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Metric system rebel speaks

Depending on your perspective, it was either a sensible scientific shift, an annoying unnecessary change or a sinister communist plot. Canada's decision to go metric in 1970 definitely sparked some passionate debates. It even drove some Canadians to civil disobedience. CBC Archives explores the history of Canada's gradual and sometimes shaky transition to the metric system — a transition that, to this day, has yet to be fully completed.


Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Dec. 14, 1982
Guest(s): Jack Halpert, Ray Hnatyshyn
Host: Peter Kent
Interviewer: Barbara Frum
Duration: 7:27

Last updated: November 29, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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