Network: CBC Television Network
Broadcast Run: 1969 to 1970
Broadcast Medium: Television
Aired Sunday nights from November 4 to December 16, 1973. Repeated in the spring of 1976.
Cameron Graham produced this series of hour-long films about the history of Canada from 1897 to 1957. Brian Nolan directed parts one to four, Munroe Scott directed parts five and six, and Edmund Reid directed part seven. Peter C. Newman wrote the scripts, and the program’s host and narrator was Bruce Hutchinson.
1] The Jewel In The Crown documented the years 1897 to 1917, the Laurier and Borden governments, the deterioration of relations between Quebec and Canada, and the country’s involvement in World War I.
2] Lord Byng, Canada Welcomes You covered the years from the Armistice to the start of the Great Depression, and included the growing immigration to the west, the Winnipeg General Strike, Prohibition, and the governments of Arthur Meighen and William Lyon Mackenzie King.
3] The Best of Times. . . The Worst of Times focused on the government of R.B. Bennett during the Depression.
4] King or Chaos covered the end of the Depression and the path to war under Mackenzie King.
5] For King and Country dealt with the country’s role in World War II and the economic and cultural effects of the war in Canada.
6] King of Canada paid tribute to Mackenzie King in the final years of his political career, from 1945 to 1948, and also dealt with reconstruction and expansion in the years following the war and the growth of the Cold War.
7] Chairman of the Board, the concluding film in the series, dealt with the administration of Louis St. Laurent and the end of Liberal rule in Ottawa with the rise to power of John Diefenbaker.
Written by John Corcelli – August, 2005