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View Poll Results: Greatest Canadian?
Frederick "Freddy" Banting (yay insulin) 0 0%
Alex Graham "The Man" Bell (yay telephones) 1 3.33%
Tommy "Gun" Douglas (yay universal healthcare) 2 6.67%
Terry "I-shoulda-been-a-pirate" Fox (yay cancer) 10 33.33%
Wayne "I'm too pussy to fight" Gretzky (yay sportsmanship) 4 13.33%
Sir John "A-is-for-alcoholism" Macdonald (yay confederacy) 1 3.33%
Lester B. "The Airport" Pearson (yay Nobel Peace Bookend) 1 3.33%
David "Look at my hairy ass" Suzuki (yay hippy environmentalists) 7 23.33%
Pierre "Kiss Me" Trudeau (yay passionate icon) 4 13.33%
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Old 11-28-2004, 04:26 AM   #1
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Question Who was the Greatest Canadian?

Let's hear it from Netphoria.

Oh and I left off Don Cherry for a reason. What a joke.

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Old 11-28-2004, 04:36 AM   #2
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i heard all canadians are impotent and gay

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Old 11-28-2004, 04:42 AM   #3
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Originally posted by Randall Sandell
i heard all canadians are impotent and gay
you heard right!
it's actually a little known fact about us.

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Old 11-28-2004, 11:29 AM   #4
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I love David Suzuki. He once said something to the effect that the noble gases were snooty because they wouldn't mix with other elements.
Damn those elitist noble gases.

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Old 11-28-2004, 12:47 PM   #5
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Old 11-28-2004, 12:47 PM   #6
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Definitely David Suzuki or Tommy Douglas. They showed Tommy Douglas and Pierre Trudeau at a debate and Douglas totally whiped the floor with Trudeau while Trudeau sat there with his arms crossed looking defeated.It was awesome - considering that Trudeau is well known for his debating skills.

yeah , Don Cherry is a joke.

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Old 11-28-2004, 12:50 PM   #7
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Comon, the only Canadian that ever mattered or made an impact was Tim Horton

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Old 11-28-2004, 12:58 PM   #8
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Old 11-28-2004, 01:02 PM   #9
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Terry Fox by a mile (no pun intended).\

Run Terry Run.

Old 11-28-2004, 01:07 PM   #10
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secretly canadian

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Old 11-28-2004, 01:21 PM   #11
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i just voted, and it was for terry fox.

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Old 11-28-2004, 01:30 PM   #13
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I can't believe I'm the first one to vote for PET.

My second choice though would be for Terry Fox. I'd never really thought about it untill I was told he ran the equivalent of a marathon a day for 143 days straight on a prosthetic leg made with 1970's technology.

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Old 11-28-2004, 02:05 PM   #14
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alanis morissette is very inspiring.

oh, and fuck insulin. diabetics are pussies.

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Originally posted by phaedrus
Oh and I left off Don Cherry for a reason. What a joke.
Thank you.

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Old 11-28-2004, 03:15 PM   #16
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Leonard Cohen.

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Leonard Cohen.
It's too bad that he didn't make the final 10.

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Cohen >>>>>> any treehugging hippy.

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Old 11-28-2004, 03:23 PM   #19
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some of those accomplishments in the 10 choices are so lukewarm it leads me to believe that there are probably less than 50 great men in all of canada's history

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Originally posted by alexthestampede
some of those accomplishments in the 10 choices are so lukewarm it leads me to believe that there are probably less than 50 great men in all of canada's history
I'd place that number at around 5.
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Old 11-28-2004, 03:36 PM   #21
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Cohen would be in my top 10 probably.

my top four in no particular order would be:

Trudeau and

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the rest of the top 100...

keep in mind that these were voted in for the general public, which explains why dumb celebrities like don cherry, celine dion and shania twain made this list (then again, also why deserving celebrities such as mr. dressup, michael j. fox and john candy made it)... also, a lot of special interest groups and fan clubs had pushy voting campaigns (like the ndp's campaign right now, which is why tommy douglas is currently sitting at number 1)

i, too, voted for leonard cohen for the initial nominees.

11 LOUIS RIEL 1844-1885
Leader of the Red River and Northwest Rebellions and founder of Manitoba, Riel was twice elected to the House of Commons but was prevented from taking his seat. His execution burst open Canada's cultural and political divide and to this day, haunts our national conscience. Explore audio and video clips of Louis Riel from the CBC Archives.

12 JEAN VANIER 1928-
His desire to help the poor and rejected of society prompted the former naval officer to buy a run-down house in France, which he named l'Arche. A place where people with disabilities 'can reveal their gifts,’ l'Arche became the model for over 100 such communities around the world.

Who would've thought a song about potatoes could lead to fame and fortune? But Bud the Spud, Connor's first big hit, did just that. The man who claimed he wanted to 'sing Canada to the world' became the most popular country singer in Canada.

14 NEIL YOUNG 1945-
He was the last word in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. As a member of Buffalo Springfield, he also created songs that became all-time favourites. Melding rock's vitality with folk music's emotion, Young remains forever open to experiment, and an influence on younger stars.

15 PETER GZOWSKI 1934-2002
He began as a journalist, but found his home in radio entertaining and enlightening a nation in his gruff, reassuring rumble. The man who knew how to listen, also wrote books, coached hockey and campaigned tirelessly for literacy. Explore audio and video clips of Peter Gzowski from the CBC Archives.

As Commander of the UN Observer Mission in Rwanda, Dallaire tried in vain to warn the UN and others of the impending genocide. His efforts to stop the slaughter and since then, to advance the cause of humanism, have earned him such descriptions as 'a shining beacon' and 'the last just man.' Explore audio and video clips of General Roméo Dallaire from the CBC Archives.

As UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS, the former politician has worked ceaselessly to bring the extent of the AIDS crisis to the world's attention. Articulate and passionate, he speaks directly to the hearts and minds of Canadians. Explore audio and video clips of Stephen Lewis from the CBC Archives.

After her humble beginnings singing in a hotel bar in Timmins, she changed her name to “Shania”. When her four albums spawned a slew of country-pop hits, the midriff-baring chanteuse behind “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and “I’m Gonna Getcha Good” reinvigorated a well-worn music genre and promptly became the top-selling country artist of all time.

19 BOBBY ORR 1948 -
A brilliant stickhandler whose strength and speed helped him set numerous records for scoring, he made hockey history with a Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1970. By playing defense offensively, he changed the nature of the game and earned himself a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

20 MIKE MYERS 1963 -
He honed his comic chops at Second City, then during his six seasons on Saturday Night Live. Topping the box office as a Scarborough headbanger in Wayne’s World (1992) and a shagadelic secret agent in three Austin Powers films, he proved himself one of Canada’s most gifted comics, and adoring fans love to watch him party on.

He died during one of the crucial battles of the First World War, and in May, 2000, his remains were retrieved from Vimy Ridge and reburied at the base of the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Though his history is “unknown,” his tomb ensures that the 116,000 soldiers who gave their lives for peace and freedom in Canada will never be forgotten.

22 HAROLD ROGERS 1899 – 1994
Encouraged by his father to join the Rotary Club, he held his own meeting with a small group of friends instead, and in 1920, the Kinsmen Club was born. Today,, Kinsmen and Kinettes promote positive values and foster national pride through their fundraising projects and work with the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Burning his way around the ice, the Rocket electrified players and fans alike. 'A flash of lightning,’ said one admirer. Richard set the souls of his people ablaze, earning him a role beyond hockey player: a national icon. Explore audio and video clips of Maurice "Rocket" Richard from the CBC Archives.

During the Great War, he was the first Canadian appointed commander of the Canadian Corps.
A leader determined not to needlessly sacrifice his men, he contributed during the last 100 days to what was perhaps WWI's most successful Allied offensive.

25 NELLIE MCCLUNG 1873-1951
She led the Women's Christian Temperance Union into a battle for votes for women, which they won in 1916. The successful author of Sowing Seeds in Danny went on to enter the Alberta legislature and become one of Canada's most influential fighters for social change. Explore audio and video clips of Nellie McClung from the CBC Archives.

26 DR NORMAN BETHUNE 1890-1939
A committed social activist and innovator, he was a medical doctor who organized the world's first mobile blood transfusion service during the Spanish Civil War. His work as chief medical officer in Mao's Red Army made him a hero in Revolutionary China. Explore audio and video clips of Dr. Norman Bethune from the CBC Archives.

27 CÉLINE DION 1968-
As the youngest of 14 children, it's possible she might occasionally have lacked attention as a small child. Not any more. Today, millions of fans cherish every song sung by the most famous pop diva in the world.

He changed the course of Canadian history. Allying with Tecumseh and the Shawnee Indians, Brock captured Detroit during the War of 1812. His bravery and leadership bolstered the sagging confidence of his troops and the province; without it, Upper Canada might well have fallen to the Americans.

29 JIM CARREY 1962
This comic first attracted attention as Fire Marshall Bill on In Living Colour, then perfected his rubber-faced style in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and Dumb and Dumber (1994). After winning two Golden Globe Awards for The Truman Show (1998) and Man in the Moon (1999), he settled into his most natural role yet: bankable Hollywood superstar.

30 RICK HANSEN 1957-
Thrown from the back of a pick-up truck, he lost the ability to walk. But that didn't stop him. In 1987, the athletic 30-year old realized a long held dream when he circled the world in his wheelchair, raising funds as well as awareness of the potential of those with spinal cord injuries. Explore audio and video clips of Rick Hansen from the CBC Archives.

The gifted and prolific writer of serious popular history has changed the way Canadians think about their country. Explore audio and video clips of Pierre Berton from the CBC Archives.

32 MICHAEL J. FOX 1961-
During the day he worked on the successful series Family Ties, while at night he shot Back to the Future. The Edmonton-born actor has always worked hard. Diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1990, his foundation funds research into this devastating disease

He began as a boy soprano, his clear, high voice broadcast on local radio. Today his smoky baritone conjures up this country. The master songwriter and balladeer has written songs that will last as long as Canada. Explore audio and video clips of Gordon Lightfoot from the CBC Archives.

An on-air personality at Winnipeg’s Power 97 radio station and a regular host of amateur talent searches and Budweiser Messy Wrestling Nights at the Henderson Draft House, his loyal fans think he’s the greatest.

35 LAURA SECORD 1775-1868
A woman 'of slender frame and delicate appearance,’ she was 37 when she made the long trip on foot to warn the British of a planned American attack, thus earning her place in history as a heroine of the War of 1812.

36 ERNIE COOMBS 1927- 2001
With costumes from his “Tickle Trunk” and the help of puppets Casey and Finnegan, he inspired generations of kids and grown-ups to use their imaginations. A fixture on T.V. for over three decades, the man who Mr. Rogers described as “pure in heart” was an active off-screen spokesperson for Canadian Save the Children, and was admitted to the Order of Canada in 1996.

37 TECUMSEH 1768-1813
Like an early Martin Luther King, the Shawnee chief had a dream: a dream of a pan-Indian movement and enough land to guarantee his people's way of life. His support of Brock's attack on Detroit ensured Brock's victory, but ultimately, did not further his own.

Arguably one of the greats of hockey, Super Mario was forced to retire when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. Though many thought he would never play again, Lemieux made a triumphant return to the NHL and heart’s of fans when he led Canada to Olympic gold at Salt Lake City in 2002.

Considered one of the world’s best technical wrestlers, “The Hitman” is a five-time WWF champion. During the 80s, he delighted WrestleMania fans as half of the legendary, brutal tag team, The Hart Foundation. Explore audio and video clips of Bret Hart from the CBC Archives.

The teenaged “punk princess” who topped the Canadian charts with her irresistibly hooky first single (“Complicated”) hails from Napanee. Her tomboyish fashion sense and poppy empowerment songs (“Sk8er Boi” and “Don’t Tell Me”) made her an instant role model for throngs of teenage girls.

41 JOHN CANDY 1950 – 1994
For eight seasons, he kept T.V. viewers in stitches when he played an assortment of goofballs and hambones in the fictional SCTV town of Melonville. With his film roles in Splash (1984), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Uncle Buck (1989), he created a gallery of warm-hearted characters and became Canada’s favourite Everyman.

His mind was always ticking. He envisaged a railway route to the Pacific long before he helped build it. He co-founded the Royal Canadian Institute. He gave the world its international system of standard time and Canada its first postage stamp. With it came a national emblem, the beaver.

Named Wilfrid after the hero of a Walter Scott novel, Laurier’s matinée-idol looks and golden voice seemed made for the silver screen. Instead, it was tolerance, eloquence and his ability to bridge the French-English divide that made him a real-life hero to Canada's people. Explore audio and video clips of Sir Wilfred Laurier from the CBC Archives.

44 MARY MAXWELL 1910-2000
Displaying an early love of learning, she went on to become an established author, lecturer, filmmaker and the best-known member of the Bahai community. After marrying Guardian Shoghi Effendi Rabbani in 1937, she spent her life working to promote the Bahai message of peace and tolerance.

During a 40-year political career, he held every major portfolio in Cabinet and was instrumental in defeating the “Yes” vote in two Quebec separatist referendums. In his three terms as prime minister, he was never afraid to take a stand, notably refusing to send Canadian troops into the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Explore audio and video clips of Jean Chrétien from the CBC Archives.

A poet and novelist who became a pop star, Cohen's constant spiritual quest expressed in his lyrics, connects him to millions of fans around the world. Explore audio and video clips of Leonard Cohen from the CBC Archives.

He fought for the underdog, revitalized western agriculture, pilloried apartheid and helped introduce the Canadian Bill of Rights and the federal franchise for native peoples. This populist politician knew both the pinnacle of popularity and the depths of rejection. Explore audio and video clips of John Diefenbaker from the CBC Archives.

One of the most acclaimed air aces of World War I, the cheerful extrovert was once described as 'a fantastic shot but a terrible pilot.' But he shot down 72 enemy planes, won a fistful of medals, and earned the nickname 'Hell's Handmaiden' from his German counterparts. (PHOTO:NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA)

The shrewd, solitary politician introduced the idea of the welfare state, navigated Canada through World War II, brought in the baby bonus and unemployment insurance and juggled with consummate skill the divergent demands of this country. Explore audio and video clips of William Lyon Mackenzie King from the CBC Archives.

The master of the one-minute rant, this gifted writer and actor sharpened his comic teeth on Made in Canada and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. When he took to the streets in Talking to Americans, the self-professed news junkie moved from the sidelines to center stage as Canada’s most biting political satirist.

Plucked from obscurity at a football game, the buxom Vancouver native went on to be a Tool Time Girl, Playboy cover model and Baywatch superstar. But with her subsequent acting roles, tongue-in-cheek novel, Star, and work as a spokesperson for PETA, this savvy blonde proved she was anything but dumb.

He was 12, looking for the comics. But a piece about a boy sold into bondage as a carpet weaver and murdered for talking about child labour caught his eye and inspired him to found Free the Children, the international organization dedicated to defending children's rights

53 GORDIE HOWE 1928-
Dubbed 'Mr. Hockey,’ the strongest player in the NHL won the scoring title six times, four Stanley Cups and was in the top 10 of NHL scorers for 21 consecutive years.

Nicknamed 'the quiet Canadian,' the inventor, radio pioneer, WWI hero and spy used the code name “Intrepid” as head of Churchill's intelligence operations during WWII. He also helped develop a way of transmitting photographs around the world, an invention that made him a millionaire.

55 GLENN GOULD 1932-1982
Audiences were as much fixated on his eccentric behaviour as on his revolutionary musical interpretations. Little wonder that Gould stopped giving live performances and concentrated on studio recordings, which would become treasured testaments to his genius. Explore audio and video clips of Glenn Gould from the CBC Archives.

He performed dramatic roles on Broadway and at Ontario’s Stratford Theatre, until he signed on to play Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek in 1966. Stardom and cult status soon followed, and to this day, critics still use the word “Shatnerian” to describe his signature dramatic pauses.

She created a small red-headed orphan who charmed her way into the hearts of the world. Ever since Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables was published, the world has beaten an admiring path to Prince Edward Island.

It was a moment that's lasted forever. On Sept. 28th 1972, with 34 seconds left in the final game, Henderson skated his way into history and scored the winning goal for Canada in the 'Series of the Century' against what was then the USSR. That moment of magic is a defining moment of national pride. Explore audio and video clips of Paul Henderson from the CBC Archives.

59 TIM HORTON 1930-1974
Known as one of the most reliable defencemen in the NHL for nearly 22 years, he was credited with bringing “honour” to hockey by refusing to fight on the ice, while others claim he invented the slap shot. He would inadvertently make another huge contribution to Canadian culture when he lent his name to a doughnut chain in 1964.

60 STAN ROGERS 1950-1983
He ran out of money to finish his second album. It was his mother who lent him her life savings so he could get it launched. His songs sing of this country, his home, its landscape, people and history. He was 33 when he died. Some people say he was the best Canadian folksinger ever.

The modest, brilliant geologist and geological cartographer founded the Geological Survey of Canada. Thanks to him, the fundamentals of Canadian geology were identified and mapped.

Probably the only communications theorist in the world to attain international fame overnight, McLuhan may be best known for his phrase 'the medium is the message.’ This view of media as extensions of the mind now seems remarkably prescient, as does, with the web's arrival, his term 'global village.' Explore audio and video clips of Marshall McLuhan from the CBC Archives.

She had the courage to reach beyond the bounds of earth and became one of Canada's first astronauts, and the first neurologist in space. The experience deepened her appreciation of this planet, inspiring her to celebrate it in a series of photographs of Canada's national parks. Explore audio and video clips of Roberta Bondar from the CBC Archives.

He had the street-smarts and the Québec support most Conservative politicians only dream of. This bilingual smooth-talker won back-to-back elections, worked to get rid of apartheid and with the Free Trade Agreement changed the economic landscape of Canada. Explore audio and video clips of Brian Mulroney from the CBC Archives.

He was 17 when he joined the Guess Who after they recorded Shakin' All Over. As the band's lead singer and songwriter, the prairie musician skyrocketed to fame. Explore audio and video clips of Burton Cummings from the CBC Archives.

In 2001, she became the first woman ever to be appointed Auditor General of Canada. When she took aim at the federal government’s gun registry, privacy commissioner and sponsorship contracts in a series of scandal-inducing reports, she earned a reputation as being both tough and fair.

67 PATRICK ROY 1965 -
During his time as goalie for both the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche, his ability to elevate his game under overtime pressure prompted his teammates to nickname him “St. Patrick.” His “butterfly” goaltending style has helped him become the all-time NHL leader in wins and games played by a goalie.

'Le Gros Bill' of the Montréal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup 10 times during the glory days of his team. The 'gentleman' hockey player declined the prestigious job of Governor General in 1994, opting instead to stay home in Montréal and help care for his parentless grandchildren.

69 RENÉ LÉVESQUE 1922-1987
He seemed to express Québec the way Edith Piaf expressed Paris. Passionate and defiant, this founder of the Parti Québecois gave voice to a long-held dream and dominated the provincial politics of his day. Explore audio and video clips of Réné Levesque from the CBC Archives.

70 JAMES NAISMITH 1861-1939
At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the first year basketball was played as an Olympic sport, an elderly Canadian teacher was guest of honour. Years before, while searching for a game to keep students in shape, he had nailed up two peach baskets and invented the popular game.

Britain's Sunday Times called her 'the outstanding novelist of our age'. Her complex, cerebral, often dark, often funny novels become international bestsellers. A respected poet, essayist and critic, Atwood also stands out as a committed cultural and human rights activist. Explore audio and video clips of Margaret Atwood from the CBC Archives.

After founding Women in Transition, one of the first battered women shelters in Canada, she became the first black person ever appointed to the Canadian Senate in 1984. She remains an outspoken defender of family values and rights, advocating for fathers’ rights and fair treatment for men and women in the aftermath of divorce.

73 DAVID THOMPSON 1770-1857
One of the best pioneering geographers on the continent, Thompson surveyed and mapped almost two million square miles of western North America. Although he died in poverty and obscurity, the author of David Thompson's Narrative became one of Canada's most loved historical figures.

74 EMILY MURPHY 1868-1933
The first woman magistrate in the British Empire, Murphy was challenged for not officially being a person in the eyes of the law. With four Alberta women, the social worker and author, known as “Janey Canuck,” carried the Persons Case to Britain's Privy Council and won. Explore audio and video clips of Emily Murphy from the CBC Archives.

From street busker to superstar, from skateboarder to rock icon, Sarah McLachlan has grown into one of Canada’s great musical talents.

76 JOHN MCCRAE 1872-1918
The McGill pathologist and author served as a medical officer at Ypres where he wrote In Flanders Field, a poem 'born of fire and blood.’ It became one of the most moving pieces ever written about war. Explore audio and video clips of John McCrae from the CBC Archives.

77 DR CHARLES BEST 1899-1978
He landed the summer job of all summer jobs. While working in the labs of Frederick Banting, the graduate student and the doctor discovered insulin. Best was only 22 years old!! Explore audio and video clips of Dr. Charles Best from the CBC Archives.

This author consults his audience before he finishes a story. This sensitivity to how kids feel and talk about their experiences has turned Munsch into a best-selling children's writer. His books have sold over 30 million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages.

79 ED BELFOUR 1965
After starting his career with the Chicago Blackhawks and winning a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars, this fiery player now tends goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs. His ability to cover the net has clinched his position as one of the most consistent goalies in the NHL.

80 CHIEF DAN GEORGE 1899-1981
He never studied acting but was nominated for an Academy Award. Transcending the stereotype of the silent, sometimes sullen Indian, Chief Dan George ushered in an era of new native pride.

Saskatchewan’s Sandra Schmirler won three Canadian and world titles, but with her Olympic gold medal at the 1998 Games in Nagano, she became "The Queen of Curling." Tragedy struck and the beloved Hall of Famer died of cancer at age 36. Explore audio and video clips of Sandra Schmirler from the CBC Archives.

82 DAN AYKROYD 1952-
With Second City in Toronto, he was part of a dream team of talented comics. As one of the original cast members of TV's Saturday Night Live, and one half of the Blues Brothers, Aykroyd stepped from the wings into celebrity's spotlight, going on to star in several Hollywood hits.

Convinced that 'aboriginal people are not being recognized as the first people of this country,' the Manitoba legislator blocked the passage of the Meech Lake Accord, hoping to put aboriginal issues at the top of Canada's constitutional agenda. Explore audio and video clips of Elijah Harper from the CBC Archives.

“The Kid from Caroline” started skating on a backyard rink in Alberta and went on to become a 4-time Canadian and World champion. Known for his inventive choreography and boundless showmanship, he earned a place in the Guiness Book of World Records when he was the first man in competition history to land the quadruple toe loop jump. Explore audio and video clips of Kurt Browning from the CBC Archives.

85 EMILY CARR 1881-1945
Her paintings capture on canvas an elemental quality of this country that speaks to all humanity. An exceptional writer, this isolated individualist battled depression, illness, poverty and neglect to become one of Canada most celebrated painters.

Born in Sarnia, Ontario, he started dreaming early, when he joined the Holiday Inn golf club at the age of 8. By the ripe old age of 32, he won the Masters, making him one of the top 3 pros in the world, and the most successful golfer in Canadian history.

When he gave up his family practice and began performing illegal abortions in 1969, he embarked on what would be a lifelong crusade. When the Supreme Court declared Canada’s abortion laws “unconstitutional” in 1988, his dream of ensuring women could access safe and secure abortion services became a reality. Explore audio and video clips of Dr. Henry Morgentaler from the CBC Archives.

His books awakened Canadians to the perils facing humans and animals as 'progress' encroaches on their worlds. Writer of what he calls 'subjective non-fiction,’ Mowat fell in love with the Arctic as a teenager and has gone on to write 38 books, many of them about the far North. Explore audio and video clips of Farley Mowat from the CBC Archives.

He was 26 with a diploma in business administration. Watching the Canadian Track Championships on TV he thought, “I can run faster than that.” Two years later he became the first sprinter to hold all 3 titles of Olympic Champion, World Champion and World Record Holder. Explore audio and video clips of Donovan Bailey from the CBC Archives.

90 BRYAN ADAMS 1959 -
This gravelly voiced Vancouver rocker is equally at home playing rock anthems (“Cuts Like A Knife”) or power ballads (“Heaven”), and was one of the songwriters behind the famine relief single “Tears Are Not Enough.” He’s still recording hit albums, and also forging a successful career as a photographer. Explore audio and video clips of Bryan Adams from the CBC Archives.

He helped found a small western-based protest party, which grew up to become the official opposition in Ottawa. As the Reform Party's leader, Manning then proposed uniting the right into a larger, federal union, and so the Canadian Alliance was born. Explore audio and video clips of Preston Manning from the CBC Archives.

92 JOHN MOLSON 1763-1836
The orphan who arrived in Canada at the age of 18 first bought a small brewery in Montréal. His profits financed a steamboat line, hotels, banking, a distillery and a railroad. The man whose name lives on in our beer also introduced the steam engine to Montréal's industrial sector. Explore audio and video clips of John Molson from the CBC Archives.

The voice and the words are utterly distinctive. Starting as a folk singer she explored other musical genres, including jazz and continues to produce highly respected paintings. Hits, such as Both Sides Now, Chelsea Morning and Big Yellow Taxi have become international favourites. Explore audio and video clips of Joni Mitchell from the CBC Archives.

94 ANNE MURRAY 1945-
She had her heart set on a career in sports and phys. ed. But Snowbird took off, carrying Murray on a different route. Other huge hits followed, establishing the Nova Scotian-born singer, with her musical versatility and wholesome charm, as a permanent star in the musical firmament. Explore audio and video clips of Anne Murray from the CBC Archives.

Several of his eight sons loved our national game, which may have prompted the retiring Governor General to present Canada with a silver cup for the best team in amateur hockey. Today, the Stanley Cup has become the most important award in professional hockey.

96 GEDDY LEE 1953 -
As a member of the Juno-winning rock trio Rush, his impressive keyboard riffs and complex bass guitar licks made him the envy of aspiring musicians everywhere. His distinctive vocals landed “Tom Sawyer,” “Limelight” and “Closer to the Heart” on the charts and eventually earned him a place in the Order of Canada.

She made headlines when she was asked to investigate P4W, the Kingston Women's prison. But as Chief Prosecutor of War Crimes for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, the human rights expert entered the world's radar screen. Today she heads the UN Human Rights Commission.

A master of dark comedy, Richler grabbed the public's amused attention with the publication of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Other award-winning books followed. It seemed the more fun Richler poked at society, the more Canadians valued him. Explore audio and video clips of Mordecai Richler from the CBC Archives.

99 SAM STEELE 1849-1919
As head of the North-West Mounted Police’s (NWMP) “D” division, he was a key player in some of Canada’s most significant historical events – the Northwest Rebellion (1885),the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), and the Yukon Gold Rush. In a 40-year military career that took him to both the Boer and First World Wars, this legendary figure displayed strength and determination.

Guided always by his conscience, he worked among the poor, resigned his Methodist ministry, suffered for his pacifist views, fought for social reform and became the CCF's first president. 'If Canada has had a Gandhi', wrote George Woodcock,' his name was surely Woodsworth.’ Explore audio and video clips of J.S. Woodsworth from the CBC Archives.

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They did the same thing here only for the province of Quebec and Trudeau (the only Quebecer to make it in the canadian top 10) ranked 8 or so. But then again Trudeau was a lot more popular outside of Quebec I believe.

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Wow. Cohen is below such luminaries as Shania Twain, Celine Dion, and Avirl Lavigne.

LOL @ Donovan Bailey. Isn't he actually Jamacian?

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Old 11-28-2004, 05:37 PM   #27
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Originally posted by Randall Sandell
i heard all canadians are impotent and gay

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fucking avril and shania higher than cretien and atwood and a bunch of other people? fucking bulllllshit. this isn't a list of who makes the most money, assholes.

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Old 11-28-2004, 05:42 PM   #29
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i vote for two.

terrance and phillip

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Originally posted by souvenir
They did the same thing here only for the province of Quebec and Trudeau (the only Quebecer to make it in the canadian top 10) ranked 8 or so. But then again Trudeau was a lot more popular outside of Quebec I believe.
ya, the whole kinsmen group pushed people to vote for harold rogers, and the bahai people for mary maxwell.

niki, i think a lot of people just have a lot of trouble differentiating between "personal favourite" canadian and "greatest" canadian.

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