How does Canada’s government work? How do its regions work? Who are our great prime ministers? This past Friday, our General Editor J.L. Granatstein spoke with Marc Montgomery on RCI’s The Link about these and other elements of The Canadian Experience series . The conversation not only included a general overview of what the series is and how it began, but Mr. Granatstein also noted the difference between our 20+ language Canadian Experience and other Canadian history series, particularly some made for television.
“There is one crucial difference”, said Mr. Granatstein. “It’s [being made available] in more than 50 printed newspapers [in Multimedia Nova's partner network] in the language of the people who read it.” Mr. Granatstein also acknowledged the “gutsy decision” by Multimedia Nova CEO Lori Abittan [in offering the 52, 800-word columns for no cost to the participating newspapers..."she did it because she believes this is important."]; and, that although the language translations have enabled access by some who perhaps don’t have the language fluency, some of the publishers have deemed it important to publish the Canadian Experience columns in English.
Mr. Granatstein’s passion shone through and acknowledged the appeal of the series’ content to Canada’s native born and newcomers (“I really want to reach the newcomers, the diversity across the country…the idea that they will develop some Canadian civic literacy, have a sense of what the names are, how the system functions…”). To hear the entire interview, you can click here (audio .mp3 file).
Our thanks to the technical folks at The Link for making this audio file available.