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No More Mr. Nice Guy
Television character gives Canada a new face
Michael Friis Johansen
Published on 2006-05-30 10:09 (KST)
Canada has a new hero for the 21st century.
He's not, as one might think, one of our military leaders like Romeo Dallaire or Lewis Mackenzie, or even any of the thousands of troops who have been sent overseas to fight in one of America's wars. It's not a sports figure either, like (as much as they deserve it) swimmer Sylvie Frechette or curler Colleen Jones, or any of the highly paid athletes who play in one of North America's professional hockey, baseball, or football leagues.
This hero is not an environmental activist like David Suzuki or Elizabeth May. He's not a journalist like Rex Murphy or Peter Mansbridge. And he's certainly not a politician like Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper or New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton or any of the dozens of Liberal Party leadership hopefuls.
Actually, Canada's new hero is not even real. He's a fictional character named Dr. Rodney McKay who's been on American television for almost two years and is now appearing in syndication on Canadian cable.
A version of this article appeared in St. John's Sunday Telegram on May 14, 2006.