The moderates vs. the radicals
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Speech made by Étienne Parent on November 13, 1837

Through public assemblies, people have been led to believe that we wanted revolution and that we would risk our honour if we did not oppose a vigorous resistance to government preparations; it is through public assemblies that we strive to protect our honour by stating that it is against the will of the vast majority of people troubled by the question of taking an armed stance against the government's authority; while we do want reform, we have never intended to achieve it through brute force, but only through peaceful, legal and constitutional means [...]

We are Reformists and will never stop being Revolutionaries. In this position we can oppose the malice of the united Government Bureaucracy and Colonial Oligarchy; they can continue to resist our just demands for the time being, but they will not dare to expel us from our House of Assembly, the principal means by which we will eventually achieve our demands, and in a much nearer future than they might think. With Revolutionaries to oppose them, the Parliament will grant everything to the Ministers and the local Oligarchy.