A new poll from Ipsos Reid – the largest poll of its kind ever taken – reveals the Top 101 things Canadians say best define our country. Here are the top 10:

Maple Leaf


Canadian flag



Canada Day


Pierre Trudeau

Universal Health Care

Niagara Falls

David Suzuki came in at 33, Tim Horton at 58 and Rene Levesque at 64.

Were you surprised Pierre Trudeau made it in the first 10?

However, on this Canada DayI am proposing an event that did not make the cut: the Iraq War and the fact our country (thanks to Jean Chretien) stayed out of it.

Opposition to the war is huge in Canada, where 82 per cent of respondents said the invasion was the wrong decision. In the United States 54 per cent of Americans say their country should never hav e become involved militarily in Iraq. Even more remarkable, 59 per cent of Americans surveyed applaud Canada’s decision to stay out of the conflict.

Peter Donolo of the Strategic Counsel says: « Among Americans, more people think it was a good decision for Canada not to participate than think the Iraq war was a mistake. It certainly hasn’t had the negative impact on attitudes toward us that some had expected. »

In your opinion was staying out of the Iraq war a signature Canadian decision?

What do you think best defines Canada?

Happy Canada Day.



  1. 1
    jim Says:

    What defines Canada most is:-
    Canadians making sure other Canadians do not surpass them. (Often misidentified as the Canadian complex).
    What has been left unsaid regarding Iraq is that the UK wouldn’t have joined the US in Iraq except for the fact that the UK owed the US a favour because the US helped them behind the scenes with the Falkland Islands invasion. One may have noticed that Harper has kissed ass now and then on some points with the US. We in turn may need our southern neighbors in the future, such as if and when the Russians infringe on our Arctic Territory. Canada made the right decision not to go to Iraq because it was not sanctioned by the United Nations. Can you believe it, if McCain is elected we will get more Iraq and maybe throw in Iran. McCain, by the way is being called a hero. Being a prisoner of war is not heroic. What is heroic is when Kerry pushed his way up a delta in Vietnam in a boat and rescued fellow prisoners.

  2. 2
    Barbara Says:

    What defines Canada is the need to define Canada.

  3. 3


    I like it.

  4. 4
    jim Says:

    I was under the impression that we just defined Canada with 101 things

  5. 5
    Chimera Says:

    « What defines Canada is the need to define Canada. »


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