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Extrait d’une entrevue accordée par Pierre Dansereau à Elspeth Chisholm lors de l’émission radiophonique Memories of Henri Bourassa, 1962.
Université du Québec à Montréal. Service des archives et de gestion des documents.
Fonds d’archives Pierre-Dansereau, 22P6a/3.

Pierre Dansereau: I did get myself involved in a movement with André Laurendeau that I launched in the autumn of 1932, which came to be known as « Les Jeune-Canada ». But, there was always in the background this great god, Bourassa. The men whom we, the men for whom I, had the most respect at that time were Henri Bourassa, chanoine Groulx (Abbé Groulx in those days), and Olivar Asselin, all three of whom represented different facets of French Canadian nationalism, and in a way, I think to this day, Bourassa was the greater of the three, he had the greatest stature, as it were. So, once our movement has been launched, we tried to establish contact with Bourassa, and we discovered then, as others had before us, that he was more tolerant of his enemies than of his friends, and that – I remember a letter which I wrote him and the letter which he gave me in answer, and it is signed « Yours, etc » with the utmost disdain for my youth and my recent conversion to nationalism and all that sort of thing. It obviously didn’t stir him in the least to have a new disciple. Well, I never got any closer than that to him, and in the meantime we followed the lead of chanoine Groulx who was extremely liberal, in that he certainly didn’t try to influence us unduly. To this day, I have the greatest respect and feeling of gratitude towards him.

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