The Canadian Establishment (TV series)

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The Canadian Establishment
Presented byPatrick Watson
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Executive producer(s)Cameron Graham
Running time60 minutes
Original networkCBC Television
Original release21 September –
2 November 1980

The Canadian Establishment was a Canadian documentary television miniseries which aired on CBC Television in 1980.


The series profiles the lives and work of wealthy Canadians. It is based on Peter C. Newman's book, The Canadian Establishment whose first volume was published in 1975.

Patrick Watson was the series host and narrator.


The $1 million series had one of the highest CBC Television project budgets of its time.


Hour-long episodes were first broadcast on Sundays at 9 p.m. (Eastern) from 21 September to 2 November 1980. The series was repeated in 1981 between May and July.[1]

The series was broadcast in the United States on WNYC-TV from April to May 1985.[2]


No. Title Original air date
1"Ten Toronto Street"21 September 1980 (1980-09-21)
Conrad Black becomes chairman of Argus Corporation following the death of John A. "Bud" McDougald.
2"Shoemaker to the World"28 September 1980 (1980-09-28)
Thomas J. Bata of Bata Shoes
3"Store Wars"5 October 1980 (1980-10-05)
Simpsons' Allan Burton recounts the sale of his department store to the Hudson's Bay Company and the subsequent involvement of the Thomson Corporation[3]
4"To Whom Much Is Given"12 October 1980 (1980-10-12)
A comparison between Canada's present and past wealth
5"The Best Job in Canada"19 October 1980 (1980-10-19)
Ian Sinclair, chairman of Canadian Pacific Railway[4]
6"The Little Guy From Sudbury"26 October 1980 (1980-10-26)
Paul Desmarais, CEO of Power Corporation of Canada
7"The Establishment Challenged"2 November 1980 (1980-11-02)
The growing concentration of Calgary's millionaires and their effect on the national economy.[5]


  1. ^ Corcelli, John (April 2002). "The Canadian Establishment". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  2. ^ Corry, John (15 April 1985). "Tycoons in Canada in a series". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Sunday (listings)". Ottawa Citizen. 4 October 1980. pp. TV Times 12–13. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Sunday (listings)". The Gazette. Montreal. 18 October 1980. p. TV Times 22. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Sunday (listings)". The Gazette. Montreal. 1 November 1980. p. TV Times 18. Retrieved 11 January 2014.

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