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With Claude Ryan’s death on February 9, Quebecers -– and all Canadians – lost a man of great lucidity, stamina and generosity. As well as, if not better than, René Lévesque, Ryan articulated the goals of the Quiet Revolution. If any one document can be claimed to do so, the set of constitutional reforms laid out in his 1980 “Beige Paper” epitomized the political aspirations of his generation of Quebec leaders.

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