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:
Universal Health Care
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.