Is Canada’s at-times lamentable history the engine that propelled us to a more modern, enlightened future? Can the flaws of our historical figures be explained in the context of their times? Or should we continue to feel ashamed of the calamitous chapters of our past?

Jack Granatstein and Noah Richler staked out opposite sides on the motion “Canada’s history is nothing to be ashamed of” at the Great Canadian Debates, March 28, 2017.

Granatstein, a celebrated historian and author, argued in favour.

Richler, a former political candidate and writer, argued against.

 

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Great Canadian Debate, March 28, 2017