Anyone attending the Blue Met closing event featuring the panel of biographers chosen from this series of Famous Canadians Biographies –in this case four “extraordinary Montrealers” –and witnessing John Ralston Saul, the Penquin series editor, expound on how these 20 important Canadians were chosen with difficulty from among the many important expired Canadians whom they might have included–anyone listening would understand that this project was not about bringing the lengendary Canadian at hand to task, or to highlight their shortfalls, or even to be deadly honest about them as humans. The subjects were chosen, or so said Saul, because of their extraordinary commitment to their gift and their particular importance, often on a world stage, as Canadians. This would preclude indulging–unfortunately for these chosen authors–in coming up with some newfound dirt –or new but less complimentary full profile–to fling in the direction of their appointed subject. I admit I haven’t read this book, nor any from this new series as yet. But if what was said during that Blue Met event is true, by Saul or any of the panelists, I shouldn’t expect to find anything unduly distressing to the subject in these biographies–nothing to make him or her turn restlessly, sadly, with burning ire in their grave. Perhaps when I’ve read them–by the time I”m in my coffin I may finish with the last–we could all have a rousing debate on that subject. My point being, M.G.Vassanji is, in my view, being unfairly criticized for something he, in writing this biography, would never have been allowed to do.