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06-23-2006, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by DanyHeatley#1Fan
Maurice "Rocket" Richard. He has inspired a whole people and his performance on and off the ice drove Quebec to "La Révolution tranquille". He woke us up and made us realize our potential. Maurice is not only the greatest Montrealer, he is the greatest Québécois ever. René Lévesque and Jean Lesage being close though.
Actually, he never wanted to do that. People and politicians put that on him. But he embraced it later and spoke up. For a shy, quiet man, that was a very brave thing to do. We forget that these icons we look up to are people. It was necessary. The Anglophones in Montreal used to be really bad. I saw a CBC clip from the 60s asking people what they thought about others speaking French (!). The people they interviewed knew they were on national TV, but they called the French names and said they didn't want them speaking French to them. Very shocking stuff. And this is in Quebec! Hard to believe people could be so stupid, especially when the businesses were owned and run by and in English. In a French province. Richard is by far the most important Montrealer and maybe Quebecker. You can say Levesque and others, but without Richard it might not have worked.

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