What not to hide in your wallet

British Columbia: Among Canadians, those in the West Coast province are the most sympathetic toward the poor, according to a new poll for the Salvation Army. There, only 17 per cent believe that all the poor need in order to improve their lives is “to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.” In contrast, 36 per cent of their Prairie neighbours feel that way. And the disparity widens dramatically when comparing those who are “jaded” and believe lower-income residents have “lower moral values.” Only five per cent of those in B.C. fall into that category, compared to 21 per cent of Albertans.

Alberta: When it comes to buying a house, 39 per cent of Albertans are willing to plunk down extra money to get a brand-new home, compared to a national average of 22 per cent. Seventy per cent of prospective homebuyers in the province are in the market for a place that doesn’t need any work.

Saskatchewan: Premier Brad Wall is the most popular premier in Canada, with a 63 per cent approval rating. Kathy Dunderdale, Newfoundland and Labrador’s new premier, finished second with 55 per cent. Meanwhile, the bottom spot was snagged by Quebec’s Jean Charest, who is backed by a measly 13 per cent.

Ontario: Those in Canada’s most populous province are getting serious about fraud: nearly 80 per cent shield the keyboard as they punch in their PIN, up from 58 per cent last year. Alas, not all the warnings about identify theft have soaked in: nearly 20 per cent admit carrying their debit card PIN in their wallet, up from just five per cent in 2010.

Atlantic Canada: More than a year ago, Statistics Canada declared the recession over, but that message hasn’t trickled down to most Canadians. While 59 per cent believe that the country is still in a recession, that number jumps to 65 per cent among those in Atlantic Canada.

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