Thursday, March 06, 2008

Notre maitre l'opinion publique

There's a movement in Montreal to rename a Metro station in the neighbourhood where Oscar Peterson grew up as "Station Oscar-Peterson."

Right now it's called Station Lionel-Groulx, in honour of the early 20th century cleric, historian (Notre maitre le passé and much else), and prophet of the Quebec nation.

As someone says in the press today, Lionel Groulx is quite an important figure if you can leave aside the anti-semitism and the sympathy for fascism and all that. He's also, as far as I know, the only Canadian historian with his own subway stop. For the moment anyway.
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