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Tilting at Windmills

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November 30, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

FAMOUS CANADIANS....I realize that a "Greatest Canadian" contest sounds like the punchline to a Letterman routine, but it's not. It's the CBC's "most talked-about show in recent years," and you can click here to find out who the winner was. (Conservatives will not be amused. 24 fans, on the other hand, will be pleased to learn that the winner was Kiefer Sutherland's grandfather.)

However, in something that can only be described as an act of self-parody, the #9 person on the list was Alexander Graham Bell, whose sole connection to our northern neighbors is that he lived in Canada for a grand total of eight months. For that he edged out Wayne Gretzky?

UPDATE: As several commenters have pointed out, Bell bought a summer home in Nova Scotia in 1885 and spent summers there until he died. I'm still not sure this qualifies him as Canadian, mind you (he was born in Scotland, lived in Washington DC, and was a naturalized U.S. citizen), but I guess his connection was longer than eight months after all. My apologies to Canada.

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