What's Your Story

Candy Palmater: 'I realized for the first time that colour matters here in Canada.'

The Canada Reads panelist and comedian on a memorable childhood car trip.

6 questions with the comedian and Canada Reads panelist

Throughout 2017, we're asking Canadians, "What's your story?" When we sat down with comedian Candy Palmater, who's defending Katherena Vermette's The Break on this year's Canada Reads, we got to ask some of our favourite rapid-fire questions about the country: What historical moment would you go back and witness? What emoji best represents Canada? And what cheesy Canadian song do you secretly love?

Palmater also told us about a memorable road trip she took as a kid where she realized for the first time that skin colour matters in Canada. 

The Canada Reads debates take place March 27 to 30 and you can catch them on air on CBC Radio One at 11 a.m., live streamed on CBCbooks.ca at 11 a.m. and broadcast on CBC Television at 4 p.m.

What's your story?
What defines Canada for you? Is there a time that you were proud to be Canadian, or perhaps a time you felt disappointed? Is there a place, person, or event in your life that sums up what being Canadian is to you? Visit cbc.ca/whatsyourstory.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?