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culture, and all agreed that it was bellissima a fine thing-to be an Italian in Montreal. Yet theirs was a trilingual life. "We speak French because we're in a French city," said Lamberto Tassinari, editor and publisher of a trilingual arts and politics magazine. "And we speak English because we're in North America. But at home we speak Italian." In a small restaurant wallpapered with palm trees and island scenes, immigrant Haitians ate stew over rice laced with okra. Community leader Jean-Claude Icart told Montreal:Spirited Heart of French Canada Giddy after a hard night's work, French Canadianwaitresses atAlexandre, a restaurant on Rue Peel, unwind with laughter. Time enough to pay attention to the early morning headline-news of the Meech Lake accord's collapse. With theirflair for fashion and joie de vivre, Montrealers add spice to their nightlife and pepper to theirpolitics.