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LISTEN: Mel Hurtig on CBC’s Ideas

Mel Hurtig and Maude Barlow

Mel Hurtig and Maude Barlow

The CBC Radio program Ideas is featuring Council of Canadians founder Mel Hurtig in a two-part series – last night and this evening. The program’s website says, “His name is synonymous with the words ‘Canadian nationalist’. Mel Hurtig’s voice has been prominent in discussions about the country for almost fifty years. He is a bookseller, a publisher and a catalyst for debate on subjects ranging from child poverty to nuclear arms. IDEAS producer Kathleen Flaherty traces Mel Hurtig’s lifelong quest to shape a Canada he passionately believes in.”

Last night’s program – which focused on his life up to the formation of the Committee for an Independent Canada – can be heard at http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2011/06/22/citizen-mel-part-1/.

Part 2 this evening includes the formation of the Council of Canadians and an interview with Maude Barlow. Hurtig was active with the Council of Canadians from 1985 to 1992.

Ideas is heard weekdays at 9 pm (9:30 pm NT).