Is This Who We Are?
This translation into English of Alain Dubuc's best-seller, Portrait de Famille, questions our national identity, if there is one, and how it may be more in flux than ever before. The Rest of Canada sees Quebec in a number of ways, while the Québécois see themselves in still others, in a set of supposedly homemade myths. Dubuc asks and analyzes to what extent these myths are true, false or a mix of both. How does Quebec really stack up culturally, economically and educationally? Often the answers come as a complete surprise and lead us in unexpected directions. Many of the hard facts and statistics gathered are eye-opening for us all. Certainly, La Presse's editorial writer Alain Dubuc knows how to puncture a balloon with the best of them, a much-needed skill these days.