This translation into English of Alain Dubuc's best-seller, Portrait de Famille, questions our national identity, if there is one, and how it may be more in flux than ever before. The Rest of Canada sees Quebec in a number of ways, while the Québécois see themselves in still others, in a set of supposedly homemade myths. Dubuc asks and analyzes to what extent these myths are true, false or a mix of both. How does Quebec really stack up culturally, economically and educationally? Often the answers come as a complete surprise and lead us in unexpected directions. Many of the hard facts and statistics gathered are eye-opening for us all. Certainly, La Presse's editorial writer Alain Dubuc knows how to puncture a balloon with the best of them, a much-needed skill these days.
Alain Dubuc, a federalist in politics, obtained a master of science in economics at the University of Montreal. He was a researcher in economics from 1973 to 1976 for the Université de Montréal. In 1976, he became a La Presse columnist specializing in economics. From 1985 to 1988, he hosted the weekly television show Questions d'argent on Radio-Québec (now Télé-Québec) on economics and personal finances. In 1988 Dubuc was appointed Chief Editorialist of La Presse, a position he held until 2001. He was president and editor of the daily Le Soleil in Quebec from 2001 to 2004. A renowned speaker, Dubuc has accumulated many journalism awards throughout his career. He was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011. He is also Visiting Fellow at CIRANO, the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations.