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19 Oktober 2004 @ 11:49
Voici le hoser, mais où sont les femmes?  

A story on the front page of today's Toronto Star reports on the results of a survey, conducted by the CBC, in which 140,000 respondents identified their choices for the "Greatest Canadians" of all time. According to the article, the top ten, in no particular order, are:

  • Sir John A. Macdonald
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Frederick Banting
  • Lester Pearson
  • Pierre Trudeau
  • Tommy Douglas
  • Terry Fox
  • David Suzuki
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Don Cherry

There are two facts about this list that I find particularly striking:

  1. No women are on it.
  2. Don Cherry is.

The Star has a fair bit of fun with fact #2, but they make no mention of fact #1. What is truly alarming, though, is what we can infer by considering both these facts at once: in the collective judgment of 140,000 members of the CBC's audience, a loudmothed, bigoted hockey commentator is a greater Canadian than Agnes MacPhail, Susanna Moodie, Catherine Parr Trail, Laura Secord, Jane Jacobs, Nellie McClung, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro, Louise Arbour, Lucy Maud Montgomery, or indeed any Canadian woman who has ever lived. What (if anything) were they thinking?

 
 
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Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 24. Oktober, 2004 16:57 (UTC)
It's also a remarkably English list, which is perhaps unsurprising.

There seems to be a separate French top 100 list, which includes some people who aren't on the English one, like Thérèse Casgrain. But the top 10 listed in the French version are the same as in the English one.