The Hilarious Face of Canadian Propaganda

Friday, September 06, 2013 - 10:52 AM

(Canadian Heritage Moments)

Sixty-one years ago today, the nation of Canada launched their first TV station. Which means today is as good a day as any to talk about Canadian Heritage minutes. 

In Canada, radio and TV broadcasters have to abide by a Canadian content quota system. The law mandates that a certain percentage of what goes on-air air has to be "at least partly written, produced, presented, or otherwise contributed to by persons from Canada." Which is where Heritage minutes come in. They're short, unintentionally hilarious commercials for Canadian greatness that run during ad breaks. 

For instance. Did you know that Standard Time was invented by Halifax's own Sanford Fleming? 

"Between Halifax and Toronto there's five different time zones!"

"What the world really needs is a system of STANDARD time zones."

"But sir! Cities set their time zones by the sun. They'll NEVER agree!"

 

And did you know that modern water pumps designed by Canadian engineers for the developing world are based on DESIGNS BY MENNONITE CANADIANS FROM THE 1800'S?

"It was in our own backyard! Mennonite resourcefulness, eh?"

And finally, on this historic day, it's worth re-enacting the moment when French-Canadians first learned to harvest maple syrup from the native Atikamekw. 

 


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Nov. 17 2013 11:13 AM
Mimi from Canada

This is obviously all in good humour. See how I spelled humour? I'm a Canadian and I think this is funny.

Sep. 09 2013 09:58 PM
Brett from Vancouver

Don't apologize. These videos are unintentionally hilarious. My buddies and I made fun of them all the time. They came out when I was in grade school and we used to say, "Doctor, I smell burnt toast!" as a joke and in the most sarcastic manner you can imagine. I agree that Canada is quant and quiet compared to America. We didn't have a Declaration of Independence which saw allies forged with British enemies. We never had a civil war that was partially regarding the abolition of slavery -- a landmark decision at the time. We never had civil rights leader like MLR or Malcom X. We were not a game changer when we entered WWI or WWII, nor have flexed our muscle in an international realm since our largely forgotten peacekeeping missions. Most of our brightest have moved to the States (see: "brain drain") and have been influential in Operation Overlord, Project Manhattan, NASA, and other companies and campaigns that have been highly impactful to the US's success. We're a medium power and the US is a superpower. If Canadians don't understand your parody, they don't understand themselves. We have great Canadians, historical and modern, like Mark Carney, our former Governor of the Bank of Canada who is now the Governor of the Bank of Britain and who sits on the Financial Stability Board. He was named as one of the most influential economists during the 2008 meltdown, but this is an individual whose impact is not great enough to raise Canada to a world stage. So you're not insulting Canada, you're simply comparing us to the US, which is really not a "fair" competition (e.g. US has 10x the population, 10x the GDP, etc.) and maybe that's where people are crying "unfair!"

Sep. 09 2013 08:11 PM
RobNicholson from BC

Can a country declare war on a single person?

Sep. 09 2013 08:08 PM
Rishi from Fort York

You are an enemy of Canada, plain and simple.

Sep. 09 2013 07:05 PM
Monty from Boston

As a Canadian ex pat, I was always happy to see a new story on CBC. One thing Americans miss is that with the Canadian media so saturated with American content there often isn't a chance for the Canadian story to get out.

Sep. 09 2013 06:46 AM
Dana Eyre from Oceanside, CA

Make sure to check out the TV commercial made in commemoration / celebration of the War of 1812.

http://www.1812.gc.ca/eng/1344353115549

A bit more bellicose than the Heritage Minutes.

CBC is, by the way, under budget assault. Though the Heritage Minutes may seem worthy of amused comment, CBC generally produces superb work and needs some support from south of the border.

Sep. 09 2013 01:23 AM

Quite honestly, I think the ads are kind of sweet (oops, no pun intended) and moving.

Sep. 07 2013 09:55 AM
Chris

Yes, God forbid a nation attempt to inform its residents about its own history. Hilarious! We'd never fall for that type of insidious propaganda here in the US of A!

Sep. 06 2013 12:05 PM

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