A quick follow-up as I’ve discussed the contest on a few occasions. Last night the CBC announced, to no one’s suprise, that Tommy Douglas was named the Greatest Canadian. Terry Fox came second, with Trudeau third.
I attribute Douglas’s victory to two factors: an aggressive campaign by the NDP and CBC demographics. I can’t find the stats anymore, but the CBC was displaying voter choices by age group. The majority of people under 50 had Terry Fox first, while those over 50 chose Douglas.
It’s ironic that Fox, who never sought the limelight, is beaten by a politician whose party rallies support for him. My vote still goes to Fox, whose purity of purpose and action raises him above any politician.