Little consensus among Canadians on what brings them together

What defines Canada? A new survey suggests that there is as much diversity in responses as in the country.

The survey, commissioned by Historica Canada and conducted by Ispsos, asked questions on topics ranging from Canadians’ preferred partner for dinner to the best word to describe Canada.

On almost all subjects, the online sounding shot found little consensus and generated a variety of responses.

When respondents were asked about the best word for defining their country, the most popular response was freedom, but this choice garnered only a quarter of the participants.

Canadians were also asked about the personality – alive or deceased – they would most like to sup. The name that came to the top of the list, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was mentioned by only 8 percent of respondents.

The poll even showed division on one of the biggest Canadian symbols, while a third of the participants admitted to hate hockey. In addition, 37 percent disputed the good taste of ketchup chips.

Canadians have not shown unity on their wild emblems, with 85 per cent considering the beaver to be a better representation of Canada. Canada geese were supported by 82 per cent of respondents.

On the beer side, 72 per cent of participants felt that Canadian products were the best in the world.

Historica Canada President Anthony Wilson-Smith believes that the diversity of responses is representative of the country itself.

“I think it reflects Canada well, that there are one or two values ​​that stand out … and it is nevertheless that there is not a great consensus on anything else “He said in a telephone interview.

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“We are a country where people come from everywhere, have different opinions, and I believe that what defines Canada more and more is that we do not have a national stereotype,” he said. -he adds.

The results of the survey suggest that some of these values ​​could be the two main ones that have garnered the most general support: freedom and home – the latter word was chosen by 20 percent of respondents.

Other words selected by the respondents include: better, opportunity, equality, multiculturalism and inclusion.

Justin Trudeau was followed by singer Celine Dion, former prime ministers John A. MacDonald and Pierre Eliott Trudeau, and legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky on the question of personality with which Canadians would like to break the scab. .

Canadians were also asked about their favorite Canadian invention. The electric oven is at the top of the list, followed by IMAX films and the snowmobile.

One of the topics on which Canadians seem to agree is the celebration of their country’s 150th anniversary. Approximately 80 percent of the 1003 respondents planned to celebrate Canada next Saturday.

The survey was conducted online using a web panel between June 7 and 8. The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association says online surveys can not be given a margin of error, since the samples are not randomly selected.