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The Greatest Canadian

The Greatest Canadian
File:TV the greatest canadian logo.jpg
The Greatest Canadian logo
Genre Documentary
Developed by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Written by Gary Pearson
Directed by Guy O'Sullivan
Original release 17 October 2004

Officially launched on 5 April 2004, The Greatest Canadian was a television program series by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to determine who is considered to be the greatest Canadian of all time, at least according to those who watched and participated in the program. The project was inspired by the BBC series Great Britons.

Radio-Canada, the national publicly funded French-Language broadcasting agency, was not involved in The Greatest Canadian project, reducing the input of Canada's French-Canadian minority over the results. The CBC did make its website available in French, however.

The "Greatest Canadian" was not decided by a simple popular poll, but was instead chosen through a two-step voting process.

On 17 October 2004 the CBC aired the first part of The Greatest Canadian television series. In it, the bottom 40 of the top 50 "greatest" choices were revealed, in order of popularity, determined by polls conducted by E-mail, website, telephone, and letter. To prevent bias during the second round of voting, the top ten nominees were presented alphabetically rather than by order of first round popularity.

This second vote was accompanied by a series of documentaries, where 10 Canadian celebrities acting as advocates each presented their case for The Greatest Canadian. Voting concluded on 28 November at midnight and the following evening, 29 November, the winner was revealed to be Tommy Douglas.

The series has a spiritual sequel, The Greatest Canadian Invention.

Top 10

On 17 October 2004, the top 10 nominees were revealed in alphabetical order, and on 29 November the top 10 were announced in order of votes:[1]

Rank Image Name Notability Birthplace Advocate
10 75px Wayne Gretzky Hockey player, holder of numerous NHL records Brantford, Ontario Deborah Grey
9 75px Alexander Graham Bell Scientist, inventor,
founder of the Bell Telephone Company
Edinburgh, Scotland Evan Solomon
8 75px Sir John A. Macdonald First Prime Minister of Canada Glasgow, Scotland Charlotte Gray
7 75px Don Cherry Hockey coach and commentator Kingston, Ontario Bret Hart
6 75px Lester B. Pearson Fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada,
United Nations General Assembly President,
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Toronto, Ontario Paul Gross
5 75px David Suzuki Environmentalist Vancouver, British Columbia Melissa Auf der Maur
4 75px Sir Frederick Banting Medical scientist, co-discoverer of insulin,
winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Alliston, Ontario Mary Walsh
3 75px Pierre Trudeau Fifteenth Prime Minister of Canada Montreal, Quebec Rex Murphy
2 75px Terry Fox Athlete, activist, humanitarian Winnipeg, Manitoba Sook-Yin Lee
1 75px Tommy Douglas Father of Medicare, Premier of Saskatchewan Falkirk, Scotland George Stroumboulopoulos

Other editions

Other countries have produced similar shows, see also: Greatest Britons spin-offs

See also


  1. "Who is The Greatest Canadian? CBC viewers respond". The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  2. "AOL TV". Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  3. "Suuret Suomalaiset | Arkistoitu". 1 June 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
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