HASH(0xb5e7b0)

CBC apologizes for ‘Canada: The Story of Us’: ‘Some people felt misrepresented’

CBC apologizes for 'Canada: The Story of Us'

TORONTO — The CBC apologized Tuesday in the wake of accusations of inaccuracies in its docu-drama “Canada: The Story of Us.”

Politicians in Quebec and Nova Scotia are among those who have complained about the facts in the 10-hour series, which premiered on March 26.

“Whenever you recount a country’s history, there will inevitably be citizens, historians and politicians who will have different points of view, and that’s certainly been the case with ‘Canada: The Story of Us,'” CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said in a statement.

“After the first two episodes, some people felt misrepresented and for that, we apologize. We fully recognize that not everyone will agree with every perspective presented. Our intention was never to offend anyone or any group, nor diminish the importance of any of the stories that were not included.”

Thompson added the CBC is listening to feedback on the series and is planning to host live digital conversations about it. The first conversation will take place online on the show’s website, in English and French, after the next episode airs on April 18.

Thompson said each broadcast will also include the perspectives of those who have sent emails, called in, or posted on social media with criticism.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said the show was wrong to assert that the country’s first permanent European settlement was established in 1608 near what is now Quebec City. McNeil said the history of Canada started three years earlier, when French explorer Samuel de Champlain founded a settlement at Port Royal, N.S., which is part of his riding.

Bill MacDonald, the mayor of Annapolis Royal, N.S., also denounced the show as a disrespectful and erroneous version of what really happened when Europeans first settled in Canada.

In an interview Tuesday, MacDonald said that history has been misrepresented and CBC does not plan to do an episode of the events leading up to Champlain arriving and establishing Quebec City.

“It’s been clarified by Mr. Thompson, who has issued that apology, that it was to those who felt misrepresented,” MacDonald said. “My concern — and the concern to many here in Nova Scotia — was not that we were misrepresented, we were just completely omitted from the story.”

Criticism of the show also surfaced in Quebec’s legislature last week when the Opposition Parti Quebecois blasted the series during question period.

“With its cliches, its omissions, its bias, ‘The Story of Us’ will do nothing to improve the knowledge of our history,” said PQ member Stephane Bergeron. “On the contrary it will foster offensive prejudice.”

His colleague, Agnes Maltais, said the history of First Nations, Acadians and Quebecers deserved better than “this contemptuous commentary.”

Quebec Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Fournier later said the CBC should apologize for the series.

“Those who conceived this series did not factor in all the elements of Canada’s DNA,” Fournier told reporters.

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Dumping at Shaw Road “disgusting”

CSRD praises volunteers, wants illegal dumpers prosecuted

Sicamous pulls out of CSRD economic committee

District launches its own economic development corporation on Jan. 1, 2018

Controlled burns taking place across Okanagan

That smoke you see on Okanagan hillsides is supposed to be there

Slideshow: Shuswap Stars sparkle on the dance floor

Stunning choreography raises funds for new chalet at Larch Hills

Big White to send off Olympians in style

Okanagan ski resort picked as location for official send-off of Canada’s 2018 Winter Olympic team

Video: Shuswap stars shine for Larch Hills

Competitors dance to the tune of $30,000 for the chalet expansion

Cash donations create purchase power

Salvation Army and food banks stretch a donated dollar a long way

B.C. reporter reflects on covering Charles Manson

Charles Manson, leader of a murderous cult, died on Sunday at 83

ICBC overbilling for crash repairs not the problem, dealers say

Collision repair shops reject union claim of inflated costs

B.C. groups to address child sex abuse in sports

viaSport is organizing a full day of education in association with Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Coaching Association of Canada.

Silver Star opens Thursday

Vernon’s ski hill has plenty of snow and plenty of fun packed for opening weekend

Report sets exercise guidelines for young kids, including ‘tummy time’ for babies

Kids aged one to four should get at least three hours of physical activity throughout the day

Stampeders return to Grey Cup with 32-28 win over Edmonton Eskimos

The Stampeders will face the Toronto Argonauts next Sunday in Ottawa for the title

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour to roll into Kelowna

Monster Trucks at Prospera Place on Jan. 13-14, 2018.

Most Read