The voice of independence
Pierre Bourgault fought with passion and eloquence for the independence of Quebec. He was not the first of the nationalists to emerge in the 1960s, but it is his face and fiery, theatrical voice that many remember from the marches of that
Bourgault was the militant leader of the Rassemblement pour l’indépendance nationale (RIN), a radical predecessor of the Parti Québécois. Although he retired from the frontlines in 1973, he never ceased to write, speak and dream of Quebec’s independence.
The R.I.N. has instilled in Quebeckers' minds the desire for a country.
We must continue to keep this dream alive. We must transmit this dream
to the younger generation, which deserves to dream the way we once did
and continue to do. Over the years, I have understood one thing: we need
to dream, we need to dream always. Above all else, we must remain faithful
to the dreams of our youth: they are the only ones.
Pierre Bourgault, 2000