This hour has 75 years
host Anna Maria Tremonti
host Michael Enright
in this week's special episode, which will be exploring CBC's coverage of politics over its 75 years.Rewind
is airing a 12-part series that looks at CBC's evolution into one of the world's most respected public broadcasters. The series provides a dynamic exploration of where CBC Radio came from, where it is now and where it is going from here. Each week Enright is joined by guest co-host to guide listeners through CBC's rich depository of radio archives on topics that include arts and entertainment, music, drama and multiculturalism.
But trying to compress 75 years of Canada's political history into a one-hour episode has proved almost a "ridiculous task", Enright says.
The Oct. 27 episode starts with the Second World War while CBC was still in its infancy and works through to the North America Free Trade Agreement in 1994 - before the hour runs out.
The segment will provide a look at past plebiscites, historic debates, nation-changing commissions and will stir your memories and emotions with clips of quotes and statements that have become ingrained in our history.
Highlights include discussion around the national health-care plan, Newfoundland joining Confederation, designing the Canada flag, the Munsinger affair, the implementation of the War Measures Act in 1970, the creation of the Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Meech Lake accord and the Charlottetown accord, the Quebec referendums and the rise of the Reform party.
Before our flag, with its red bars and stylized maple leaf on a white background, was hoisted above the Peace Tower for the first time in February 1965, there was a firestorm of debate. The Red Ensign- based on a British naval flag- had represented Canada since Confederation. In 1958, a fraternal group called The Native Sons of Canada launched a campaign for a new one. The design suggestions came pouring in- plenty of maple leaves and beavers, fleurs de lys and crowns. The debate was downright vicious at times - both inside Parliament and out. Prime Minister Lester Pearson was booed when he told a group of Legionnaires that the Red Ensign no longer served the needs of Canadians. Listen to a clip:
You can hear the episode on Rewind's website
You can also come back to the 75th anniversary site
and visit our special Rewind section
following each episode's broadcast for a chance to hear extended audio from the series, like the one above. Just revisit these preview blogs each week after Rewind
's broadcast to find the extra clips.
Posted on Oct 24, 2011 6:00:00 AM