History Idols

Historians, authors, humourist, and broadcaster — we asked nine of them “Who’s your secret history idol?” The answers may surprise you.

August 7, 2019

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History Idol: Agnes Macphail

According to humorist Will Ferguson Agnes Macphail was funny, took no guff from men, but most importantly, she had an immense impact on Canadian politics.

History Idol: George Brown

George Brown's contributions to Canada can't be denied. And his fiery way with words is still making an impression.  

History Idol: John Rae

John Rae is not as well known as some of the other famous names of northern exploration — people like Sir John Franklin, for instance. But Ken McGoogan argues that Rae deserves greater recognition than he has received to date because of what he accomplished.

History Idol: Lord Durham

Lord Durham is a name that few Canadians recognize. Richard Pound thinks that is a travesty.

History Idol: Sir Arthur Currie

The Americans have their MacArthur and Patton, the British, their “Monty.” Canadians, whether they know it or not, have Sir Arthur Currie.

History Idol: Terry Fox

TSN reporter John Lu was only a teenager when Terry Fox began his marathon of hope in 1980. Like many Canadians, Lu was moved by Fox’s courage and the tenacity he put towards ending cancer.

History Idol: Thanadelthur

Canada's History web editor Tanja Hütter thinks Thanadelthur is a positive example of 1700s-era girl power.

History Idol: Tommy Douglas

“The Father of Medicare” turned a Tory on her head.

History Idol: William Lyon Mackenzie King

He’s been called boring, a waffler, and a kook. But William Lyon Mackenzie King is still a History Idol for Jack Granatstein.

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