OCTOBER 27 -- DECEMBER 28
AS Ottawa and Quebec grew increasingly impatient with the slow work of the police and the combined anti-terrorist forces were slowly adding to the list of those questioned or detained, the audacity of the FLQ cells continued. Another communiqué was issued on October 27, which not only bore the fingerprint of Paul Rose but contained his passport:
October 27, 1970 Joint communiqué of the Chenier, Liberation, and Dieppe cells.
The Front de libération du Québec wishes to clarify several items of information regarding the ideas and intentions attributed to it by the ruling authorities.
As defined in the manifesto, the Front is not seeking political power. The FLQ is formed of groups of workers who have decided to take a step towards the revolution, the only real way for the workers to achieve and exercise power. This revolution will not be carried out by some one hundred people, as the ruling authorities would like everyone to believe, but by all the population. Real people's power is exercised by the people and for the people. The FLQ leaves the coups d'état to the three ruling governments, since these same seem to be past masters in this field. Our ancestors are not the Fathers of Confederation, they are the patriots of 1837-38. Our fathers, our big brothers, our uncles are not the Bordens, the St Laurents, the Duplessis; they are the boys who were massacred at Dieppe for having been forced to serve as guinea pigs, as "cheap labour," they are the boys who were bludgeoned at Murdochville and elsewhere for having wanted to defend their rights to exist. Our brothers today are not the Trudeaus, the Bourassas, the Drapeaus, they are the guys from Lapalme, the guys who will be killed shortly by Bill 38, all the exploited people of Quebec.
The FLQ is formed of groups of workers who have formed themselves the aim of fighting to the end the daily acts of state terrorism. The fault of the FLQ, in the eyes of the ruling authorities, is not so much the use of violence but the use of violence against the establishment. It is this in particular that is unpardonable. It is this in particular that creates fear.
The establishment has everything to gain in communicating this fear to the general population. Firstly, to justify an armed intervention in Quebec, which, they think, will assure them (the establishment) a certain protection. Then to show the Quebec people that they must forget forever any idea of total liberation.