Network: CBC Television Network
Broadcast Run: 1969
Broadcast Medium: Television
Aired Sunday afternoons from February 12 to June 18, 1967.
Canada’s Centennial was marked by a number of different and exclusive programs about the Nation’s history and society. This 19 week series explored the two solitudes: English and French.
Produced in Montreal, the show attempted to alleviate political tensions between Quebec and English Canada. At the time, CBC said the show was designed to examine the surging spirit of interracial co-operation between the two cultures.
The program went beyond the news-oriented coverage of politicians and social movements and focussed on culture. Many of the guests interviewed were not necessarily on the front page of the papers. Profiles included Jean Ostiguy, stockbroker and arts patron; Peter White, newspaper publisher, and Jean-Luc Pepin a Federal Minister. Cultural programs included a look at Quebec cinema featuring Jean Pierre Lefebvre, Gilles Carle, Larry Kent and Donald Brittain. Other shows in the series looked at Jazz in Quebec, the unique experiences of Quebec patrons in an English-style pub, and Anglophone patrons in a Quebec bistro.
Hosts: Armande Saint-Jean and Arthur Garmaise
Producer: David Bloomberg
Writer: Edgar Sarton
Written by John Corcelli – May, 2005