June 30, 2010 (Toronto) – With Canada Day just around the corner, a new survey commissioned by The Historica-Dominion Institute asks Canadians to create the guest list for the Ultimate Canada Day BBQ.
The online survey of over 1,000 Canadians, conducted by Ipsos Reid, asked respondents to imagine they are organizing the ultimate Canada Day BBQ and that they can invite famous Canadians, past and present, to celebrate with their friends and family. Respondents had to select five names from a list of thirty choices.
The survey found that Terry Fox (38%) was the most popular guest, followed by Wayne Gretzky (35%) and Celine Dion (33%). The top ten also included environmentalist David Suzuki (30%), actor Mike Myers (30%), former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau (26%), singer Neil Young (26%), actor William Shatner (25%), comedian Rick Mercer (23%) and hockey player Maurice Richard (22%).
The least popular guests were businessman Conrad Black (3%), followed by rapper K’naan (3%) and singer Justin Bieber (4%).
Other key findings include:
“With a choice of 30 famous Canadians, the vote reflects a balanced and interesting guest list; Terry Fox to inspire, the Great One to tell the stories of his triumphs, David Suzuki to educate, and Céline Dion and Mike Myers to entertain,” says Andrew Cohen, President of The Historica-Dominion Institute.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.
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