Top Stories of 2016: Number 1 – Canadian values: What makes us Canadian?

by Ian Holliday | December 31, 2016 9:30 pm

For the last 10 days of 2016, the Angus Reid Institute is counting down our top 10 stories of the year, based on the total number of pageviews they received at This is number 1.

The Angus Reid Institute partnered with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for an in-depth look[1] at some of the fundamental questions that define Canadian identity.

The findings painted a detailed picture of Canada, the things that unite its residents, and the regional, political, and demographic fault lines that divide them today.

Older Canadians professed considerably more attachment to Canada than younger ones, and Quebecers expressed a stronger attachment to Canada than they have in decades, with most of them agreeing that their province will ultimately remain a part of the Canadian whole.

Meanwhile, two-in-three Canadians (68%) chose “minorities should do more to better fit in with mainstream Canadian society” over “we should encourage cultural diversity with different groups keeping their own customs and languages” in a face-off between those two statements.

The study identified five broad mindsets to which Canadians belong: Permissive Reformers, Public Sector Proponents, Cautious Skeptics, Faith-Based Traditionalists, and Free Enterprise Enthusiasts.

Read the full study here:[2] 

See which mindset is closest to your own here:[3]

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