A Truly Sad Day for Canada

The Man Who Loved Canada has died at 84. Mel Hurtig. I will think of him every time I continue to look something up in my indispensable first edition (black hardbound) 1984 Canadian Encyclopedia. A major labor of love, as was the revised (red) edition. There is information in these books which have been completely lost in Canadian schools and universities as well as in government libraries and public facilities in an era of deliberate federal and provincial downsizing of Canadian history and literary culture as well as the gutting of public knowledge of our country’s long history and process. No one will ever equal his proud cultural contributions to our nation.

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