakened.
Vive le Quebec libre!
Vive les camarades prisonniers politiques!
Vive la revolution quebecoise!
Vive le Front de Liberation du Quebec!