After the Quebec Conference, at a gala dinner hosted by George-Etienne Cartier, Canada's Fathers of Confederation held a toast; it was offered as encouragement to face the difficulties still before them in forming a nation, but the verse stands today as encouragement for us to face the difficulties in now strengthening it.
Then let us be firm and united
One country, one flag for us all;
United, our strength will be freedom
Divided, we each of us fall.*