Canadian Public Figures on Tape

In the early 1970s, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) conducted a series of ten interviews with prominent Canadian politicians and released the series under the title Canadian Public Figures on Tape as a resource for high school classrooms. The interviews provide a personal and informal perspective on political life as the subjects discuss their lives, their careers, and views on Canadian national identity with interviewer Richard Alway, then a history graduate student at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Richard Alway reflects on Canadian Public Figures on Tape fifty years later

Interview Highlights:

  • Project origins (1:22)
  • What was history class like in the 1960s? (3:28)
  • Interview tips (7:02)
  • Representing personalities on tape (7:45)
  • Public figures in hindsight (9:25)
  • Quebec identity in the 60s (11:20)
Canadian Public Figures on Tape