Update from the latest Great Canadian Debate on the War of 1812: Opening statements and CPAC broadcast dates
November 8, 2012 – Has the War of 1812 been over-hyped? That was the topic of debate in last night’s [Nov. 7] latest Great Canadian Debate. The Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson and Canadian historian Jack Granatstein battled it out at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to a full house.
In case you missed the debate or would like to watch the action again, here is your chance! The debate will be broadcast courtesy of CPAC on Friday, November 9th at 9 pm ET and Saturday November 10th at 8:30 am ET [emphasis added]. Find out how you can tune in by visiting www.cpac.ca.
You can also read the opening statements by Simpson and Granatstein in today’s Ottawa Citizen. Their opening arguments are copied below…
Read on. More on the debate:
Is the War of 1812 being overhyped?
It was in his second defence of his point that no, the War of 1812 has not been overhyped, that historian Jack Granatstein probably made his strongest argument. If we taught our history properly, he told his opponent, Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson, we wouldn’t have to hype it; kids would have learned it in school. There might be no need for commemoration…
Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger
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