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YoungGun

climber
North
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:19pm PT
Well if you're going to list John Kenneth Galbraith, then it's obligatory to list Myron Scholes, who won a Nobel prize for the Black-Scholes-Merton model of option/debt pricing.

Also, Steven Pinker?
Ben Harland

Gym climber
Kenora, ON
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:19pm PT
Famous Americans whom Canadians think are Canadians
1. Louis Riel
2. Jane Jacobs
3. Mr. Dressup
4. Marv Newland
5. Tecumseh
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:21pm PT
The funniest man alive!

Credit: Ihateplastic
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2012 - 02:24pm PT
Mandel is. Added.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:25pm PT
In 2004, the CBC did a program called the Greatest Canadian. An English-language television program, with pieces on a wide variety of Canadians, followed by votes by viewers. The ten selected by viewers:

10. Wayne Gretzky
9. Alexander Graham Bell
8. Sir John A. Macdonald
7. Don Cherry
6. Lester B. "Mike" Pearson
5. David Suzuki
4. Sir Frederick Banting
3. Pierre Elliott Trudeau
2. Terry Fox
1. Tommy Douglas

There's more than a little bias towards modern entertainers and athletes, and lack of females, Quebecois and First Peoples. Lack of perspective. I'd have omitted any living person from consideration, thus removing Gretzky, loudmouth buffoon Cherry, and unctuous Suzuki from the list. And thought twice about whether any professional sports figure or entertainer should be included.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Greatest_Canadian

(Both my grandfather and Tricouni's grandfather knew Douglas.)

A list of the top ten Canadian male and female athletes of the 20th century, as of 1999, is a bit more illuminating:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada%27s_Athletes_of_the_20th_Century

Maybe we should divert the discussion to the top ten Canadian climbers of say the 19th and 20th centuries. That might be entertaining, and on topic. You guys may be surprised at some of the possible names.
MBrown

Big Wall climber
The Eastside.... UUUUHHHHHHH!
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:28pm PT
this guy is from canada, eh?
Credit: MBrown
Ben Harland

Gym climber
Kenora, ON
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:31pm PT
Sure, I'll start off "best known" Canadian climbers:
1. Peter Croft
2. Sutton & Burton
3. Will Gadd
4. Sonnie Trotter
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2012 - 02:40pm PT
Nr. 18
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:41pm PT
Bob and Doug McKenzie aka Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas also know in canada for their SCTV fame and seen in many movies. Rick's biggest was "Honey i shrunk the kids!"

Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:43pm PT
Buck naked on the hood of a Buick! Priceless!

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2012 - 02:43pm PT
Bob and Doug nr. 46
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:50pm PT
Mike Myers should be there.

I thought Will Gadd was from NH and relocated to Canada?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
yes but not their real names.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
Mike Myers is 56. Bob & Doug are corrected. Seth Rogen added.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:54pm PT
Comedian Seth Rogen.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2012 - 02:55pm PT
I have seen that Tami and Mighty Hiker insist on Canada taking the blame for the achievements of Kennedy and Kruk on Cerro Torre, so I have decided that it is on time to make a thread appreciating famous Canadians.

This is the list:

1. Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey
2. Pamela Anderson, generous actor
3. William Osler, known as the worlds first modern physician
4. John Kenneth Galbraith, economist
5. Tommy Douglas, politician founder of the CCF and the father of socialized medicine in Canada
6. Tim Horton, restauranteur
7. Neil Young, musician
8. Joni Mitchell, musician
9. Leonard Cohen, musician
10. Don Cherry, musician
11. Mary Pickford, actress
12. Richard E. Taylor, physics
13. Glenn Gould, pianist
14. David Cronenberg, film director
15. Cirque de Soleil, circus
16. The Cowboy Junkies, musicians
17. Saul Bellow, author
18. Graham Greene, author
19. Bryan Adams, musician
20. Celine Dion, musician
21. Steppenwolf, musicians
22. Avril Lavigne, musician
23. Shania Twain, musician
24. Jacques Villeneuve, F1
25. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor
26. David H. Hubel, medicine and physiology
27. James Cameron, film director
28. Donald Sutherland, actor
29. Norman Bethune, physician
30. Michael J. Fox, actor
31. Jim Carrey, comedian
32. Sarah Burke, freestyle skier
33. Mario Lemieux, ice hockey
34. Marshall McLuhan, author
35. Margareth Atwood, author
36. Ben Johnson, runner
37. Keanu Reeves, actor
38. Hudson Bay Company
39. Jack Warner, film business
40. Chief Dan George
41. Tecumseh of Shawnee
42. Karl Christian Rove, advisor, never believe anything said by or written by or about KCR
43. Alanis Morissette, musician
44. Diana Krall, musician
45. Bobby Orr, ice hockey
46. Jeff Healey, musician
47. Peter Jennings, journalist
48. Steven Pinker, psychologist
49. Myron Scholes, won a Nobel prize for the Black-Scholes-Merton model of option/debt pricing.
50. Robertson Davies, author
51. Peter Croft, climber
52. Sonnie Trotter, climber
53. Tami Knight, climber and athlete
54. Jason Kruk, climber, chopper and stand up comedian
55. Will Gadd, climber and flier
56. Maxime Turgeon, climber/alpinist
57. LP Menard, climber/alpinist
58. Barry Blanchard, climber/alpinist
59. Elisabeth Parker, climber and journalist
60. Terry Fox, humanitarian and athlete
61. Jack Pine and the fire, mountain climber
62. Mike Meyers, actor.
63. Lorne Greene, actor (Bonanza)
64. James Naismith, inventor of basketball
65. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as Bob and Doug McKenzie, comedians
66. Pierre and Margaret Trudeau, politician and first lady from a different breed
67. Pierre Berton - Yukon born author and raconteur. Brilliant.
68. Rene Levesque - founder of the Parti QUebecois. Don't have to agree with 'em or even like'em but he gave Quebec back her self esteem.
69. Jack Layton - put the QUebec separatists in their place with the orange crush. RIP Jack.
70. Monty Hall, actor
71. Dan Akroyd, actor
72. John Candy, actor
73. Howard Michael "Howie" Mandel, actor
74. Martin Short as Jiminy Glick
75. Seth Rogen, comedian
76. Steve Smith as Mr. Red Green of the world famous "Red Green Show"
77. William Shatner as Captain Kirk of Star Trek
78. Adam Beach, actor
79. Tommy Chong, comedian
80. Molson Beer
81. Canadian Club Classic
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:56pm PT
So if you're adding organizations and corporations, what about the Hudson's Bay Company? One of the oldest companies in the world, multinational.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2012 - 02:58pm PT
Hudson Bay Company is added. So is Jack Warner.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Feb 23, 2012 - 02:59pm PT
LP Menard.

Maxime Turgeon.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2012 - 03:01pm PT
Brandon

Who or what are they? No results at my trusted Wiki.

Thanks. They're added.
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