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Pierre Trudeau defends 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.

Trudeau gets all fired up during a metric discussion in Parliament.
Medium: Radio
Program: Metro Morning
Broadcast Date: Nov. 3, 1983
Guest(s): David Berger, Bill Domm, Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Duration: 1:40

Last updated: December 4, 2012

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