Canada hard to define but easy to celebrate, poll suggests
What defines Canada? A new survey suggests the answers are as diverse as the country itself.
The poll, commissioned by Historica Canada and conducted by Ipsos, asked a number of questions about various aspects of Canadiana ranging from inquiries about the preferred Canadian dinner companion to most effective single word to describe the country.
Almost across the board, the online poll found little consensus on any of the questions but instead elicited a wide variety of answers.
When asked what single word would describe Canada, the most popular answer was freedom or liberty, a choice made by just a quarter of respondents.
Participants were asked to choose which living or dead Canadian they’d most like to have dinner with, and the top choice – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – earned just eight per cent of votes.
The survey even found dissent on some of the country’s most stereotypical national symbols, with one third of respondents admitting to a hatred of hockey and 37 per cent disputing the tastiness of ketchup chips.
Canadians did display more loyalty to animals that have come to be seen as national symbols, with 85 per cent of respondents standing by the beaver and 82 per cent expressing fondness for the Canada Goose.
Canadian beer also earned the support of 72 per cent of participants, who proclaimed it among the best in the world.
Historica Canada President Anthony Wilson-Smith said the sheer diversity of survey responses speaks to the makeup of the country itself.
“I think it’s very reflective of Canada that there’s one or two core values that jump up … and then it’s kind of cool that there’s no great consensus on any other thing,” Wilson-Smith said in a telephone interview. “We’re a country where people come from everywhere, have different views, and I think increasingly what defines Canada is you don’t have to fit a national stereotype.”
Canada hard to define but easy to celebrate, poll suggests - CityNews