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Who says Canadians are polite?

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National: Fifty-six per cent of Canadians say they use profanity on a “regular” or “occasional basis.” That’s higher than those in both Britain (51 per cent) and the U.S. (46 per cent).

British Columbia: Eighty-two per cent think their province is the most dog-friendly. A third of all Canadians deemed Ontario to be the worst province for a dog.

Alberta: After being shown an anti-oil-sands video, only five per cent of Albertans found it to be “fair” (sixty per cent considered it “offensive”). Thirty-six per cent of Ontarians thought the video was “fair.”

Saskatchewan/Manitoba: Forty-two per cent say that while abortion should be permitted, it should have stricter standards. The number is lowest in Quebec, where 17 per cent believe there should be greater restrictions.

Ontario: Fifty-three per cent think that an event like the 1990 Oka crisis is “very likely” to happen in Canada again soon. Meanwhile, 28 per cent of British Columbians replied that it’s “not likely.”

Quebec: Quebecers are the most inclined to travel to another part of the world for their summer vacation: 23 per cent say they would like to pack their bags for an international destination. Those in Atlantic Canada are the least likely to want to leave Canada: only eight per cent said yes. There, 13 per cent said they’d prefer to explore Canada’s wilderness, the highest percentage in Canada.

Atlantic Canada: When asked whether or not policy makers should place more emphasis on “harm reduction” programs than education and prevention programs when dealing with issues like drug addiction, 21 per cent of Atlantic Canadians said yes. The national average was 14 per cent.

Sources: Angus Reid, Ipsos Reid


Who says Canadians are polite?

  1. Who says Canadians are polite?

    I do! You wanna *^%#'ing make somethin' outta that, you &^^%$'ing punk?

  2. Well we used to be! Now instead of that saber with a sharp keen edge… we use it now as a hammer, rough, jagged edge, and mostly flat!

  3. Other than the profanity bit, I'm not sure what this article has to do about being polite. Personally, I find being polite too exhausting. It takes effort to always smile and hold the door for people. It's too tiring having to say thank-you and you're welcome. It's much easier just to bump into people instead of saying excuse me.