Most Canadians would answer:
the diversity of the country
my freedom to travel around in that diversity
peaceful country
nice people, friendly
we live in a safe place, ‘unpopulated’ place
we love our values, the way we take care of our sick people
the way we take care of our kids and their education
our environment, the wilderness

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In the online survey, conducted ahead of Canada Day by Leger Marketing for the Association for Canadian Studies, respondents were asked to rank 11 items in terms of whether they help unite Canadians.

The findings are based on a survey of 1,509 respondents between June 24 and June 26.

The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.

What keeps Canada united?

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (25 per cent)
Universal health care (22 per cent)
Hockey (12 per cent)
A shared history (11 per cent)
Multiculturalism (9 per cent)
Respect for provincial jurisdiction (6 per cent)
Official languages law/bilingualism (4 per cent)
Equalization transfer payments (4 per cent)
National transportation network (3 per cent)
The threat of Americanization (2 per cent)
The monarchy (2 per cent)

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Pierre Trudeau tops list of ‘inspirational’ Canadians named in poll commissioned by Harper government

Anti Spam Law

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Do we have a spam problem?
Yes. There are 14.5 billion spam messages sent globally per day, making up close to half of all emails.

who is CASL impacting?
>> it impacts big business.
>> CASL definitely hits small businesses hard.
>> charities and non-profits
>> And don’t forget the impact it will also have on consumers.

Is there anyone CASL isn’t likely to impact?
I’d be willing to bet that the people who send malicious and/or fraudulent messages – which comprise only 2.5% of all spam email – won’t be all that deterred under CASL given their propensity to operate outside the law in the first place.

Is CASL punishing the wrong people?
And what happens to business – and, by extension, the economy – if other countries (like the U.S.) follow suit?
Help or hindrance?

Tax Audits On Canadian Charities Widen

Gov’t Steps Up Scrutiny Of Canadian Charities
‘It’s Nerve-Racking’.. ‘A Bullying Tactic’.. Boon For Energy Industry?

The Canada Revenue Agency, ordered by the Harper government to audit political activities, is now targeting charities focused on foreign aid, human rights, and even poverty.


Tides Canada Foundation, Vancouver
Tides Canada Initiatives Society, Vancouver
Environmental charity
David Suzuki Foundation, Vancouver
Ecology Action Centre, Halifax
Canada Without Poverty, Ottawa
Social-justice charity
Equiterre, Montreal
United Church of Canada, including Kairos
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ottawa
Amnesty International Canada, Ottawa

These organizations have an important role to play in our society and we want to play that role. But we need a governing system that actually welcomes public dialogue instead of discouraging it.

How many Conservative have offshore accounts and have cheated the CRA out of millions of tax revenue?

Investigating that would be a better use of CRA time.

Would you like to see Rick Mercer as Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador?

Older post:   Rick Mercer Premier? Yes, to that!

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What do you think of mainstream media?

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Income inequality

Well said …

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