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12-18-2011, 09:05 PM
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I personally don't care if the coach speaks French, English, Russian or whatever he wants to speak as long as the team wins. But the Habs and their history are intertwined with Québec's history and cultural identity. The nickname "Habitants" comes from a pejorative term, used from the 1920s until the 1960s, to describe the French speaking population of Québec, depicted as rural, premodern, unlearned and simple minded. This cultural dimension is disappearing from the team, and fans have a right to demand it comes back to it without being called names by the English speaking fans who probaly aren't aware or don't care about the issue.

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