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Nova Scotia's premier speaks out against the metric system

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.

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Nova Scotia's premier links metric to socialism.
Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Magazine
Broadcast Date: Nov. 27, 1983
Guest(s): John Buchanan, Sandy Cameron, Alexa McDonough
Host: Judy Maddren
Reporter: Mary Wilcox
Duration: 7:03

Last updated: July 18, 2013

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