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HBC owner Richard Baker: 'I couldn?t imagine Hudson?s Bay Co. and its real estate not being together.'
HBC owner Richard Baker: 'I couldn?t imagine Hudson?s Bay Co. and its real estate not being together.'
(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Editor's letter: Why this American billionaire thinks Canadians are too nice

Greetings from New York, where this week some of us from The Globe tried to explain the meaning of Canada to American advertisers.

Who better to ask, we thought, than Richard Baker, the Connecticut real-estate mogul who also serves as governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company. An American through and through, Mr. Baker has endured a crash course in Canadian studies since his family bought the retail chain in 2008.