Photostory #485: 1968: A Good Year for Canada
National Film Board of Canada
December 27, 1968
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archive
A new surge of energy during 1968 set Canada on course for her second century of nationhood. With the population nudging the 21 million mark, the gross national product climbing up to $66,000,000,000, total exports of $13 billion comparing well with imports of $12 billion and a per capita average income of $2,500 a year, the richness of the country has never before been so apparent. And for all the hard work that makes these figures possible the nation remains a country second to none as a place to live. For here, where technology, science and bustling commerce lead the way to burgeoning industrial prosperity the needs of other important human interests were pursued on every hand. During the past year, while some Canadians wrested massive sources of power from the wilderness others looked to the future of its wildlife. Meanwhile, as the diversified nation forged ahead with national unity, it had yet the spirit to offer its assistance overseas and, while the technicalities of new space-age scientific developments were initiated across the land, the arts and cultures of the nation were advanced in solid fashion. It was a year of excitement in politics, a year of vigorous exploration for valuable minerals, a year of great changes in the fields of medicine and religion. It was also a year to remember the events of a half century ago, to plan with flexibility for evolving new patterns of society that are already forming, and to consider the nation's increasing role in the complexity of international affairs. But most of all it was a year of steady national growth and another year of life to be fully lived in a land of continuing accomplishment and promise.