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Distinguished Canadians: Senator Donald Cameron

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Education must be a top priority for provincial governments across the country, says Donald Cameron in this 1972 interview. Now a senator, but still passionate about learning, Cameron tells the story of the weekly Sunday night community meetings he held in his house. He discusses rural politics in Alberta, particularly the United Farm Workers of Alberta, an organization of which he and his fathers were members. He also touches on the experience of the farmer during the Depression, and offers his insights into the rise of the Social Credit party in Alberta. Finally, he talks about his work in the Senate and his 17 years of experience.

Medium: Television
Program: Distinguished Canadians
Broadcast Date: July 10, 1972
Guest(s): Donald Cameron
Interviewer: John David Hamilton
Duration: 27:06

Did You know?


• Donald Cameron was born in Devonport, England, in 1901. His family emigrated to Canada in 1906; they settled in Alberta on a farm, near Innisville.
• Cameron studied agriculture at the University of Alberta, graduating in 1934 with a master's degree in science. Two years later he became a professor at the university, a position he held until 1956.
• Cameron was instrumental in establishing the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1936. He served as director until 1969 with a vision for providing a school dedicated to the study of drama, literature and music.
• In 1955 he was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent. He sat as an Independent Liberal until 1987.
• Donald Cameron died in 1989 in Calgary.


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