Counterpoint (Series) (1967)

A nineteen week series of half-hour broadcasts produced in Montreal, Counterpoint attempted to alleviate tensions between Quebec and English Canada by stressing what CBC's publicity called "the surging spirit of interracial co-operation." Armande Saint-Jean, columnist for Sept Jours, and Arthur Garmaise, formerly a radio actor and producer and more recently an executive in a Quebec construction firm, were hosts for the program. Producer David Bloomberg and writer Edgar Sarton concentrated the series on elements and makers of French-Canadian culture, not on the major figures of Quebec and federal politics. the show covered such items as jazz in Quebec; Anglophone patrons of a French-style bistro and Francophone who frequented a British-style pub; and a women's hockey team. The show profiled such figuress as Jean Ostiguy, stock broker and patron of the arts, Peter White, newspaper publisher and assistant to Quebec Premier Daniel Johnson, and federal Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Jean- Luc Pepin. The series also presented a program on Quebec cinema, with interviews with directors Donald Brittain, Gilles Carle, Jean-Pierre Lefebvre, and Larry Kent.


Original Broadcaster(s): CBC

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