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Quebec: Quebecers are the most likely to gossip at dinner parties. More than four in 10 say that friends’ chatter around the table revolves around family gossip, celebrities, or friends who aren’t there. British Columbians, by contrast, are the most weighty in terms of dinnertime conversations, with 68 per cent claiming that discussions are usually focused on current affairs—or so they say.

Ontario: Over 54 per cent of entrepreneurs in the province (and 56 per cent nationwide) believe they’ve had it easy in the recession, saying the downturn has had no effect, or even a positive one on the bottom line. The outlier is Toronto, the country’s financial engine, where only 47 per cent of small businesses claim to have ridden out the crisis without suffering a few bumps along the way.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba: Almost everyone (95 per cent) in Saskatchewan and Manitoba has an opinion on the war in Afghanistan. But 63 per cent say they don’t have a clear idea about what it is all about. The national average is 47 per cent.

Alberta: Albertans proved to be both the most queasy and the most curious during the coverage of the Russell Williams trial. Thirty-four per cent claim to have learned more than they wanted (the national average was 25 per cent). And yet, 12 per cent of Albertans, more than anywhere else in the country, feel that the public didn’t get enough information.

British Columbia: While not especially down about the overall economy, British Columbians are pretty gloomy about the state of their personal finances. Almost 36 per cent say they’re financially worse off than last year, compared to around 27 per cent nationally. And 19 per cent, which is nearly four percentage points above the national average, believe that real estate in their neighborhood will lose value in the next six months.

SOURCES: IPSOS REID, IPSOS REID, ANGUS REID, ANGUS REID, NANOS RESEARCH


 

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  1. Apparently Maritimes aren't considered to be a very important part of Canada; just another dependent neocolonial outback that could never measure up. I'm actually offended by this.

  2. Yea, typical Upper Canadian journalistic snobbery — who really cares what those dirty Celtic inbreds think about dinner parties; everyone knows all they do for social gatherings is get fall down drunk and talk about how they're not racist but they can't seem to relate to minorities, etc. What could these pseudo-provinces, those seasonal, migrant workers that eat government money like oil they drink alongside their crack in Fort Mcmurray.
    Oh well, I'm kinda disappointed the Maritimes ever joined this politically correct, more pretentions than spine of a country, anyway. I'd rather join those ignorant mid-western rednecks anytime than sit here on the edge of the Trudeaupian dream and have to listen to the central Canadians as they talk to themselves about how morally superior they are to America, deluding themselves that they will get over the deepseated vague angst that comes from the unavoidable realization, that despite your best intentions to form a post-modern wet dream of a country, you will never get over feeling like that you will never be any more than that annoying, shallow third cousin that comes to the family reunions and talks about how much she good she is doing with herself, her journalism classes, her yoga, her time with the 'less fortunate, while everyone looks on with placative smiling belittlement.
    And judging by the looks of those lame model Canadian immigrants in the picture, drinking wine and talking about how its so "amazing how Justin Trudeau really understands the real me," I don't want any part of that shallow party, a true symbol for Canada.

  3. Yea, typical Upper Canadian journalistic snobbery — who really cares what those dirty Celtic inbreds think about dinner parties. Do they even have them, in between their mad dashes to play scratch tickets and waiting all week to get their pogie? Everyone knows all Maritimers do for social gatherings is get fall down drunk and talk about how they're not racist but they can't seem to relate to minorities, like that funny looking Arab wearing some odd wrap on his head. What could those pseudo-provinces, made up of those seasonal, migrant workers that eat government money like the oil they drink alongside their crack in Fort Mcmurray, ever tell me that I couldn't learn from any one of my ethnic neighbours?

    Oh well, I'm kinda disappointed the Maritimes ever joined this politically correct, more pretentions than spine of a country, anyway. I'd rather join those ignorant mid-western rednecks anytime than sit here on the edge of the Trudeaupian dream and have to listen to the central Canadians talk to themselves about how morally superior they are to America, deluding themselves that they will get over their deepseated angst from the unavoidable realization, that despite their best intentions to form a post-modern wet dream of a country, they will be anything more than that annoying, shallow third cousin that comes to the family reunions and talks about how much good she is doing with herself– her journalism classes, her yoga, her time with the 'less fortunate, while everyone looks on with placative smiling belittlement.
    And judging by the looks of those lame model Canadian immigrants in the picture, drinking wine and talking about how its so "amazing how Justin Trudeau really understands the real me," I don't want any part of that shallow party, a true symbol for Canada.