Wednesday 18 June 2014

Working in Montréal --Top 10 Canadians

Good morning folks,

It will be working in Montréal today and tomorrow.

The list is out!

The list of Canada's greatest Canadians has been compiled over the last 6 months or so from online entries by Canadians.   This is leading up to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.  Incidentally that will be my 50th year in Canada, having moved here in Canada's Centennial year 1967.  Yes, Uncle Daniel is an immigrant.

Interesting enough, the list of top 10 Canadians by this online list popularity contains but one Conservative.  Sir John A Macdonald, Canada's first PM squeaking in at 8th place.  I would like to jump up on a soapbox and point out that if the list is any indication Canadian value the accomplishments of the more left side of the Canadian spectrum, but the list was also devoid of women.


That's right, no Roberta Bondar, taking STS-42 into orbit as Canada's first woman in space, also no Hockey legend Angela James and also no Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee although I am sure that Avril placed well.

Without further ado, here is the top 10:

Pierre Trudeau
Terry Fox
Tommy Douglas
Lester B. Pearson
Chris Hadfield
David Suzuki
Jack Layton
Sir John A Macdonald
Wayne Gretzki
Romeo Dallaire

The online survey also compiled a list of notable Canadian accomplishments

Medicare was number one, then
1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Contributions to the Second World War
The Canadarm (The space arm to those U.S. Readers)
Contributions to the First World War
Bilingualism (oui!)
Space Exploration
The Constitution Act of 1982

Sadly, no Red Rose Tea, SONAR, Insulin, Telephone or Standardized Time.

Have a great day, embrace your Canadianism.