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Mordecai Richler

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So far as one can generalize, the most graciouis, cultivated, and innovative people in this country are French Canadians. Certainly they have given us the most exciting politicians of our time: Trudeau, Lévesque. Without them, Canada would be an exceedingly boring and greatly diminished place.
Reported in Donald Smith, D'une nation ? l'autre: des deux solitudes ? la cohabitation (Montreal: Éditions Alain Stanké, 1997), p. 61.

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