At the eleventh Cité libre Dinner on October 1, 1992, hosted by the magazine Cité libre, at the Maison Egg Roll, Montreal, Quebec.

As Translated by George Tombs, master of ceremonies for the event.

Good people, beware of the things you say! Anything can emerge

From a word you let drop in passing,

Anything, hatred and mourning.

And do not protest that you can trust your friends and that you speak softly.

Listen carefully to this.

Well, this quatrain from Victor Hugo is is to let you know that the word you let drop in passing, when you vote, the YES or the NO, is very important: so important that you cannot simply base the word you choose on emotions, or on what Anne-Marie Bourdouxhe, in the editorial of the current issue [of Cité libre] describes as anxiety, fear or impatience. We will have to use some reason, some analysis. Because it is no small matter to know whether we are going to live in a society in which personal rights, individual rights, take precedence over collective rights. It is no minor question of secondary importance to know whether we are going to live in a society in which all citizens are equal before the law and before the State itself. And it is no trivial matter to determine if there will be a spirit of brotherhood and of sharing in the society we are going to live in. …

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