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Canada’s reputation: Bethune and hockey

The Story


Foreign reporting may be an unpredictable career, but one thing about it is certain: it yields some interesting anecdotes. In this 1970 radio clip, a group of CBC foreign correspondents shares stories - some quite amusing - about reporting from other countries. Later in the discussion, the men weigh in on how Canada is perceived abroad. In England, they seldom think about Canada. In China, they link Canada with Norman Bethune. And in Russia, it seems we're mostly known for our hockey.

Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Magazine
Broadcast Date: Jan. 4, 1970
Guests: Ron Chester, Bill Cunningham, Ab Douglas, Colin Godbold, David Halton, Michael Maclear
Duration: 18:47

Did You know?


• By 1970, Canada's image abroad was in flux thanks to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's efforts. 1970 was when Trudeau officially established diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, for instance. Throughout his time as prime minister, Trudeau made immense efforts to reshape Canada's foreign policy and international image. He had long held the opinion that Canada needed to branch out and establish its own foreign policy, independent of American influence. (For more on this, see the CBC Archives clip Viva Cuba: Trudeau goes abroad.) 


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