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have to be bought, and no one would accept a ticket   from Montreal to my job in Sainte Anne de Bellevue.
        that would not be stamped to date. ‘At the end of two   I was privileged to read a 96-page pamphlet that ex-
        years, the bill would be taken out of circulation, since   plained Social Credit to me (J. Crate Larkin’s booklet,
        there would be no more place for the stamps, but the   From Debt to Prosperity.) I was not looking for Social
        sum of these stamps’ would have given the govern-    Credit on that particular day. However, I was looking
        ment the price of the bill: the new bill was thus pre-  for something that would put an end to the stupid
        paid. Louis Even did not like this theory too much: it   financial crisis with which we were all struggling dur-
        would force the individual to spend his money rapidly,   ing that time.
        so as not to see his money melt gradually between his    “I had read many things that day besides having
        hands. It is contrary to the freedom of choice of the   worked at  my regular  job. I was a  professor for the
        individual.                                          workers of  our  printing  house,  of  which  there  were
              Stroke of light                                more than 100 workers. Every week we held a study-

            One day, the mail brought                        session with the workers. We had chosen for that par-
                                                             ticular day a session on the question of money and
        a simple pamphlet of 96 pages                        credit. Therefore, we were looking for documentaries
        entitled From Debt to Prosper-                       on the subject. I had read many manuscripts, a few
        ity by J.  Crate  Larkin, of Buf-                    small pamphlets and different books that  had been
        falo. It was a summary of the                        sent to us. In all of these documentaries, I found that
        monetary doctrine of Douglas.                        efforts were made to improve the situation. But there
        Louis Even  began  reading  it                       were things that were ridiculous; there were problems
        on the train he took daily be-                       in all of them. They were saying that one could come
        tween Montreal and Ste-Anne                          to the help of the people but not without requiring
        de Bellevue. He was immedi-                          something. Not without the condition that programs
        ately conquered.                                     were put together, or that a dictatorship was installed,
            He recognized there a group of principles which,   or that socialism was established in order to come to
        once applied, would make a “perfect” monetary sys-   the help of the people.
        tem: a system of finance flexible enough to answer to    “When I came upon Social Credit, I said: ‘This is
        all the situations of economics, bending itself to the   fantastic!’ It hit me straight between the eyes like
        economical facts instead of dictating to them or con-  a thunderbolt, and I made up my mind immediately
        tradicting them, respecting absolutely the freedom of   that I had just discovered a “truth” on my path. The
        choice of the individuals, serving faithfully the produc-  other books all had shadows in their overall portray-
        tion and consumption, answering to the demands of    al of the problems with the financial system at that
        the social sector as well as to those of economics.  particular time. There were no grey areas in Social
            And immediately, also, Louis Even thought to him-  Credit’s overall picture of the exact problem with the
        self: “Everyone must be made aware of this!” From    financial system. A very great truth had fallen onto
        then  on all his thoughts  would go to the  means for   my path.
        realizing this wish.                                     “After reading a few pages on Social Credit, even
            Two more  books, more  developed  than  Larkin’s   before I completed the entire book, when I saw what
        pamphlet, were also received about Social Credit: So-  Social Credit was all about, I said to myself: ‘This is so
        cial Credit for Canada by W. A. Tutte, and Economic   wonderful that all people have to come to know what
        Nationalism by Maurice Colbourne. Afterwards Louis   Social  Credit  is.  It  came  upon  my  path;  it  has  to  be
        Even  acquired other  works  by Douglas  himself and   put onto the path of all people.’ It is Providence who
        others on the same topic. All in English.            put Social Credit onto my path, and even though I was
            At  the  request of Louis Even,  Mr. Harpell  had  a   not very wealthy at that particular time in my life and I
        French translation printed of Larkin’s pamphlet From   did not know how to go about making this great truth
        Debt to Prosperity. It was a beginning of French litera-  known to everyone, I had the desire to do so. I was
        ture printed about Social Credit. Louis Even had made   practically vowing that I would start to make this great
        the translation from English.                        truth known to everyone as soon as possible. I kept
            In 1959, our Movement  held a congress in Al-    working at my regular job, and I could only give time to
        lardville, New Brunswick, Canada. On that occasion,   the cause of Social Credit on weekends. Then one day,
        Mr. Even explained how he came across Social Credit:  thanks to the initiative and support of Mrs. Gilberte
                                                             Cote-Mercier, I was able to leave my regular job at the
            “As far as I am concerned, every day of my life   printing house (Sept. 4, 1938) , and become a Full-time
        (and I am sure it will be the same for me on the other   Pilgrim for the great Social Credit cause.”
        side of the veil as well) I will be blessing the Good    During the winter of 1935-36, all the employees at
        Lord for putting Social Credit upon my path in this   Garden City Press were made aware of Douglas’ doc-
        life. I will always remember that fateful day in 1934   trine during the weekly courses on money and credit.
        when I was riding on the train that was taking me
                                                                                                 Louis Even

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