Monday, November 29, 2004

The Greatest Canadian?

CBC viewers have chosen Tommy Douglas as The Greatest Canadian. Terry Fox finished second and Pierre Trudeau rounded out the top three. Seen as the father of health care, Douglas was, none the less, a surprise victor. Undoubtably helped by the Health Care Summit and the endorsement of Much Music's George Stroumboulopoulos, Douglas apparently won a sizeable victory of Fox.

While Douglas's contribution to Canadian society cannot possibly be ignored, his vicotry raises the question of what we, as Canadians, value in our 'heroes'. Terry Fox was an incredible man both in terms of community involvement and human spirit, but he was overlooked for a moderately successful politician. When compared to the 'greatest' citizens from other countries, does Douglas not pale in comaprison?

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