Monday, October 25, 2004

And of course, it has nothing to do with publicity

The strategy is indeed simple - vote for the Canadian that brings the most attention to the city - Mr. Curator wants to keep his job and London as always enjoys prostituting the city's acquisitions.

The strategy is simple: get out the vote to get Sir Frederick Banting elected as the greatest Canadian ever. Like a master political operative, Grant Maltman is rallying support behind the man whose discovery of insulin has saved the lives of millions of diabetics around the world.

Banting is a top-10 finalist in CBC-TV's The Greatest Canadian competition and Maltman is determined to see the one-time Londoner finish first when voting ends Nov. 28.

Maltman, curator of the Banting House National Historic Site in London, likens the competition to a hotly contested election campaign.

As in any election, getting out the vote will be key to winning, he said.

He has enlisted the city's help and is trying to get local businesses and the public onside.

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- London Convention Centre is putting a "Vote Banting" message on its outdoor electronic board.

- Businesses in the Old East Village Business Improvement Area will display similar messages. Other local companies also have entered the fray.

Coincidentally, a heritage battle simultaneously occurs in Alliston over Banting's childhood home, although it is just a replica:
Society executive director Patricia Neal denies the Banting farmstead is in disrepair. She said the society has invested in a new furnace and roof repairs and a neighbour looks after maintenance.

Neal noted the original Banting farmhouse was demolished in the 1920s and another reconstructed on the same site.

1 Comment:

Nathaniel said...

I'm voting for Don Cherry. It's the Cherry's of this world that make the Bantings possible.