Information compiled by the Historica-Dominion Institute, an association dedicated to history and citizenship in Canada, has found that Canadians are proud to show their patriotism. In an Ipsos Reid poll taken across the country it has been found that the stereotypical Canadian that is humble in showing their patriotism is not quite right.
“We tend to think of Canadians as modest in demonstrating patriotism,” Jeremy Diamond, Director of the Historica-Dominion Institute, stated. “We’re thrilled to see that in fact, Canadians are ready to show their pride in all kinds of ways, both traditional and non-traditional and that we have a national symbol so defining that Canadians overwhelming choose to display it in their spaces, on their clothes and even on their bodies.”
The study found that 59 percent of Canadians identify the maple leaf as the national symbol, with only nine percent choosing the beaver and seven percent the polar bear. Sixty-nine percent of Canadians knew Sir John A. Macdonald is depicted on Canadian money, while 58 percent knew Wilfred Laurier also appears.
Forty eight percent of those polled would choose salmon, Pacific or Atlantic, as Canada’s national food. Second to salmon was poutine, with 21 percent choosing this as a quintessential Canadian food. Of this 21 percent, 40 percent of those who chose poutine were younger Canadians. Almost half of the people who participated in the poll chose beer as Canada’s national beverage.
Two in 10 Canadians agreed that they would consider getting a tattoo of the Canadian flag somewhere on their person. Out of those who said they would consider a tattoo 36 percent were from Saskatchewan and Manitoba. While three-quarters of the polled population said that it is appropriate to show patriotism by exhibiting the flag in any way.