Sheila Barshay Goldbloom tells the story of her childhood, marked irrevocably by the death of her father when she was ten years old. Her life in Quebec was punctuated professionally by the increased engagement of the government in the delivery of education, health and social services, while her personal life, notably her husband’s role as an elected official, afforded her a vantage point on the Province of Quebec available to few anglophone citizens.

The events she recounts, from linguistic and religious divisions to the referenda on separation, will be familiar, but the lens of this woman, Jew, immigrant, activist offers an important and often surprising perspective.

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