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Second Manifesto

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" Do not speak you would not be listened to. If you want to talk in the same way we do, it is your right. Then make your statements short like ours. Do not speak much, do not say anything on the merit or the demerit of the Union; representation proportional to the population; the extension of the right to vote to all; of the usefulness that at least a part of the representation be selected among the resident voters; that eligibility should depend only on public confidence, not on the badly or justly acquired property of the candidate. Do not say that the conviction, in front of a legally sworn jury, such as we have not yet seen in the country, of the use of corruption methods in an election, should forever disqualify the convinced culprit, of his rights as voter and eligible, and of the aptitude to fill any public function of honour and profit. Do not insinuate that it would be desirable that the administration be more working and even more so less expensive, it is against the intention of those who gave us the responsible government and against the interest of those who exert it; do not say a good word of other trifles of this nature, which you have the habit to take care of; rather useless details since the symbol which is a tribute of good citizenship, an essential certificate of eligibility has been translated into one supremely simple sentence. Here it is to your service: "I believe in the [[Baldwin]]-[[La Fontaine]] ministry and I swear a blind obedience to it." "
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<font color="blue">''Mr. Papineau''</font>: Impossible. I refer you to gentlemen.
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