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Talking to Rita

People have been paying tribute to the late Rita MacNeil, a true icon in the Canadian music industry, and as many have noted, her life was anything but easy.

In her early years she struggled as a single mother, facing poverty, abuse and at times, addiction issues.

However something about the way she handled all her challenges inspired others, and endeared her to millions of music fans.

The CBC's Steve Sutherland spoke with Rita MacNeil in 2009, about her role as a leader in her community.

Steve joined Harry to talk about that meeting.

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