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L.M. Montgomery as a Canadian Hero

The Dominion Institute and The Council for Canadian Unity

On Canada Day, 1999, the Dominion Institute and The Council for Canadian Unity announced the results of two internet surveys (one in English; one in French) asking Canadians for their nominations for heroes. More than 28,000 people visited the Web sites and nominated over 1,000 Canadian heroes. L. M. Montgomery placed sixteenth overall and was voted third in the Women Heroes category.

Top 20 Canadian Heroes:

1. Terry Fox
2. Sir Frederick Banting
3. Lester B. Pearson
4. Sir John A. Macdonald
5. Louis Riel
6. Sir Isaac Brock
7. Tommy Douglas
8. Laura Secord
9. Billy Bishop
10. Nellie McClung
11. John Diefenbaker
12. Norman Bethune
13. Tecumseh
14. Sir Sam Steele
15. Alexander Graham Bell
16. Lucy Maud Montgomery
17. René Lévesque
18. General Sir Arthur Currie
19. Joey Smallwood
20. Charles de Salaberry

Women Heroes:

1. Laura Secord
2. Nellie McClung
3. Lucy Maud Montgomery
4. Emily Murphy
5. Margaret Laurence
6. Agnes Macphail
7. E. Pauline Johnson
8. Emily Carr
9. Barbara Frum
10. Susanna Moodie

1935 portrait of L.M. Montgomery

The Dominion Institute and The Canadian Council for Unity. "Lucy Maud Montgomery." Celebrating and Understanding Our Heroes: Canada's Top 20 Heroes as chosen by Canadians. 1999.
Link: http://www.thememoryproject.com/heros.pdf

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"A fitting tribute to Lucy Maud: L.M. Montgomery gave us not only the irrepressible Anne, but reams of writings that give us insight into our social history." Guardian [Charlottetown, PE] 5 Oct. 1999: A6.

Thibodeau, Wayne. "L. M. Montgomery: Canadian hero." Guardian [Charlottetown, PE] 28 Sept. 1999: A4.

CBC Millennium Poll

On New Year's Eve 1999, CBC viewers were invited to submit their votes in six online surveys to determine the top Canadians and events of the twentieth century. L. M. Montgomery was voted the most influential Canadian writer in the Great Canadian Writers Poll, receiving almost a quarter of the 22,554 votes cast.

Top 5 Great Canadian Writers:

1. Lucy Maud Montgomery
2. Farley Mowat
3. Margaret Laurence
4. Marshall McLuhan
5. Margaret Atwood

Link: http://cbc.ca/millennium/castyourvote/results_writers.html

Maclean's Canadians Who Inspired the World

In 2000, L. M. Montgomery was chosen by Maclean's magazine as one of twenty-five Canadians who inspired the world. The honour list was compiled by historians J. J. Granatstein and Norman Hillmer and based on suggestions by readers who were invited to name notable Canadians who have affected "the way the world lives or plays, works or thinks." Montgomery was chosen because she is the creator of Anne Shirley, whose optimism has inspired people worldwide and has helped them overcome repression. The first four Canadians who inspired the world are Sir William Osler, Marshall McLuhan, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Sir Frederick Banting.

Granatstein, J. J. and Norman Hillmer. "The Lonely Diarist: Lucy Maud Montgomery." Maclean's 4 Sept. 2000: 30-31.

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