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This special 21st issue of Inroads commemorates 15 years of its existence. It all began when John Richards and I met with a few friends in Ottawa late in 1991. After much soul-searching, we decided to take the plunge and embark on a publishing venture. Both of us were academics who had dabbled in politics and felt strongly about the need for intellectuals to play a role in public life. In a decade of friendship and collaboration on publishing projects, we had discovered that though our lives had been lived far apart – John’s in Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver, mine in Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa – we shared a great deal. In the late sixties and seventies our idealism had taken us to the political left, John in the NDP and me in the Parti Québécois and local politics in Montreal.

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