Talk:Canada: A People's History

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J.S. Woodsworth[edit]

Surely J. S. Woodsworth merits a mention? Particularly since I wrote an article about him :) Adam 05:06, 16 Jan 2004 (UTC)

  • I'm trying to remember how much Woodsworth was featured in the episode (haven't seen it for a few months now). I'll see what I can find out and go from there. Radagast 14:12, Jan 16, 2004 (UTC)


Was it just me, or did anyone else find this whole series really really really boring? It was full of sweeping, dramatic music, and a narrator desperately trying to sound important...but that was it. I hated it :) Adam Bishop 07:02, 3 Feb 2004 (UTC)

  • I found it fascinating, myself; I guess that's why I wrote the article... Radagast
  • Adam, you are correct. This was a prime example of an over-wraught waste of taxpayer money. I'm sure there are some people who like this kind of programming, but the Canadian people as a whole should not have to foot the bill. Every time this show came on I let out a heavy sigh of frustration and changed the channel. And the acting was REALLY bad!

The unsigned comments immediately above by Wikipedia user (for this user's other contributions, see are personal opinions and POV, not NPOV. While the user is entirely welcome to their opinions and free to express them, here or elsewhere, IMO personal subjective judgements alone don't make for a better Wikipedia.

Canada: A People's History was the largest single documentary project ever undertaken by the CBC, and AFAIK the largest single documentary project in all of Canadian broadcasting, cable, or film to date. Even had the series been a total failure in every way, the scale of the production alone would make it entirely deserving of a Wikipedia article.

But the series wasn't a failure. Far from it. As the CBC site says: "Episodes 1-5 of the series, produced in both English and French, attracted audiences of roughly 2.3 million Canadians to CBC and its French-language counterpart Radio-Canada during the Fall. Now the most popular Canadian documentary series ever produced..." [[1]]

User is welcome to their opinions of whether the series was "over-wraught" (sic) or a "waste of taxpayer money." However, the extremely high audience ratings of the series, the Canadian nonfiction best-selling book spawned from the series, and the high videotape & DVD sales since, prove that many Canadian taxpayers were (and are) very much willing to not only give the series their close personal attention, but also willingly and voluntarily spend their personal after-tax dollars to purchase copies of the series and the books.

Speaking personally, I very much liked and enjoyed the series. I thought the acting was extremely good, the music superb, the direction and special affects impressive, and the cinematography breathtaking. The overall series vision -- to make a quality documentary showing the entire span of Canadian history, with respect for the viewpoints of First Nations, French, British, and many other founding Canadian peoples -- was ambitious and even brave. They succeeded far more than I had expected.

Bravo to all the Canadians who brought us this series -- and bravo to you for writing the article, Radagast. :) I hope to see this Wikipedia article expand and improve over time. Cheers, Madmagic 05:52, July 28, 2005 (UTC)

Separate articles[edit]

So, I put a new page for one of the episodes on speedy delete because it didn't have any info not already on this page. Is there a reason why we need to keep these pages? It seems like there could be redirects (probably through a disambiguation), but not separate pages. Opinions? Dayleyj 17:40, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

This is ok the way it was changed to, thanks Dayleyj 18:19, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

I am planning to expand the topic by giving creating articles on each episode. Currently, Years of Hope and Anger is almost complete. If you feel it would would be better to wait until the articles are ready before they are created, then that is fine with me. Daniel Hu 22:56, 11 July 2007 (UTC)

I love this series[edit]

I love this series!!!!!!! It's so interesting!!!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:07, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

I second that, and I'm English! Am watching this series before a trip to Canada next month Sdrawkcab (talk) 20:52, 6 March 2013 (UTC)sdrawkcab

Maggie Huculak[edit]

Who is Maggie Huculak? Should she have an article of her own? Drutt (talk) 19:26, 11 February 2010 (UTC)